Our weather has been really nice the last week...humidity not as high and temps in the 80s with dipping into the 70s at night. Some spots of rain but nothing troublesome...even the gray overclouding we had I found relaxing.
I can actually say now that going to the gym is habit. I don't feel right when my routine breaks as it did on Saturday. For those who know how I
feel felt about exercise CAN I GET A WITNESS?! Last week I went up to 30 minutes on the reclining bike with the programmed hills. The exercise aggrevates the fibromyalgia but not to the point that I can't move or don't eventually feel better on the days I don't go. And it really all boils down to my philosophy of "if I'm going to be uncomfortable or in pain, I might as well be so while doing something I want to do or have fun anyways". That waiting for the perfect time or when things are just right or all the lights are green just doesn't happen...
Congratulations are in order to MudMan, my brother. But I can't say why because there is the need to keep it hushed for reasons personal to him. I've been bursting at the seams wanting to share it here since it relates to his life as an artist. pssst, family and friends, email me for the news on the downlow ;)
As for me, I'm working into a groove but not quite there yet. I've made this cover for my iPod and was proud of myself for figuring out how to put the snap on. Its a project from Alissa Burke's book, Canvas Remix. It (the case, not the book) is coated with polyurethane which makes it feel coarse. I'm going to make another one without the coating.
I'm still playing with the graffitti look on canvas and the combining of techniques from the online class, Graffitti Chic, taught by Alissa. I love the Ning format for taking online classes compared to the other formats I've taken.
Taking this class has got my eyes tuned to graffitti as I drive around town. Yesterday I found myself wanting to make a sudden spontaneous stop to get out of my car and walk across a large gravel parking lot of a industrial business, cross train tracks to get a closer look of some very ornate lettering on parked train. I didn't. But I experience that urge daily whenever I come across graffitti now. I like to think of graffitti artists as calligraphers who think really big.
I cut this stencil out from a photo of Peter when he was a young fierce teen-age warrior for the revolution. ;) (incoming divergent thought: we already know that the revolution will not be televised...but, will it be blogged?) I might do another stencil of him as the now aged fierce tomato grower. I get a daily tomato plant report with such detail and passion. He is so cute with his serious passion for his tomato plants. Reminds me of the days when we spent hours sitting in the Afro-American Reading Room solving all the social and political ills of the world when I decided he wasn't as square as I thought he was. Oh my words, I'm cracking myself up here.
This piece has gone through some changes. The base is silk paper. Its been beaded 3 different times. Yesterday I removed the beads and painted inside the squares with pearl-ex powders mixed into a textile medium. In spite of really liking it just as you see it here, I'm leaning toward making it a cover for a journal. It is 3 layers, but the edges of the silk paper which I didn't want to tame extend beyond the bottom 2 layers which end at the sewn line.
Right before leaving my workshop yesterday I sat and took in the space that I've been in now for a little over a year. I sat reflecting on the on-going challenges of health, finances, deferred dreams, family conflicts, etc. and felt thankful for the Grace which is allowing me to have a space and abundance of materials to explore my imagination and artistic heartbeats.
To top it off, I came home to Kyra E. Hicks' new book!!!! I waited patiently to open the package while I listened to Peter's tomato report but just as soon as he finished I ripped it open and was like "look, look, look"! I had to explain who Harriet Powers was to him and why the book was signficant and then I saw the pink sticky notes...couldn't contain my excitement...Kyra is kind enough and gracious to have blessed me by mentioning Seamless Skin. Seeing myself and my blog referenced gives me an ethereal feeling. Do you ever ponder humanity from a soul-physics point of view? My mind is too small to grasp it but I do ponder it often...even tring to conceive how each individual small inhale and exhale we take effects change across the globe and if one breath has impact then what can be said of our breaths compounded. Have you ever seen the African cylinder sculptures of humans interlocking to form a tower? Maybe this is the way that particular culture or artist(s) understand what I ponder...how our small individual lives connect to form spiral cylinders that increases our humanity for the greater. Lord know that scholarship on Harriet Powers is not exhausted and I never could have imagined or envsioned that my small breath would ever be of assistance. But we can only see what we can see and living life larger means keep trusting the process and stepping out on belief (i.e. what I cannot see but know to hold truth).
I'm going to commune with some trees today with a grand-sistah-poet and tomorrow will be hanging out with Juanita, my quilt guru, who is here teaching some classes! All praises to the Most High!