Thursday, November 15, 2007

100 Dancing Bears

On to the Next Grand Adventure! On to one-hundred dancing bears - in whatever form they may appear.

The Modern Jazz Quartet is vibraphoning in the background and I must find a new excitement and discipline. What better than to hang around and be introduced to a huge crew of bears who dance? Or don't. (I don't think Larry's a dancer.)

So we will see who shows up and what gets documented. I will have to learn new basic computer skills.

The first 100 dancing bears were done in Sharpie Marker on papers 8 1/2" high by 3 1/2" wide. They were done long enough ago that I don't know when they were started or finished. They were something to do. The rules were: the image had to be done in a space of 5 1/2" by 3 1/2," one bear per space, and the background was filled in by what I call line crochet. It's amazing to see how many shapes, motions, emotions, and scales came about. Some are dull, some are personable. Some ya don't care about, some you'd want to chat with....

Now the skills have increased. There can be pastel bears, acrylic bears, sculpted bruins, collaged cubs. Maybe I'm getting excited. I'm almost afraid to peek into the studio. Yoo hoo - Bob, is that you?

Waltzin' in my mind-

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Try, Try Again

So much for paying attention to the "blog today" lines on all those "do today" lists.

Well, this is the 30 days of knuckling down. eat better, exercise more, get more accomplished. Blah blah blah. But now I can cross off "blog today" from the July 2nd list. Hot damn. Simple pleasures ARE the best. At least right now. One drawer cleaned on the work desk and a blog logged. Now on the mom and two cubs pastel. The title came the other day...."It's Never Too Early to Start Placing Blame."

Rain came to the cities today but not to here. The little ponds are drying up. Some of the ferns are getting crispy. But the tomato plants are doing good so far. The old timers are looking great.

Two days to get ready for the Stockhom wI art fair. I hope it goes as well as last year. Hot - but good sales and much fun. i do miss the Eagle River crew. Serious sigh. And Tara and I spoke of Breyerfest today. Those be long ago days already.

Well, will I keep this up....? Not even I know.
On to what's left of this glorious day.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

It's Spring

The art fair applications keep going out, to new shows and old shows. You never know where you'll find "your people." One rejection so far, and one "you're on the Waiting List." This is one of the trade-offs for being self-employed. The annual waiting out the jury results. It helps makes artists just a tad more crazy. Be kind to your artist pals in early Spring - maybe buy 'em a cup of coffee, and give 'em a gentle backrub. Who knows - you might just parlay a wee bit of understanding into a lovely piece of original art. I'm not promising - but one never knows.

We are working on Pearl's own section on our web site. She has posed with so many human good sports in the past few years - and has also agreed to be sniffed by an art fair dog or two. I wonder what they think..... Does her faux fur pelt smell boring? Does her real siver fox collar smell silver foxxy? Why is she wearing pearls?

On to the day- it's pastel time! (although two oil paintings are also in the works, and at long last.... the start on a dancing bear sculpture.)