Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ann Arbor

After a working on my portfolio and a good hard workout this morning. I got out of the house and went to AA2, Kerrytown of course. Got some paper at Hollanders talked with staff about one of my books, which I know now for sure I'll be taking additional classes on the weekends to expand my knowledge of books and the type I make. From there to the farm market craft fair held every weekend. Always an inspiration to see how others do and make their crafts. Candles, books, jewelry, ceramics, fused glass, paintings, batik tie dye. etc... of course all handmade. No Wal-Mart vendors at this show. For those that don't know what a Wal-Mart vendor is, they order their stuff from catalogs by gross lots and put it in shows as original "handmade" art. Buy from local artist especially ones you know! Well, off to have a glass of wine and work/finish up another book. Keep the creative juices flowing and God Bless! :)

Handmade Gifts

I've been making several handmade books this summer for gifts. As an artist it has been my goal to get people to stop buying items at box stores and support your local artist. Just my way of spurring our economy. This book is 11x17 in size, the dancer figure is an underlay. I cut the figure our of matte board, glued it down and then as the PVA glued was applied I used my bone knife to work the paper around the figure giving it a 3D feel. The paper comes one of my favorite stores in the region, Hollanders in Ann Arbor. Never been and you enjoy nice handmade paper, make it a point to go. I make it a point to go on Sunday's the farmers market will be in full swing then I arrive. The best of both worlds art and fresh organic fruits/vegetables. Well, time to get my morning workout in and enjoy everything this day has to offer. Please check on my portfolio to see more of my work, take care and God Bless!

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Beginnings

Tonight is the start of my art blog. I've put a lot of thought into this and what will it contain. I've come to this conclusion, this blog is about me coming into my own as artist and art director. Of course the road my change at any given moment as new explorations will always be around the corner. Where does inspiration come from and how does it affect my world as an artist. This and so many more new adventures are ahead for me and I know it.