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I'm interested in how artists and writers do this, using art as therapy. Escaping into the worlds we create. We're all victims and few of us are truly free. David Lloyd
I thought I would share some of the art I have been playing with over the past month, to keep myself as sane as possible. So it is scattered around here and there.
I also thought I would share that I have another appointment with my primary care physician on Friday morning of this week to discuss the possible need to see some kind of specialist. They have now tested every ounce of blood I have for every possible concoction of ne'er-do-well diseases, and I am really looking forward to having some answers.
Also, my doctor has decided that the debris-lump (ha!) should be looked at via a surgical biopsy. I will be making that appointment soon, but have been putting it off for obvious I-just-can't-take-the-stress reasons. Now that I have written it down in this blog, I suppose I'll have to be accountable to all you readers to get it done soon. So, you know, stay tuned.
Also, I wanted to remind everyone that registration for ConvenZioNE classes will open late in the day on Valentines day, so this coming Saturday. Lots more reminders will be coming your way soon.
Finally, for those of you who might be wondering why the heck it takes me so long to get caught up on emails after a several week hospital stay, I offer the folllowing to shed some light on the situation. I have a total of 5 email addresses that I check regularly. One is primarily for family and old friends. Another is for Art related subjects that may or may not be directly related to ZNE. I won't bother to go into the "inbox/unread" count on those - because, well, it stresses me out.
Here is what I will share. The account that handles all incoming ZNE related emails generated through the websites and other vehicles currently looks like this:
My main ZNE generated email in box (from all the websites, etc.) at present has 8,642 unread emails.
Let's add a little art interlude now, to destress from just this one email acount:
Now, lets switch over to my most commonly used Yahoo Account. It is mostly for Convenzione stuff, communications with Sherra, and other emergency communications:
Now, on the offhand chance you can't read that number, there are 5,103 emails in that account which are UNREAD at this point. At this point, my blood pressure is beginning to rise, so lets do some more art:
Ok, so now we come to my favorite account, because it is only in the hundreds. Hooray. My ZNE Network account which is actually one of the best ways to reach me, only has 245 unread emails in it:
Now, I am not going to pull out the calculator and do the math, but at quick glance, you can see that I have over 13,500 UNREAD emails to catch up on over the next couple of weeks.
I absolutely can not put into words how much every message of support and encouragement means to me. I read every blog note and my heart skips when little endearing pieces of artwork and notes arrive in the mail.
I appreciate every note and every inquiry, and I am constantly astounded by my "cyber" popularity.
All that being said - please don't stop sending emails if you are still waiting for information about ZNE Membership, ConvenZioNE, or Art, Paperie and Pleasantries. These are being prioritized right now.
My heart is heavy that getting back to every well-wisher is slow in coming, but rest assured, all your notes warm that same heavy heart.
I am a bit overwhelmed but I have also decided to work on some kind of artistic creation nearly every day. In the past, my own creating suffers when I am overwhelmed. This time around, it is my escape, and a wonderful therapy.
If you need anything from me, please do not hesitate to email, or better yet leave a note for me on the ZNE Network, or on the blog directly.
Know that I wil be replying as soon as possible.
In the meantime, try some art therapy -I don't really believe we are victims (as in the quote at the top) but I do know that art can truly free you.
Well, the Castle in the Meadow Event (www.CastleintheMeadow) is this weekend, so I did a dry run of the castle we are going to create, today. I have to say, the picture doesn't do it justice, because it doesn't really show the depth. The box on the front is three dimensional, and castle inside is sort of floating inside of it. The Queen is also on a hidden cardboard riser of sorts, so she is raised up from the canvas panel.
The piece incorporates a little bit of everything - a walnut staned canvas panel, creating a box/theatre assemblage. Working with glitter glue and other embellishments, and just - lots of fun. It is a fun project that can be completed in a couple hours. I can't wait to see what everyone else's looks like! I'll post pics next week.
Speaking of which - a few of my girls were mad that when I posted pictures of the house yesterday, I neglected to post my Candy Machine picture - as you can see, one of their favorite places to hang out.
I can't believe that June is almost here. I know the month will fly by - SO much wonderful stuff going on! The first week of June I'll be flying out to Michigan for a family reunion. I am really looking forward to it. While there, on June 8 - ZNE will have a Midwest Meet - during our Castle in the Meadow event (www.CastleintheMeadow.com) - I am SO excited about the event. It should be truly extraordinary.
Then, on Saturday 6/21 - I have a full day of classes to teach at Nova Studio.
Jon Troast (www.JonTroast.com) was so wonderful, during his concert in my living room (!) - it was just pure joy.
Here are a few of the mesmerized guest. As you can see - it was nearly impossible to get a non-blurry picture. I think it was because there was a wonderful whirlin dirvish of frenetic and positive energy in the air. Here, amongs the blur are Gina Gabriell, Iva Wilcox,their spouses, my best friend Marc, and his date Cara.
Here's a group shot:
Iva, her husband John, Marc and his date Cara, me, Lyn Wright, her husband Bill, Gina, her husband Steve, in front of Gina is her son Noah, and kneeling is Jon Troast.
What can I say about Jon Troast? This guy is truly up and coming, he is so very talented. My 11 year old son loved him, all of the guests loved him - and stay tuned for really exciting news about Jon and the ZNE ConvenZioNE 2008 event- coming soon! www.ZNEcon.com
So, that was Friday night. On Saturday, I headed out to Point Richmond, and the lovely Nova Studio.
The owner of Nova Studio, Lori Nova, is an expert soap and body product maker - and she teaches exquisite classes about the same...
However, the studio also welcomes instructors who teach other topics. There are some wonderful mixed media classes at the studio, though I am teaching a series of art/business related classes. Yesterday I taught a wonderful group of students about the art and craft show circuit. I just loved the lovely pale green studio. What's not to love about this fun wall display, showing off both soap and bodyworks, and fun mixed media samplings:
And I loved this picture - look at all those jars of herbs and petals and all kinds of lovely scented goodies!
If you all want to join me for the next series of classes I am teaching there, they will be on June 21, and you can learn more here:
Hey everyone! Just a heads up that I am teaching several art-business classes at Nova Studio in Point Richmond, at the end of May and end of June.
The most common questions I receive that are business related have to do with internet selling and marketing, and breaking into the local arts and crafts show scene. I am more than happy to provide a whole whopping bunch of info on all those topics during the following classes:
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So don't miss out! Hurry on over and register today, and add "business smarts" to your personal list of great qualities!
My snuggle bunny Butter was worried about his mom, this past week - as I the side effects from the meds for the asthma attack had me flat on my back a lot of the time.
My husband snapped this picture of him, protectively cuddling me, one afternoon. Despite my unprecedented bed head (all right, all right. Its precedented around my house!) I thought the picture was too cute not to share.
Speaking of cute, and of days when I was up and around - the Altered Hanger Altered Everything workshop I held week before last was SO fun. It was made all that much better of course, because the fantabulous PerpetualPlum (Sue Clark) was visiting from Oregon, and so I spent a lovely afternoon Downtown Pleasanton hoppin' with her, prior to the workshop. She stayed for the workshop as well, she's the gorgeous blond in these pictures.
In this shot, we are gathered around my infamous "basket-o-fibers." That's Kathryn Virello on the left. We were also joined by Patti Schuldheisz - but I forgot to snap her picture before she scotted out the door.
Sue took this picture of me, demonstrating how to unscrew the cap from a jar of gesso. This is an important skill to have.
Here is some of our work:
Here's the one that Patti Patti Schuldheisz created:
And I had fun making another one as well.
I don't have a close up shot of Kathryn's - as she took hers home to finish. But she returned it to me for a special project we are working on (more on that at a later date) so I'll get a good snapshot of it later. In the meantime, here's another group shot of us, with our finished hangers: