Monday, October 15, 2007

who wants to go to italy?

Anyone...well guess what I'll be in Cortona again next year (the above picture is something Judy sent me from when she was in Florence. Some of last year's class members have shown some interest and I know I already have a few new signups. It will also be a bit of an an aniversary for Judy and I...since this is where we met....awwwwww...aint that sweet. Below is a funny set of pictures that Brad (Mr. Sally Jean) took. It could be a panorama. I seem to be having a good time enjoying my Campari or is it the site of Judy.
Must be Judy. xo

If you're interested here is Stacey's site with all the info

and here's what I'm teaching

The Alchemist's Book: Rust, Reliquaries and Illuminated Manuscripts in Tuscany
What could possibly be more inspiring than to create art with the view of the Italian countryside? Not much, I tell you. So off to the fortress town of Cortona we go�
Using a variety of found objects we will transform hardback books into found object shrines and/or reliquaries. These will be special three dimensional books that literally jump off the page. These can be used as art books to house your secrets or as art to proudly display skills as an assemblage alchemist. The cool part is that we will find most or found object goodies beneath the Tuscan Sun. Italian rust is the best. Since we are dealing with books we might as well play with paper. I love those old maps and manuscripts from days gone by. You will be incorporating techniques to age, color and antique paper, which can be included in the Alchemists book or displayed as works of art on their own. The class will incorporate a variety of techniques including collage, drawing, painting and, most importantly, assemblage. Its time to curl up with a good book�ut be careful, some found objects can be pointy. So are you ready to go?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

a surprise in the mail

Hey check out what my friend Joy (one of the Cortona, Italy gang) just sent me. Pretty cool, and hopefully the wine is made a bit differently than my assemblage...which I should mention that none of my work is edible or drinkable...though that does sound like an interesting departure. Thanks Joy and Bill, I will, no doubt enjoy it to the last drop.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Voodoo and then something Autumnal

I was in Portland last week doing a little Art and Soul-ing. Spent some time with a number of my friends who live out there. I spent very nice evening with my friend Linda and her husband Jeremy. After a bit of eating and then drinking they took me to the location of there wedding...thats right Voodoo Doughnuts. Sure its sounds a bit odd, but then again...I am, in fact legally ordained myself (no joke...I have actually performed about 14 or so weddings for those who are, like me, a bit of a Joseph Campbell-mix and match mythology types). So below is my Voodoo doughnut with blood (raspberry) filling.
And then there is the Captain Crunch
Or the Tangfastic
I ended up taking Tracy Bautista, Karen Michel and Traci Bunkers there one afternoon...quite fun.


It is one of those amazing Autumn days here in Missoula. The smell of leaves in the air and the sun is hot but the air is cool. I took a little stroll in a park a few minutes away from my house and this is what I saw...