march 7 2013
During this year off some of my days and months are loosely scheduled and others have some very specific deadlines. Right now I am on a strict schedule… with lots of obstacles occurring.
I have been waiting for the trees at Fairmount Park to lose their foliage before I photograph them for the “senior project” portion of my sabbatical (that will show in the DeVean Gallery at the Riverside Art Museum) The foliage has been dropping off with the help of the heavy winds and rain…the time is just right to get the photos I need before the spring growth.
Not going to be that easy…my trusty camera (that is with me at all times and used so much that all the settings on the dial have worn off)… broke!!! Thank goodness for the internet …found the exact model at a reasonable price. It works and I’m ready to go, again. Then the rain comes back…can’t wait until after the rains because I’ve scheduled studio time to make my solar plates. On top of that I’ve got a jury duty summons boxing me in. So yesterday I decided to get out early and spend the entire day taking the pictures I needed…I took almost 800!
The picture above is me, once again, pondering my lunacy at calling the show “52”… based on the Powell Gallery showing what I did with my 52 weeks off and the DeVean Gallery exhibiting a printmaking*** show of my 52 favorite trees at Fairmount Park. I think I’m standing there wishing I had called the show “12” …what I did with my 12 months off/ a show on my 12 favorite trees!
I really didn’t think through that even a portion of the process that only takes as little as five to ten minutes per tree (downloading, photo selection, making transparency) turns into a 4 to 8 hour project! It is a good thing I love these trees… even more so after my ultra intimate day yesterday surveying every inch of each tree.
*** I’ve talked a lot about photographs yet I say that the show will be a printmaking exhibit. For my nonartist friends, I have decided to use the printmaking form of solar etching. You start with a photograph or art piece…from that you make a transparency…a solar plate is made off the transparency from a light box and the sun. From the resulting plate you make your prints.
Five months gone by…seven to go. I’m still very excited…learning so much…mainly, how much I don’t know!
All is good…all of the time…sue