This week will be very fun – cuz what’s more fun than Halloween? And there might be a few surprises as well – don’t forget… you can sign up via email on the bottom of the page to get an email notice when I post my Art Apple each day. And if this is your first time here, don’t forget to check out the older posts to see all the apples – who knows what day might be your favorite.
I decided to make chicken soup, cauliflower soup, and chicken enchilada casserole – this afternoon! I’ve pretty much figured out that if I’m going to work full time, have a life, and create my apples then something has gotta give. So I’ll need to prepare some food ahead.
So, before starting on chopping onions and picking chicken (I hate to pick chicken) I thought that I would run into town – ha – it’s 15 miles, and go to Guiry’s for some new paper and new pastels. Some women covet handbags – I want more art supplies – I could really care less about what I carry my stuff around in ( ok, maybe I care a bit – lol). I’ve got my eye on a new red sable watercolor brush because the one my grandmother gave me (oh my goodness – almost 25 years ago) has the paint all flaking off the wooden handle and is all loose where the metal holds the hair. It still has a nice point on it but it isn’t quite how it used to be but it’s really the only watercolor brush I use and it has a lot of sentimental value. But seriously, check out the point on this No. 6!
Ok – I’ve gone off track a bit. I put my pastels to the test in today’s apple and I wrote down around 40 ideas for apples to come…
My cat Bittie couldn’t stay off my lap today – and Ella my sweet Border Collie/Aussie mix was attached to my side.
I’m very excited to have my studio and plethora of supplies at hand.
I have to share with you a couple of emails I got from my Dad tonight – see below – perhaps we can all tell him he needs to blog here at The Feeding Edge! He’d be great at posts on food and travels. He’s an amazing poet too!
Email one, subject – Observations: Driving through southeastern Wisconsin this afternoon, I tasted the finest apple in existance… I’m quite sure it was a Honey Crisp. Magnificant! Pure Mana from the gods. The farm had the most incredible barn; perfectly round with a stone foundation up 6 or 8′ and a wood shingled roof. I did a u-turn and went back to photograph it and wantered into the garage to view an assortment of 15 or so varieties of orchard fresh apples. Three were recommended and I tried the Honey Crisp… lucky me! the farm has been in the same family for an incredible 171 years. Oops, they just served my salad. Eat more apples!
Email two, subject Saga Continues: So when the Ceasar arrived it was under dressed so I sent the poor bartender back to the kitchen. More thick, heavy (this is Houlahans’s but dressing like Outback) dressing was a major improvement. The salmon arrived dried up and I let the bartender insist on ordering another; much better the second time. I should really wear a t-shirt denoting “warning’ I’m the most particular patron you’ve ever served.” Bon Soir
Wow – I was delusional as to how long this would take. Four hundred pieces of quarter inch cut outs from magazines – what was I thinking? Doug got home around 10pm and sweet wonderful man that he is started searching for colors for me. The edges were the most difficult. But, I love the results. Hope you all like it too!
So here’s the Concept: To give the gift of my art in a unique way. To bring awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis and support my love of creating art.
Idea: Make a piece of small art of an apple each day starting October 1, 2010 and give the original away and document the process online via blog and website. Start by posting it on my blog – thefeedingedge.com. Post the piece each day and follow up with posts of who I gave the original to and a story about it. Prints will be available for sale onwww.ArtAppleADay.com.
This concept incorporates
Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness
Sharing my art with the world.
Community and giving.
Background: An apple a day keeps the doctor away has its beginnings dating back to 1866 as Welsh folk proverb. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/an-apple-a-day.html . I will use the image of the Apple every day as a way to help people with a horrible disease by bring awareness, giving gifts of the pieces to my supporters, AS survivors, and people who need a piece of joy, and by selling the prints to support my efforts and future donations to great causes for health.
Specifics of Art: A small manageable daily drawing/painting/mixed media piece produced each day. A 6” x 6” piece of paper with a 5” x 5” image – no other restrictions.