Who doesn't have at least one set of Ikea drawers in their art room? This is what they look like when you buy them:
They are just shouting to be played with. Ikea offers many different configurations to fit every need.
I added scraps of paper to a set of Ikea drawers many years ago. I actually bought these drawers the first time I stepped into my first Ikea store. We were living in The Netherlands and we went into this big blue store in Amsterdam. When we returned to the states a year later, Ikea was pretty well known here also.
Looking on Pinterest I found these other examples:
Pam Sussman, who always does everything beautifully has these in her art studio:
I have a number of drawer sets all done different years with different ideas. I have been looking at them too long. Time to change them up to something new and fresh.
Have you done something interesting with these drawers?
It is only 5 short weeks before Dan Essig arrives to teach 3 one-day workshops. We are so honored to have Dan here at Small Studio. He is a really top notch instructor and bookbinder supreme.
Dan will be teaching three one-day workshops. Sign up for one or two or three. We still have spaces in each one.
When Lynne Perrella was here last week, I found it very interesting that we had students from AZ, VA, MI, WI, PA, WVA who had flown in, booked hotels and rented cars to take workshops at Small Studio. There were only a handful of OH students in the workshops who did not need to go to that expense. It makes no sense to miss such great talent right here in your own backyard.
To register go to "Workshops" on our webpage Scroll down to the paintbrush that says "registration form", fill out and send to me with a check or bring it into the store.
Dan is a wonderful and laid back instructor who happens also to be a unique and talented artist. Did you know that some of his work resides not only in galleries and private collections, but also in the Smithsonian!
Won't you come join us? These workshops are appropriate for all levels.
We have seen so many more deer this year than ever before. Every ride down JayCox Road affords a sighting of mostly fawns and does. John has seen bucks in the backyard.
(This is a stock photo)
Whitetail deer are estimated to be in the 750,000 population range in Ohio. Their only predators are man and coyotes.
Man kills about 200,000 a year here which seems like quite a huge number, but deer can get pregnant at 6 months and with a first pregnancy give birth to one fawn, but subsequent pregnancies are 2-3 fawns. They weigh just 4-7lbs at birth.
We have seen many spotted fawns this year. Fawns only keep their spots for the first 3 months, so we are seeing babies. Deer have a potential to live 11-12 years, but seldom live even 6 years.
Whitetail deer need about 300-400 acres of grazing area and they like woods, living at the edge of the woods which is where we see them. The last winter was harsh and there has been a great deal of housing/building in the area pushing the deer into new areas.
Did you know the money term "buck" derives from the practice of trading buckskins for goods?
Did you know that a deer can run 20-40MPH?
Did you know a deer can jump 8ft high and 25ft across?
Okay, boys and girls, that is your nature lesson for today.
My brothers and I had a wonderful, gentle, kind, funny, loving father. Recently one of my brothers came cross this bit of paper. It is a 1938 permit to carry a gun issued to my dad.
In 1938, dad and mom had been married almost two years. We wonder why he needed a gun. We also wonder why he looks like a gangster in this photo.
My dad was a quiet man who was totally attentive to his family. He passed away when I was in my very early 30s and totally attentive to my own family. I wish I knew more about his childhood and life.We didn't ask. He didn't offer. He was an only child who lost his own father very, very young. There is nothing else we know.Maybe this is a lesson to all of us to write our history down because one of our children may want to know their back story.
We were honored and thrilled to have Lynne Perrella here at Small Studio for the weekend. Both classes were sold out. It has been awhile since we have had sold out classes. The students were all really successful and pleased with their creative works of art.
Students made beautiful layered backgrounds on their canvases. Then the real fun began.
Faces were colored and enhanced.
Letters that had been painted and stenciled were added.
Students came from all over to take the workshops: AZ, WVA, MI, WI, MN, IN, Canada, PA and far flung areas of Ohio.
The air was thick with determination, laughter and creative energy.
A big thank you to Lynne Perrella for a wonderful two days and special thanks to the students who make it fun and worthwhile.
I just got off the phone with our good friend Dan Essig. Dan will be teaching three one-day workshops in the beginning of September (only 8 weeks away) and you do not want to miss this. If you are not familiar with Dan (how could you not!), he is an extraordinary book artist. His books range from pieces that look and act like books to unbelievable
pieces that take the description of "book" outside the box…way, way outside the box.
Dan is a great teacher who encourages his students with kindness along with his expertise.
Although one can sign up for these classes up until the week of the workshop, we need you to sign up this month so that we can confirm the class and make Dan's minimum.
From top to bottom:
Friday September 5, The Palm Book
Saturday, September 6, The Tree Book
Sunday September 7, Jacob's Ladder Book
Full description, cost, supply lists are on our website here.
If you click on the above photo you will notice many, many footprints. They are animal footprints. They can be traced from our neighbor's yard, over to our windows, back through our yard where they are joined by many more footprints coming from across the golf course. We often are amazed when we get up on a snowy morning to see fresh prints crisscrossing the yard. Sometimes the prints go across our patio and even our deck. What goes on out there while we are sleeping? We think it is a very quiet but well-attended party. One to which we are not invited. I love Ohio.
Circle your calendars for May 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Small Studio is hosting one of our favorite artist/instructors. That would be the bubbly and talented Tory Brokenshire. She will be teaching three one-day workshops and you will not want to miss any of them.
Day one (May2nd) will be her popular "Story Tellers". Begin with a vintage tin and make it into a unique little character.
Tory taught this class last year at Small Studio and everyone loved it. I was able to take the class. I had never worked with clay before, but I was pretty happy with my little fella.
On day two (Sat May 3rd), Tory offers "Sail Away". Students will be working with wire and paper. Look at the wonderful samples below.
Then on day three (Sun May 4th) Tory instructs us how to make Santos dolls for which she is very well known. Students will construct and dress their own Santos doll.
Registration is open now and all the particulars are on my website. You can take just one class, but I think you should join us for the whole weekend. You won't be sorry.
Small Studio is located in Westlake OH just 13 miles west of Cleveland.
Years ago, I published a 'zine called "Observation". One of my favorite pages was an observation page full of random tidbits. Each 'zine had eyeballs scattered throughout and on the cover. Why do I like eyeballs so much?
Here are some random observations this afternoon:
Observation No. 1: John knows how to enjoy a cold and dreary day.
Observation No. 2:
The barn we pass almost everyday is leaning more than usual and has lost more wood. It won't be long before it is down and returns to earth. I have heard people say that barns are left to decompose because it is bad luck to knock them down. I cannot find any source that proves or disproves this rumor.
Observation No. 3:
Why is it that the more time I have the less I get done?
Is it odd that I have less of my own artwork around than the artwork of others?
Observation No. 5:
Since Facebook I have been blogging less than I used to. Since blogging I have been writing in my journal less. Hmmm…
Observation No 6" It seems I have nothing more to say.
Yesterday morning the Valentine's display came down and our clock display went up. It's about time...
New Clocks that look old
Really Old Clocks
Vintage Pocket Watches
Vintage Pocket Watch Faces
New Wooden Clock Cases
Paper Clock Faces Packs
Brass Date Arcs
Craft Clock Parts
We are big fans of real, vintage and new clocks and clock parts. We love making art using clocks and clock parts. We even like the craft world clock gears and pocket watch cases. How about you? Do you use clocks in your home and in your art?
Don't you think it is about time you came into Small Studio to check out our eclectic array of goods? Isn't it about time that you signed up for our awesome classes?
Valentine's Day is always such a nice day. Everyone is so kind and affectionate. In our home we don't do anything really big. We don't have to since every day is Valentine's day for us. We are just so glad to be together. We will have a special dinner out and maybe cards and flowers or maybe not, but it will be just nice and easy. We like it that way. No pressure.
The store, Small Studio, has had a Valentine's table for a couple of weeks.I like doing special displays. It is one of the really fun parts of having a store.
There have been a few frantic people in this morning looking for that something pecial for someone special. Several were successful, one was not. Oh the pressure.
Speaking of the store, we received a new shipment of Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon. They are so juicy and luscious all hanging together.
Tomorrow is our monthly FREE PlayDay. Give us a call to let us know you are coming: 440-808-8599.
We had a visitor on our back porch this morning. Does a unny sighting mean Spring is coming? Please say yes!
Nick and I go back a long way. You know Nick. He is the wonderful author and artist of the Griffin and Sabine series among other fabulous books. The Griffin and Sabine series was a story told through a correspondence of art letters and postcards tucked into the books' pages.
When I organized Art Continuum back in the 90s, Nick Bantock was at the top of my list of people to have at my event. He had written the first book a few years earlier and among those in our little world, he was the inspiration for collage swaps, Bantock-like postcard groups and a ton of art. Boldly I wrote to him and invited him to talk, teach and/or sign books. I waited and waited to hear back and then one day I received a piece of Bantock art mail. I was so thrilled to even hold it in my hands, but he turned me down very graciously.. I was disappointed but we reduced his rejection envelope and letter (written in his distinctive hand) and used it in our attendee packet. The next year, I invited and he rejected and his letter became part of the Art Continuum packet again, but this time he added faux postage for us to give away! Year three I wrote, he wrote back and accepted my invitation and did so for the next few years. He did book signings, readings, slide shows and finally a full blown art class. For our part we sold more of his books at Art Continuum than any other book signing of his at that time.
After quite a few years, Nick Bantock has a new book on creativity.
It is called "The Trickster's Hat" and is full of guidance and inspiration. We have it in stock at Small Studio right now. It is good to have more Nick.
The week started out really cold and icy evidenced by the car thermostat 9AM Tuesday morning...
…and also by the shore of Lake Erie. You are looking at the frozen lake beyond the trees which sit right on the edge of the lake..
Yesterday we had a group of quilters renting the classroom for the day complete with sewing machines. They were doing some beautiful work. I loved having them around and their creative energy.
Then, glory of glories, my web girl finally got the Small Studio Workshop Series up and running on our website. She made a few mistakes which have caused me some minor headaches and some disappointment for students (be sure to check the revised listings)
but it has all been corrected.
The above photo is from Tory Brokenshire's workshop "Sail Away". Tory is our first instructor of the series. Registration is open now.
My good friend Michele Monet was in today and she redid the classroom including a brick wall and hardwood floor..
Beautiful, isn't it? But wait. How did she accomplish that in one day? Well, actually it only took her 3 minutes.
Michele rented the room for a photo shoot. She is a professional photographer, among other things. The brick wall and hardwood floor are just cloth backdrops.
It has been a fun week for me full of unexpected delights.
It is almost February and you know what that means. Valentine's Day. How do you celebrate the day?
Do you send flowers or do you hope to receive flowers? Flowers are such a lovely burst of freshness in the heart of winter.
Do you send Valentine's cards? The one above is reputed to be the oldest known Valentine's Day card. Remember what a big deal it was in elementary school to sit at the kitchen table and write all those cards to your classmates and then wait expectantly the next day in class with your decorated brown paper bag to collect them from your friends.
Maybe you are low key about the holiday or maybe even grumpy thinking it is a greeting card company holiday. I think Valentine's Day is nice but I prefer a daily dose of affection and declarations of love. I am lucky to live with a man who is a romantic and often surprises me with tokens of affection.
I would love to hear what you think about Valentine's Day.
Well it appears that John and I still possess a California attitude towards snow. I cancelled the class today worrying that the roads would be too treacherous for some of my students who were driving in from an hour away. I was unable to get a hold of them so John dug us out and we drove in to the store on those treacherous roads. Six people did not read my cancellation and so we had the class. The others who did not make it will have a make-up class. We had so much fun and the ladies created some great little ATCs. It is difficult to photograph them since they are made with transparencies, acetate and acrylic and so there is glare. In person they were all wonderful. Here is a sampling.
Here are two close-ups:
Thank you students for coming out in this weather and for a fun morning.
Now for the news you have all been waiting for. The 2014 Small Studio Workshops Series are up on the website. We have a few kinks to work out (prices are missing from Lynne Perrella's classes), but you can now plan and/or register. Go HERE to see the offerings.