Tuesday, May 27, 2014

5th Annual Artist Retreat - Day 2, inspiration

Monday is Oz began much the same as days begin here - a cuppa or two of coffee enjoyed with a morning chat while reading the paper/perusing favorite blogs.


Pam was kind enough to lay out the indigo book I'd made for her. It's antique Japanese receipt book paper that I painted, mono printed, run through the printer, tore, stitched, burned (shhh...don't tell) and covered with recycled denim. There are snippets of the red boat from Newburgh throughout as Pam was with me in spirit last year for Sandra Brownlee's Tactile Notebooks class in Scotland.


Before the real work began, I took advantage of the table sized cutting board to trim a bit of silky merino that I'd dyed and rusted. Christine - it is beautiful!

Down in the studio, we were wondering just what to do with the papers we'd painted, printed, scratched, torn, poked holes in, etc. on Sunday and were drawing a blank. Did we want to end the week with samples or a book or wall pieces?

Just when all seemed lost, Pam clicked the link to Day In & Day Out. Karen's post of her Composition in Red 3 inspired us. Karen, we hope you don't mind that we took your idea and ran with it.


Suddenly, sheets of paper that had been uninspiring took flight.


We soon needed more papers to work with. Thinking of our friend Julie had me experimenting with a shallot


while Pam played with the antique Japanese paper. 




All in all, day 2 was very productive. 84 tags of possibilities.



Christine, FionaJulie, Lotta and Susan - if you felt that you were being talked about/to yesterday...well...you were...by Pam and I. Your presence was felt in the studio and it had fun.

13 comments:

  1. Gorgeous - gorgeous and yes - very tactile and so elegant!! If you ever do come to 'Oz' the real one - down under you have to broadcast it far and wide so we can prepare an appropriate reception for you - you inspire so much!!

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    1. I got a chuckle from your saying that if I ever do visit the real Oz, it must be broadcast far and wide. When (yes, hope is eternal) that trip finally becomes reality...the second the flight is purchased, you'll no doubt be able to hear my yell of joy all the way over there. It will be broadcast in all caps on this blog for all to know.

      The idea of a reception is lovely. A party to meet all my Australian friends. Now wouldn't that be something!

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  2. I can see that this is another productive retreat for the two of you! And I thought my ears were burning because of the heat! :) Beautiful marks...can't wait to see where things go next. Met an interesting fiber artist in Staunton who is having a show this October in New Haven. You might want to take a visit to her show. I'll be blogging about her soon.

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    1. Glad to see that you've resurfaced...we were beginning to worry.

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    2. No worries...it was great to finally get away with Mark. We had to cancel our October 2013 trip to Charleston due to the government shutdown. It's strange to now get back home and into our old habits after spending 24/7 together! Looking forward to seeing your book(s) of marks develop.

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  3. palpable excitement and enrichment.

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    1. Smiling over your comment. Thank you!

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  4. Sending you love for the inspirational images and open sharing of your time with Pam. Am happy for you that you are using the silky merino. Continued success this week to you 2! xo C

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    1. Your good vibes must have reached the studio today because it was a very productive and satisfying day. Much love sent your way!

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  5. I'm very happy to have been there! If only...
    We're away at the moment so I'm just catching up - now onto Day 3!

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    1. You're always here with us in spirit. One day it will be for real. Enjoy your time away!

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  6. Nice tags! Thanks for crediting the source of your inspiration. =)

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    1. You're very welcome Karen! Pam saw your post and it was an aha! moment. I love your red installation. Enjoy!

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