Friday, April 24, 2015

Juried In!

I've been stressing this week about the big summer show at the Visual Arts Gallery. Last year I had two pieces juried in, one of which won the Arts Foundation Award.

 I felt a pretty strong drive to repeat that success this year. I've entered in three categories this year, and found out that (a) there are many LESS pieces being accepted this year and (b) for the category I've head back on so far, I do have a piece that's been juried in!

 This piece, Primary Triptych will be hanging in the gallery over the summer:

I'm thrilled that it was selected... and while some of the other artists thought that my other pieces were the obvious choice, I had a feeling that it was going to be this one.

Now I'm waiting to hear back in the other categories.  One of the pieces submitted is my painting Emergence, which was juried into the Holiday Show at the Red Dot over the winter.   But just because it was selected for a show by one jury doesn't guarantee that another jury will select it as well.

Lastly, I also have a couple drawings competing, but I have to admit, I hold out very little hope of their being selected. 

Video du Jour: 90s Disney by Todrick Hall

Every now and then I come across a video so amazing, I make it a video du jour.  I may have to make this the video of the year.  I don't think I've had more fun watching a video in a LONG time!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The First Colors of Spring

Today at the dye shed at El Rancho de las Golondrinas!

Today was the first of Spanish Colonial Days... days set aside at the ranch before the opening date (and after the closing date) for school tours.  We average over 1000 school kids on these days, and teach them all about different aspects of Spanish Colonial life.  

I have the pleasure of very often being down in the dye shed, telling the kids about the dyes used, and about the importance of the dyes (especially cochineal!) to the members of the community and to Spain.

Today we used three dyes:  Cochineal (red), Indigo (blue) and Marigold (yellow)... and look at all the lovely colors we got both from the straight dyes and from over-dyeing!