I haven't posted anything lately about the art I'm doing, because until school ended, I'd been too busy tending to my students' art. But now the summer stretches in front of me, and I have a few things that I want to work on.
Is anyone else doing The Sketchbook Project 2012? You can read more about it here: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject?utm_source=Art+House+Co-op+List&utm_campaign=332ae80465-Sketchbook_2012_launch&utm_medium=email. I learned about this last year, but too late to sign up. I'm intrigued by the idea and have already begun work on mine. I chose the theme "Time Traveler" which applies to so many different aspects of my life (drumming, dancing, gardening, evolving...). As things progress a bit more, I'll post pictures.
As I was watering the garden yesterday morning, I came up with an idea to use some copper sheeting that I inherited from somewhere ages ago. I'm going to try to make some pinwheels to put in the garden. The copper is thin enough that I can emboss, cut, and bend it easily into a pinwheel shape. I might need to get a soldering iron to attach the bits and pieces to a metal rod. Or perhaps I can put them on a wooden dowel, except that wood doesn't last too long in the desert. Just kind of thinking out loud here. This is a "to be continued" thing, too.
And summer is the time to think about winter, specifically my holiday cards, which I always make during the summer. I finish them, tuck them away, and then it's so nice to pull them out around Thanksgiving and address them. No ideas for these, yet, but the summer is young...
And I'll be finishing up odds and ends of projects that I've neglected. I'm feeling pretty energized about all this because it's the first time in 4 years I've had the summer off. I wasn't happy about the pay cut I took when they changed the schools from 12 to 9 months, but now I'm thankful to have this large chunk of time in which to rejuvenate on so many levels.