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.
"With all the beauty surrounding me here above the Verde Valley, how could I not create more beauty?"