When the 100 day project was announced by one of my fav art magazines ~ The Great Discontent ~ my first thought was hmmm… sounds cool but I don’t have any extra time. As a practicing and dedicated studio artist I already spend a lot of time in the studio designing, creating, making. Treasured time, mind you, that I plan, organize and fight for.
Time, that I can’t wait to jump out of bed and harness. Every day.
Where could I possibly carve out more minutes in the creative day? After telling myself all the reasons I shouldn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t take this on, I thought about of all those things I want to draw and paint and forge and sew. All those ideas and dreams that needle at me and don’t get pursued. Because there is always an excuse.
You know what I mean. Yep~ you do. Those ideas that won’t let go, the ones you say you’ll do someday ~ when & if you have time, the space, more money, the right mood. So, the ideas just sit there, in the back of your mind. Wriggling & niggling away.
What I ultimately decided is
SOMEDAY is THIS DAY. Now.
I need to get on with it. Life is short & time’s a-wastin‘.
For my 100 Day Project, I chose surface design where I am turning my sketches into patterns and designs that could then be made in to repeat patterns or block prints to use on fabric and products. (I’ll do a brief tutorial in later post)
Surface design isn’t totally new territory for me.
In art school at VCU, I was in the Crafts/Material Studies Department and, alongside metalsmithing and ceramics, I studied textiles. I wove tapestries, dyed fabric and wool, screenprinted, sewed and knit. I loved every minute of it.
In the last year, I’ve been taking some great online surface design classes to polish and add to my skills. The 100 Day Project is a perfect way to begin to pull it all together.
Today is day #19. I’m committed. Yes, it is an extra push at the end of the day, a kick in the butt, a little less sleep – but isn’t that hard and it takes less energy and has more rewards for me than wishing I had gotten started on something I LOVE.
Following some of the other projects and connecting with people around the globe are added perks. Plus, it’s fun watching my images multiply on my Instagram page. Can I sustain? Time will tell. I’m already scheming on how to keep it going while we are on vacation.
What is it you’re not pursuing that you wish you would? This 100 Day Project doesn’t have to yield a finished work each day! It could be a doodle, a sketch, a bar of music, a paragraph, a photograph. It’s about the process, not the finished project. It’s not to late for you to join in. Catch up or NOT… make it an 80 day project. Set up an Instagram account and tag your posts #the100dayproject and share your passion. Keep me posted so I can follow you.
They’re back! Much to my excitement, the hummingbirds returned this week. Their migrational feat is an amazing one. Comprehending that these tiny creatures make it all the way to Mexico from the U.S. East coast – Virginia in this case – and back again is hard for me to wrap my head around. When I picture the journey it seemed like it would involve packing lots of schnacks for the trip. So, there you have it – suitcases full of sweet, succulent daylilies. I like to be able to switch up mediums for my inspirations. Most often when I am painting it is with encaustic paint but this one cried out for watercolors. If you’d like a copy they are available in my Etsy Shop.
They’re back and, so am I! I’m dusting off the blog and hope you’ll venture back and enjoy this journey with me where I am crafting a life with my painting, metalsmithing and surface design. And, painting a few birds.
My entry for illustrationfriday.com topic…… LONELY
This fox inspired by the Sierra Nevada Red Fox, also known as the High Sierra fox – one of the most endangered mammals in North America.
“Thin Ice” | ©2011 K. Eide | Encaustic MM | 10 x 10″ | SOLD
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This week”s theme is “Jump”
©2012 Karen Eide | Encaustic, oil, ink and graphite on maple panel
I”m back! I’ve missed my fellow illustrators!!
This week’s theme is “Heights”
My online Encaustic Painting Mixed Media Lab class begins May best online casino 7th.
Just finished a fun video for it!
Included in my recent solo show KAREN EIDE: RECENT WORKS was a series of abstract pieces entitled The Economy of Nature. Crop and pasture lands are used as metaphors that reflect my concerns over environmental disruption caused at the hand of man. I examine the complexity of nature through simple, distilled forms that appear random and ordered at the same time and imply a repeating pattern or continuum.Ecology studies environmental systems and is also referred to as the Economy of Nature. The latter is where I draw the title and impetus for this series.
Multiple mediums – encaustic, charcoal, ink, pastel and graphite are used to create images that cross the lines between painting, drawing and textile.
In my spare time (love that expression!) I”m dusting off my silversmithing skills from way back at VCU. Not exactly like riding a bike again – there are plenty of challenges but my affinity to and love of metal grant me the patience to keep at it. 3 years ago I drew out a series of necklaces I wanted to make and, only recently, dug out my old jewelry tools and went to work. Not that I need anything else on my plate but the idea won”t go away. My hope is to move metal at night after my painting light and energy fades. I”m playing around with ways to add my imagery for future pieces – now that gotten past the hurdle remembering how to solder and make bezels. I”m setting up jeweler”s bench in a corner of the studio and I”m on the hunt for vintage tools. I love the idea of continuing someone”s story and tradition with used tools. Here is my “warm-up” piece made from river rocks, up-cycled sterling and SS snake chain. 30″ long. Nicknamed “Albatross” because the idea has hanging around so long and I”m finally getting off from around my neck. Well, in a manner of speaking!
© 2012 Karen Eide
“A Prayer For You, A Prayer For Me” 10 x 10″ Encaustic and Mixed Media, ©2012 Karen Eide
I hope some of you can join me at February 10th at Prince George Art & Frame in Williamsburg, VA from 5-7 the opening reception of my solo show! Show runs Feb. 10 – Mar. 17th. I”ve been painting non-stop for many weeks and am having a great time Enough about the lemon detox, read about other detoxification drinks like the cranberry juice saliva drug test . preparing for this. Many of the images are inspired by conservation efforts around the world. The image above came to life after reading a story in Smithsonian Magazine about a Buddhist monk who is working to save one of the world”s rarest birds – the Tibetan bunting.
Gallery info: Prince George Art & Frame, 1303 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA – 757.229.7644
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