Some of the things I was working on at the annual Icon gathering in Union Pier. Many of the accoutrements are courtesy of Bonnie, who was moving her studio. Many of the techniques used here were Anne's and Bonnie's also. It was a lovely time!
There is art to photograph and art to make and art at the Chagrin juried show opening this coming Friday but right now, there's a new addition to the menagerie. I don't know where I read you should never have more pets than you have bedrooms, but with 3 bedrooms and just 2 cats, it was a foregone conclusion that we'd add a dog. And that would be our rescue pup Kima. She's 1&1/2 or so and afraid of everything, including cats, and the cats are terrified of her barking so it's high drama around here. Some pictures:
So the Art Icon Traveling Gypsy Caravan arrived in Mystic CT on the 18th of September and spent whole days and some nights making polymer clay book covers and the innards as well. This is my big book, I made a smaller one to journal our carousing and art making but the photo is not ready for prime time. Later on that one. But below are some shots of the whole event:
Our view. It could not be more scenic.
The Icon Artists minus me the photographer. Our studio was the Historical Society in Noank CT and was the site of Amelia Earhardt's wedding. She picked a good one.
A potporri, the full moon over Stonington Point, srimshaw from our museum visit (we TOUCHED it), light house somewhere on Long Island Sound from a sailboat and all the books from this year's project.
And lastly, shots of the books being recorded by Bonnie surrounded by other Icons:
As the title tells, this was leftover. Only 2 originals were made this year with several copies of each. I handed those out randomly to folks I knew and gave the last one to the cashier at the grocery. I think I'll do that next year.....it was as much fun as handing out money!
Contrary to news reports we are not buried in snow (OK, the NE is, but it floated north of us). It freezes, it thaws and melts, it snows and rains and the sun shines too! When these were taken in January, it reached 60 degrees and the ice fishers were smart enough to get off the ice:
The closing of the holiday didn't really come at the end of December for me....there were all kinds of holidayish things to do until late this month: taking down the church decorations, writing the thankyous for all that, Dad's BD, my BD and then the thankyous for that. But before all that we were in San Marcos to see a movie and have lunch (and I did some sketching), that's on the left. On the right is a nearly indecipherable sketch of the 1st Night crowd hanging out among the suspended ceramic pieces that nearly filled the whole room. On it's side, but I like the vertical view.
This is soooooo yesterday but before I put the Santas away I wanted to show them off. Every January (yes, January, December is way too busy) I make one or 2 of these. The most recent is the white one on the right. My friend Monica says they look like they're doing the Macarena:
And below is a flirtation with mandalas and seasonal art. I'm playing with making 12 of these, one for each month in the year. This idea has occured to me before and I don't follow through so we'll have to see.