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there’s an artist around here somewhere

November 4, 2009

I spent the morning with local artist Carolyn Abrams. (Jill and I met Carolyn at a poetry workshop almost a year ago.) She has agreed to help me get my visual art groove back.

Since I opened the studio in September 2008 (and closed it in August of this year), I have done very little art. I’m saddened by it, and I miss it. I need it as much as I need the poetry, but it’s often the thing that gets neglected when something has to go. Encouraged by Carolyn, I have started an art journal (for doodles and collages and notes). I have posted four of the spreads — labeled October 2009 — in my journal pages gallery.

We are also meeting a couple of times a month at her studio (a large shed in her backyard, not unlike Kelli’s writing shed) to play with various techniques. Today, we spent more than an hour using acrylics to make gelatin prints (mostly on rice paper). Here are a couple of those:

They are created by spreading paint onto a block of hardened gelatin, lifting it off in specific areas with objects (stamps, leaves, string, anything!) and rubbing the paper onto the wet paint. These can be displayed alone, used as backgrounds or incorporated into collages.

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4 Comments
  1. November 4, 2009 4:53 pm

    Dude! So cool! Will you come to my little studio and spread the art karma? I’d love to learn what you are learning! So glad you are doing art again!

  2. November 4, 2009 9:19 pm

    Very cool. Yes, it’s good that you have so many creative outlets.

  3. November 7, 2009 11:30 am

    You and your art/poetry journals inspire me. I envision your first collection as a hybrid of your journal, sprinkled with art and poems, and even your handwritten journal entries. You’re an energetic woman, carolee. I just read your following post about becoming a Zumba instructor–right on! I love Zumba. In fact, I go every Sunday afternoon. Dancing, even badly, makes me so happy.

  4. November 7, 2009 2:06 pm

    thanks for taking a peek, christine. i do have a lot of energy. sadly, most of it is nervous energy and not “harness-able” for much productivity.

    i do like the idea of a collection that includes some of the artwork. i saw a post about a book like that somewhere in my internet travels. i’m going to have to see if i can retrace my steps!

    i’m so glad you take zumba. there’s not much i do with it that resembles real dancing — so it’s great to have a venue where you can just sweat and shake it, where “it’s all good.”

    and remember! there’s dancing at our fantasy poets gathering! (i haven’t thought about that in a long time!)

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