LUVA Hair and Day Spa is a really special place to exhibit your art! For one thing, the people who own and work there are especially friendly and welcoming. But the space itself is like a cocoon that wraps you up in comfort! Last night was the artists reception for Yvonne Gastelú and I and we had a really great time! Thank you for this lovely opportunity, Alisson DeFaria and Luiz Soares! You are both so gracious and a pleasure to work with! And thanks to Gary Christenson, so good to always be there for community artists and for the great tweet!
I was so happy to be with Gallery friends again! Ose and Marcel Scwabb, Ose Manheim and Elena Martinez! Sue Colozzi and her husband surprised me with their appearance – thanks for the visit! Happy to have my youngest sister, Marie Crowell, accompany me for the night. We had a great after hour or so at the Pearl Street Station.
My art will be there for the next six months, so feel free to visit anytime! We may have some more special events while there, and I’ll bring in new work as I make it.
Things change. Change is probably the most consistent factor of my life. Since my partner, Bill, had a stroke a few months ago, it left him with symptoms that have made it difficult for him to live his life as usual. Without his physical help I’ve been left to my own devices to manage all of the tasks required to maintain my outdoor studio. My plans to build a roof over the structure to keep rain and snow off of it and to protect it from falling branches went down the tubes and it’s been deteriorating for months. So, until and unless I can afford to deal with it properly, I’ve been immersed in making the cellar into a new workspace that will suit my needs for now.
It was a disaster down there – years of “stuff” collected in a space that had been neglected. I’ll spare you the details but I’ve been attacking it by the square foot, clearing out the debris, vacuuming every cobweb and all the accumulated cat hair and bleaching all the mold, Many large green trash bags of yuk are gone! Lots of family treasured china have been put through the dishwasher and re-boxed and stored until I can get them to an auctioneer or something.
I’ve torn apart and reconstructed a few dilapidated pieces of furniture that housed some of this paraphernalia and put the circular saw to other pieces that were too far gone but too heavy for me to carry outside and lugged them out in pieces. Part of the problem was that it flooded down there years ago and was pretty much left in that state. So, I’m attempting to set things up to survive any future flooding that could occur by putting things up off the floor on cement block or whatever I can scrounge to use as a platform. A lot will have to wait until I get to it but everything is being placed in plastic bins meanwhile. Although it’s never flooded in the 8 years I’ve been here, you never know!
I couldn’t deal with taking pictures of the “before” scene, and it still isn’t a pretty picture, but here are some pics of the current state of the project.
Your work is to discover your work; then with all your heart, to give yourself to it. Buddha
I spend a lot of time taking and preparing photos and writing this blog. I began it for myself to document my work but as I went along and realized that it had become more than that. There was you, those who subscribe and others who follow along through Facebook and the WordPress Reader. Subsequently, my writing changed and I began to respond to your readership and to learn more about the whole blogging thing. Because I was so grateful to other bloggers who shared their processes and how they go about their work, I felt that it was important to truthfully share what I knew or didn’t know and what I was learning from my own experiences. I know how hard it is to fail and it can get discouraging to hear of all the successes without hearing about the failures, so I share my failures as well as my successes so that my readers will feel some comfort in knowing they are not alone when it doesn’t work out – it happens to all of us. I probably learn more due to blogging than my readers do because it makes me pay more attention to what I’m doing and in the process of writing, I get clearer about my myself and my own processes.
So I want to thank you for following along and sharing in this expedition and becoming such a motivating force for me to continue my blogging. With your comments and questions you have kept me on track to improve in my documenting skills, to push beyond my comfort level to discover more. You have shored me up with your support when I stumble and fall. Because of you and your input, I have a clearer understanding of my own art and I continue to grow. Thank you for sharing your own experiences and knowledge with me. It’s been a joy when one of you shows up in the real world and introduces yourself as a subscriber and I get to meet you in person. Thank you so much for being there. Keep up the good work! Know that I appreciate the part that you play in enriching my artistic journey!