Accidents

The most difficult thing about accidents is… do you embrace them or throw them away? It depends. TARNISH was an accident. A happy accident that I embraced with all my being. Not all accidents are as wonderful. But they definitely must be explored and followed to some conclusion. I approach all my work that way.

I get an idea, try it out, follow it until it either lives or dies. TARNISH lived but lots of my paths have died slow and sometimes painful deaths. That is what the creative process is to me. Learning, tasting, trying, researching, trying again, throwing out, getting frustrated, tracing back to the roots to see where I got side-tracked. Reboot!

When an idea fails it is usually because at some point I lost integrity. I stopped thinking. I just tried stuff haphazardly without taking a minute to think it though. What am I trying to accomplish here, where will this lead? Have I thought through the process and am pretty sure about the procedure? Have I done enough prep? Where is the thinking flawed? Other times it is just a lack of experience or knowledge that I’ve gained though the making of it. And this is good.

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Montpelier Art Center Showcases it’s Instructors

Instructor's Show

In a wonderful display of talent, Montpelier Art Center shows off the diversity and caliber of_MG_6365 instructors that teach in this hidden treasure in Laurel, Maryland. Tucked away on the beautiful grounds of historic Montpelier Mansion, the art center is one of three in Prince Georges County. Their classes include; drawing, painting, all forms of ceramics, printmaking, animation, graphic arts, sculpture, photography and bronze casting. Classes are not limited to adults. Montpelier host not only classes, but summer camps centered in the arts for children.

There are three galleries in Montpelier. The Instructor’s Show hangs in the Library Gallery from May 3 – 26. The Main Gallery holds the work of Rania Hassan through May 27. Continue reading

The Etching Experience

I’m focusing on two types of printmaking right now. Etching, which got me back into printmaking, and lithography. When I was in college, lithography and collagraphs were my favorites. I could never get the hang of etching. Now it is a challenge. How can I bring my style of working into the etching experience?

I have a broad stoke and am more focused on the texture of the line and contours than I am on subject matter. Etching seems to be a very controlled medium. It’s a little uncomfortable for me. My first etching was of pears. I made a photo of them years ago and really loved it so I used that image as a basis for my drawing. My first print is of the pears as a line drawing only, before adding an aquatint.

pears_first_etch

There is something very tactile about printmaking that I really love. David Bosch is my instructor at Montpelier Art Center and he gave me a lot of good advice. Beside the usual instruction, David is a working printmaker with many years of experience and is very willing to give that experience freely. He sets up a wonderful sharing environment that is critical to the learning process. In fact, I originally created this image as a vertical with the background pear in the upper right corner. Well, the class thought it looked much better as a horizontal and so it is… Continue reading

Goodby 2012

This time last year I was in such a state. I couldn’t decide what to do. I was a photographer for 30 years; the first 15 years as my major source of income and the last 15, well…, trying to get it back. (long story). I talked to Alyson Stanfield at Artbiz Coach and she referred me to Cynthia Morris at Original Impulse. I had a coaching session with Cynthia that changed my life! Continue reading

Leap!

I took a leap of faith. I trusted that the longing in my heart was not just a whim. That this need to create that has been part of my conscious and unconscious life for as long as I can remember had validity. I enrolled in a printmaking class at the local art enter. I was scared. I have found lots of ways to express my creativity that didn’t really stretch my abilities. I made photographs and lots of computer art but never tested my ability to draw.

Well, that’s not completely true. I did draw a horse once and showed it to my Dad and then had to sit through a 20 minute talk on how to draw a horse. And there was a teacher in high school that was so frustrated with my painting of pumpkins that she angrily shouted through the class I had no talent. And the painting teacher in college that said I had no soul and nothing to say because I painted apples. Well, those were the lowest points. There were higher points. Not as memorable, but definitely lingering there in the back of my mind. Like drawing a purse to be admitted to the Art program when I changed high schools mid junior year. I amazed myself…I’m sure it was a fluke. Or winning the blue ribbon for a pastel drawing at the county fair. There probably wasn’t that many entries. I never went to the show, just dropped off the drawing and picked it up…again totally amazed! It had a blue ribbon! Continue reading