Sunday, May 30, 2010

Progress in the Sunne Spot Studio

Well, haven't we been busy...

I have been having little moving parties into the Studio, and just this week I had a carpenter friend build me a wonderful ATC table along the back wall. Artist Trading Cards have been such a fun project in the past couple of years that I decided to dedicate a specific part of Sunne Spot to making them. Along the 17 foot table there will be a station for painting (which can also be used for painting art journal pages and canvas), then a station for rubber stamping - and just below the workspace there is a shelf that will hold the chests of stamps. On down the line there is space for collaging - with a collection of magazines and some gluesticks below, and also a place for making and adding paper punches to one's ATC (or greeting card, or collage) - with a full stash of punches in their chests on the shelf below.

I am busy putting layers of polyurethane on the new back bench and the two big work tables (freshly sanded by the aforementioned wonderful carpenter). Then I can place the supplies and we are ready to go!

I took some "before" pictures and then forgot to bring the camera home with me. >sigh<

A lot on my mind, I guess.

And then I will take some "after" pictures. Good.

We have a Free Drop-In Week coming up, (a whole week of free studio time!) and I hope that all of you who are nearby will come to our Grand Opening Party on June 13th.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Do you "like" me?

Well, not me, precisely, but Sunne Spot Studio?

Well, if you do then go on over to the Sunne Spot Studio page on facebook and let it show! Yippee! The studio has 22 friends already. Thanks, you all!

This is all so exciting that events are starting to snowball. I might open unofficially sooner than I had thought.

The opening party will still be in June: on the Sunday before my birthday. Party week in Rockport. Bring your paper scissors and glue. Do We know how to party or what?

Y'know how last year I had a virtual birthday party here on the blog? Let's do that again. Only this year you, and not just the virtual you but the actual you, are invited! We'll do both. I'm gonna be a double digit so I will have a double birthday party: actual cake, virtual party gifts, for-real iced tea, and digital photographs. It is a date: Sunday, the Sunne Party Day, June 13th, 2010.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

This Blog Is Changing

Once upon a time I opened this blog to be a chat-space for my art work.
But all that is changing. I am evolving from the virtual world and adding bricks and mortar:

I am so happy, glad, excited, (!!!) to announce the impending opening of Sunne Spot Studio.
Sunne Spot is a drop-in craft and art studio, here, in Rockport, Maine.
Sunne Spot will be open weekday mornings. I will also be teaching evening and Saturday classes.

Drop in to make a greeting card, work on your knitting, add a page or two to your artist journal, craft a royal crown, sew a "stuffie" animal, sip some coffee (available downstairs at the State of Maine Cheese Factory), hang out with your art friends.
Directions and materials are available at Sunne Spot, and/or bring your own favorite stash.

I will post class schedules on this blog, photos of the Studio, links and connections to important events, sites and ideas and more. I will also continue to have gratuitous art lessons here. :)
You can also follow and "like" Sunne Spot Studio on facebook!
If you are anywhere nearby Rockport, Maine, come to our Grand Opening Party on June 13th. Free food. Free art materials. Deets to follow.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Mother's Day Poem

Mother’s Day Proclamation- 1870

by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then … women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own.
It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity,
I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Quote Question

Hello Everyone,

I have a question: What can I do about the fact that when I try to affix quotes to my collage-paintings the words smear?

When I look through my art books I see that other artists use words cut from books mostly and they don't smear. Is it my inkjet printer? I think that I once heard that toner based copies won't smear - true? Any other word collage suggestions? Or do I just get out my Sharpie?

I would love some help. Thanks.