Tuesday, February 05, 2008

local birds

I love finding new blogs that I want to return to, even if it might not be entirely good for me from a distraction point-of-view (understatement of the year). And though it happens very rarely, it's even better when those blogs are local as I almost never get a chance to meet fellow bloggers in person. Just recently I've actually had that opportunity twice. I ran across Amie Roman's blog when I discovered an article she'd written in the recent Art Avenues magazine. I have been wanting to incorporate relief printing into my work for awhile now but wasn't sure how to proceed and then I saw her beautiful prints. Her attention to detail is amazing. Not only that, she asked if I was interested in a 'skill swap'. You betcha! I met Amie a couple of weeks ago at her house and her work is even better in person. Yesterday I finally bought some lino-cutting supplies and promise to share my progress -- if I have any, that is. Check out Amie's website.

And who did I get to share my shopping-for-art-supplies (the best kind) experience with? Ellen Sereda and I met for coffee and Opus in Langley, about halfway between our homes, and it was great to meet her. She's new to blogging but already writes one of the most readable blogs around (she has a unique and totally grounded perspective) and it turns out that she's just the same in person. I fell in love with this painting, called Tabloid Trash, the moment I saw it. It's probably a good thing that she's sold it since I might've felt compelled to buy it with the cash I'm saving to replace the 28-year-old clothes dryer that finally gave it up a couple of weeks ago. Check out her EBSQ profile.


Blogger girl work studios said...

And it was wonderful to meet you too Andrea! You're just as interesting and likeable in person as your are here. Thanks for the kind comments. I'm looking forward to lunch soon!

You have no dryer?! Ouch, how are you managing?

5/2/08 7:21 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh, ouch the geographical distance between us is biting!

Glad you've found such great playmates!

And yes, I am jealous


6/2/08 1:01 a.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Looking forward to seeing what you can do with lino!

6/2/08 5:42 a.m.  
Blogger Molly said...

When you look around you and only see a few feet away, it's brilliant to lift your head and see the inspiration others can offer. Glad to hear you've got some impetus and new tools to break out and see what happens. You keep me on edge!

6/2/08 7:28 a.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Thanks for your hints. I actually dropped your name yesterday with fellow blogger, and superlative poet/artist Janice Thompson, with whom I was privileged to have coffee. She had some inquiries about art sales, so I took the liberty of suggesting she might contact you. Hope you don't mind.

6/2/08 7:57 a.m.  
Blogger Peter said...

So many new blogs to explore! It's great that your networking like that and the skills swap idea is fab!

6/2/08 10:39 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ellen: Thanks and as for the clothes, everything's a little crusty...

Caroline: Nothing a few cashed-in air miles couldn't fix!

Dinah: Don't hold your breath...

Molly: I know -- my life is one exciting adventure after another. :)

Ian: No problem. Just wish I had more answers!

Peter: Anything to make us think outside our self-imposed boxes, eh?

6/2/08 12:01 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Do you have any airmiles to cash in? I don't :-(, but I've got a spare bedroom!

6/2/08 2:21 p.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

I love that raven painting, too. Tabloid trash - that's stellar!

6/2/08 2:52 p.m.  

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