Who I Am and Why I’m Here

Who I am and why I’m here:

I am a lover of books—I read books, I write books, I make books, I collect books. Something about paper, the smell, feel, content, color, size, design, cover—I love everything about books. I am an avid journal keeper and the published author of three children’s books.

 

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I am also an artist. When I went to art school I intended to learn to draw people so I could illustrate the books I intended to write. Instead I fell in love with Art in a larger sense and while I created the images for one of my published books, I do not think of myself as an illustrator in the traditional sense.

So why write a blog? I often ask myself this question, since I write almost daily in my journal, which is strictly for myself. I use my journal to organize my life, to resolve questions, to store information. All my creativity begins in my journal. I see a blog as an opportunity to create and sustain a conversation with others beyond myself. It is a place to share experience and knowledge.

I think of my blog as “Notes From the Studio,” but I will not be limited to the studio walls. I intend to write about my works in progress, my travels and the sketching I do on the go, I also will write about exhibitions I see, books I find relevant, and the things I discover that support and sustain my creative life.

The blogs I follow inspire me with the content they share—posts that give me information, new ways to look at issues I care about, insight into the creative process of artists, writers, illustrators. Information about the art world and the publishing world.

If at the end of a year I have a record of travels, books read, documentation of works in progress. I will consider the blog successful. If I have been able to contribute to other creative people with the content of my blog, that will be a real bonus. And if I find a community forming around shared interests, I’ll know I’m on the right track.

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Reliquary

I’m going to add as many photos, in chronological order as I can. Later I’ll add the stories that go with them. For over a six week period I added and altered the Reliquary on a weekly, if not daily basis, using found, salvaged, and saved materials that all related in one way or another to my dad, his childhood, my childhood, and our relationship together. Here are the photos:Reliquary

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Reliquary

Several times each week I alter the reliquary and make a drawing. I am making up the rules for “reliquary” as I go along.

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What is a reliquary

I posed the question, What is a reliquary? I would love to hear what you think.

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Reliquary

Every reliquary needs a relic. Mine has a skull, among other things.

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Reliquary


I had talked to Jens Brasch, an artist friend of mine about my idea for a reliquary. He said that what he would find interesting was if I made a drawing every day to go with the reliquary. That idea resonated with me, and I had to think about what kind of paper to use. I found two separate stashes of paper from my dad’s desk–the white paper is stationary from the Baptist Ministers and Missionary Board. The slightly larger, beige paper is Japanese rice paper, “for block prints,” according to my dad’s notes on the paper cover. I salvaged these papers from his office after his death in 1996.

I began with a map of the cove at Fore Point on Squam Lake. Dad had created this map to assist him in sailing into the rocky cove. My first drawing was this simple rendering of the reliquary on it’s pedestals.

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Reliquary

My studio partner, Jeanette Durand, was willing to let me take over the window of our studio for my reliquary installation. And then she asked a crucial question–are you going to sit it on any kind of support?

I hadn’t given this any thought and as soon as she said it, I knew I had to put this reliquary on a pedestal, well actually two pedestals and get it off the floor.

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