Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cacophony of Color

The Art of School

Gothic Vaulted Arches of Chartres Cathedral - France
We have two weeks left.  If you are like many students (or can remember) that countdown sends one into riotous jubilation and also terror.  There is so much left to do in those two weeks and then we slam into finals week.  I'm both excited for the semester to be over (because of all the learning opportunities coming up) and also sad.  I've learned a lot.  I've struggled, grown, flourished in some areas and generally really came into my own.  I have noticed a difference in my daily outlook of life and simply my world has expanded.  I feel more and more inspired and more and more empowered.  All that for the price of tuition.

I have survived drawing thus far.  I still don't really enjoy it, but I don't mind it.  It is very hard work and the teacher pushes us to go a little farther each time.  We begin this week on our final drawing - a 12-15 hour drawing.  Oh boy!

Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) 1863

Photography class continues to be a bright spot.  Hard work, challenging with the chemistry and technical side, but a lot of fun.  I'm busy working on my final project which is crafters working their magic.  I have one photo finished and ready to dry mount.  Still working on printing the others.  Bit overwhelming that we have a lot to do and not so much time.  I'll be putting in some late hours in the darkroom.  It is funny how I go around now mentally framing scene with my internal viewfinder...

Art history continues to make my heart sing.  I've found so many new favorites (I have put a few pictures of works here - I could show you so many more) and seen a lot of connections linking up between art and historical events.  I have a paper due this week and I'm very proud to say that it was finished last Friday.

From the Dye Pot

During my week off, I hit the color hard.  I had a lot of ideas kicking around and I finally had some time to execute a few of them.

A puddle of colors

Sock yarn
Spinning News

I also finished a few yarns.  First there was the commission yarn for Constance (fabulous logo designer).  This was so much fun to make.  I took some commercially dyed fibers, added my own dyed fibers and then made big lofty batts to spin.  The result is 484 yards of DK/Sport weight yarn.  I can't wait so see what this grows up to be.

Next is some holiday yarn for the coming craft fair/Etsy store.  I again combined fibers into carded batts and spun a neat textured yarn.  Currently this yarn is having a bath and then I'll count yardage.

Finally, I made a mini-skein of 41 yards.  This beauty brought red, blue and turquoise bobbin extras into a eye popping bit of yummy.  I can see this made up into jewelry or edging on another project.

Color seems to be in my muse to play with lately - I'm really enjoying it.  I'll say that for art school, it certainly has freed me to play more.  Which reminds me...

I found this gem of a video from Friday Studios in Sweden and had to share!  It perfectly illustrates the shift in my awareness that art school has brought forth - much like my internal photographer's viewfinder.  I find myself taking notes and picking up items (like the leaf for Constance's yarn)  for inspiration.  

Event News

This Sunday, December 4th, I'll be participating in the The Advent Fair 9:30 until 1:00 pm at the Evangelical United Church of Christ, 204 East Lockwood Avenue Webster Groves, Missouri 63119.  If you are local, stop by!  It looks like this will be a great event - artist and nonprofit groups will have booths with many goodies for holiday gifts.  

For those none local - today is Cyber Monday and I'm offering free shipping in my etsy shop- coupon code: CYBERMONDAY11

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