Some words at last . . .

•August 9, 2022 • Comments Off on Some words at last . . .
. . . pink birds and the apple tree

Much time has passed and some of you may have thought about my silent blog once in a while . . .

With so much change and the strange times I felt unable to sit and write clearly, so I remained thinking of writing time taking me with it until now.

In my own inbox streams of daily offers for classes, learning how to things, on-line workshops and free advice and seminars on how to manage creativity for the times we were in. Then there were the promises of earning a sweet passive income by creating an online presence, no small task for a sixty-plus year old.

I found it was too much “incoming” to feel comfortable adding my own writing with all the thoughtful, sincere offerings.

My life became screen centred, my days were filled with learning and attempting to keep things alive on multiple platforms. Even my vocabulary had to be updated.

As many of us did, I learned to make and edit videos, teach on line classes, be part of creating a virtual conference, building templates to publish a catalogue. And most of it was possible thanks to Z O O M I N G … contact with fellow artists, my work/gallery groups and heavenly family visits, all fashionably done in the housecoat and pyjamas of this new normal.

And, then, I literally burnt out.

. . . she left her some wings

My community and work existed via long days of computer screening and after the insular year of cancer treatments followed by the two years of COVID sanctuary, I lost my virtual way.

Empty and unable to record or edit more of my own voice, the now monotonous sound scape of one I let G O . . .

There is no comparison with teaching LIVE, something I had to cancel during my treatments and then lost again due to COVID … the course creation and attempt at interaction from an editing screen is strange and far from the absolute joy of being in a space with six to sixteen personalities, always interacting and attempting to reach their personal goals and hopes. I could not find a way to bring this into a workshop class on line.

This past two summers I have taught one week long sessions here at the Lunenburg School of the Arts and I LOVE teaching there and now that travel is open again, I can recommend it as a very special place to visit the UNESCO town of Lunenburg and take a class!

I also held a few small classes in my home and the joy of working alongside others was delicious.

As for my personal life we simplified (or so we intended) and moved into the old tavern we bought for studios and storage, separating it in two parts and created an apartment space in one half and while doing so, filled it with us and our tons of artist’s stuff. The word bulging comes to mind . . .

I believe I moved and restructured my studio three times in two years and honestly, just as it felt like it might be ready for some focused work, I fell in love with a sweet old farmhouse and land up the road.

We bought the farmhouse and then discovered it had not been updated in sixty years other than a surface reno that was bumped and bruised. The systems were all out of date or neglected and we had our hands filled and faltering with the tremendous amount to be done and the decisions to be made to update and bring us toward a comfortable space for the years ahead.

We managed both properties for about three months and then decided to put our tavern (a work in process) on the market.

The second showing found a match for all of us. We received an offer with a beautiful letter from the young family who were interested in buying our place and taking the project onward as their own. We were in tears after reading their letter and accepted their offer without changes, feeling it was right.

The continuing story of this time in my life … now we had another huge project on our hands; the building permit was still open on the tavern. We were doing things in stages as money permitted and the biggest costs were not on our priority list, suddenly we had a large expensive set of things to complete and our money was invested in the little farmhouse we were repairing and preparing . . .

We managed, and were extremely creative in our self-financing (imagine two artists in their sixties with COVID taking the main parts of their incomes away) and we squeaked through the time frame.

And of course, it was the middle of the stormy winter!!!

The after-rest never felt so good . . .

. . . pink fruit

This long saga is an attempt to catch up, forgive my rambling, but I have always written on this blog from my heart and today I write so that I can begin to move forward and share my artistic life once again.

So many tales, some of which might surface as I begin to write here again, for those who care to listen.

. . . botanical number one

Many chapters and many paragraphs.

Here is to time and all of it’s challenges, good, bad, positive and negative…

and to stories and artwork for the next posts to come

xo Kate~

TalKinG wiTh CroWs . . .

•November 26, 2020 • 1 Comment

In the early summer I created a little masked crow series called “The Covid Crows”

Masks have become such a symbol of this time, something we now make or buy as fabric of life outside our homes.

These crows have masks over their eyes, not over their beaks like we humans … a bit of humor on the altering of the face or hiding of one’s person behind these masks we now use for protection from the airborne virus.

These little birds have inspired two projects.

First inspiration was a small weekly workshop in my home called “Talking with Crow” something I am now in the midst of developing into an on line workshop to launch early in 2021 …

Teaching is one of my sources of joy. I enjoyed the pleasure of “in person” learning again and recognized its value especially now, when this privilege is so tentative. Being able to access creativity is an antidote to the feelings of isolation and loss we can experience these days.

This group will continue to play and work together using my class as a jumping off point. It was very special to be part of their plan.

In organizing the teaching sessions, an idea to design and create “kits” that could travel from my workshop to yours took form. CREATIVE ART PROJECTS was born and I identified with it as a kind of ” s h e l t e r ” from the storm.

I have at last put the final touches on these first kits. It has been an intense labor of love and I am proud of the many tiny details … the silly striped stockings I made to save the stress of sewing something so tiny, the eyes for the masks, the conditioning and rolling of the clay for the cut outs, the hand written instruction booklet, the doodle that became the cover illustration, the hand binding of threads which hold the booklets together …

This is a new adventure for me, a way to bring a little pleasure into your mailbox and artspace, one I hope can help with the long winter ahead of us while we wait and hope for a safer world.

I PRESENT FOR YOU :

THE COVID CROWS OF NOVA SCOTIA :

OPTION ONE : The Complete Kit : $75.00

The complete kit contains : handmade instruction booklet, pattern sheet, cloth, wire, stuffing, pins, prepared polymer clay, pre-made stockings, pre-made eyes for the mask, pre-drilled birch base.

EXTRA TOUCH : Tutorial video link.

OPTION 2 : The Pattern and Instruction Kit : $28.00

This package contains the handmade instruction booklet and the pattern page. You are the gatherer/maker for this option.

OPTION 3 : A One of a Kind Crow : $150.00 – 195.00

This option is indeed one of my crows! Choose the one you would like from the individual pieces shown below … new crows will be added as I make them …

OPTION 4 : TALKING WITH CROW Series pieces : approx $350. – 395.

A crow and a figure, an ongoing conversation … they will be added here as I make them …

I am going to update my now ‘antique’ website (haha) it still says … opening a gallery soon … but this is an intense amount of work and will be my winter project… BUT if you want to purchase from this blog, simply email me at katechurch.ns@gmail.com and we will work out the details.

TRA LAH and a very good evening to all ….

FLying LeSSonS . . .

•September 30, 2020 • Leave a Comment

“FLYING LESSONS”

I am so happy to write that I am able to manage long work sessions again. It has taken a while.

Healing from illness and then treatment is indeed a long journey but mine I can say has at last turned the corner into good health.

I wish I could hold these feelings forever, contrast is the most apparent when it begins and comes after its opposite.

A few months ago I was able to complete two new pieces of larger work.

Intense hours are part of this process and fine details made over and over to get them right requires a large amount of concentration and patience.

The ability to immerse into the work brought a sense of timelessness and a deep quiet that fills my soul. I had forgotten how deeply I enrich my life from this place.

This, for me, is making art.

I remember this” I found myself saying, but to recognize it as having not been there made it all the richer and more profound.

Recovery is my gift of this time.

The Arrival : mixed media : 18″ x 9″ x 20″ : $2250. CAD

The story might have gone so many ways, but now, as I feel and see myself returning to a place I lived before the illness I find the ending worth all the time and struggle to arrive.

I can only say this is far more than I expected. A surprise and a reveling in what I took for granted.

A Poem For The Swan : mixed media : 20″ L x 13″ W x 16″ H : $2500. CAD

The sweet little characters I loved to make are also back.

It was something everyone told me “to do” while I was (let’s call it) “away” and as much as I heard this and wanted to make these guys, they were not available to me … I am grateful that I never questioned this, I just could not do it.

One cannot turn the “genuine” switch on and off, it is a mix of energy and heart that I dedicated this work to when I began to bring them to life. Ridiculously sentimental but true.

I am again working with this gracious gift and more than before, must treat it with respect and gratitude.

Life is so precious.

Here are the new little pieces “in process”, if you click on any of the images they will open in a slide show

They are not completely finished but are far enough along to post and let out for a test flight into the big world of blogger sky …

The series I have called “FLYING LESSONS” as I relearn the skills of attending to the work. I am simply the navigator and delighted maker, and they once again are asking to fly.

I hope you enjoy these new characters.

You will recognize them.

Growing in ways I had not known I would … let us take lessons

xo

the EXHIBITIONS and SILENT AUCTION links . . .

•August 19, 2020 • Leave a Comment

As promised…

We had to decide on a platform to hold the conference and Facebook was our choice because it seemed to be able to facilitate all of the things we were wanting to include.

Chris Chomick has sat in the driver’s seat for us and made this possible…hats are off and hoots are being heard for her long hours and patience through the massive work of making this happen.

If you enjoy this in any way, send your hoot out as well into the virtual conference cheering section !!

here they are!!!

The NIADA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE . . .

•August 19, 2020 • Leave a Comment

NIADA ARTIST : SUSAN SCOGGINS

Several months ago NIADA had to cancel the 2020 conference.

Like everyone, we gathered on Zoom to talk about the possibility of creating both the conference and classes on line.

After a few meetings (actually many) we realized most of us were enthusiastic but had little to no experience with working live on our computers and devices or creating on line videos and teaching sessions.

Although we were willing, it was a daunting thing to imagine learning enough to be able to teach virtually. After taking some first steps, we agreed we would need more development time and would aim for classes to begin early in the new year, 2021.

The conference committee however continued to plan for an August Virtual Conference and it opens TOMORROW … !

NIADA ARTIST : THERESA MAY

I have been very busy trying to learn, adapt to new devices, use video editing programs (for beginners) and  help build an art auction/fundraiser with a wonderful group of dedicated members of the organization.

We have learned a ton and enjoyed the fellowship and intensive creative work of putting this all together.

If you have any interest in seeing some of the world of these amazing art doll makers please consider joining us for the conference.

NIADA ARTIST : CONNIE SMITH

ALSO : there will be three exhibitions that you can visit which will open to the public tomorrow, Thursday August 19th.

UNMASKING THE FUTURE : our silent auction and fundraiser.

GALLERY SHOW : artwork from those who were able to manage the learning curve.

ARTISTS EXHIBITS : where you can see more of NIADA artists work.

TOMORROW I WILL POST LINKS TO THE AUCTION AND GALLERIES.

NIADA ARTIST : IMA NARODITSKAYA

It has been a tremendous job and perhaps if we had known what we were tackling we might have chosen to simply cancel the conference. BUT we didn’t.

Here are links to the conference registration and the NIADA website.

2020 Virtual Conference – Registration

Home

NIADA ARTIST : JO-ELLEN TRILLING

 

I am very proud to have been part of creating a catalog of the artwork created for the fundraiser and the on-line auction which opens also tomorrow and runs until Sunday at noon EST.

 

NIADA ARTIST : PAT LILLICH