Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's A Dizzy Day ... But It Will End.

VERTIGO, thy name is "Irritating"!
Eye Candy (Candace) had a good question: Where am I going with those last two pages I posted? I didn't know until I came home from work today with an episode of vertigo. (The vertigo began at work around 2 p.m. I don't know what brought it on. I was fine earlier, but then I almost ran into a door frame. I was walking fairly straight, but it felt as if my body was veering left - a very odd sensation to walk in one direction but feel as if you're moving in another!)
So I came home and got out my altered book journal. Those little blobs of paint on my two gooped-up journal pages gave me something to concentrate on so as to ignore the whirling sensations.
As I started catching up on my journal entries and then came to the two pages of blobs, I just let doodling take over. Now I know how Eric Carle got his inspiration for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." My little blobs looked more like space men - and a few bugs.
The next page I kept on with the free association wondering what would happen - what would come out of my brain.
Turned out if was pretty empty, so I wrote that down. (Grasping at straws here.)
The next pages I got more ambitious, but I didn't take photos of those. I first wanted to post something today before I forget and also let anyone who'd like to join me know that I'm taking a Nepalese batik painting workshop from Lark Brandt on Saturday, Sept. 27. We will use handmade Nepalese daphne paper and use wax, water-based paints and ink for "vivid effects." These works can be framed under glass or encased in fiberglass to make transparent weatherproof garden and window hangings or privacy screens. The workshop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $60 for Valley Art members; $75 non-members. You get most supplies. For beginning or advanced students - over 17 (that's me).
Here is an example of Lark's technique (painted by Sue Orlaske, a La Grande, Ore., artist).. It sounds like fun and it looks like the kind of art where mistakes can be part of the greatness of the work. Please let me know if you can join our class in Forest Grove - femminismo


Candace said...

ugh on the vertigo. Nobody likes that! But your focus on the art due to the spin cycle popped out some very interesting and profoundly fun (is there such a thing?) imagery and doodling.

Have a wonderful time at the Nepalese show, Jeanne! Back Sunday to check on you!


Ro Bruhn said...

Love the pages and your cute little creatures. The batik class sounds great too. I hope you show us what you create. I also hope your vertigo backs off, it's not a very pleasant feeling, it's usually associated with the ears.

femminismo said...

Vertigo's better. It's related to Meniere's disease/syndrome. I must have accumulated too much salt in my diet lately.

femminismo said...

In the interest of complete honesty, I misrepresented this picture (Sea Moon) and have changed it and given credit to the right artist, Sue Orlaske, La Grande, Ore. She took one of Lark Brandt's classes. Wish me good luck in September. (Still time for you to sign up.) I know it will be fun and challenge my left brain.