The weekend in Portland was a delight! Laughter, learning, art, old friends and new friends...what could be better?
(Photo by Maria Raleigh of Collage in Portland)
Above is what I made in Sunday's workshop with Michael DeMeng. Although I have long taught classes using transparencies, I learned some new tricks from Michael that I am now just itching to use in some of my art! I especially loved the curved transparency look (upper woman) that looks almost like curved glass, and the mica trick on the woman below.
To backtrack, on Saturday I took a workshop called Pretty Vial Things from Michael. I have to run take a picture for you right now. ( Music playing........)
There were about 18 in the class, and oh, I wish you could see all the marvelous bottles that came out of it! Basically we used bottles of our choice, and applied Aves Apoxy, an air dry clay with almost endless possibilities to create a new surface....or as a way to attach things....or to create decorative elements. After seeing its potential, I quickly ran and bought a big container of it. Among other things, it will be a great way to attack (and attach) some of the really tricky issues we as assemblage artists often come across when trying to connect drastically dissimilar items.
This little one is my favorite of the 3.....about 5-6" tall.
I stayed with dear friend Jennifer, and we had a fantastic time as always. Catching up, lots of laughing, good food, and solving the problems of the Universe and life.
I came home so refreshed and inspired and invigorated! I quickly attacked the over-the-line mess in the studio by moving another metal shelf unit in. Shelf units are like magic really....you have an entire floor covered in stuff (and you can't find anything), then in goes the shelf which you quickly fill with everything (and often even have room to spare)....and it is organized and you can see what you have and the floor is cleaned up. It's a wondrous thing!
Dave from Illinois, whom I know from one of Michael's online classes, is stopping by today during his trip west, so I'm off to put some brownies in the oven.
The garden is finally growing wildly and beautifully.