I had a sweet tooth craving over the weekend and both attempts I made to satisfy it by baking just fell flat...first on Saturday I attempted an apple cobbler I found on allrecipes.com...was too dry and I just wasted some really good apples we picked over at Huber's in Indiana. Then come Sunday I made an applesauce spice cake and just as I was getting ready to frost it I took a pinch and discovered I had left out the SUGAR!!!!!!!!!!! I was pissed very upset but attempted quickly to readjust my attitude by playing Scrabble against Maven, the built-in artificial intelligence for the game...between endless losses and cups of ginger tea with a little honey (doesn't count on the sweet-tooth craving scale) I resolved that it was just as well since I'm not suppose to have concentrated sweets in my diet anyways. I'm really more of a salty snack woman than sweets but every now and then I hanker for some really good and worth the effort of indulging something-sweet. I did eat half a Snickers (cheap but delicious substitute) today and now I'm good for about a month or two.
After running an errand with Mama today, I did make it to the studio...chatted with Janet and Elmer Lucille and mixed up 3 different consistencies of print paste and 3 dye concentrates. I kept waiting for a definitive goal to strike. I'm in a fuzzy head space which is typical after focusing on meeting a deadline (really does take a lot of mental focus for me to follow through). I was informed today that the one coming up requires images to be in a format I'm not familiar with...EPS or PDF. Of course I've heard of PDF, just have never created a file in pdf. I had to google EPS format. If I'm understanding correctly it is a format which can be created in Illustrator and newer versions of Photoshop. Anyway there is a learning curve (joy ;/) but I also got a name of a local art photographer that is extremely reasonably...so I'll see what I can do first or either Ade, but I am only talking less than 2 weeks.
Peter dropped in to visit me today while at Mellwood. He helped me set up when we first moved in and dropped by one other time for short pop in...but today he was off from work and came and sat for 2 hours. The mixing of dyes and print paste appealed to the scientist in him even if my answers were not that scientific sounding ;) We are extremely supportive of one another even though art(ists) are a weird lot to him and test tubes and math is too concrete for me. Politics, music and cultural histories have always been our common grounds. Maybe when he is on vacation I could get him back to assist me with some dyeing and printing...just will not hold my breath.
*****If you're not doing anything Saturday morning, come over to the Carnegie in New Albany...I'll be having an hour long conversation about art-making with disabilities and grant-writing. Its part of a 9 month long series that is a project by the Indiana State Art Council.