Saturday, August 8, 2020

Finishing & Beginning

 Time is seeming to be both very slowed down sometimes and yet it seems another weeks goes by in a blink- this pandemic is challenging on so many levels- containing my emotions from one extreme to another is a challenge at times as I know it is for many of you. I am thankful for my art-it has helped me in so many ways.  I completed the ICAD challenge for 2020. Making a card a day from June 1st through July 31st- this was the second year for me doing this- so having 122 4 x 6 cards- I decided to start mailing some out to friends from long ago and some new friends. I have loved mail art forever it seems. So I will share a few more of the ICAD cards here.  I am in 2 different collage groups here in Albuquerque. We have not had any in-person sessions since the virus made that unsafe.  I organized an ATC exchange for one group that I helped start: Scissors & Glue ABQ. I wanted us to somehow keep connected during this challenging time- and making and sharing these small artworks seemed like the way to go. If you are unfamiliar with ATCs here is some info: have sent out my cards to the 18 members that are participating in this exchange- it is fun working in this small size- 2 1/2" X 3 1/2". 

Here are the ATCs

Monday, July 13, 2020

New Minibook

I made another mini book- these are the 2 1/2" square ones.  This means the spreads are 5" long by 2 1/2" tall. There is something about that small size that is so appealing to me. I have other projects waiting but it was nice to take a fun break and make this.

Book cover

First book spread

Second book spread

Third book spread

Fourth book spread

Fifth book spread

Sixth book spread

Seventh book spread

Back book cover

Saturday, July 4, 2020

July 4th 2020

I have mixed feeling about this holiday this year- I always have as this was certainly a holiday not for all groups in this country.
The first piece is a journal spread I just finished today.  I had the idea come to me a couple of nights ago just before I fell asleep. The quote pretty much explains the spread. The pieces after that are 4" x 6" cards I am doing for the ICAD challenge (index-card-a-day) This started June first and will end the 31st this month. So yes- I will have 61 cards.
I hope you have a nice holiday please be safe wear your masks and watch your distance from people.

This spread is 8 inches tall and 16 inches wide.

The rest here are the 4 x 6 cards.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

New Online Class

Hard to believe 2 years ago this week are arrived in Albuquerque New Mexico.  Lots has happened in 2 years- I have no regrets moving here from Minnesota.  There have been numerous health things to deal with so far things are ok...for both Ron and for me.  Then the pandemic came and well we are ll dealing with that.
My dear friend Orly Avineri has launched her first online class and I am loving it- I had the incredible experience of taking two classes from her when she taught them from her home in California- she has since moved to Salem , Oregon. The class is titled Come Outside. It is based on a deck of journaling cards she made. Each card has sparks of inspiration. The first spread I did for this class is below- it is based on the card Art and Life.
Albuquerque has been in the news- while there was damage to buildings downtown- it was not the scale of what happened in Minneapolis. What has happened was that there was a peaceful demonstration at a sculpture grouping in front of the Albuquerque art museum. The statue has been a source of pain for many here- it is of a  Spanish Conquistador portrayed as a hero. A group of armed militia showed up- one of the militia shot one of the protestors. The whole statue grouping has since been removed. This is the spread I did. Lots going on here.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

George Floyd's Funeral Day

Feeling very emotional today-  George Floyd's funeral is today.  Another African American man killed by a policeman that had a history of trouble. This terrible killing sent shock waves through the world. The combination of this and the ongoing pandemic makes it very hard to not be pessimistic. I lived in Minneapolis for 25 years- that city has a special place in my heart.  Seeing the damage done to neighborhoods  made me so sad- I left Minneapolis 18 years ago and there were police issues then.  I saw a group of photographs posted online by David Biljan of St Paul, MN. I contacted him for permission to use some of them in my journal and collage work. He said yes and this journal spread is the first thing I have done with the photographs. I altered them and merged two side by side.
I want to be hopeful and think that maybe there can be some real change now- if there is change it will be hard with the idiot we have in the White House that incites this sort of thing-calls racists good people and has no moral compass what so ever.

Friday, June 5, 2020

ICAD 2020

I am participating in the ICAD challenge again this year. last year was my first time- you do something on an index card a day from June 1st to July 31st. When done you have 61 cards. I choose the 4 x 6 size. Tammy Garcia started this 10 years ago-
I sometimes make them daily and other times if I am fired up I may make 8 in a day- I post one a day on the ICAD group- this is a huge group- last year there were 10,000 posts- mind blowing and I can't look at everything but I like the idea of doing something on a regular basis. I met some terrific artists from the group last year. So here are my cards so far- we were to do a title card first and then a name card.

ICAD title card for 2020

We were then to do a name card as an intro to the group.

Not In Kansas Anymore

Art Every Day

Ethan's Dream

Learn To See With Your Heart

Keep Your Eye Open

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

June 3rd- new project

Greetings- here in Albuquerque we have had 2 evenings recently of really good rainfall- always welcome here. Good thing as we are to be in upper 90s for a few days.
I am doing the best I can like we all are during this intense time- the pandemic AND the unrest all over the country. I hope you are safe and healthy and hope you can remain that way.
I am doing the ICAD challenge again this year- This goes from June 1st to July 31st- you make something on an index card a day. I will share some of those later
I have started a new journal-I did the first page and am sharing that- it is of my wearing a mask-I altered that selfie with an app called Inkwork.
Yesterday I took a 2 hour online live class with Seth Apter. He is a terrific mixed media artist, teacher and he has a shop online where he sells products he has created.
The class was Minibook Madness- it was a lot of fun.  The book I made is 2 1/2" square.  This is really abstract in nature compared to my usual narrative collage work.  I loved doing this. Thank you Seth.
This is the first page of my new journal.

Front cover of my minibook.

The first spread in the book

Second spread in the book.

Third spread in the book.

Fourth spread in the book.

Fifth spread in the book.

Sixth spread in the book.

Back cover of the book.