Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AIRPORT ART EXHIBITION UPDATE

As promised I said that I would keep you updated on my progress. Down to the wire...less than two weeks till installation. Last two days worked on information labels for case displays, backdrop images and rack card approved. (I llove what the designers did.) Will send PDF file to printer tomorrow. Art work completed, boxed and ready to go. This is like preparing to give birth. Several of you have had shows like this before but this is my first solo show and first installation. Has been a wonderful and valuable experience. The traveling public will be well educated about the art of encaustic and that is exciting.

Ben came home from Maui to visit and left this morning for Toronto. He will be celebrating his 35th birthday there. Very exciting times for him.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Studio Notes

This year long airport art project has woken in me a new way to look at the how and why I do my art–not the technical aspects of molten wax, heat source on wood or paper, but rather the creation of ideas and how and why they go together. Observing how design teams orchestrate in a large space such as an airport is nothing short of brilliant and has inspired me and given new meaning and vision to my art. I am eager to see what they will do with all the creations I have made this past year.
Of course I will be involved with the installation but I also need to trust the design team and curators process of creativity as well. An interesting ride this has been.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

AIRPORT ART EXHIBITION UPDATE

I toured art exhibitions this morning at the San Diego International Airport with one of the curators of the art program. It was very good to see how other exhibitions were displayed. The art and overall displays and designs were exceptional and worth a visit to the airport just to view the artwork.
One month to go! I have done my work over a period of a year and now the work of the design team and curators will begin with more intensity and focus. More photos will be taken next week here at my studio and I need to trust that all will be pulled together for a meaningful exhibition–where the public walking by my installation will "get" what I am trying to say in a matter of seconds.
Preparing for this type of exhibition is quite different from a gallery or museum where the public spends much more time with the art. At the airport folks are more interested in getting through security and to their flight on time. So the display of my work has to have a wow factor that makes people stop and take a look, if even for a few seconds. I am eager to see how it will all come together.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I am going to try this one more time as my last post somehow floated away in cyberspace. Our road trip has been great as we traveled the central coast of California, went east and now in Bishop CA. where we are going to meet our son Gabe and his girlfriend Cristy. The plan is to fish at Lake Sabrina. Later today we plan to open one of the bottles of wine we got at just one of the many wineries we visited along the way and share that with Gabe and Cristy while mesmerized by the sierra mountains covered with snow!

Road trips are good on many levels I think because I take the time to look, to take in, to observe without the need to do anything. I may write something down or sketch but I like the quiet and peacefulness of being ok with just being. No judgement, expectation or busywork. At home I do 5 things at once and still feel like I haven't done enough. I was asked recently Where have you been? Santa Barbara, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Placerville, and now Bishop near Mammoth on our way home.

We have visited with family, met new and very interesting people, experienced art studios of artists we know, visited galleries, wineries, drank delicious wines with food prepared with locally grown fresh vegetables and fruit. Fishing is Al's expertise but I am going to give it a try tomorrow. Maybe I will tell you about the big one that got away.

Safe travels everyone. xxx