Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Yesterday I was invited to speak to a small group of future art educators at Shepherd University about my practice as both an art teacher and an artist. As part of the university’s 150th anniversary, professor David Modler set up a series of talks and workshops focusing on cultivating a creative practice both in the classroom and as part of one’s daily routine. Last month he invited Brian Kirk to present, and next month Eric Scott will be visiting. At first I wasn’t sure I’d have enough to say, beyond doing a Splotch Monster-making lesson with his students, however being invited to talk about my work as both an educator and an artist forced me to really look back at some accomplishments and how I got there. I honestly hope I didn’t ramble on for too long, and it looked like his students had a lot of fun during the workshop! I’m hoping, if anything, that the main point I got across to folks was that you simply have to start somewhere, and sometimes you only have to start by making something simple. From that point, where else can you go with what you have, and how can you benefit from getting past the fear of failure and rejection, and reaching out to make connections and create collaborations with other creative types, who in turn can influence and inspire a whole new direction in your work, at work and beyond?
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Been a while since I posted my own work, but little by little I’ve been carving out some time to add to a new series of collages. I’m not sure if the first set I made is finished or not, as they might need some circles (?), as well as some varnish, and mounted in some way. That said, I’ll post the first one anyhow, and take a new picture and post again if it changes. The tentative title for the series is “Energy Shields”, as a good amount of energy has gone into the making of each work, and I’ve found the act of making (and looking at) art to be a form of self-care in these less-than-ideal times. More to come soon!