This drawing (first photographed at left, then scanned, then digitally altered of course!) has somehow gained the title “Angel Deconstructed”.
The above pieces are all tweaks or revisions or completions of older work. I stash everything, especially old prints that I never saw as finished works. Generally I printed several prints from various plates, and after working into a few to complete them as mixed media pieces, I would tuck away a few still incomplete. It is interesting to see these again, and work on them years later. Sometimes I can compare my newly finished pieces with ones I finished the same year I printed the starting images. Not sure I learn much, but I do have fun!
First, this is not directly about art, though I am sure everything I do registers somehow in my art eventually.
This post is about my walking habit, and the pleasure it is giving me. Walking has always been important to me, even when I did not recognize this fact. As a troubled, unhappy, and angry teenager, I would escape my house and walk, sometimes very late at night. I was lucky enough to be in a quiet safe neighborhood, and not in large city…
I have been in the habit of walking regularly for the past couple of years; by this I mean 20-40 minute walks several times a week. But early this year we had a surprising snowfall that remained on the ground for much longer than usual, and I dressed for the weather and went walking!
It was lovely! I was enchanted by the transformation of my neighborhood and the town. Walking familiar streets each day had become an exploration; everything seemed new and different. It made me happy, and I walked for hours instead of for half an hour. This became the start of a new walking plan. My walking goal now is two miles per day, but I often walk a bit further. This has been easy and enjoyable through the summer, but I plan to continue as the weather becomes wetter and colder. I will find the rainproof pants, and the long johns! Walking is making me happy!
Making my driftwood penny fish is a fun & therapeutic sideline! It is very pleasant to work on these on sunny days: I sit outside with a pair of needle-nose pliers and a small hammer, and tap, tap, tap in the pennies, tacks, nails, and whatever else might work.
Adding, subtracting, & manipulating as I put away Studio Tour displays!
Studio Tour was a fine weekend for me; I was proud of my work, proud of my (intensive!) preparation, and totally enjoyed meeting and engaging with visitors to my studio. I was never busy, so I had time to answer questions, share my enjoyment, and really have a nice time!
A few artworks now have new homes: four more significant sales, several prints, digitally patterned water bottles & tote bags, and a few trinkets. Selling with interested & engaged visitors is very pleasing, an affirmation of my weird vision perhaps… and the enthusiastic feedback was great, purchase or not. My prices barely cover materials most of the time, or there would be no sales at all, I think.
There were no negative experiences, though one was close … a bit odd!
I hope all artists on the Tour had as much fun. I put in a lot of work preparing my studio and yard; I essentially put on my own solo show, and most visitors recognized and enjoyed this. And I had wonderful help & support from my partner and friends!
I put out lots of signs, and cleared & prepared far more parking spaces than were needed. I never had more than three cars at a time. But my other efforts were rewarded by the enthusiastic comments I received, with most visitors really enjoying my Yard Art.
Check out the long list of fine artists opening their studios for the 21st annual Port Townsend Studio Tour!
See here my special tour seating, new studio signs, my special “store” corner with art chapbooks, original pattern water bottles & tote bags for sale during the Tour, with much more to come!