I recently took my art to a jury for a local show. I carefully dremeled out the visible remnants of papier mache which had joined the pieces of wood together. I applied dabs of acrylic paint to minimize the assembled nature of the art.
My suitcases are out. I have begun to pack for a two-week trip to the East Coast. It will be a chance to catch up with friends and to become acquainted again with my young grandson. It will also mean withdrawal from my Dremel.
Last night in my studio I worked on my latest batch of assemblages. I noted my progress with constructions. I have learned ways to hide the papier mache in the middle of the piece rather than simply smash two pieces of wood together. I have learned to use tape and armatures to hold my wood up in ways I can more easily apply the papier mache. And I am learning ways to balance tall pieces as they dry so I do not have to revert to shims to make them stand upright. Clearly, I am no longer a beginner in my art.
“How did you happen to come here to the Verde Valley?”
“What brought you to Sedona, originally?”
These questions come up over and over, as we navigate socially through this beautiful Central Arizona area. So many of us mixed in a large dose of serendipity as we packed up, moved here. My story sure did!
"With all the beauty surrounding me here above the Verde Valley, how could I not create more beauty?"