Saturday, November 14, 2015

New York City

Last weekend, I spent the weekend in New York City with my friend and then my sister (who was also in town for work). We walked, and walked, and walked! I love seeing the neighborhoods change as you walk through Manhattan. We also put in some museum and shopping time. The weather was just perfect and a bit unusual for November. It made for a great weekend diversion. I didn't take the big camera, so these are some pictures from my phone.

Just one more trip this year, and then I am home for a few months. I love traveling, but I am getting a bit homesick and want to spend a bit more time at home. We'll see how that goes...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Why Not?

One of the Seth Apter's classes was a class called Cover to Cover. This was the last class he taught and definitely my favorite. We took old books and used the covers to make a loose book. I liked them so much that I have had them framed (well, they are at the framer's now). 

His aesthetic of layers, words, symbols mixed with a little grunge is right up my alley. I can't wait to use these techniques when I am back in the studio. Until then, I will be taking boatloads of pictures of grunge in New York City this weekend.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Seth Apter Classes

Based on my posts lately, you would think that this has turned into a travel blog. My travel schedule is not slowing down yet - I have trips to New York and Santa Fe still left this year - so there will be a few more travel pics.

But, I did find time to take all four classes by Seth Apter at Roadhouse Arts this past weekend. Holy Moley! I have been a fan of his his artwork for several years, and when it was my turn to pick a national instructor for Roadhouse Arts, he was my first (and only) choice. I was not disappointed! Not only is his artwork fantastic, he is a fabulous instructor full of techniques and encouragement. I ended the weekend rejuvenated and inspired.

Above is my project from the Brick by Brick workshop. We built a wall with a mosaic of handmade papers and "incised" a word. My word was inspired by why we build walls, either physically or psychologically, and that is to keep ourselves safe. My colors were a bit happy for such a somber sentiment. I could say that I was trying to make a statement about the dichotomy. But, it is more likely that I just like blues and greens :).