Recap, days 7 & 8

Hello again from Breckenridge!  The last couple days have gone by quickly, I can tell that my time here will be over long before I am ready.  I can’t believe I have been here over a week now! Yesterday/Wednesday I started the day off being a bit domestic, cleaned up the apartment area, took the bus down to the store to stock up on groceries, and ventured out to the laundromat.  I can’t say that I have missed the days of taking laundry to the laundromat but it was relatively painless (and more expensive than I remember!).  I am still just captivated by the views in this beautiful little mountain town.  As I was standing waiting for the bus to pick me up at the grocery I snapped this shot across the parking lot.  Sure doesn’t look like the view from the grocery store at home! After I returned from all my errands I got to work in the studio.  The two mixed media pieces I’d been working on were still waiting on me so I determined what finishing touches they needed and then began to mount them onto the matboard.  I am really happy with them both and I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from the visitors that have been in.

river rocks #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
'river rocks' #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
river rocks #2 (c) Lynne Medsker
'river rocks' #2 (c) Lynne Medsker

The arts district is very busy here and yesterday afternoon they were having an opening for a children’s art show so I wandered over there to see the exhibit and meet some more of the local artists, teachers and supporters.  It was a very nice show with works by over 100 kids being shown.  There was a nice variety of mediums that they had used and all the artwork was inspired by local history.  Very cool! After that I returned to the studio and began playing with a couple new projects.  

I had heard of “junk journals” through an Indy based altered art group and, although I missed the demonstration on how to make them, it had been in the back of my mind to attempt my own version while I was here.  I’d been saving empty packaging, scraps of paper and similar items that were destined for the trash and/or recycling bins so I started planning how I would create two journals from the materials I had saved.  I ended up with a small version (squarish, maybe 4 or 5 inches?) and a midsized version (perhaps 5×8 inches?).  I got the larger one bound and a few pages covered with gesso before I called it a day.  That made it easy to get started today because I had the projects underway.  🙂 Throughout the day I continued to gesso the pages and also covered some with tape, metal or decorative papers to make the invidual pages.  I took some photos of both pieces progressing…perhaps I’ll post them tomorrow.  Today was a day with open studio hours so I had several visitors in & out throughout the afternoon.  Today was also the day of the artist trading card (ATC) workshop!  It ran from 5 to 8 p.m. and we had 5 people here making cards. There were many other events and activities going on in the area this evening so I appreciated the people that took time to come to the workshop. The evening went by quickly with good company, good conversation, a few snacks to nibble on and lots of creativity.    

I was invited to attend a workshop on Saturday afternoon that a textile artist is presenting (we’ll be making scarves!) and that evening is the “Second Saturday” artwalk with my studio space being one of the stops.  I am looking forward to both those events.  I will have all day tomorrow to play in the studio…even MORE to look forward to!  For now I am going to sign off & get into my cozy pajamas.

Sweet dreams!


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