I spent a wonderful day on Saturday (4/10) learning new things which is one of my favorite things to do. Especially when it’s hands on and we get to play and try everything. I have to tell you, It was so much fun. It was five of us doing our thing and learning in this wonderful
I really think I am falling in love with this new medium called encaustics. It all started in December when I took my 1st Encaustics workshop. You would love this medium. It’s so soft, warm, and so forgiving. I am going back there today and will tell you all about it on my next post.
I will tell you about the artist teaching this class and about the artist wh works with her. You will get to see some video as well. Have to run to keep playing with my new love.
Who are the people I want to visit and read my blog:
Of course I want you who is reading this right now to follow my blog. You are probably interested in all aspects of the art world, maybe in art education, art/artists from different countries.
Would you be interested in hearing about older artists/non artists who are starting over and doing what they love? I’m sure that just like me there are a lot of you out there who are enjoying this time of your life when you can be who you are, have fun doing what you love with out much regard to what other people think.
What is it about getting to be of a “mature” age and deciding or just finally letting ourselves be who we are? Isn’t this fun? I guess we don’t need to impress anyone as much as we did when we were younger.
One exception though, I’m sure that you as much as I want to impress art websites, galleries, art collectors or designers, correct? If you are one of these readers, I am very happy to share my art and blog with you.
Wonder what our next assignment will be? Stay tuned!
I am so excited to be taking this class. My blog definitely needs a facelift.
I have made a commitment to build a more exciting blog that will have a constant audience and many followers.
In order for all this to happen I need to write and post on the blog. I need to accept that this is an ongoing process and not a one time deal.
Thanks to Alyson & Cynthia I will learn how this process works in a more effective and efficient way.
We have homework and today’s assignment has 2 parts. The 1st one is to describe the people I want to visit and read my blog.
I have been thinking about this all morning (maybe this is why I don’t blog too often, I think about it too much???).
I want people to read my blog, but specifically which people I want my audience to be? My blog is about art so it would be fun to have other artists read it.
It is always very inspiring to hear what other artists have to say about your work.
I would like my readers to be interested in all aspects of the art world, maybe in art education (or the lack of), art/artists from different countries. How about older artists/non artists who are starting over and doing what they love which is what I’m doing.
I definitely want my friends and family to read it and share it with their contacts. Probably my former students would love to see my artwork and read my blog.
I can also get greedy and say that I would like art websites, galleries, art collectors and designers to stop by and read it. I don’t think age, background or region where my future audience will be from is something that I thought about.
The 2nd assignment is to write about what it is that I want to get out of blogging, what are my goals.
One of the things I want to get is to be able to connect to readers and at the same time connect them with my art. To have them read about who I am, be able to see my art work, hopefully decide to invest in my art work.
I want to feel more comfortable about writing and sharing what I write. I am not a writer. I love to tell stories and could go on and on. I need to learn to write what needs to be said and then stop.
The main thing is that I want to feel comfortable with the whole process of blogging and getting readers to visit my blog. I want to have a ‘Healthy” blog that is fun to read, interesting, in fact so good…that you can’t wait to read my next post. Then I get lots of comments, meet some
wonderful people who enjoy my art work and share it with their friends.
The “Get Organized” class was wonderful. If you need organization in your life, make sure to check it out.
I Loved the “Get Organized” class (for the 2nd time around) and found it very helpful to have taken it for a 2nd time.
My file cabinet does look wonderful. I have Re-Organized my paper files.
I have made many changes through out the last few weeks.
Among major things I did throughout the class were:
Cleaning up my computer:
Finding duplicate files/folders, getting rid of them and giving my computer another 20 or so GB of space.
Merging all my emails into one account. Get everything on gmail but have it set up in a way that it’s labeled before I even see it. My camp acct. Art acct. & personal acct. Much easier to keep up only one inbox.
I got rid of about 50 folders/labels on my email acct. which made everything much more confusing.
I am DELETING emails instead of putting them in a folder marked “starred to check”…which I never checked by the way.
I am working on NOT opening up emails unless I will take action at that moment. Not always successful but I am thinking about it and trying to do it.
I am still working on the studio space. For now my studio/office looking ok on one side. I need to take many things out and take to storage and then it will be exactly how I want it. I will post pictures up as soon as I’m done.
I have made another BIG change, when I pick up my mail I automatically recycle anything that I won’t use. Only bring in the house whatever needs to be shredded, or filed. No more piles of mail everywhere. Junk mail doesn’t even come in the apt.
Everything is still a work in progress but I have gotten much further than the 1st time around. So it was definitely worth it to take the class over again.
I am taking Alyson Stanfield’s “Getting Organized” class for a 2nd time around. You will see why when you look at the pictures. Since I moved I needed to reorganized everything so what better than doing a refresher course of this class.
Following are some “Before” pictures. Stay tuned for the “After” pictures in about 3-4 weeks.
These 2 pictures are of the closet in my studio/office. There are so many things that I can’t even close the door. The containers in the closet shelves are either full of photographs or belong to my son who can’t take them because he lives in Manhattan in a much smaller place than this.
To the right of the closet I have bookshelves full of books plus papers which I’m not sure if I should get rid of. Let’s call this side the “office” side.
Still going around to the right of the whole wall of book shelves is some other kind of shelves where I keep many things. Then comes the shredder and a little table with drawer where I keep all my camp things. Those 2 big blue & green bags are actually binders with all the emergency forms signed by the parents.
Hanging from these shelves I have These very cool colorful organizers (not sure what they are called) which I planned to use for my mail and other things but have not used yet. These shelves are in pretty good shape except for the top one.
The pic on the left is what used to be my desk chair which I now use to put things on because I don’t have an “actual desk” in the room and if I have to sit I use the big red ball which is supposed to be good for my back.
On the left you can see my printer cover with papers which I haven’t gotten rid off and next to it is the file cabinet with the scanner on top and a box of something on top of that. But…if you look on the shelves under the printer and the shelves to the right, I have all the printing paper organized.
Since I don’t have a desk anymore I got this computer desk on wheels witch I can take around the apt. It was the best solution for now.
So moving on to my studio side you will see that everything is much better organized and labeled. The picture in the middle has all my encaustics things. That black thing you see is a griddle which is used as my palette.
The rest are a few pics of the studio side. Everything is a little cramped but…this is the room I have.
Here you can see my easel and table which I use for encaustics and watercolors.
And remember…Stay tuned for the “After” pictures in about 3-4 weeks.
Heidi Schifferli, Lonnie Beer, Dottie Leonard, Julie Hastie and me
The exhibit did very well! Five of my paintings found
I had a
good turnout in spite of being a wet rainy Sunday afternoon.
awesome son Jonathanset up the whole exhibit for me.
He has such a good
eye, I guess you need one to be a photographer….
He made everything look good
even on top of the dark brick walls in the gallery.
Dodi klimoff, Lonnie Beer, Dottie Leonard, and me
really wonderful things happened as well because of the exhibit.
The day after
my paintings went up I got a call from the director of the Olitsky Art Gallery
located in Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glenn, PA. She expressed how
much she liked my paintings and asked me if I would like to exhibit in their
I accepted and will be showing my work there in January.
will be on January 8th and the exhibit will be up
until February 4th. More info to follow!
Ann Alberts, Gretchyn Hansen, and me
Another very cool thing that
happened at this exhibit was that a friend from high school (we graduated 1969)
who I reconnected with through facebook came to the exhibit with her husband and
became one of my collectors. We hadn’t seen each other probably since the early
1970’s since I went back to Art school in Argentina and we lost touch.
I have been taking another one of Alyson Stanfield’s stimulating online classes. I always get very
inspired and motivated while I take her classes. I meet new artists, and I
start to see my art career in a different way. Alyson is so knowledgeable and
the information she gives us is invaluable.
One of our lessons was to interview
ourselves and respond to our questions. We had to come up with about 10 questions. After thinking
about it, I came up with one at the moment. More will follow.
This is my 1st question: Why do I use bright
I use bright, bold, vivid colors when I paint. Which
had me thinking a lot about my choice of colors. I believe that it has a lot to
do with my upbringing and where I come from.
As I have mentioned in past posts and in my bio, I was born
in Buenos Aires, Argentina,
a very colorful city in every aspect. I also come from a very vibrant,
energetic family just as colorful as my hometown.
There are so many colorful feelings I have about my
childhood memories in Buenos Aires. One example is the color of the sky. It is deep
blue. I remember clear blue days with not a cloud in the sky. It’s a different
kind of blue than the sky here.
I’m not sure why, but I still see it every time I go for a visit.
can see every color possible when you go to their
markets. But where you most see it is in the people. Buenos Aires is
one of the cities that never sleeps. Walking around you can see the
coffee houses full because everyone loves to go for a “cafecito” (a
little coffee) any time of day or night. Porteños
(name given to Buenos Aires natives) love to dance, eat, hang around
book stores and art galleries till the wee hours. This happens any day
of the week, not only the week-ends. They are always dancing away with
their colorful personalities. Buenos Aires Market. Photo by Jonathan Meter
My life feels kind of opposite from most people. Summer for me is a time for long hours of work outside of my home. Much fun but long hours. What is summer to you? Time for vacation, to relax, slow down, right? For me summer is my “day job” that allows me to be able to spend autumn, winter and part of spring being an artist. Well, actually I’m always an artist, that’s who I am. So to rephrase, it is when I am able to do my art. So thanks to the summer months I have the freedom to create, explore, paint, post on my blog…and be the artist I want to be. There are two difficult times in this backwards living: the transition between working in my studio, doing it on my own hours, no alarm clock, to all of a sudden getting up at 5:30 am and working 12 hour days outside of my home. As much as I like it, it is definitely a shock to my system.
When summer starts, the first thing I do as soon as I leave the house is go to Starbucks and get a “Venti” (the largest) cup of coffee. This to summer transition takes me probably 1-2 weeks. Little by little I get used to being up at the crack of dawn and about my business. In case you are wondering, I have (together with 2 other teachers) an awesome camp calledFun in the Sun which I have been doing for 20+ years.
So all this lasts for about 12 weeks. Wonderful summer days surrounded by amazing, fun, creative, children of all ages. Campers from 4-13 and counselors from 14-30ish. We go non-stop 7:00AM to 6:00PM+ from the very first day of summer break to the Thursday before Labor Day.
And then…it’s back to the studio with out any prior “Getting ready to….”. So here I am, back and feeling overwhelmed and a bit at a loss. No alarm clock (and still wake up at 5:30) get up and not sure what to do. First of all, I make my own coffee (OMG), not sure if I remember how to do it.
Then I have to figure out how to get back on facebook, twitter, update my blog, start painting, getting ready for a show…and I feel more like the little kids looking around on their first day of camp, not knowing where to go. “Me”…trouble with transition? I guess so! It’s been a bit more than a week and I am finally, well kind of, getting back to my “art” mode.
Where are all those wonderful children though? There is no one around…Up to two years ago I used to go directly from teaching to camp to teaching to camp, so I did not have a break to think about the transition, it kind of just happened. But now I have the privilege to go to my studio and create. I feel blessed & happy. At the same time…I feel like my painting,” Dazed & Confused”.
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