I know I haven’t posted since my dog Ruby died, which has been almost 2 years ago. Her sudden death really turned my world upside down and I still miss her so much. But, I also haven’t posted because I’ve wondered if people still read blogs? Would it be worth the effort? I guess I’ll find out. At any rate, like most of you, I’m sheltering-in-place 24/7 due to COVID-19. It has definitely been a challenge on many levels. Especially since I’m sheltering at home alone. Just me & my 3 cats. It’s really making me miss Ruby a lot.
Normally the Lawrence Arts Center, where I teach art workshops, has a benefit auction that happens mid-April. But like just about everything else, it had to be postponed until sometime later when it would be safe for everyone to gather. I’m really happy with how the piece I made for the auction turned out.
Here the piece is in progress. First I collaged and painted a 9″x12″ canvas. Then on top of that I glued down tea bags that I had stitched together. I love texture on my pieces, so I decided to leave the thread tails hanging off. Here’s a detail.
Then I glued down the center image. It’s a paper litho print that I made and then painted to add color.
Before I framed it, I added a wash of color and then varnished it. Since the auction has been postponed, I unfortunately can’t give a link to bid on it (yet).
Using tea bags in my work wasn’t new to me, but I hadn’t used them in this way before. I really liked the effect and want to do some more experimenting with them.
Since the Lawrence Arts Center had to shut down mid-March due to the pandemic, that meant the entire spring session of classes were cancelled. I’ve been teaching a wide variety of kids classes there for quite a few years for kids ranging from kindergarten up through high school. It is SO different from teaching adults! It’s very challenging and often stressful, but we also have a good time. Here are some photos I’ve taken in some of the kids classes I’ve taught over the past year.
This was from last spring when we made ceramic bunny bowls in my Clay Play class for K-2nd graders.
Look at all of the prints my middle school students made last summer in my Alternative Printmaking class.
This was a collaborative exercise I had my high school students do in the stARTup class, which is a portfolio building & career development class.
We made ceramic chicken platters in my Clay in Many Ways class for 3rd-5th graders.
This adorable student is showing the ceramic snowman she made in my Clay Play class for K-2nd graders.
The cancellation of the spring session unfortunately cut out a big chunk of my income. And how the summer classes will happen is a little up in the air right now, which adds more stress.
I’ve been sheltering-in-place since March 14th. It’s been scary, but at first I thought with all of this time on my hands I’d get so much art made! That would be the bright spot to all of this scariness. Boy was I wrong. Instead I’ve been spending a lot of energy on trying to deal with what to do about the bills I can’t pay, trying to file for unemployment as a self-employed person, and applying for grants to try to get some financial assistance. I know a lot of people are in the same situation. It’s been exhausting. At first I was hard on myself, feeling like I should be able to get more done. Days would sometimes go by without really accomplishing anything or knowing what I did the whole day. But now I’m trying to be more forgiving to myself and trying not to feel like I’m wasting all of this time at home.
I thought about getting a temporary job as an essential worker to make up for my lost income. But that terrified me because of my health issues–not only because my history with chronic bronchitis & sinus infections, but because of my brain cysts.
Things will be opening up around here soon. And honestly, that kind of scares me. But I’ll continue to shelter-in-place for a few more weeks.
I hope you all are hanging in there, are safe & as ok as you can be. I’d love for you to leave a comment to let me know how you are & what you’ve been doing.