Dear fellow starvelings,
We last left our heroine (that is, me) talking oh-so-knowledgeably about art brut & being self-taught & stuff.
That was, hmmm … MONTHS AGO!
I’m still here, getting through this horrendous winter as best I can, draping cats over me for warmth, and hoping my gel medium doesn’t freeze.
I actually have a show up, sort of. A group of 12 collages, all having to do with literature, all displayed in local bookstores to celebrate National Book Month. “But,” you say, “that was JANUARY for pity’s sake!” Yes, yes it was. I was supposed to gather up the pictures the beginning of February but a combination of snow, below-freezing temperatures, and The Cold That Wouldn’t Go Away, has made me extremely late in retrieving my wayward pics. When I get them back, I’ll show you a few of them so you can get the idea of what I was aiming for.
I also have to submit my application for reimbursement of expenses (I got a grant from the Northampton Arts Council for this project), which seems backwards to me. I needed the grant money most when I was actually getting the supplies. Better late than never, though – and I am grateful for the grant.
If you’re read carefully up to this point, you will have noticed that I made 12 (count ‘em, twelve) collages for this deal. Big ones, too. I loved doing them, but I was working like a fool for months getting them just right. I’m still suffering from post-artum stress disorder and have been diligently working on books to re-fill the shelves of my own bookstore. I usually work on pictures after the store closes, but I haven’t picked up a color pencil or a brush for a few weeks now. I’m sure I’ll be all peppy & full of vim & vigor once this SNOW GOES AWAY! (< hint to sky-god).
In the meantime, in case you’re interested here’s a link to an article about the show.
You will note that the picture came out very badly. It does look better in person. It does! It does!
Nobody ever said this was going to be easy.