078: In a Learning Phase

 

I am taking classes like a crazy person!  Well, like a person who really wants to learn stuff.  A lot of stuff.  As mentioned on the podcast, I’ve learned about Paper Piecing:

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Thread Painting:

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And most recently, about printing on fabric with dye in “Glorious Prints” (blog posts about it coming next week):

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As usual, the conversation meanders into much more beyond just taking classes.  I hope you’ll give the podcast a listen and then tell us your thoughts on the topic!

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071: Jane Davies’ Abstract Painting

 

Our guest this week is Jane Davies.

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Today’s podcast is full of excitement — dogs barking, Mom choking, and plenty of art talk!  Mom, Jane, and I discuss creating abstract art, teaching, learning from students, making work your own, selling in galleries, and self-published books.  It’s a great chat with lots of intellectual content.

Jane is a full time artist working in painting and collage.

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She offers workshops nationwide, focusing on developing a personal and playful approach to art making.

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After graduating Bennington College and attending the School for American Crafts, Davies began as a potter in the early nineties. She gradually transitioned into freelance art, using painting and collage as her medium.

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Since 2010 she has been teaching, writing, and making art.

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She participated in a residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2015.

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In addition to The Elements of Visual Language, Davies is the author of three books on collage and mixed media, one on ceramics, and has one DVD on painting and collage techniques.

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I love Jane’s work and could stare at it for hours!  Jane was a guest on a previous podcast more than two years ago.  You can find it here.  I also wanted to share a blog post that an artist named Jacki Long posted after listening to that podcast two years ago.  Take a moment and click through to Jacki’s post because I think it sums up the experience that many people have shared with me about listening to our podcast.

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067: Still Younger Than Mom ;)

Today’s podcast features a conversation about the Nari Ward opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Art in Bloom at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), my prize winning painting, and more!  I will be sharing some long blog posts with lots of photos of the ICA Opening and the Art in Bloom stuff in the upcoming weeks, but if you’d like to peek at them in the meantime, you can see them in this week’s vlog:

Here is a photo of my painting that won first prize in the oil/acrylic category at the Watertown Art Association show:

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We’re going to be doing a “listener mail” episode soon, so please leave us your comments and questions!

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064: A Visit to NYC

 

Today’s podcast features a conversation about my recent visit to NYC — a visit that included two stops at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), a day at YouTube Space

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…the play Sleep No More, and a stop to teach three classes at Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut on the way home!  I’ll be sharing lots of photos from those events in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can enjoy our conversation about them.

You can also get a peek at those events in this week’s vlog:

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062: After Creativation

 

I’m delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast!  Today’s podcast features chatter about new classes, interrupting, the word interesting, the MFA Boston, the Blogiversary, and our visit to Creativation (formerly CHA).  I thought I’d include some photos from Creativation as a companion to the podcast.  Enjoy!

I am planning to share all of my projects very soon, but just so you know, I was finishing this quilt sample on the plane to Phoenix!

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Speaking of Phoenix, I took a photo from our hotel room window that I thought was kind of cool:

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I spent the first day setting up the Brother booth, which turned out great!

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As I mention on the podcast, I demo-ed, demo-ed, and then demo-ed some more!  In the Brother Booth, the Crafter’s Workshop Booth and the Art Foamies Booth:

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Here’s a peek at the show floor:

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But, of course, Creativation is really about the opportunity to take photos with other people!

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Ten points if you can guess which of my friends decided it was a good idea to give me a makeover…. 😉

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And last but not least, this is coming soon…

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Get excited!

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