The Met on Your Screen, with Curators' Comments

The Met Museum in NYC has a website called 82 and 5th (which is their address in NYC).  In it they have a list of 100 little art history lessons--in each a curator talks for two minutes (well, that is the pitch, most run just under 3 minutes) about one artwork in various departments in the museum collection.  Very interesting and a lot of information in a little package. I watch these while waiting (if I have web connection) on the iPad. The only issue, no sound On some using the app! Though there are subtitles of the sound you should have.... Watching the original website seems more reliable. here's a great one from the fashion department: 

http://82nd-and-fifth.metmuseum.org/extreme-fashion

 

Check it out at http://82nd-and-fifth.metmuseum.org/

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In the Arena

It's easy to sit on the sidelines.

Make no mistake, putting yourself out in the arena of life, is not always comfortable. It's not always fun.

Being in the arena for me, means showing up at places like the International Quilt Festival in Houston. As a teacher. This is an arena that takes hours of preparation. I spend a couple weeks planning my classes, gathering my supplies, practicing my Keynotes. Secretly, I think I'd rather be at home making some art. But I know that I also need the exposure to this world, and I need to know what other people are doing and how they're thinking about what they're doing.

I'm always amazed at the talent, the skill of the people around me, interesting stories that workshop participants share with me. And teaching anything is really the best way to master it. 

I started teaching here relatively late, 2008. Relatively late compared to most of the teachers around me at any rate. I still feel like the new kid on the block. It's getting easier, and I have a few more friends, and I recognize people across the room. But, no matter how it looks from the outside, I think all of us have a few flutters when we have to sit down at a table with a bunch of people we don't know.

The most difficult part of doing this work, here in this arena, is getting back that little stack of critiques at the end of every workshop.

I don't know why it is, but it's human nature to focus on the two or three in the batch that have something really critical to say about what you did. in my case, it's always something about organization. I try, I really try, and I listen to the critiques (this next workshop is going to be better than the last). But it's very interesting that it's hard to give all of the wonderful comments as much weight as I do the two or three or four from people who weren't very happy.

So how do you grow that thick skin?

 

Collage of fabric designed with the iPad-- what I'm teaching today.

Collage of fabric designed with the iPad-- what I'm teaching today.

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ItalyRoma

Can you follow the drift? Our first two days here, last Tuesday and Wednesday... More to come, soon.

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The blanks and repeats seem to be software errors in my blog app!! Just have patience, please.  

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And the March Gritty Newsletter

Likewise, here's the lead story of the March edition of my newsletter -- the whole is a little mix of inspiration, how-to and upcoming events. If you want to see more or subscribe click the button at the top of the sidebar. Or download this month's entire issue here.

Spring Grit

Will Spring ever arrive? Usually by this time of year, our Texas Hill Country is blanketed with flowers and sprouting green grass. Some years we're even seeing the tomato plants starting to blossom. This year, between prolonged gusts of wintry weather every couple of days and the drought (we've had less than an inch of rain since January 1) the land looks as bleak as midwinter.

So, like other artists I know, I've had to make spring time happen in the studio, on the iPad and on the design table. I hope you are doing the same!

My inspirations: photos from previous trips and at-home excursions. The files of flowers I've shot over the years. And, at least here this year, I can look out the window and enjoy the rosemary blooms filled with bees and the bright chartreuse of the hardy euphorbia that has naturalized in the garden.

This plant is a botanical example of true grit. It endures ice storms and no water for weeks, and each spring the stalks from last year erupt in this riot of amazing color. Then, just in the hottest part of the year, tiny blue-grey spikes poke up around the mother plants and take over another territory. From a single spiky stalk bought at a roadside sale, I now celebrate early spring with about 10 hardy plants, and I have given dozens away to friends as well. What grit!

True grit for me as an artist embodies a notion about success, achievement and learning -- and one that is attracting attention in research and educational settings these days. The idea is probably one familiar to most of those my age: just keep trying. Persistence, and a belief that intelligence or success or mastery is something acquired by hard work is more important than any innate talent, intellectual gift or "smartness."

As I come into the studio after a week filled with family meals, parries, conversations, a day of poking around in the antique shops of Comfort and Boerne, I sit again sending out this newsletter, my own true test of grit. In January of 2013 I vowed to make a monthly post to communicate with friends, students, family and blog readers in a more formal and scheduled manner. I haven't always succeeded. But, as I look back over my file of entries, I have managed to post 14 editions, in an almost regular fashion. Believe me, it would not have happened without two important components: intention and grit.

So what is on your gritty list today?

Workshops in San Antonio and Pipe Creek

In case you aren't on my mailing list, or prefer to read here on the blog, here is the March edition of my workshop brochure. You can also find updated information at any time of the year on the workshop link on this website.

 Nurture your creativity and explore new materials and techniques in surface design applicable to fiber, ceramics, jewelry, painting and mixed media work. Susie Monday leads artists’ retreats and workshops at her studio near Pipe Creek, Texas and in San Antonio at her new “cabin in the city.” The San Antonio workshops this season and next will highlight iPad (and other tablet) based painting, design, journaling and drawing skills applicable to fiber and mixed media art. The fee for the day-long workshops in San Antonio is $85.   In Pipe Creek, spend the weekend and enjoy the 25- mile vistas from the deck and strolls down the country roads. You are welcome to bring projects in process for Susie’s critique and peer feedback. We’ll share meals, poetry and stories, music and advice for living an artist’s life. Each weekend retreat is $185 with discounts for early enrollment. Comfortable accommodations are available from $15 - $30. Pipe Creek workshops o ff  er a Friday night potluck option. Limited enrollment. Most sup- plies included. For more info, see   www.susiemonday.com  .

 Nurture your creativity and explore new materials and techniques in surface design applicable to fiber, ceramics, jewelry, painting and mixed media work. Susie Monday leads artists’ retreats and workshops at her studio near Pipe Creek, Texas and in San Antonio at her new “cabin inthe city.” The San Antonio workshops this season and next will highlight iPad (and other tablet) based painting, design, journaling and drawing skills applicable to fiber and mixed media art. The fee for the day-long workshops in San Antonio is $85.

In Pipe Creek, spend the weekend and enjoy the 25- mile vistas from the deck and strolls down the country roads. You are welcome to bring projects in process for Susie’s critique and peer feedback. We’ll share meals, poetry and stories, music and advice for living an artist’s life. Each weekend retreat is $185 with discounts for early enrollment. Comfortable accommodations are available from $15 - $30. Pipe Creek workshops offer a Friday night potluck option. Limited enrollment. Most sup- plies included. For more info, see www.susiemonday.com.

Poppin with great color

I don't often just paste a link to products here -- and this is neither a review or endorsement or paid advertisement - just a lovely surprise in the inbox today. I LOVE THESE COLORs and I am going to place an order. I will let you know if the almost too-good-to-be-true prices are an indication of poor quality -- at least I know the design is fab!

And while I am posting some endorsements, here's a link to Clic's eyeglasses, since many of my friends and sister artists have asked me about them!

 

Say Si!

I've donated a piece here! One of my Text series

Event Details

This March, SAY Sí, San Antonio's premiere youth arts organization, will celebrate it's 20 years of service to San Antonio's youth with its largest annual fundraiser, Small Scale Works for a Larger Cause. Since 1994, SAY Sí has helped students grow as learners, leaders and artists. The organization's reach has grown from 12 students from one high school to 200 students of middle and high school age from all of San Antonio’s districts.

The celebration begins on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the 3rd Annual Youth Arts Education Advocacy Awards and Small Scale preview, where SAY Sí will party in style with live music, appetizing cuisine and quenching cocktails from some of San Antonio’s premier restaurants, chefs and mixologists.

SAY Sí will also present its 2nd Annual Youth Arts Education Advocacy Awards to Rose Mary Fry (individual recipient) and Insite Architects (organizational recipient). The award is presented annually to noted arts advocates with a track record of contributing to the advancement of the arts and arts education in San Antonio, Texas.

The silent auction does not take place until Friday, March 21, 2014. However, at the awards ceremony, patrons can begin bidding on artwork and even purchase pieces at the “buy it now” price ("Buy it now" option ends 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19).

Small Scale showcases the best artworks from San Antonio’s most esteemed artists, all boasting their own unique creative vision. Walking through the SAY Sí gallery, patrons can expect to experience a spectrum of one-of-a-kind art pieces ranging from abstract sculptures to hyper-realistic portraits and photography.

Small Scale continues to be SAY Sí’s single largest money-raising campaign, with all money raised going to SAY Sí student programming. The exhibit and silent auction culminates on Friday, March 21, 2014. 

Small Scale Private Preview & Awards Ceremony

Thursday, March 6 | 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

$40 Presale | $50 at the door

A limited number of $80 Presale tickets are available to attend both the preview and final auction events, but please note that option ends 11 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2014.

FREE public preview [part of First Friday]

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 6 - 9 p.m.

Open for public viewing until Thursday, March, 21, 2014

Gallery Hours: Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Small Scale Auction

Friday, March 21 | 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. [Bid closing times: 8:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.]

$50 Presale | $65 at the door

Spring Fever

it's time to clean up the studio, but I keep looking outside at springtime greens.

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so I am longingly considering a stack of green hand dyes!

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P.S. Can you tell I've just fallen for a new (to me) collage frame app?