Sunday, April 18, 2010

re entry .....



so ... i'm back to my usual life ... which is lovely ... but it is not quite as absolutely easy blissful as last week was .... re entry was rough .... i pretty much returned home and acted like a slug .... enjoying being with the e.beck.family, but not really getting anything done ... like getting my suitcase unpacked ....or, eep, even out of the car, for that matter ..... so, today, 48 hours after arrival home, i got the sweet e.beck.family to help me unload the car of suitcase, canvases, paints and the sundry things (wheat thins) that had made my trip with me .... prodigious amounts of artsiness were trundled out of the car .....

downloading pics tonight seemed like a good way to accomplish something and enjoy the joys of last week's trip ..... here are the first five pics off my camera... and two from allison ....

allison and i left for kanuga on sunday afternoon for our art workshop week ... half way there, we called my mom to tell her we weren't going to get there in time for dinner .... would she check us in? and she did ... and she told us that we were going to have our studio set up in the percival building .... great name huh? let's paint in percy, 'kay? ....meet me at the percy place, kay? .... what's happening tonight down at the perce? ..... i had thought we were getting another spot and was ecstatic that we were getting percy ... it was BIG for two artists to spread out in ... i did, in fact, do the happy dance while truckin' on down highway 25 from south carolina to north carolina (life is a highway and i want to ride it all night long ....).... it was the first of many happy dances that day .....

once we arrived at kanuga, we dumped our suitcases (full of such inconsequential items as clothes) and dashed off to percy ... here i am .... posing after my preliminary percival dance ....
once at percy, our car spewed forth two studiofuls worth of artsy joy .... darn that spell check ... it says studiofuls isn't a word .... i really should write the e.beck.dictionary, huh? .... i digress .... so ... walk into percy ... do the happy dance .... unload the car .... do the happy dance ..... set up the room to look like a studio ... do the happy dance ....
walk down to the balthis building to see where everyone is ... do the happy dance ... listen to the evening's entertainment, singer who paints, painter who sings, barbara bailey hutchison .... do the happy dance ... she rocks ... it was a happy dance kind of day ....

here's a pic of me surveying my new domain ... pre-unpack ....i think i was seeing if the furniture was set up right ...we'd moved it all around to be perfect for us .... i was also considering a line dance in that big open space ....
here's a pic of the inside of percy after i set out all my artsy joys ...
here's a pic at about lunch time on monday ... half a day of painting and i was rocking out to the tunes and painting up a storm ... poor allison had to listen to me singing ... and once went so far as to tape me on her iphone so that i could hear just how bad i am ... i am NOT an artist who sings ... well.... i am an artist who sings ... i just sing poorly ... and loudly .... and frequently sing whatever my own version of the words might be .... my singing could actually be a character flaw .... you might want to ask allison if you don't believe me ....
this pic below is a shot of my side table .... tools on the left, then fluid arylics, an ott lite, sharpies, palettes, acrylics paints ...... all in easy reach ....

and then below was a testing of all red paints .... allison was having a red problem ...... so she took all of her reds and all of mine and painted a page with each ... red is a hard color! lots are too tomatoey (another entry in my dictionary, how can tomato not be an adjective?) lots of reds are too maroonish or purpley (clearly websters has a lack of joyful color adjectives ... more words for my dictionary) .....

allison and i did quite a bit of color testing and paper painting .... all while singing along to every song on both of our iphones (sheryl crowe was a fan favorite) ... a fair amount of dancing (me more than her... i more than she ... me more than she) ..... a lot of world problem solving discussions (health care, education reform, the true difficulty of returning whales to the wild after captivity, the browness of brown paint)

and here are six green twelve by twelve canvases that i started the first day ... and finished (sort of ) the last day .....


so ... that's the beginning of the story ... in a way it's the whole story ... talking, laughing, dancing, singing .... all while trying to get in some major painting time ....

i'll be back tomorrow with actual finished pieces ....i think i'm going to go for a week of blogging every day ..... you with me?
any questions?

... any questions is loaded ... please don't ask me why i didn't edit this blog post!! ....


7 comments:

see you there! said...

You had that much fun and it was all LEGAL? I'm gonna have to go.

Can't wait to see all your posts this week.

Darla

artmom said...

the more you write about the Kanuga experience, the more people who read your blog are going to want to go next year too...that is good....It was wojderful! have not downloaded my pics yet, but plan to today....have had requests fron Nick and someone else, nnot sure who!!! You two were loved by all! especially moi!

artmom said...

yes, Darla, it was all legal and what's more, it was magnificently wonderful!

artmom said...

not editing must be genetic!

cath c said...

fabuloso!

you always inspire happy productivity in me, because of blogs like this one.

and a happy dance.

Kelly Warren said...

looks like much fun. i must check out this kanuga place!

aimee said...

so jello!! looks like a fabulous time!!