20 x 20 Show = Studio Disaster

January 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

My must have for creative productivity is space...  clear, clean, open space with all my tools at hand.  At least that's how it starts.  The creative whirlwind commences and the studio is again a disaster.  So now that the major push for 20 pieces is over... the clean-up phase begins again.  That's how I was feeling post Thanksgiving, anyway. 

We made it to the reception at the Blue Line Arts Gallery.  Thanks to my hubby for taking this photo of me with the works.  If you can, get there!  So many terrific artists this year, I was feeling extremely humble to be with them.  

©2017 Charlene Martin

I spent more time then I wanted roaming the halls of medical centers and hospitals in December.  Everyone's on the mend now, but it was a stressful month.  I found some creative inspiration in the halls of healing.  I was inspired by Mary Street's mixed media works at the Kaiser in Stockton.  I haven't been able to find her on the internet yet.  If you know her, please let her know these are terrific! One of the aspects I fancy with encaustics, is texture.  I need to look for that old pattern tracing wheel of my grandmothers.  Part of the problem with keeping a tidy studio is all the junk that "could be used in an art project" someday.

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Creative energy has filled my heart, even if the productivity hasn't been in the "studio".  I made the fanciest cookies of my life thanks to an old magazine I came across, Chocolate Pistachio Nut Christmas Trees: 

Chocolate Pistachio Nut Christmas Trees©2018 Charlene Martin

The last few days, I've just bounced around from project to project.  Eventually, I had to take a couple of them out into the kitchen, because there wasn't any empty table space in the studio.  Here's my favorite outcome from experiments designing wine corks into phone/business card holders.  (Did I mention that I've lost a lot of time scrolling around Pinterest?)

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I've had some fun with Spirographs, this is sort of relevant in that it allows me to experiment with color.   Truthfully, it's just relaxing and fun.  Earlier in the year, I was thinking they would be made into unique Christmas cards.  Maybe this year. ;)

©2018 Charlene Martin

Then there's this...

©2018 Charlene Martin

The girls are getting along a bit better these days.  Dixie (on the right) still doesn't want Molly to touch her, but the buffer zone of tolerance is getting smaller.  I've been working on making happy things happen when they are close. 

So that's what my "artful" December was like... How was yours?

The last couple of days, I've been working on my journal, getting it setup for 2018.  She's a real beauty.  I made it in a workshop at The Write Place.  Jonel Imutan was our leader and created a very encouraging and supportive environment.  Check out her beautiful creations on Instagram at JonelifishThe Write Place is on my list of places to visit more often in 2018.  They're doing all the stuff I'm digging into right now, paper making, book making, printing. 

©2018 Charlene Martin ©2018 Charlene Martin ©2018 Charlene Martin

Tons of ideas still bouncing around in my brain, but I'm planning to knuckle down on a few art projects and teach a couple of classes.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and adventurous 2018!


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