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.