This new year is still new

 

 

I am still getting the hang of this new year.

I have introduced a lot of new practices into my creative life. Some are sticking well, others not as much.

I have kept up with my film 365 project, and in the process fixed one of my broken cameras.

I have kept up with my ‘morning pages’ journaling practice, though not quite every morning, and not always 3 full pages. But I am journaling and writing more, and it is helping me more than I ever thought.

I have started doing yoga. I went to three classes last week, and really enjoyed the challenge and calm they provided. (Also, yoga makes me feel warm, which I desperately need now!)

I have started working with the studio manager at MCBA on a very exciting project there.

I have started a new book making class at MCBA that will guide me towards making a new editioned book. I admit, I was scared to death to go to this class. I still am, though much less than I was. It is intimidating studying under and next to book artists that I look up to and admire, and feeling like my work belongs. But it has been amazing. I have a lot of work to do on this project, and many articles and books to read to help guide me through this design process, and I am looking forward to it!

Through a very kind friend’s amazing generosity (if you happen to be reading this, you know who you are!) I am the owner of an Impossible Project Instant Lab camera. This amazing little invention creates instant photos of any image you can put on a cell phone. I have played with it all weekend, trying different exposures, making images of cell phone photos and artwork compilations, and double exposures. 2014-02-08 11.31.45

There will be a full blog post on this very soon! I am still too amazed at what it can do to really put in words yet.

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I have had to do more healing this winter than I ever expected to. For the first in quite a while, I finally feel like I have a better grip on it. 2014 is still new and still fresh, and still great.

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Today also happens to be the birthday of the guy I adore. I am very happy to be enjoying 2014 with him. Happy Birthday love!

Work in progress #3

water-rising

I received a text message early this morning from my grandpa, asking if I wanted to go out and learn to kayak today. It has been a long time since I have been out on Long Lake. I had a wonderful time, despite how much my muscles are complaining now. The feeling of floating on the water in the middle of the lake is still on my mind though, and I thought maybe it was time to post this work in progress.

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Water rising

Compilation of 4 images – two taken with a Hasselblad 501c/m (one color and one black and white) and two taken with a Polaroid Sx-70 using Impossible Project Cool color film.

Work in progress, August 2012

Work-in-progress: The walled city

Using a virtual reality machine was the only way

to get over the wall and into the city.

Going there physically, in Real World, was far too dangerous.

The walled city had not been habitable for decades,

yet it’s toxicd environment bread the most interesting creatures.

We went to watch them often.

(Inspired by Cherie Priest’s book Boneshaker)

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