Sunny Sunday

When the sun shines on the Burren it is an especially beautiful place.  The light wakes up the rock, the green appears greener, and all seems right with the world.  After all of the rain, blue skies are a welcome sight.  The forecast is for a glorious monday and then a turn for the worse after that.  For now we’ll take advantage of the good weather to make photographs, gather source material and continue surging forward towards the completion of our projects.

In the course syllabus, Sundays are designated as a day of rest.  The day began with 10 of 14 walking together for an hour from 8:30 to 9:30 and then we went our separate ways for the rest of the day.  Most continued working on their projects at the college while others went horseback riding.  I’m sitting in the studio now where it is 7:30 pm and I am surrounded by artists working diligently on their work.  I have to admire the dedication that they have exhibited and I can’t wait to show you their work.

There will be an exhibition at Wheaton in the fall of the work created here in the Burren.  The work begun here will be added to and then completed for a show that will coincide with fall weekend.  I’ll keep you posted about the details as they develop.  I assure you that you will be impressed with what you see.

We’re now in the process of developing written conceptual statements.  These are one page, double spaced statements that are written and designed to help the viewer understand the work created and to offer insight into the thinking of the artist through their creative process.  This is always a challenge for young artists.  If I asked them to write a cohesive paper on the jurassic period, they could do it easily.  In this case they are required to write about “themselves” and they find this very difficult.  It is a process that eventually results in a solid statement but requires many drafts to get there.  I will do my best to include one or two of these when they are refined to the level where they clearly enhance the viewers perception and understanding of the work.  Our music students have also been asked to write this one page artistic statement.  This is a new request for them as it’s usually not a part of how they work.  It will be interesting to read about  how they approach writing about the creative process of music composition.

We have our second full critique on tuesday afternoon and everyone is working hard to get ready for this.  A substantial amount of new work has been created since our last crit and I hope to photograph a few pieces to share with you.

All for now… it’s the end of a long productive day, and we’re all looking forward to another beauty tomorrow.