Monday, September 27, 2010

A journal page today

I'm not much of an art journaler. I'm more of a writer and a list maker and a creator of diagrams (when I'm figuring out how to make something). But I do like to pull out the journal to mess around occasionally.

Today I read a blog post by Diana Trout, author of Journal Spilling. She has started to write weekly "creative nudges" on her blog, calling it a "Creative Revolution." A chance to reclaim your creativity, in fast, non-intimidating spurts. She's started a flickr group, too, where people can posts their responses to her nudges.

The first nudge was posted September 15: take paper or fabric scraps, play with them on a page, then stick them down. She suggested that if you were reading the post at work, that you take 5 minutes to gather some papers and then glue them down at home. Well, who can pass that up? Not me, especially when I knew I had a whole desk drawer of files from the previous person in my job that I still haven't gone through. Cleaning out my desk and finding art supplies. Score!

I even did a 5-minute sketch in my day planner while I waited for my son to get out of school. I'm not much of a sketcher, either, but it's a good way to look at what's around me at any given moment.

Journal page 9-27-10

If you'd like to play along, Diana has already posted the next prompt. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Peace Arts Festival on Saturday

The peace organization I belong to, One Peace, Many Paths, is hosting a Peace Arts Festival this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm at Unity Church, 2900 S. Bernard, Spokane. Admission is free. There will be lots of music, kids' activities, and a visual arts display. My piece Heart Signals will be in the show.

"Heart Signals" (final)

There's an art raffle to help cover expenses. (I think you get 6 tickets for $5.) My piece Waves and Bubbles is in the raffle.

"Waves and Bubbles"

I'll be there all day, mostly coordinating the children's events. So if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Invitation

I jumped into Alma Stoller's I Heart Zines swap at the last minute this year. I'd been thinking about it for months, but I wasn't sure that I wanted to commit the time to it this year. After making 2 zines, I know myself pretty well: it takes a lot of hours to put one of these together. I spend many days writing, editing, and creating individual, handmade covers for each zine.

In the end, I couldn't miss the swap. I learn so much every time I produce a zine. It's an opportunity for exploration and art-making and putting myself "out there."

This year's Something Extra is subtitled The Invitation. I wanted the cover to convey the sense of an old formal invitation, found in an old trunk full of family photos, love letters, pressed flowers, and precious linens.

3 front covers, "Something Extra 3" zine

Each cover is an old calendar page, covered with strips of text from obsolete books (shorthand, typing, a public health book from the 1930s, etc.). I painted some words about invitations in white acrylic, then I stitched on pieces of old lace and crochet. I hope the mixture of papers and graffiti-ish words prevents the covers from becoming too sentimental. The title label is printed on blue vellum. I like how the book text shows through a little, adding another layer to peer at.

Finished zine cover, close-up

The zine contains articles that are expanded versions of some of my blog posts, plus some new photography and a couple surprises. Ten zines went out on Friday afternoon. I'm going to make a few more covers this week, and once I've sewn those together, I'll be done with Something Extra, probably for another year.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Class assignment

Ross needed some family photos for a school presentation. I was happy to oblige.

Smith family, Sept. 8, 2010

I think it's a pretty good shot, especially since I took only about 5 minutes to set up the tripod in the back yard and click away.

This is a shot of Bubba that I took last year but never processed. He "hangs out" like this a lot.

Bubba hanging out

Gus is a beautiful cat, but he is SO hard to capture in a photo! I can't seem to get a well-focused picture of him. This one is kind of blurry, but it's the best I could do today:

Gus looking up

Friday, September 3, 2010

This week: first day of sixth grade

I've been working on my zine in most of my spare moments. But I am coming up for air to post my annual Ross photo for the first day of school.

First day of sixth grade

Sixth grade! He's almost 5 ft. tall now. Amazing.

Part of the zine work has been shooting some last-minute photos. This morning, my photo shoot was a good excuse for a hike. Or was the hike the excuse for the photo shoot? Some of each, probably.

Hiking the bluff near High Drive