I'm very excited. I just sent the book for Hermes off to be printed. Bill Vasilopoulos worked with his mom to do the Greek translation so that Hermes will be able to read it. I also ordered an English version as you can see above.
Since I first moved to Seattle, Young Flowers has been my favorite flower shop. But it used to be over on Seneca and 3rd and was hard to get to during business hours. Then last September they moved to Stewart between 5th and 6th, which is nearby and I was in heaven. Last Thanksgiving I stayed home for the entire break to work on art projects. One of those projects was a couple dozen watercolors I planned to take to Young Flowers when I worked up the courage. It took me until Mother’s day to work up the courage. But then they were warm and receptive to the idea of putting some in the shop to sell. (And they have been selling!) Recently they asked me if I could do some cards. Above are a few of the cards taken from the lager watercolors. They are mostly fall-themed at the moment.
Just came back from my long-anticipated trip to Syros, Greece. What a lovely island! And the farmhouse I stayed at was hosted by the kindest people, Alexia and Lefteris who have 6-year-old boy named Hermes. Hermes reminds me of Gerald Durrell - a born naturalist. He showed me all kinds of geckos and other interesting creatures that he gently caught and released. While I was there I intended to do watercolors but I quickly tired of doing mediocre landscapes and started drawing crazy creatures. The result is the video story above. Below are pictures of the farmhouse and my trip.
Same drill as December and I'm still enjoying just drawing for the sake of drawing.
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.
This summer I signed up for a stonecarving class at Pratt, which is Seattle's Central District. It's an amazing place and it feels like home to be in a studio space again with people making things.
I was very lucky to get Sabah Al Dhaher as my instructor. A lot of the people in my class have been taking classes with him for years. The class was great because we only worked with chisels and hand tools, no power tools. I loved it. There is nothing quite like the feeling of moving your chisel through the stone. I'm hooked and have signed up for another class in the fall. Below is my first attempt.
I watched an amazing presentation by Audrey Watters at the annual ELI meeting. In The Case for a Campus Makerspace she clearly articulates the need for makerspace literacy - the ability to make, build, explore, tinker and problem-solve with concrete stuff. Granted, for me it wasn't a tough sell—I kinda wanted to be Audrey by the end of the presentation—but more importantly I felt the need to get involved in a plan for a makerspace here. After the presentation, we all sat around and talked about what a makerspace might look like on our campus and how important it would be to keep it open, so that no one felt shut out. Jenine Cordon who helps out with the local First Lego League offered the FFL Core Values as a starting point. If we do manage to get a makerspace here one thing I would like to see included are some of the MIT-developed tools that let you "sketch" with electronics. The video below blew my socks off the first time I saw it:
Still needs more work but it has been fun so far. Pastel, acrylic gloss medium, vellum, paper etc. Click to enlarge.
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.