Tuesday, September 18, 2007

in this house

As I said before it was a dream come true weekend. Not only did I get to take a class with Angela and Sarah on Friday, but on Sunday evening I was thrilled to be able to attend the 'In This House' exhibit, booksigning and artist reception at A Studio Gallery in Studio City. It was absolutely awesome to see ALL the houses published in the book in person. What a rare and wonderful thing to see the entire collection together, up close and personal. Although the photographs in the book are wonderful nothing quite compares to seeing the real thing, especially the houses that had a lot of dimension to them. I so enjoyed getting to spend time just looking at them over and over again. All the houses were just so amazing and inspiring. Not unlike the artists who created them.

If you live in the area the exhibit of 'In This House' along with Angela Cartwright's 'Soul Dwellings', handpainted photographs merged with altered art, will be showing for a few more weeks. It really is a "must see".

Angela and Sarah ~ the two story house

Weekend before last I had an awesome weekend for someone who is an "art dreamer". I actually had some dreams come true! First of all a little background...this summer while on vacation in Alaska, I had come across a book titled In This House by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn (which included the artwork of several other well known artists). I loved the book right away, but knew I couldn't buy it until I returned home, so I had to settle for pouring over it the craft/art books isle of Barnes and Nobel. The book was filled with beautifully done photography of a collection of "homes" that each invited artist had created so that they all became a neighborhood in the book. All the houses were created from the same template to keep continuity in size and shape, but each artist had such a wonderfully different interpretation of the "home" concept. They were each so creative and inspiring.
Then........a couple of weeks after returning from Alaska I was thrilled to see that Angela and Sarah were going to be teaching a class together here in Southern California, and even more thrilled to find out that I could take it! It was called The Two Story House and the above two pictures are ones I took that day. It was so nice to meet Angela and Sarah in person and to be able to spend the afternoon playing and being "unruly" in our art during their class. Both ladies are so kind and generous and the class was just plain fun. If you ever get the opportunity to take one of their classes do so!

all my good intentions

I had really good intentions about starting a "public" blog, but somehow those intentions haven't materalized until now. I guess a little bit of fear and uncertainty about REALLY blogging has kept me putting it off until now, but I have finally come to the point where I am just going to go for it. Jump right in. Dive into the water. Step out in faith, etc. etc....you get the picture. Here it goes!