I'm happily landed in Australia and finally quite settled in. I keep hearing about the wintry weather back home and find it hard to imagine, given the heat that has taken over here. With Christmas just a few days away it seems odd to contemplate celebrating the holiday feeling perhaps too warm!
But on the topic of art, I'm back in the studio. It was all waiting for me just as I left it eight months ago, everything neatly stacked away. It's been interesting to see the work that I did earlier in the year...I actually quite like some of it that I wasn't so sure about in April. Distance can help!
I know I won't have much time to work over the next couple of weeks with a houseful of family to play with, but at least I've taken out the paints and gotten a start! It definitely feels good and is quite a change with the windows wide open and the sunlight pouring in.
Here are a couple of photos of the studio....quite a change from the space in Vermont!
White River Junction and Tip Top Art and Media made today's New York Times travel section as a travel destination! Be sure to select the slide show option to see photos of the town, including one of the orange wall in the lobby of the building, displaying work by the visual artists at Tip Top.... Way down to the left is my painting, "Eagle #2".
I've had more requests for "Clint Eastwood" kirigami so last night I cut these two. In my Etsy shop there are more cowboy boots. As you see, these are pretty detailed, so each one is a one-movie creation.
I'm almost finished packing, what seems like way too much stuff as always. In a few days we'll be in sunny Sydney and before long I'll be getting my studio there up and running.
I don't usually take much work Down Under, but I am packing an old deck of playing cards. I've recently been creating collages on playing cards as the background. Not only is this tiny size very transportable, but it's an interesting challenge to create images on such a small scale. I've finished five so far, so have at least 47 more possible works in store.....we'll see where that all goes.
Cynthia Emerlye: I was watching Harry Potter videos the other night while I was madly cutting kirigami to get ready for my Snowflake Party. Since I don't make patterns or draw on the paper (I cut free-hand whatever occurs to me at the moment) I began cutting images of magic: wizards, owls, and a friendly dragon. Here's what came out:
This has been an exciting couple of weeks at the Tip Top as we worked to get ready for this weekend. Brochures should arrive today and with lots of measuring and leveling and taping, the downstairs wall has been striped a lighter tint of orange....
Yesterday, we artists met and hung our work and added the finishing touch -- the sign at the top....
Later this week we'll finish hanging the first floor gallery just in time for our Open Studios this weekend. Please come visit Upstairs at the Tip Top Friday from 5 to 8, and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5, at 85 North Main Street, White River Junction. I will be working in my studio and serving refreshments.
In addition to supporting Upper Valley artists by purchasing their work, there will be free activities all weekend long. Friday, at 7:30 there will be a gallery talk by photographers Sara Wight and James Patterson at the PHOTOSTOP Gallery, followed by an opening reception for “Winter’s Depths” from 6 to 9. At 6, Georgina Forbes will be demonstrating her unique technique of pouring liquid color washes onto canvases positioned on the floor. On Saturday, at 2 Kathy Parsonnet will offer an interactive session on color and space and at 4 Larissa King will give a wire sculpture demonstration. On Sunday, at 2 Rebecca Gottesman will show how she moves from vision to canvas.
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Visual Artist & Kirigami Papercutter from Pomfret, VT.