Saturday

The American Crow



Spending more time at home has given me the opportunity to get to know the backyard gang. One of my favorite visitors is the American Crow. 






have tenderly named the bird Ginger. Initially a little skiddish with the presence of humans, now the bird is not so quick to fly away. The crow loves to feast on grapes, peanuts and meal worms. 



Ginger is regal and sleek. Sometimes I think the bird is actually posing for my benefit. The bird also has a distinct sound, when she calls out it sounds like someone is saying, "UH-OH". When I hear that call in the backyard I make sure there are tastey treats readily available for consumption. 

Thursday

Artifacts from a Pandemic



That toilet paper that has been so coveted...seems a shame to toss the empty tube at the end of the roll.
Pondered this thought to my sculpture students...and these are our results!







Saturday

Porchtraits...daily life during the pandemic

Pandemic Portraits...This series is titled PORCHTRAITS
It is a pleasure to visit my peeps, and hang out in the yard and photograph this moment in time.




It feeds the extrovert that is raging to get out during this shelter in place. It is  a joy to hang out  and just be candid with my camera. 


I will continue this as long as we are practicing social distance. Using the camera and a longer lens allows me to maintain a safe distance and still quench that thirst for human contact. Invite me over! 




School Daze

Recently, I have been organizing my studio and the mountains of ephemera I have collected over the years...how about a little makeover for an old faculty yearbook photo? 

Thursday

Conversation Partners...



This pandemic has changed the way we interact with our families, friends, co-workers and most of all how we teach. The studio environment is a unique place where the conversations and human interactions are equal to the work. The current situation has us improvising. More on that in another post...
I am so fortunate that I have a studio space in my home. It is the perfect reprieve from the news, and a quiet refuge from the 24/7 hustle and bustle of my family.


Earlier this week I was struggling with making a demonstration recording for creating a tunnel book. 

Stretching my laptop up and tilting it with the aide of the table top easel allows the built in camera to capture the demonstrations was a great solution. (photo above)

I approached it like a cooking show, prepping all the steps and laying it out for ease during the demonstration. Just as I would in a classroom setting demonstration, but closer confines.

Talking through the process to an empty room was quite strange. So, I improvised and asked a fellow artist to listen in and converse with me as I went through all the steps. Having a conversation partner created that illusion of normalcy that I needed, that sense of being together in the making space.

The video was not perfect, but it was genuine and explained the steps thoroughly and offered side bar tidbits on where to find clever ephemera. I am grateful to my art hive and all that is 
happening to support our students during this surreal moment in our history. I know as I get comfortable with this new strange reality the adventurous spirit will return and I will learn to enjoy making conversations with the walls in my studio...

                                                   Out of this World                                                  Tunnel Book

Friday

Notes...



I have participated in an abundance of virtual meetings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since I am attending from my studio I have delighted in taking notes on craft paper or black paper...using a variety of drawing utensils. Reminding me of the joy of handwriting...it is visually pleasing and I find myself rereading them when I am hanging out in the studio after hours. They contain advice, ideas and mantras food for thought from what I heard, wondered and questioned.
Life has definitely been different, and I am embracing the slow down. Making a concerted effort not to be anchored to the screens all day, but taking daily bike rides, photographing the wildlife and beautiful blooms in my yard and making art a priority. Talking with my loved ones, near and far has also been great fun! 

#30dayartquarantine #stayhome #hereifyouneedme #sketchnotes

Thursday

April Showers...


March snuck out the back door, leaving all its dirty laundry...
Grateful to April for leaving the fools back at the ranch.
Wishin' those April showers would wash the pandemic away.
Hope you are healthy and taking care of yourselves.
Covid-19 is no joke.


#30dayartquarantine is still a thing....and now more than ever, STAY HOME.