It has been quite a year, 2016, and I think I am glad it's coming to an end as well.
Just last weekend I had an Open studio and it was the most glorious highlight of my year. I can't thank you all enough for coming and those of you who far away who wished me well. My friends Nancy, Giovanna, and I enjoyed meeting all of each other's friends and sharing our artworks with everyone who attended. Some of you may be aware that I broke my wrist* a few days before the Open Studio which was unfortunate and I have had some problems with it since so I'm going in for surgery tomorrow morning to repair the broken bones with pins and plates to stabilize it once and for all. Then there are the weeks of casting to follow - and you have got to know that typing is far from easy these days. Even now i am dictating this post using VoiceNote II. Quite a clever and useful little app!
So at this point it looks like I will be signing off for the year now. I have a few more classes to teach with my wonderful students at Riley Street then I'm taking the rest of December off and just contemplating being still and not pushing myself like I am so inclined to do. So in the meantime I wish you all wonderful holidays with loved ones.
In closing I'm sharing with you some of the left-handed sketches that I'm doing at my kitchen table with ink bamboo pens and drawing sticks (the messier and more expressive the line the more I love it) and some watercolor and gouache - just easy-going therapeutic meditative drawings because of course I must continue to make art, my soul needs to and I know that will help my healing. Thank you for following along with my art journey this year. xoxoxo
and hope of peaceful days ahead
in a time of global uncertainty.
* - right wrist, 9 months after right thumb joint surgery. left thumb joint surgery now postponed several months. a year or more of hand challenges!! wtf?
My demo piece from Open Studio
day 1 ink
day two add gouache
Be Creative. It's Good for the Soul!