The first person to alert me to The Sketchbook Project was Diane Oswald, who I met in my workshops in Hampton, Virginia both years I taught there.Her blog entry on the work she did in my classes is worth checking out for sure.
So anyway, I looked at the Sketchbook Project on line and was very interested.But at the time was so immersed in the remodeling project here at the house I couldn’t imagine taking on anything else.Well, The Sketchbook Project 2011 http://arthousecoop.com/kept being suggested to me and I guess it was like the hundred monkey thing and I found myself emailing people and suggesting they do it and suddenly I had to also. Last time I checked there were over 16,000 people participating.So I signed up and even signed up a friend for her birthday present.My hidden agenda is that when the sketchbooks go on tour and appear in San Francisco my friends and I will have the perfect reason to spend some together there.
I have moved into the house.And on Friday we initiated the studio space doing paste paper.It was a magical day for me.Ignoring the many boxes that need unpacking, the piles of stuff I have accumulated that I have no space for in this little house I dove into the color and played for hours.It was one of those days that just flowed.No struggle.
There is still work to do on the house, especially on the exterior but it is quite livable.And Stella the incredible cat and I love it here.We have lots of trees and space outside, a beautiful new deck and much less traffic in this neck of the woods.At some point I will post some photos.Promise.But now I must concentrate on getting ready for teaching and vending at Art & Soul in Portland in October.
The need to create and play in color started when I was a child. By responding to that call my joy and my work have become one. Almost twenty years ago I took a paper-making class and really fell in love. For years I was sloshing around in the pulp, experimenting, taking classes and teaching workshops. Making handmade paper led to making books. It is in this form that I find the union of paper and many of the surface design processes I love.
There is always something going on in my studio; exploring new techniques in painting, surface design on paper, book binding and handmade paper processes keeps me happily occupied. Sharing what I do and know, through my artwork and my teaching, is a way to pass on the fruits of my curiosity and explorations.
I live at the edge of the charming and historic town of Jacksonville in southern Oregon. I teach workshops in my studio, at An Artful Journey, The Artist's Nook, Art is..You, and have taught at Art Fest and Art & Soul for many years.
SOURCE LIST 2010 I shop local: I buy many of the supplies I use for my personal art at local stores. When buying in quantity for class supplies I often buy on line because the prices are lower and I am spending enough at a time to get free shipping. If the locals can get close in price I give them my business. Sometimes they can and sometimes not. Supporting our local independent art supply stores supports our communities, gives us choices and provides employment. Also if you need something right now they may just have it. Scrap booking and stamp stores often carry paints, waxed linen thread by the yard, book board, tools, papers and may have surprises that will give you new ideas for your art work. And they often give artist’s discounts. Daniel Smith Good prices on Golden paints and Rising Stonehenge paper and Superfine Text Paper (Mohawk) which I use in many of my books, davey board (acid free book board), carving material for stamps, and colored acrylic gesso. Free shipping for orders over $200. I have not found a richer, more pigmented acrylic iridescent gold paint than their own brand. Utrecht paints, mediums and supplies, acrylic gesso. I use UTRECHT artist’s grade or professional gesso when I need a very thick gesso for creating raised patterns. I use their acrylic paint for coloring paste when making paste paper. The paint is economical and heavily pigmented. It’s not creamy smooth like Golden paint but it is fine for making paste paper and the paint cost much much less than Golden brand. Utrecht drawing paper 70 lb. 12x18, pack of 100 http://www.utrechtart.com/dsp_view_product.cfm?item=70694 Volcano Arts online book making and metal smithing supplies, book kits, great ergonomic teflon bone folder, eyelets, tools galore, lots of information, book making kits, waxed linen thread, soldering supplies for making photo charms, brass rules, miniature hardware, check it out! Lots of info and inspiration on this website. Owner Christine Cox has the good stuff and she is a knowledgeable and generous person. John Neal calligraphy supplies, books, some book making supplies and other interesting items including Elmer’s Art Paste for paste paper. West Coast Paper Company Mohawk Superfine 100# eggshell finish and other paper. Dick Blick Paper (Rising Stonehenge, etc.) and art supplies, book board, Elmer's Art Paste, and paint. They have the best price I have found for Golden Fluid Iridescent Bronze Fine paint. Royalwood Ltd waxed linen thread, basket making materials. Hollanders Book making supplies, paper, book board, book cloth, leather, tools. They will custom cut book board. Talas Online bookmaking supplies, acid free double stick tape, book cloth, tools. Stensource and Istencils and Stencilease Plastic stencils. Stencilgirlproducts for stencils. Frantic Stamper Crafter's workshop plastic templates. Scrap Lovers Good prices crafter's workshop templates, paints, adhesives, lots of stuff! Master Pack for Tyvek. Artstuf DOUGLAS & STURGESS Pigments, powders (mica), glitters, sculpting, casting, safety supplies, glues, resin casting supplies and lots of stuff I don’t have any idea what it even is but it’s a down home place I go to when I am in San Francisco. It’s got odd things and it is where I buy the powdered metallic pigments that I add to pulp when making handmade paper.