Friday, September 26

My new favorite webtoy...

Wallovers, at the National Gallery of Art website, lets you draw tiles in a bunch of different layouts...and they all draw at once. Does that make sense? I guess you should just go take a look. But don't go unless you have some time. You can't not get hooked. My only (small) kvetch is that you have to take a screen shot to save your design. But it's not such a big problem, really.

Forgotten Works Challenge -- new venue

From an email I received this morning:

"As some of you may have heard, Greg McCorkle (the person who was booking and running the art shows at the OK Hotel) was kicked out of the Gallery OK without warning or explanation. It seems that the building management is no longer interested in having art shows there and they were totally unwilling to honor commitments that had been made. Due to this turn of events I have found a new location that will serve as a much better space for the Challenge. We will be showing at the Tashiro Kaplan Building at 115 Prefontaine Place South. The show will be in the community room at the TK space. The Tashiro Kaplan is an arts building and all the street level businesses are galleries and they are all open for first Thursdays. This new location is one of the most active spots on Artwalk and it will give the show much better visability and publicity. While I am sorry to see the changes at the OK Hotel I am very excited about moving the show to a new home."

So, the Forgotten Works Challenge is on almost as planned. I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, September 23

Yep, fall is really here!

It's of yesterday, it's fall. About time, if you ask me.

Blocks were fun! There are a few blanks left which I'll save for the Collage Free-For-All on October 17. If you didn't make it last Friday, maybe you can do one then. And remember tonight is Image Transfers...caulk, tape, heat and gin.

I've added a few group shows to my calendar for this fall: the Second Annual Banned Books Project, at the Kirkland Library; Breasts of the Northwest at Lowell Art Works; and The Forgotten Works Challenge VIII...not, apparently, at Gallery OK. Do follow that link...I just found out about it myself!

Thursday, September 18

Creative Blocks and Image Transfers

Ahhh, September! I loved fall as a kid...loved going back to school. It's still my favorite season of the year and we are kicking it off in Room 206 with two very kindergarten-ish projects in one: cutting and pasting, and blocks. Cutting and pasting on blocks. We'll cover blocks (cardstock or wood) with collages of our personal creative bugaboos. Get them out in the open where you can keep an eye on them. Here's one side of my block. My work always looks better to me a few days later; the moral of the story is not to judge newly finished work.

As usual, all basic supplies are provided. There are heavy paper blocks, glue and lots of recycled paper/old magazines/miscellaneous to cut up. Also as usual, you are welcome to bring your own stuff if you want. If you bring your own favorite scissors or craft knife, you won't have to share. Not that sharing is a bad thing...but, well, you know what I mean.

The standard cardboard block is about 2.5 inches to an edge. There will be a few larger wooden blocks available at cost. These are 4" to an edge and cost $4. If you want one and would like me to gesso it for you ahead of time, email me. If you have a question or are a first-timer in need of direction, email me as well. We like to see new kids on the playground!

Also please note: there will be an extra Tuesday night Art Party next week. Come mess around with caulking, heat, packing tape and gin. But not all at once. Oh, did I mention that we'll be doing image transfers? Bring along some laser or toner-based images if you like, but there will be plenty of odds and ends available for experimentation.

Until tomorrow, or Tuesday...

Tuesday, September 2

First Tuesday

Yes, we're on for tonight, with no particular program...continue working on your altered book, or start one...or start another one. I have two journal projects I'm getting ready for. One is a color-themed collaborative journal (think "True Colors") in a Yahoo group, and the other is a fantasy journal challenge (I couldn't think of a better way to put it just now) that Mrs. Staggs is hosting at the Merryville Community Art Center (I made up some of that) starting TOMORROW!! I can't hardly wait.

Hope to see some of you this evening.

And doesn't it feel like fall?