Honey Loves Bea

Honey Loves Bea
One of the original Buttonface dolls

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

-- One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. -- A.A. Milne

Clearly Mr. Milne had his eye on my studio--no, my house!--far in the future. One of the great joys of a creative life is sifting--sifting here being a synonym for the frantic pawing that ensues when you're looking for inspiration or, more likely, something you know you have but can't find--through piles of random materials and bits of festive debris and abandoned stuff and finding a wee little door into art. Throughout human  history, individuals have encountered these portals. People with any sense cover them back up and never think about them again. The rest of us shrink, contort, or otherwise alter ourselves by any means possible in order to squeeze through to the other side, to the beyond wherein lies who knows what, But that's the draw, isn't it? Art--any art-- should always be an adventure--an excursion into the unknown or a rediscovery of the forgotten. Celebrate untidiness! Create!

Friday, June 22, 2012

EJ Taylor workshop

I just spent an incredible week at a class in San Antonio with master doll artist EJ Taylor. I can't even begin to process the subtle (and not so subtle!) differences in the way that I see and sculpt following that experience, but from this point on the work will be changed! Our host for the week, the amazing artist Rosie Rojas, has posted some photos of the class, if you're interested http://www.rosierojas.com/ej_taylor_workshop/ej_taylor_workshop.html. And if you don't already know EJ Taylor's incredible work, go to ejtaylor.com and https://themastercraftchronicles.com/. I feel so unbelievably lucky to have had this opportunity. I hope to be posting more regularly as projects develop and pieces are completed. Happy summer!