I wanted a vacation. I wanted to walk along Goosewing Beach in Little Compton Rhode Island, eat soft serve coffee ice cream and wander around those manicured lawns that spill so gracefully down to the water in the "Ocean State." So my oldest friend Julie and her husband Lee gathered me in to their dreamy home in Woodstock NY, cooked up a scrumptious birthday dinner and conjured up a few thousand fireflies over their pond to crown it all. Then Julie drove me to RI where we stayed at a little cottage on Walker's Cove in Bristol -- just a few doors down from Blithewold Gardens. Below are photos from Julie and Lee's.
Same drill as December and I'm still enjoying just drawing for the sake of drawing.
Sometimes the simplest craft ideas have a way of going south. I decided to make snowglobes for everyone to give out at the office Christmas party. I read up about how to make snowglobes on number of craft blogs; they seemed pretty straightforward. To make the figures I got a package of plain white Sculpey, which is cheaper that buying a bunch of colors. I figured that I could paint the figurines after I baked the Sculpey. But then it occurred to me that it would probably need to be enamel paint to survive a long time underwater so I got a set of model paint. That was fine, though the smell of the model paint made me queasy and I couldn't figure out why it was taking so long to dry. I finally looked at the package and discovered that the dry time could easily be 72 hours or more. So I pitched the first set of figures and went back to the store to buy colored Sculpey. The colored Sculpey worked fine but the silicone glue I used to adhere the figures to the spice jar inserts didn't work very well because the inserts were too flexible. Also, no matter how much glycerine I added to the water I couldn't make the glitter fall slowly. I went back to the store and bought different kinds of glitter but nothing worked any better. Then I tried eggshells; that was a disaster. I finally decided just to put in some water and glitter in the jars and present them as rather lame snowglobes but even screwing the lids on was difficult and I cut up my hands. Nonetheless, when I showed up the the Christmas party with the snowglobes and bandaids all over my hands people seemed happy enough. Jane was particularly happy to see that her snowman was sporting an "N" for Nebraska on his red hat.
I struggled this summer against carving a figure when I took my stonecarving class. Not sure why. All those years of drawing figures and then I just stopped. However, last week I found a life-drawing group--a lovely group of people in a wonderful space (see below)--and I decided to go and just...draw. No expectations of creating "art" at this point. They meet on Saturdays and Sundays for the standard 3 hours. Life drawing sessions are always the same; you could be anywhere in the world and know the drill - short poses leading up to longer ones. Best of all, it's just a couple of blocks from where I live.
Pano shot of the large room for life-drawing. The basement walls are an amazing texture.
In all of my ePortfolio work I talk about using the blog as an engine for collecting evidence and tagging that evidence so that during the selection process it is easy to filter. But I never follow my own advice. So as of today (1/15/13) I am going to begin dumping things in here and see if I can train myself to get in the habit of posting something at least once a week.