“What separates artists from ex-artists,” say Bayles and Orland, “is that those who challenge their fears continue; those who don’t, quit.”
Did you notice I've been missing? After all these years of posting almost every day I have suddenly it the wall on things to say. So first, if your answer was 'yes', I will try to get back on a schedule but probably will be able to shake the guilt for not being around every day. Excuses to follow- pick your own:
1. Computer issues on both home and studio computers, no syncing of calendars so confusion reigns around here.
2. A steady stream of house guests as well as a steady stream of people just coming over for a glass of wine and a tour. Time taken changing beds, food shopping, and wiping up crud the dogs drag in.
3. Without a squirrel lead, what can I say, how do I start?
4. No studio work being done lately other than framing pictures and recovering throw pillows- still 2 to go for living room.
SO, I started working with a bunch o' women doing an artist's book collaboration just to give me deadlines and a bit of structure. Yesterday I finished up my February and March contributions and even took pictures of them. I'm not sure whether to post them on Facebook or not yet but I guarantee nobody will find them here.
This is for a woman whose title is Earth, Wind and Fire- not the group. It's a collage of past papers I made and purchased hand made paper. Also, for the back I have a description of prairie and prairie fire necessity. Envelope is addressed and ready if I can locate a stamp!
So, while I was waiting for that to dry and flatten out, I put t=some time in on this one for March too:
Hmmm, it may be upside down but the woman's subject for her book is 'Trees' so I just happen to have a whole file of Banyons and Kapoks and other odd trees I've encountered. This is a composite of 2 of my photographs printed on matte photographic paper with the background removed with my trusty Xacto and replaced with some gold marbleized papers. I have a lovely Indian poem about Banyons I will print for the back. I'll need to grab a brown envelope for this one, too big for the 6x9s I have in abundance.
It feels good to have these backlogged, guess I will start work on the April version next and wait to see what I get for my own book!
While I'm at it with pictures, here are the herbs I bought at the farm market the other day down in Palm Beach. I also bought some scones the size of my head! I was aiming for a hanging blue orchid I saw but passed a guy carrying it that ha just bought it, drat. Maybe next time. Also got some pickled jalapeños so I am ALL set.
Need to make some serious pesto and the cilantro was also a huge bunch- maybe some chopped and oiled and frozen in cubes? After I make fajitas tonight. Sure hope tonight's house guest doesn't have a cilantro aversion! I made a highly-thymed chicken soup last night that seemed to go down well- 2 helpings for the guys, one for me with lots left over.
The mint is for a salad, the rosemary is just because it was there and cost $1. I'll think of something! Until next time- maybe I'll show you my dinosaurs!