green guide giveaway::karen michel

the talented artist and author karen michel is hosting a book giveaway on her blog.  the book, green guide for artists, was recently published and can be found on bookshelves and online.  but being one of several artists who were asked to participate in this fantastic book, i thought you'd probably want to try your hand at winning a copy.  i have read the book from cover to cover and it is a beautiful compilation of information and do-it-yourself projects.  i was so inspired to read about how to make one's own paint and create art in away that conserves our earth's bounty.  especially if you're first starting out, the task of gathering and collecting art materials can be overwhelming.  karen's perspective of how to recycle and reuse is something we're all too familiar with but maybe not in the context of making. just as you are hopefully teaching your children that the french fries you get from fast food are actually made by planting a seed/spud, so are some pigments in paint made from natural dyes you've got in your fridge or from rocks deep beneath the earths surface.  it's about applying our awareness in little ways that will renew the earth's promises.

hope you all have a restful one, and be sure to check out the book!



coming up tomorrow evening. apparently there's still time to purchase tickets, supporting the local arts and education council. change could be, just about anything, anything at all.  for what it's worth i gave it my "little brown jug" try.  we shall see how it all pans out.  i am excited, simply to spend the evening with kk1000, figuring out how to balance those itsy bitsy hors d'oeuvre plates, unga!  

i have started my next painting, gearing up for the next clothesline art show.  hoping for a fresh new way to present these trees i continue to paint.  are they getting to be old news?  or what?  there are still several things going on behind closed doors that i have yet to be able to speak about, waiting for time. meanwhile, i'll spend the next nine weeks trying to pump out about six new pieces and then come december i'll take that break i seem to need every year.
i have yet to update my etsy shop.  it seems rather unproductive at this point.  and one thing is for sure, i tend to forget to take smaller sized photos of my work, image size is limited on etsy. it's my biggest hang up at this point.  

i'm also looking for a thin shiny yellow belt?  silly me.   


::naturally changing::

until today, my days and nights were overlapping and i had not been able to focus, for lack of sleep.  but i made my deadline in the nick of time, finished this 24"x48" piece for the Arts & Education Councils Silent Auction, Art.a.ma.jig - Change.  

now, on into july.  i plan to begin brand new pieces for clothesline.