Ideally, I would have sat down maybe each week and updated this here blog. I gotta tell ya, every since I started using Instagram I definitely have been posting to my blog less, and when I do it is waaaaay after whatever I am posting about happened. I thought about not posting to my blog anymore, heck I don't know if anyone out there reads it...but it is my way of documenting in another area of the interwebs my life and my art at this time...so, here goes.
If you have been following my social media then you know that we MOVED. Yup, in the middle of a pandemic. Awesome. It has been such a weird time, these few past months. In many ways it has been like one long block of time. It is hard to remember when various events happened, and hard to remember what 'normal' life was like before social distancing and face masks. Now add moving on top of everything. It was tough to be leaving south Florida mid-July and not being able to see everyone that we wanted before we left and go and do all the things we wanted to, but we will be going back- it's our vacation spot once again.
So what I am going to do is just kinda summarize the month of July, not in order but grouped a bit based on topic.
Okay, here goes;
June 2020 wrapped up with an art giveaway!
In addition to the pandemic these past few months have been full of social and political unrest- so much swirling around race and basic kindness. I wanted to do a small thing to try and encourage some positive vibes, so I did an art giveaway on my FB page. Folks just had to think of someone different from themselves in some way and give them a public shoutout- say something nice! The pieces were snatched up quick- I gave away just about the whole series, and it felt good to see all the nice comments folks were writing about others.
Saying goodbye to SoFlo :(
What is harder than trying to hit up all your favorite spots before you move? Trying to do it when Covid has everything turned upside down! If you know me personally you know that John and I LOVE traveling- but the pandemic has definitely kept us more local. We did manage to make one last trip to Orlando to spend the 4th, went and had a drink at our favorite spot at the least busiest time of the day so there wouldn't be too many people there (wore a mask walking in, they clean and disinfect constantly AND are open to limited capacity WITH social distancing on top of that- they are on top of their game) then picked up food to-go from our favorite places and hung out in the hotel for the 4th by ourselves. John made sure to get a room with a balcony so we could have a view of the lake- and we even saw a few fireworks. For the past few years we have spent our 4th at Willie Nelson's picnic in Austin....this year was different for sure, but we threw on some Willie songs and just made a new 4th of July memory.
When I saw the email in my inbox about a chance to participate in SCAD's Summer Educator Forum virtually (you know...on account of the pandemic and all...) I immediately hit 'reply' and signed up. I didn't even have to think twice about it- and I am glad I acted so quickly because I think the classes filled up the same day!
Last summer was such a great experience, I had a chance to take a legit Fashion Illustration workshop and also learn some leather work... here is a blog post about all that;
This summer we were able to sign up for one Zoom workshop and then also have access to various speakers and tours. I chose a workshop about Fashion and Art with Carmela Spinelli. It was like I was back in my undergrad Art History lectures again, which I am super nerdy and LOVED! It also made me feel like an undergrad because there was SO MUCH new information. She would present garments and talk about the art and culture of the time...it was just what I needed.
For our project we could choose to come up with an exhibition proposal or a six piece collection based on an artist/movement. Of course I chose the second one! I knew I wanted to tie in whatever I made with my current June series, so I looked for connections in art using monarch butterflies as the motif. I remembered seeing some small botanical pieces at the Salvador Dali museum a few years back...and the Charles James silhouettes I saw at the Met a while back...and decided to marry those ideas in my six piece collection.
We all had a chance to present our pieces or exhibition ideas, I had a simple PowerPoint and then the actual artwork to share;
Usually by this point on the summer John and I have been on at least 1-2 flights and or road trips...but this summer, not so much due to Covid. We finally decided to travel at least in-state...to Key West! Last time we went it was Christmas year before last so we were anxious to see how they were handling social distancing, etc down south.
...and we still have seven months to go.
I am still thinking about how to verbalize what my June series is about, but those that know me personally and know my heART- you will get it right away I am pretty sure.
For now, I will give you this;
I will revisit this and give more information...once I get my words right.
Til then, I wanted to share a fun Zoom art workshop I was fortunate to participate in. My friend Kianga asked me if I would participate in one of her on-line workshops. She is going to be offering these for the public in the future, but for this first one it was just a small group of creative ladies and I felt honored to be included.
I didn't realize just how excited I was all week- but that morning I woke up early and set up a spot downstairs so I wouldn't wake up John and the cats. Here is a peek;
Any interaction with Kianga is a whole vibe reset, and this was no different. She opened the session with a blessing of our hands, which really cleared the space for creativity. She gently guided us through three note card making activities, giving some loose guidelines but encouraging everyone to make the work our own.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INCLUDING ME, KIANGA!
Oh, and shameless plug- check her out;
The fiber fun didn't stop when the workshop ended, I still had fabric left so I decided to include some in my daily art...
While I was working on the series I had folks asking about purchasing the works...but the only problem is that the works were all 'temporary', something totally different that how I usually work. I decided to make a small group of five pieces that I would make available for purchase. These are jewelry bits and pieces glued to 8x10 canvas boards;
I realized that I still had one more piece to make- so I decided for the final piece I would make one piece for myself to commemorate this series and also to pay homage to the lady that started my love for bling- my granny. The dress is covered with some of the vintage brooches that she gave me, and there is a gauzy black bag under them with little starts inside that actually more around when you shake the piece.
I feel like this format could be a good way to revisit the series later, or to make some pieces in the future to sell.
But for not now, MANY things going on...more details to come!
And an excuse to buy a NEW planner, obviously! We deserve it! (and new pens, highlughters, all that...it's been rough!)
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG