One of my main happy places has to be my studio (and the studio at the Neil Balkwill Centre). I spend a serious amount of time there. Outside my classes, I run after my three kids. This means soccer 4 times a week in the spring as well as the groups my oldest attends twice a week. Then there is the usual chaos and running around of life in general. It's not a bad thing at all but it does take away from my creative/work time.
I am a night owl. I think I come by it honestly…my dad was a musician and most of his gigs were at night, my mom was into dance and theatre (also mostly at night). My brother is a sports writer and works mostly nights….you see why this may have had an influence. I have tried to become a morning person. No, really. I was not successful. I spent 15 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. Let me tell you, if they couldn't make me a day person nobody can!
Being a night owl, I work best at night. Plus, it's the only time I can work as I usually can't get to it until everyone's in bed. I have to walk a line between working at night and getting up at a reasonable hour to look after my family. I am not always successful doing but I do keep trying!! :)
Classes keep me inspired, creative and social. I love taking classes. I have wonderful teachers and I have met wonderful people in these classes and honestly, the people are what keep me going back so often.
The Chasing and Repousse class was totally new for me. It is a fascinating process.
Chasing is the art of creating a design on metal, from the front of the piece. Repousse is done by pushing metal up from the back of the piece. Each technique can be done separately but they are often done in conjunction with each other.
We began the class practicing with copper.
I have since moved on to birds, aliens, and owls and whatever else I think I can make with glass. The possibilities are endless! The more I try the more I want to try. It's sooooo much fun.
This spring has found me back in classes. They are project classes that allow me to just do my own thing and play with whatever pops into my head! I have been working on some new ideas and variations on a theme (see previous blog post!) and I'm looking forward to where this will take me. :)
Until next time...keep on trying new things!