I have been talking about turning one of our bedrooms into my art studio for many years. Well......(drum roll please)......last weekend I finally did it. Everything is labeled and in it's place (so now I can't find a thing!) and the top of my work table stayed clean and clear for about 18 hours. When I make art, it is similar to what I do when I cook - I pull out every pencil, pen, paint, stamp, tool, paper, glue, etc (or in the kitchen case.....every single pot and pan). There is still more to organize, but it feels so good to sit down at my table with art intentions. It might only be a bedroom, but to me it is a fabulous studio and I can see great things happening!!!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I am so excited!!! I just won this month's polymer clay challenge on "Poly Clay Play". Here is a photo of the piece I entered. The challenge was to make something with a cane and my entry was a bracelet I made after taking a class with Sarah Shriver last year. Go check out the Poly Clay Play website at http://www.polyclayplay.com/.
This has been a great week. I also got my blank art journal in the mail so I can start working on "The Sketchbook Project". I now have until the end of the year to fill the book (oh my gosh there are a LOT of pages to doodle on) and send it back so that it becomes part of a touring show in 2011. Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view. Check out their website at http://www.thesketchbookproject.com/.
Gosh I love being an artist. There. I've said it out loud!!
Posted by Annie Hooten - Art With Heart at 6:31 AM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I just spent 15 minutes pouring out my thoughts to the world (or whoever it is that reads my ramblings here) and when I hit publish I got some weird message and everything was gone!! So what I was telling you was that while recovering from shoulder surgery, I have had quite a bit of down time and have spent many hours participating in some online courses.....Carla Sonheim's "The Art of Silliness", Mary Ann Moss' "Remains of the Day", Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen's "Complex Collage" and Traci Bautista's "Creative Doodles". All the classes have been wonderful, but have only served to aggravate my SAS (short attention span) and caused me to flit, flit, flit from one idea to another. I have managed to create a few pages in my art journal and take lots of notes so that when my shoulder is back to normal (will I never be able to pursue my dream of being a trapeze artist!!?? ha ha) I'll have TONS of ideas to follow through on. In the meantime, here are a couple that I'm not too embarassed to share!
Posted by Annie Hooten - Art With Heart at 7:01 AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
So I started a blog some time back and now recently I feel the need to incessantly post (I looked that word up to make sure I spelled it correctly - it means "continuing or flowing without interruption".) Yep, that's me. I met a new blogger online today who talked about suffering from SAS (short attention span). I told her she was my new best friend. I hope she doesn't think I'm a stalker!! Anyway, check out her blog.....it is quite amusing. http://artkerfuffle.blogspot.com/
Today's treasure are my two animals.....Muffin Moulin Rouge (she wore that head piece for several minutes and I laughed myself silly - well....sillier than usual) and Tobie (who is wondering if I am about to give him a biscuit).
That's it for me today, now I must go and incessantly make some more art. I hope there is never a cure for my addiction!
Posted by Annie Hooten - Art With Heart at 7:57 AM
Monday, May 3, 2010
So, we are in May already? OH MY GOSH. Where does the time go? I have so many art projects I have in my head, and my shoulder is still recovering from my rotator cuff surgery.....but getting better every day. I was even able to make some funky polymer rings for our "Heavy Metal" show opening in the gallery on Friday (thanks to Ronna Sarvas Weltman for showing me the technique) and some funky whimsical sculptures (thanks to Julie Haymaker Thompson for showing me the technique). I am never so happy as when I'm creating something - well, maybe when I'm eating some great sushi or a yummy pizza, but then I don't have anything leftover to show for it!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday. Does anyone really READ my blog?
hugs to all
Posted by Annie Hooten - Art With Heart at 9:24 AM