Thursday, June 30, 2011

about june~

photos removed from this post due to tech problems....

i can hardly believe june has flown by.....always a busy month with school getting out and summer here in full force~
  i was in manteo for a little while teaching a "play-shop" and seeing some friends.  what a sweet little town to visit!

in the midst of teaching and visiting and playing in manteo, i had got to do some art journaling too.
one thing i've known, but continue to learn on an even deeper level is that art saves me.  no matter where i am and what the circumstances, i can always whip out my art journal and get it out in some fashion.

sometimes, flying is the hardest part......

there's been a big mess in my little studio this month too.....i've been playing along with stephanie lee and judy wise in their plaster studio workshop.  what fun!!  i remember making things with plaster when i was younger, but i didn't have the full appreciation for art in all its forms then.  i think i just did some hand prints and that's about it!  thanks to stephanie and judy, i've found new uses for plaster and have another creative outlet for myself!!  (a little dangerous, yes....but so much fun)~

my little boat, before paint......

after paint.....but still not finished.  
i love the rough and raw texture of plaster and i love how it feels to get your hands in it!

i found a purple starfish once, here at wrightsville was so pretty.....
i wanted to make one to keep forever.  it's not the same as the one on the beach that i saw but didn't take because it was still alive and vibrant with life and color, but i like it!  i still have a little painting to do, but this is it for now.

my friend jen called me last weekend and told me about a yard sale she found where 4 artists were selling their stuff.....
of course i jumped in the truck (my man came along too) and we were off to see what we could find.
it turned out that the 4 girls were friends of mine and they had all kinds of goodies that i couldn't resist!!  
i found this sign for $5.  and love it!  i've seen these at NOFO (a favorite gift shop)  for $45.
i also found lots of paints, papers, a fold out 6 foot long table, some yarn, stamps and hole punches.....but i love the sign the best!!  it's hanging in my kitchen so everyone knows the deal here..."be nice, or leave"

i will be teaching another "play-shop" here in wilmington with melissa manley sat. july 16th....9-5
"book-making journey" at heART space.  we're doing this here in my apartment/studio.
making a book with a copper etched stamp and also hand carving a stamp to use again and again.
we will teach lots of journaling/collage/photo techniques to use and will have plenty of time to create a unique and beautiful book together.  
cost of play-shop is $95. and includes all supplies, lunch, snack and inspiration~
call for more info. or to sign up...910-231-5576

and this is our new baby...."rio"~
he loves sunflowers too!!