The past few years I have been placing owl things around my home; due to the current "owl fad" this has made it easier. But I am also now incorporating owls into my art. I am doing this out of a sense of homesickness. My Dad collected owl figurines since before I was born. My sisters and I would always get him owls as presents (from all over the world too). His collection is vast and every time I would visit him at work when I was little I would be fascinated with the world of owls adorning his desk, shelves, cabinets, walls, and even on his door. I can not think about my Dad without thinking about owls, so having owls in my home and in my art, makes me feel closer to my parents even though we live so far apart.
We were able to trim the tree last night, which is always fun. But unfortunately my copies of The Year Without a Santa Claus and the Muppet's Christmas Carol are at my parents house, so I will only be able to watch Black Adder's Christmas Carol this season. (My husband will miss out on rolling his eyes at me as I do the Heat and Snow Miser dance.)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
(yes, this is our tree; the Deciduous look is so less messy)
Sketch Book Update: Today I glued pages together to make them more sturdy for my collages. The Sketch Book is looking a bit more loved and used. Now I just need to get it looking less blank. Only three weeks left.
Below are some pictures I took during one of my walks last week. Now I just need to turn them into art for my sketchbook. I am interested to see how they evolve because for the moment I am stuck and not quite sure which direction to follow. Maybe the best first step would be to clean my desk so that I can use it.
Last night I tried experimenting with paper cut-outs. I concluded from the experiment that it is very time consuming and that I am the type of person who has to stop constantly to look for the tiny piece of paper I just dropped. This experiment might not be repeated.
This weekend I am moving my studio from Mellwood to my new home now that I will have space for it. I am so excited because this will lead to greater productivity. I get most of my ideas at night sipping on my cup of tea and it has been so hard not having my desk and supplies at home. Because of this move, I will be posting more frequently from now on; at least twice a week if not more.
Also, I am starting my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project this weekend since most of my boxes have been unpacked. (See icon on the right.) My theme is "Down the Street." I will be doing art based on whatever tickles my interest within walking distance of my home; this will be art and exercise all in one project (preparing myself for holiday cookies and other yummies). I will be posting the pages as I complete them.
My favorite restaurants have menus based on local seasonal food. So I thought why not experiment in local seasonal art. I have been collecting leaves, bark, wild flowers and dead insects to as inspirational mediums.
Birch Leaves: I do not know what the cause is, but the result looks like delicate lace.
Cicadas: Every morning I find the remains from the night's cicada molting around the base of trees. I have also found a few still attached to the trees.