I have made over 100 books in the past year (holy cow that's sick)... needless to say, it has been time for a while to order some new supplies. I finally bit the bullet and did so. I know we discussed this before when I bought my little digital camera. I have the hardest time making big purchases, BUT I can throw down so much cash in a day on a bunch of random stuff which is of course equivalent to the big purchase. This has actually been affecting my life... as lately I have needed grown up party clothes for gallery shows and openings, but I have such a hard time with the big purchases! I need a person to go with me who is willing to tell me to spend money when I actually need something (a yellow dress I should have bought last week; I'm weeping). I'm working on it.
I just wanted to share with you one of my very favorite book making ingredients.
Ok, I think this could be a good summer after all... as soon as it stops snowing
So... here's the scoop. I never made it to New York. I couldn't get on a plane. Things were crazy because of AA canceling so many flights... we didn't plan for them to cancel their flights, we also did not plan for it to effect other airlines.... Whatevs. I'm over it.
We (Mallori and I) ended up spending an unexpected weekend in Orem/Provo Utah, waiting for a flight. It was one of the best things I have done in a long time. We stayed with one of my very best friends and old roommate, Courtney and her husband Kurt. We got to catch up with some dear friends that we haven't seen in over a year including my dearest John W., Curtis and James. We went shopping... we ate really good food, and we decided that just because we were held up there, and not in NYC that we were still going to treat it like a vacation. Good thing too. I learned so many things in the 2.5 days that we were there... that and Saturday was one of the very best, happiest days I have had in a really long time.
Plus now I know for sure where I will not be applying for grad school. That's sort of a cool thing to know.
Mal and I went back to the airport Sunday night. We were so close to making a flight that we were actually on the plane, and then... they pulled us off the plane. It was at that point that we knew we were supposed to go back. We still had to sleep in the airport though. We tried a couple flights in the morning. The real bummer about all of this was that I wouldn't get to see my Mom. I couldn't even get to Houston to go home. We were really stuck. That's an awful feeling. So what do you do when you are trapped? You go up, back to Rexburg.
So I have been here all week, and I haven't painted, made any books, done any prints, or made new designs. I have slept all week. The way I see it, is if I could sleep for that long everyday, not feel tired when I did happen to wake up, that I did in fact need it. Also, I start every semester exhausted... and this one I just won't be...immediately?
The things that I learned on this little escapade affirmed that I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be doing. It is interesting that it takes a trip to almost NY, but actually Orem to point these things out. It was good, and I'm not so tired anymore.
I hope everyone has a good summer. We'll see how it goes.
ok really quick, I sat down to watch a minute of the American Idol, Idols Give Back, and Annie Lennox sang, and I just cried my little eyes out. Wow, I really love her a lot. Her music helped my mom, my siblings and myself get through some really hard times when we were little. That and the whole cause always makes me cry...
it has finally gotten a little warmer.. well today it had anyhow, but it will probably snow tonight. At least the snow is melted!
This was the day that I needed to get to, and here I am, nearly done. Sorry I haven't been sending any emails, it feels as if finals have never been this stressful, but maybe I feel like this at the end of every term. Who knows? I can't remember. I'm off to New York on Friday to see my fabric peeps, and to visit some friends, and because of some successful art sales, a bit of shopping will ensue. Have a great rest of the week everyone!
this is my Watercolor Final. It's Link from the Legend of Zelda, and all his stuff. Nerd Alert. Too bad i'm obsessed. Whatever. Enjoy
real quick. This was such a great weekend. My best friend Jessica came up from home to visit for a couple of days. There is nothing like someone who really knows and loves you to ground you again. We talked, and made really good food. That's really all you need I think... that and listened to nearly every version of the aria of the Queen of the Night from Magic flute on youtube. I say again, what more do you need? Also, two of my dear friends got married on Saturday. They had a reception on Friday night, and we had so much fun dancing. Everyone was sweaty. Not just me.
art wise: i've been painting a lot lately in the last little bit. Well, i've been painting, and printing, but the painting is in a more presentable state right now.
this was a fun piece. We were supposed to do something with "brilliant whites," and I just said... what is whiter than a sheet of paper? I always get a little nervous when I interpret the assignment to fit my smart alec ways, but it actually went over really well... whew!
this piece was influenced by my dream of dreams Edward Gorey. It is a commissioned piece for the band Canoe, for their upcoming tour.
more later. This is going to be a crazy week, and next week just as bad, but THEN I get to go to New York for a couple of days, and then home to see my mum. I can make it for two more weeks.