carol j watson muse

taking advantage of “down time”

November 23, 2008

As most people who have looked at this humble blog probably already know, I will be going into the hospital this week for a much needed hip replacement. At 39, this is an unusual thing, so I expect to urn a few heads in the joint replacement ward. But, it is what it is. I feel thankful to live in a time when my ailment is so easily corrected. I look forward to being able to walk normally again, without a cane, and my students (many of whom have only known me this school year and with a cane) had better get ready for the new and improved Mrs. Watson when I return! I also must acknowledge my supportive and loving family, especially my husband and son who have waited on me hand and foot, patiently walked with me while I hobbled to and fro, and in general have made it possible for me to keep working up until this point. I couldn’t ask for more supportive family and friends.

With all that said, let’s talk about ART! Specifically, let’s talk about the art I have been thinking I will do during my recovery period and how this recovery period will affect my art and the creative process. Already, I have been planning some specific art projects and they’ve been defined by what I think will be limiting circumstances: Limited mobility, limited ability to sit (at first), and obviously, limited standing/walking ability (also at first). Working with clay, at least as I’ve done in the past, is out. Standing at an easel, probably also out. Sitting at the torch, making beads, well that I might be able to do in a couple of weeks. So, that leaves me some promising outlets including drawing, small object painting and jewelry making.

I love to make pocketbook/matchbook shrines and I have been gathering supplies for that: Miniature objects and ephemera, papers for collage, pastels, varnish, and paints. I think I will work with those objects first but as to what I will use as my subjects or inspiration, I cannot say. That hopefully will work itself out in the next week or so.

Once I am more mobile, I plan to do some lampwork. I am very excited about this and even on this blog you can see I’ve been feeling very experimental lately. I am collaborating with jewelry designer Jane Estes on the ISGB Convergence Project and Competition, and I hope to get some work done on that project during my recovery period as well.

Lastly, I hope to make some lampwork jewelry from my finished beads. I have been particularly fond of making pendants during the last year or so and quite averse to earrings. Maybe that will change and I will get some earrings made. I would like to include found objects in my designs, so that will be a challenge to my creativity as I work in this category.

So, give me a week or two to get it together after surgery and I hope to post again before you know it. Time flies when you’re having fun, and I intend to have a blast with this new experience. I can’t wait o see its reflection – and expression – in my art.




share

Share on Twitter

follow carol

For Facebook, log-in first, then click Facebook icon.

copyright and license

Copyright © 2008–2017 Carol J. Watson All Rights Reserved In The World, Universe and Cosmos

Creative Commons License

Content by Carol J. Watson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License What does this mean? Here’s the scoop: You are free to share, that is, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format under the following terms: Attribution — you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — you may not use the material for commercial purposes. NoDerivatives — if you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — you may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

about carol

Presh Raised by a pack of she-wolves and taught ancient glasswork techniques by the late and wildly infamous Flora de Belier Monte, Carol continues to evolve in her art and expression. Her glass beads, jewelry, art, and writing reflect her bohemian past and gifts of intuition and imagination.

colophon  

Body typeface is Linden Hill by Barry Schwartz presented under the SIL Open Font License, 1.1 Linden Hill is a revival of Frederic Goudy’s Deepdene with roman and italic styles.

Title and topic typeface is currently specified as Cabin Condensed SemiBold.

Typeface in header graphic are Free Sans Bold Italic and Bitstream CharterBold.

All web typefaces are courtesy Google Fonts. Font data is preloaded into CSS for performance.

Site inspired by original theme from Rastislav Elias originally built with WordPress, way, way back in the day. Now, carefully sliced, diced, chopped and reassembled with Arden’s Deep Text Scrubber Engine.

tech stuff  

Static HTML5 and CSS3 website written in Markdown, processed by MultiMarkdown then plowed, tilled, forged, assembled, bundled, and bolted together with magical ksh scripts baked endlessly in our vast coding ovens, afterwards served up piping hot by httpd rumbling under OpenBSD. CSS3 spindled, slice, diced, and mercilessly crushed with Sass. HTML5 scrubbed with Tidy. SVG and PNG files pulverized then melted into molecular wafer-thin shards with the million-ton steel presses scour and pngcrush, respectively.

Rock-solid hosting by ARP Networks. Robots cheerfully delivered by RoboHash, created by Colin Davis. See this write-up about RoboHash. HTTP resources check via REDbot created by Mark Nottingham. Zillions of favicons for gazillions of devices generated by RealFaviconGenerator.

Sass W3C SVG Logo OpenBSD Arp Networks
RedBot Validate HTML5 Validate CSS3 There should be a RoboHash robot here.

This site served with nary a snippet of JavaScript or any other such mad thing as far as the eye can see. And no JavaScript hiding in our SVG files, either.

Logo and brand references: Sass. WC3 SVG. RedBot logo is from the website. ARP Networks logo provided. OpenBSD artwork is a SVG format unaltered version of the “Cartoon Puffy” reference artwork. Original artwork HTML5-check and CSS3-check graphics created by Arden Henderson. All trademarks within are property of their respective holders.