Thursday, March 26, 2009

transfer process

 

 

life's third chapter.
third season..of time.
time to challenge and ponder
and play...

i loved taking this photograph
of a basket of my rocks and
learning to transfer and print
it into a book during my class
on tuesday. thanks to my favorite
teacher (she reminds me she's been
my only teacher). but, not so true.

anyway, take photo/image and xerox it. . (not inkjet, but xerox). within half an hour, tape the image in place where you want it transfered, image side down. use solvent from the hardware store, in a well-vented area or outdoors, and with a q-tip, apply solvent to a small area/maybe an inch square, and then take a burnishing tool and quickly rub over the wet area...quickly while it's wet. do this over the whole image, lifting to check occassionally. or google solvent transfers, or try (moleskine site / three robbers)
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

IT TOOK THE WINTER





















it took the winter's time
contained on a shelf
to know when to leave

Friday, March 20, 2009

BETWEEN TWO MOUNTAINS


Caught

Between two mountains,
the Old and the New.

Caught between the seasons,
summer's rush to escape humidity
and winter's dash to avoid blizzards.

We sit

still

waiting

for this confined feeling to slither away
off our shoulders, out our fingertips.
We remember to glance to the west
when it's just the right time of day
to catch that color in the clouds,
that color that warms
our whole selves.


And then
it's spring.

Escape plans
and baby birds
are hatched.

Windows
reopened.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

from MAXINE GREENE

"There are times in my own life when, half deliberately, I take a kind of restless action to uncouple from the familiar in the midst of ordinary life, just in order to see".

WAITING TO BE COMMITTED


I've worked on these "scraps" at different times for awhile, salvaged pieces from studio in the sky, taos...a good way to LOOK before committing to the GLUE.
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FINALLY FRAMED

 
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

REPRESENTING

 
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GINGER OWEN-MURAKAMI teaches at WMU, photography department, and spoke during an artbreak at the KIA tuesday....google her name to see photos of her work. Extradorinary.....and the dress/kites installation was part of a collaboration with my favorite drawing/painting teacher, Vicki VanAmeyden. go to homepages.wmich.edu/~gowen/history-installation-state.html-10K-

Monday, March 9, 2009

in response to La Serena's ten thousand miles

 

for La Serena

that phrase:
"ten thousand miles away"
brings a familiar feeling to me.

it's the same feeling in the
wind howling tonight
as it carries
the long, low whistle
of a train to my window.

it's taking sleepy travelers
away,
or back again.

someone like you might be on it..
someone leaving the rhythm
of their heart
ten thousand miles away.

someone like you
having a heart
wide enough to open
in more than one way.
more than one place.

touch the milagro you brought back.
inhale the lilacness of that memory.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION


It IS about NOTICINGS. Taking time and processing.
And so it is when we connect in deliberate ways.
At least once a week, I'm on Parkview Ave driving through some of the rare green space surviving in our city limits to my favorite market. This Arched Vine would catch me as I focused on the often slippery, icy road, and I'd think about bringing my camera back .... finally did on Monday, snow evaporated, a cold but sunny day, and the arch's arms seemed to be flailing about~~greeting me. I'll return to it often, catching its active ReIntegration. .

BRING IT ON IN



The following day, I was walking through the area arts exhibition at our Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and...the "Arched Vines" were before me again, intricate metal work standing in the middle of one of the side rooms off the main gallery space. I'd love to visit this piece outdoors after a few seasons pass! Maybe I'll become a "stalker" if I find out who buys it!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

STUDIO IN THE SKYE


















"To rise to the sky you need
Two wings, a violin, and so many things,
incalculable things, things without names,
a license for a large slow-moving eye,
the inscription on the nails of the almond tree,
the titles of the grass in the morning"

and good friends.

(my altered postcard on the right, the original on the left)

homage to rebecca, always here

Sunday, March 1, 2009

ALL WHEELS TURNING

Posted by PicasaHollander's: an exercise in FOCUS using that "other side of the brain".

CONCERTINA BOOKS

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ANN ARBOR, HOLLANDER'S Concertina Book Workshop



Honore, Mary and I spent yesterday at Hollander's (THE WORLD'S BEST PAPER BUYING PLACE!)
in
Ann Arbor taking a book-making class. Very detailed work>>warranted rewarding ourselves with a great dinner/wine at Gratzi before the long drive home.!!

SPROUT, BABY, SPROUT

NOW the bunny has gotten into this project too~~~waiting for colors to blend.

OMG..."things are falling apart"



Falling apart? no......just "disintegrating"....om.

(right photo taken one week earlier than the left, the effects of some serious rain & wind!)