Sunday, April 29, 2007
The trip to Whidbey was great, the poetry festival was good, we really enjoyed talking to the small press people who were there. We hit a thrift store in Langley where I found a GREAT old scrapbook, about 12X24 for $1.00!!! I plan to remove the blank newsprint pages and put in heavy watercolor paper and make an art journal. I am so excited about it!
We also found some prints of birds, and a bunch of great postcards that were quite inexpensive, as well. We had heard about a thrift store in Freeland that is supposed to be great, but we apparently went on a less-than great day. Not much there that interested us.
I didn't take many photos, either. Folks were tightly packed in the tents listening to poetry, and it would have been a bit intrusive to take photos. I will post a photo of my great scrapbook find later, though.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
However, I am not working today, and Tom and I are going to Whidbey Island for the Burning Word Festival, a festival of poetry in Greenbank. I read about it in the paper last Sunday, and we decided to go.
My husband, Tom, is a poet and he has a blog where he posts poems, and selected bits of writing by others. His blog ishttp://www.crowsperch.blogspot.com. He is going to take some poetry for the open mic sessions. I love poetry readings, and there should be some good people watching, too.
I am taking my camera, and will have something to post tomorrow, hopefully.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
On Thursday, my Shades of Black book arrived in the mail! I posted my b&w image of the chair earlier, now it is part of this beautiful book! The book is put together by Catherine Anderson, she makes the covers and designs the book. Usually, our books are 4X6, this is our first 6X6 book, all the pages are either black or white cardstock with our photo on the front, and a quote or poem or some writing about the theme on the back, along with our information.
You can see examples of my page, front and back, below. The book is very beautiful, the size really enhanced the photos, and the photos are all great! We will probably do more b&w books, as we all liked the format, and the experience of working without color.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Have fun! More pictures tomorrow, I had an art day on Thursday!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Thanks to my friend, Miss J, for telling me how to fix this. I will put a link to her new blog tomorrow, I can't think of the name of it right now, past my bedtime. It is a great blog, she is an amazing artist!
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I wish that I would not do this to myself, but once again, here I am. And here I am writing on my blog about this instead of just taking care of it. I think this is the definition of insanity....
Friday, April 13, 2007
The really amazing thing were the chains! He had these very long looping chains hanging from somewhere under his black leather coat, almost to his ankles. I was so fascinated by the pants that I almost didn't look up, but he was fully coordinated, he had a black fleece hat on, which had EARS which were lined with the same vivid green. It was quite the ensemble, and he looked like he maybe worked at Microsoft, otherwise. Who knows? maybe he does.
Unfortunately, he took the drink to go, I was hoping to see how he sat down with all those chains...It never fails, whenever I DON'T have my camera, I see something like that. I had to charge all of the batteries yesterday, and I put them in the camera this morning but forgot to put the camera bag with my other stuff.
In other news, I had a wonderful massage last night from Lynn W at the clinic where I work in Bothell. She did about 30 minutes of cranial sacral work, and it was amazing. I felt so totally relaxed, but alert as well. She said that I might notice some shifts in my life, though she felt that 30 minutes was probably not long enough to notice much.
As it happens, I found my self dancing and moving this morning and it felt really incredible! I always love to dance, but don't let myself do it enough, but this felt so nourishing and joyous, I definitely felt something different. I mean, I only danced for probably less than 5 minutes, but I felt invigorated all day, and found myself moving differently, shaking out my hands during my massages, and between them and the action of shaking my hands and moving to my own internal rhythm felt incredibly right.
I think that I may have experienced a little of the shift that Lynn was talking about. I am certainly going to explore cranial sacral more. I don't think that I will ever stop discovering new things about bodywork and its effects on my body and spirit.
Sorry, no photos now. I am going to put my camera with my things right now.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I also took a wonderful class from LK Ludwig, on Sketchbook as Personal Design Source. I learned many wonderful things in that class, but as LK said, it was a process class, not a product class, so I don't have anything to "show" for it, but it was a wonderful class and I think that LK is a fabulous and generous teacher.
So, I am done documenting ArtFest. I am on to new projects, and I need to DO MY TAXES!!! I hate doing them, but having them hanging over my head keeps me from doing anything creative, so I had better get to it.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
These are photos of some of the great people I met and spent some time with at ArtFest. I am still figuring out this adding photos thing. I can't figure out how to add captions to the photos, so I will explain them now.
From the top, randi feuerhelm-watts, who I met through the photoart journals group. We have been emailing for several months, and this is the first time that I met her. I sat between randi and Jennifer Louden in LK Ludwig's class on Friday. I feel like I know Jennifer because I have been reading her newsletter and blog for years, and I met her last year at AF, but this year I got to talk to her much more, and I love her!! That was a true RED LETTER DAY to sit between those two, whose work I admire soo much.
randi has a new book out, Wide Open: Inspiration & Techniques for Art Journaling on the edge which I highly recommend. Jennifer is the author of many books, her latest is The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year, an absolutely beautiful book, and so appropriate for our times. Both books are a visual feast as well as being full of inspiration.
The second photo is Jennifer and LK, sharing a creative moment. Next is Catherine Anderson, the moderator and creative genius behind the photoart journal yahoo group. I am so fortunate that we met at last year's AF, and that she told me about this group. I love working a camera, thanks to the inspiration of Catherine and the others in the group, 8 of whom I met this year at AF. There were a couple of group pictures taken, and when I get one, I will share.
The fourth photo is Jean Johnson, I met Jean at AF last year, and we became good friends, I have looked forward to seeing her since last March. She is an incredibly funny woman, and smiles a lot, though she doesn't like to have her photo taken. Her heart is enormous, and I wish we lived closer!
Finally, Liz and Kelly Rae. These two young women are such an inspiration to me. They are really going after their dreams and living very intentional lives. I am so glad I got to spend time with them! And don't they look SO HAPPY!? Kelly Rae was selling her art at her first vendor night, I am so proud of her!
I will post some photos of my art and others tomorrow.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
I met the head of the photoart journal group at AF last year. Her name is Catherine Anderson and she is an incredible photographer and artist. She puts all of our books together, and each one has been a work of art. I didn't know anything about photography when I joined, had just gotten a very SIMPLE digital camera, but thanks to the themes we have had for books, and the encouragement of Catherine and others in the group, I have discovered that photography is one of my favorite things.
I love the different way of seeing and being able to record the moment of one's vision, so others may share it. We mount our photos on cardstock and put a quotation or poem pertinent to the theme on the back. My quote for the "shades of black" photo expressed a lot of how I feel about my new-found love of photography:
"The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same."
Wynn Bullock (1902-1975)
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
ArtFest is definitely where my passion comes alive. I met so many wonderful people, and renewed acquaintance with folks I met last year, I made art that surprised me with wonderful teachers like Karen Michel, LK Ludwig and Anahata. I was able to release my desire to make something "good" and let myself work fast and intuitively, and I was stunned with what I was able to do. I haven't figured out how to post photos yet, but that is my project for the weekend, and I will post some ArtFest photos then.
I was encouraged to start blogging in earnest by Kellyhttp://www.kellyraeroberts.blogspot.com
and some others, and because I want to keep up with all of them and really join the blogosphere, I am going to do it!