Saturday, September 19, 2009

When life hands you lemons.....

Rowdy Grandma has been a little self-absorbed over the last few months. Shortly after my last post in July I was diagnosed with severe COPD. It was surreal, I have always been so healthy and active...and very experimental in my art work. One of the biggest disappointments with this diagnosis is what it means for my approach to art. I decided it was best to take a few months off and regroup a little.

Most everything I do in the studio involves harmful materials - I burn a lot of my assemblage and collage work. I use chemicals to patinate metals, aerosal sprays to preserve my pieces. Resins, oil paints, turpentine and paint remover...they are all harmful to the respiratory system.

So, guys let me caution you...when you use questionable materials, either in your own work or the art you do with the grandkids, ALWAYS USE A MASK AND ADEQUATE VENTILATION!!.....IT MATTERS!!

Taylor with mask and gloves...he's ready to create!!
Oh, and of course cool, protective eye wear.

There are so many fabulous art materials to work with, I am now taking classes in drawing and watercolor...although I may never be able to completely substitute fire for water I have found a wonderful local teacher and hope this is an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade and expand on the art I produce. I have completed some new works for local art shows and have not stopped working with the grandkids on their own art. I look forward to sharing lots of interesting ideas and kid projects with you over the next few months.

Here is a cool idea for displaying the rowdies art. If you are like me the front of your refrigerator is jam packed with art. One day I was looking for wall space to hang more kid's art....couldn't find any so I started tacking it to the ceiling of my studio.....the kid's absolutely love it!! If you don't have a studio ceiling a hall ceiling is a great place for it too...or try a spare bedroom, especially if it's the one the rowdies sleep in when they stay the night. They will love drifting off to sleep while staring at their own little masterpieces.


BigEdinTX said...

Hi, Cindy, glad to see you blogging again. You probably should be recognized as something like the world's best grandma.

Well, you certainly know how to make the best of lemons.

Dancing B*a*g Lady said...

So good to hear from you. I saw the most cool collage of old match books the other day at an antique store and thought of you.

Cindy Shepard said...

Thank you Big Ed...just hope I am making a difference in the grandkids lives.

Cindy Shepard said...

Dancing Bag Lady.....still going to make something for you out of some of the matchbook covers...a collage would be great. I do really treasure them.

Pam Archer said...

Welcome back, Cindy! I really missed you. YOur site is one of my favorite blogs.

I appreciate the warning, too. I use spray paint frequently, and though I use it outside for ventilation, I still inhale fumes. I will wear a mask in the future.

The ceiling! Now that is a novel idea. I'm going to mention this to my neice, who has 2 little ones. They would love looking at their handiwork on the ceiling.

Carolee / Home4ever said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your health issues!

I know we all hate it, but masks do help!

Glad to see you back!