on pressing & painting

Peeks of new work in process I'm planning for a show. Sizes are 10 x 11 in. and include graphite drawing, watercolor, letterpress and linoleum block printing.

I have been interested in Julie Green's egg tempera paintings since I was a grad student and met her in her home. I'm beginning to revisit her work and let me just say, it's still so powerful yet now in new ways. If you read about her Last Supper project on her site, you'll be blown away. Work like hers reminds me to make important work and try not to get caught up in the rif-raf. Perhaps you know what I mean? Looking at her body of work wakes me up, artistically, and makes me want to drop everything {like _______, blogging, _______, flickr, etc.} to paint, paint, paint. And her materials remind me {which I've been feeling lately anyway} how much I miss grinding my own watercolor and egg tempera paints. I feel the tactility and discipline of that process stirring within me and know I won't be able to ignore returning to it much longer.

I originally was going to share some handmade faves with you today but sharing Julie's work seemed more pressing. But before you go, don't miss these two things}
} Rachel will be having a shop update today around noon cst. Have you seen her photos lately?
} And in case you haven't seen Dialogue @ Design for Mankind. The first episode features three of my favorite people, in addition to Erin herself, of course.

as thoughts wander

Yesterday on my walk home from the post office I stopped in the used bookshop at the sight of this in the window. It's "William Christenberry The Early Years, 1954-1968" by J. Richard Gruber, isbn 0817309608. I felt like letting my mind wander as I skimmed the images and then the other shelves.

I grew up in the 'south' as did he and so I feel a kind of familiarity to some of the imagery and yet a distance from that era. To me, Christenberry's work brings to light the southern vernacular in a way that is stark like the twinge of pain from a splinter and yet it's as nuanced as honey.

When I was in undergraduate school I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Christenberry in his studio while with a group of students on a business of art trip. I remember he had a piece of advice that really stuck with me. He said, 'as an artist, always save your best[favorite] pieces [from each series] for your own collection. so you and your family will have them.'

Next week I look forward to letting my thoughts wander some more as I read this book and sit in a beach chair with two of my favorite people beside me, overlooking the Atlantic.

Is someone inspiring you today?

till soon,

birds eye view

[bird's eye view collage by Rick Beerhorst]

Good morning,

Guess what. It's Friday. Again. Every single Friday I wonder how this happens. How it gets here so quickly. Why is that? Are we busier? Or is time going faster because we don't want it to? Hmmm.

It's raining here this morning. We needed a little rain, the ground was beginning to get big cracks in it.

I slept horribly last night. I don't know why you need to know that. It's just something I'm thinking about as I look at my full day of teaching kiddos. It will hit me after lunch I'm afraid. Do you get a sleepy slump in the day?

Ok, what I really want to show you are the woodblock prints I ordered from artist Rick Beerhorst. I've been aware of him for several years as he and I share a gallery together. Recently however I came upon his etsy shop. In addition to woodblock prints, he makes some beautiful paintings, reminiscent of early american art / icon paintings. His work makes me want to take a jab at woodblock printing. I wonder how that would work? I think it would be different.

Ok, I need to go refill my coffee cup. Today calls for two cups of coffee.

Melissa B., if you're reading this, [well even if you're not] I'm thinking about you today.

Have a great weekend!

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