Last night's Trolley Hop went a long way in reviving my spirit. For the woman who actually came looking for my demo on screening with thremofax machines, the 2 women who inquired about prices in their colorful jackets, the close to retired gentleman who is thinking about looking into Paducah's Artist Relocation program, to a friend of Nancy who previously purchased Sankofa Bird and has it hanging in her kitchen, I say thank you for stopping in. Visitors really are challenged to walk through the building which is huge to find artists in their studios which looks sparse due to the size of the building and the number of spaces where artists select not to participate coupled with the vacant spaces. I'm always trying to recruit artists to consider leases there, as it generates energy when working around other creative folks.
Some of what I saw that amazed me last night was an artist who carves hummingbirds and butterfiles using wine corks, chopsticks and other recycled items. I was stunned thinking about how his mind visualizes wine cork to very detailed and intricate hummingbirds. I tend to think in broad strokes and fluid gestures so it leaves me in awe to think out another may see in small miniature details. I can't recall his name and I've checked the Louisville Artisans Guild website looking for his work and its not there, otherwise I would share with you. I'll get it today when I go over to my studio.
The second demo cloth was one that I immediately fell in love with and the screen will be one of my "go-to"s. I drew the image in response to "branching out", the April theme for The Sketchbook Challenge (see button in the side bar).
My Mother came through the first surgery beautifully. She will be having a second surgery on Monday and will need a little more care and support. Going over to the studio will be "catch is as catch can". Peace.