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Art Travels…

Belgium, Netherlands, Christine de Pizan, New friends, and Art, art, art! And the Internet, did I mention the Internet?

Wow, what a summer I have had! So many new experiences, so many new friends from all over the world, and world class museums! Where do I start? In small bites I think.

Conference hosts Olivier and Tanya show off a thank you gift from conference participants: Framed images of my collages from The Dinner in the City series!

Conference hosts Olivier and Tanya show off a thank you gift from conference participants: Framed images of my collages from The Dinner in the City series!

To begin, about two years ago, a medieval scholar from Chicago, Julia Nephew, discovered my artwork on the internet. She was writing an article on the 15th century writer Christine de Pizan for an academic journal. I just happened to have used Christine in a series of collages I created between 2003 and 2007.

Julia asked permission to use some of my images in her article. We negotiated a contract and some months later a book arrived from Florence, Italy containing Julia’s article and my images. Because of this I was invited to speak at the North American Conference of Medieval Scholars at Western Michigan University. Because of that, Julia and I were invited to co-present at the International Colloquium Christine de Pizan in Belgium!

So, off I go to Belgium, by way of the Netherlands. I will expand on that in a future post, but this time I want to give a shout out to the organizers of the conference, Oliver and Tanya of the Catholic University Louvain la Neuve in Belgium. They were the ultimate hosts!

The art in smart

Just a thought for today: Supporters of art are movers and shakers, which is why ART is the foundation of SMART!

Creative Play

It’s a beautiful morning in Dayton, the sun is shining and I just finished chatting with my neighbor Brenda and her cuddly Akita Sophie (who just had ACL surgery, though she is not a soccer playing dog). Sophie is the kind of pooch I would love to snuggle up and take a nap with for an afternoon; she is a sweetheart. Being an Akita her aggressive tendencies sometimes emerge with other big dogs; this use to happen with my dear chocolate Lab Maxine. Max was so mellow that when Sophie got pushy Max just stood there looking puzzled! Both are (and were, as my sweet Max is no longer with us) loving and loyal canines.

Well, that digression is not the point of this morning’s post. Mostly I am delaying my pressing work of the morning, which is grading art history posts from one of my classes. Actually I want to relay the value of CREATIVE PLAY, because I hosted a workshop on Saturday at the Dayton Art Institute in conjunction with one of their current exhibitions: All Things Bright and Beautiful, the California Impressionists.

Eleven eager folks joined me for a full morning playing and creating with paper. First we strolled through the exhibition observing the vibrant paintings of Guy Rose, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond, Anna Hills, John Gamble and many others, then we returned to the studio where I demonstrated my collage technique. Everyone went to work seeing what exciting things the paper would do. We had a wonderful morning! My students’ collages were colorful, textural, imaginative, individual, and wonderful! I encourage all of you to engage in some creative play!

Where have I been?

For any of you who read my posts or check my latest work, you are probably wondering what has happened to me, since I have not posted in months. I always have such good intentions to maintain a steady stream of commentary and actually was doing pretty well – for awhile.

Well, I am still here and still making art. I just haven’t photographed and posted any new work; I am still making new work. Actually I have been quite busy making work so I will practice my photography skills and post some. I did a series of “Peace” symbols and am working on a new series called “Oxford Faces”, based on photos I took in Oxford, England last April. I am continuing the “Medusa” series and am working on three pieces having to do with the land as sacred space.

I am teaching a lot right now, which accounts for some of my busyness: four art history classes and a studio class. I love doing this but it does take time! It is important to me however to keep up with the history of art as it places me in context with my predecessors. It also informs my work, and I hope, enriches and improves it. I am proud to be a part of the history of artists, however small. I also feel I am doing my part to develop new art appreciators, collectors and patrons. So I work hard to balance art teaching and artmaking! Anyone who is an artist understands the dilemma of time management (as do most of us I am sure).

Well, that’s it for today. I promise I will be back soon to update you on things art.

Studio time

I have been in the studio a lot this week, working on several new pieces. For some reason I have gotten hooked on Medusa, the mythical woman with snake hair. She was not always a negative figure; early in her incarnation she was a figure of power and strength. She exists in many cultures and her history is an interesting one. Anyway, I am working on my third Medusa collage, as well as a series of pieces for Clothes That Work, an area non-profit that helps job seekers with appropriate career clothing.

Because I am not deft with a camera, new photos of art can be slow to appear, so I apologize for that – I am working on the do it myself photography thing! I recently took a workshop presented by Dayton photographers extraordinaire Andy Snow and Kevin Messer, and bless their hearts they helped alleviate the “fear” I have of shooting my own work. I think I just might be able to do it!

Anyhow, please stay tuned. New photos will crop up one of these days.