Saturday, February 26, 2011

Soul House Class at Artists' Medium & Giveaway

I can't believe February is almost over. Here in Vermont, that means the days are a little longer, and the hardest part of the winter will soon be behind us. March will be here in a blink of an eye, and I will be at Artists' Medium teaching next weekend!

I've got a little cabin fever.  I am really looking forward to getting out, meeting some new students and teaching this class. Do you need to get out and stretch your wings, too? Need a little creativity and inspiration in your life? There's still a few spots available, I'd be thrilled to have you in the class!

SOUL HOUSES at Artist's Medium, Williston, VT

Saturday, March 5th
10:30AM-4:30 PM

300 Cornerstone Drive
Williston, VT, 05495
300 Cornerstone Drive 05495       
Call to register
The end of February also means that it's almost time for me to giveaway a little bird house shrine. I'm in the process of finishing it up. It needs to get it's little nest inside and some work to the front, but it's almost done.   

I wonder who will be the lucky winner? It could be you! The drawing will be on 2/28. If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. 

All you have to do is to make a post blog/website/FB page about the Soul House classes I'm teaching here in VT (and also in CT in the Fall)
Then add the link for my workshop page to your site.

Attach a comment to this blog post with your link. (Don't forget to include your name)

That's it!! You are in the running for a brand new birdhouse shrine that is just days away from being finished
So, spread the word! 
Thanks so much for your support and hope to see you in the class room some time soon!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Fear is the Mind Killer

I have been incubating on a new project for a while and I finally have gotten a chance to get down to the workroom to start it. It stems out from an idea while I was making some of the bird house shrines. 

The initial idea behind the whole bird house is that it was a physical place to store emotion and feelings. I would take bits and pieces of things that have resonance and meaning; like scraps of fabric, feathers, bits of photographs, and lines of text, and put them inside the birdhouse, before I sealed up the hole.  The bird house is transformed into a vessel to hold the emotion.  With the bird houses, this idea just came to me intuitively. Since then, I have been doing some research into Victorian Memory Vessels. I have decide to work on two large pieces that further this concept. This time however, I am being much more intentional about the work. The pieces are going to be interactive. It relies on feedback from you to be created. 

The first piece is about FEAR

Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. It is part of our core, basic emotions.  We all have fears, and the range of things that frighten us is astounding. 

Sometimes when you create ART, you are forced to face certain fears. Facing those emotions can be extremely difficult, but the result is almost always one that reaps greater benefit than loss. 

My first steps in making this piece is to identify what people are really afraid of.

Some of the most common fears are of: ghosts, evil powers, bugs, snakesheightswaterenclosed spacesbridgesneedlessocial rejectionfailureexaminations public speakingflying, heights, clownsintimacydeath, and success.

I am definitely afraid of some of those things. 

I'm asking all you brave souls to leave me a comment about what your greatest FEAR is.

Since all my comments are moderated, you can definitely remain anonymous. Just leave me a little note in you comment and i won't post to the blog.  All the "FEARS" that I collect will go into the vessel that I am creating, as well as help me to construct the outer shell of the piece.

Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to receiving your comments.

The Litany Against Fear

I must not fear.Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.[2]

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Soul House Shrine Giveaway

Yes, you read that right, I am giving away a bird house shrine. 

I am just so excited about my upcoming workshop schedule, I just can't contain myself.

Here's the deal...

I'm teaching my Soul Houses class here in VT in March @ Artist's Medium and in CT @ East Coast Art Retreats in October. You can find out more about the workshops I am leading at my workshop page.

All you have to do is post a link on your blog/website/FB page about the class. 
Make sure you link back to my workshop page. Attach a comment to this blog post with your link. 

That's it. Then, you are in the running for a new birdhouse shrine that I am finishing up this month, in preparion for my class at Artist's Medium. 

I will be selecting on person's name at random on February 28th, so spread the word.   

Thanks for your support and hope to see you in the class room some time soon!