And After The Reception Part 2

Here is my display.

From The Walkway

From The Walkway

The 3D Tree

The 3D Tree

 

Past The Tree

Past The Tree

 

View One

View One

 

Jewelry/Prayer Beads

Jewelry/Prayer Beads

Thesis, Grandma's Dolls & Patterns

Thesis, Grandma’s Dolls & Patterns

Dolls In Front Of Gabrianna's Artwork

Dolls In Front Of Gabrianna’s Artwork

 

Thesis With Mom's Afghan

Thesis With Mom’s Afghan

 

Grandma's Dolls Close Up

Grandma’s Dolls Close Up

2D Tree, Afghan & Handbag

2D Tree, Afghan & Handbag

View Two

View Two

 

 

 

 

 

And After The Reception Part 1

These images are from before dinner, during the ‘wine and cheese’ portion of the gathering.

The Chandelier. I liked it!

The Chandelier. I liked it!

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Grandma and Mom

Grandma and Mom

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Robyn and Anne

Robyn and Anne

Jason and Lauren (right side)

Jason and Lauren (right side)

Jason, Lauren, Robyn

Jason, Lauren, Robyn

Mom showing Grandma My Thesis

Mom showing Grandma My Thesis

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Reception & Banquet

I woke up at noon. I’d wanted to get a good amount of sleep in, but I’d had another bout of insomnia and was up until nearly 4am. Yes, I know, that’s still a good 8 hours, however, I just don’t function well on less than ten. I’d been trying to figure out which of these pieces to bring, it just wasn’t coming together. And I had no idea what to wear. I have a closet full of clothing, but most of it was too warm to wear on such a nice day, and the other half didn’t fit. I’ve gained a bit of weight as a side effect to the estrogen, it left a few things that just fit too snug around my middle and hips to be comfortable.

As Robyn and I were discussing moving the 3D Tree into the truck, she was also trying to replace the deadbolt on our door, and it just wasn’t cooperating with her. After moving things around I realized what I should bring with me. It dawned on me I’d been going around this the wrong way. My maternal grandmother, mother and daughter were coming with us.

What I needed was Grandma’s patterns, and the dolls with the clothing she made; the afghan my mom made for me; a painting or two that Gabrianna had made, along with a few items made by me: both trees, the beads that Monica said I should bring. Every person in my family tree who would be there, would be represented. They’d feel special, and everyone there would think it was great to have the maternal side represented by 4 generations.

Robyn and I started loading the 3D tree into the truck. It didn’t go at all like I expected. We ended up laying the tree partially down proper up with pillows to avoid damage to the branches and the artifacts hanging of the branch ends. And of course, the flowers themselves. I knew I’d be able to fluff them back up- tissue paper can take a beating! Once we got the trees into the truck I realized that one of the branches was missing a flower. I grabbed a ‘fix-it’ bag, with scissors, the box of tissue paper squares, pipe cleaners and a bottle of Aleene’s glue. I figured with these I could fix anything that could occur. We got the other pieces loaded and had 45 minutes left. I jumped in the shower, while Robyn got dressed to go.

We left on time, and arrived at Nazareth to find the gate we needed to open, was just that- open! We drove right in and up to Medialle Hall. The first door we came to was open. I parked and went right into see who was there. Only the caterers were there, they said I could do whatever I needed, and then asked if I needed anything, I said, “no thank you! I’ve got it!”

It was just about 3:45, I had plenty of time to set up. I was glad to see the table I had was actually two pushed together, and there was a great place for the 3D tree, almost front and center.

Robyn left me to set it all up. She was running to Fairport to pick up Gabrianna. My mom and grandmother were on their way as well.

Now which ones should I use?

So, a few days have passed, and I have been trying to work out what items to take with me to this dinner. I’ve been throwing around ideas. Grandpa’s pictures, definitely a My Sky. The dolls that Grandma made the doll clothing for. And pictures by Gabby. And definitely my other Grandfather’s cherry coffee table. But  how could I not include the stained glass pieces? I have so many great pieces of artwork done by my family members, and so many images I could show. I have to remember though, Monica and Anne both said the 3D Tree and 5-6 other pieces, that was it. No more. So if I wanted more pieces, I’d have to be creative about it. I could bring in my computer or iPad and have a slide show going in addition to items I bring. But about those items, which ones? Which ones speak the loudest? Which ones bring something to the project?

I had to go back to the beginning on this. I was going about it the wrong way.

MALS Thesis Delivery

I left Monica’s office, having turned in the required copies of my thesis, feeling relieved that I had completed the entire thing on time. She told me that I was the only one out of the original four of us to do so. Barbara had made the decision half way through with many false starts to put hers off until this coming fall. Cathy and Jesse had both participated in the 10 min presentation a few weeks back, but both ended up asking for extensions. Monica said they both had until the beginning of June to turn theirs in.

I had sent Anne a text on my way to see Monica, and enclose a picture of one of the covers. She wrote back, “YAY!!”

As Robyn and I walked out, I felt light as a feather, carrying only the copy of my thesis that I was to keep, signed by both Anne and Monica.

Now I had to figure out what I was taking with me to our reception and banquet! I knew I was allowed at least one large table that would be up against the double stair ways and a place for the 3D tree. I had no idea what it looked like. Robyn and I tried to get in, but were unable to. At least we knew where the building was now!

We also had talked with Monica about logistics of getting my Grandma Peggy to the door, and the delivery of my tree. It wasn’t the least bit tricky, we’d be allowed to open the gate and drive right in. Such a relief because both were very important, and I wanted them both there!

I decided to take the rest of the evening off and catch up on a few other things, only that didn’t really end up happening, instead I still worked a bit… tossed around ideas on what I might take to the Reception…

Here are the covers I made for my thesis:

Four Finished Copies

Four Finished Copies

Close-Up of 4 Copies!

Close-Up of 4 Copies!

One Bound Copy

One Bound Copy

Phew!

I just finished all of the edits I had from Anne, along with my own. I had to go through both the digital version that will be printed, and here in each post and on each page. It took hours!

I added more photographs to the Family Tree section, and to the Me section.

Now to put all the pieces in order in two documents, and then to add page numbers, and then to print. I am meeting Anne tomorrow at our stomping ground, Boulder Coffee so she can do a read over of the rest, and to help me make sure everything is in the order it should be in.

Here will be my final order:

Cover Sheet

Dedication Page

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Proposal Chapter

Me Chapter

Calendar Chapter

Family Trees Chapter

Posts Chapter

Afterword

Annotated Bibliographies

*From Digital To Hard Copy

With a due date sooner than I expected, I am attempting to do some of the easy stuff quickly to get them out of the way. With the art pieces all created, the focus is here, tying up loose ends, and figuring out the order to things, and then making sure everything is checked for spelling and grammar. I wrote the foreword and introduction, and put in all the page breaks. I also had to go through and check font size, type and color. When I printed out the first section for Anne to go over, I noticed everything copy and pasted from here was in a deep plum purple color, where as everything I wrote in a Pages document was black. It took quite a while to go through, but it was definitely needed.

I sat down to write out the last few blogs, and realized I didn’t have the images to work with, so stepped away again from the computer, and went into our spare room with all the art work waiting for me. I spent well over three hours taking photos of each item. I then came back and uploaded them from my memory card, and then set them to upload here to the site overnight. With nearly 85 images, I knew it would take a couple hours, so I went to bed so I’d have a clear focus in the morning.

Morning:

Great news, all the images uploaded! Today, I will drop them all in. A new page will be started, it will be misc work that I have done from high school to the present. And, the Family Trees page will have images added by each family member under their name. Of I go to get the work done!!

*6x6x2013

I had heard about the 6×6 somewhere around November last year. Someone asked if I participated in it, I replied I had no idea what they were talking about. They gave me some information- verbally, and it was soon forgotten. Fast forward to about two weeks ago, when again I was asked if I participated. I grabbed information online, and saw I had less than two weeks to produce a piece of work if I indeed wanted to cram it into my schedule. I decided that I would, and that I would do a zentangle inspired pieced. I created it in just a few days and then today, ran it over to the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center.

Here is a photo of the piece:

 

Everything Comes Full Circle

Everything Comes Full Circle

I should have scanned it in, but at least I got a picture right? The opening party and art sale is on June 1, 6-10pm and $5 a person. If I have the money, I hope to go! If I don’t have the money, I will go on one of the other days they are open. If you would like information on how to participate for next year – and, I think you should!! Here is the link:

http://www.roco6x6.org/6x6x2013_intro.php

 

*OMG I Lost A Full Week!!

Earlier this morning I finished up the two trees, and some annotated bibliographies, and then slept for about 6 hours before I had to run off to the last Art Therapy Group session on campus. Our last directive was to do something related to how we had grown either in the class, or outside… I didn’t follow the directive this time around, instead opting to try out some techniques I’d found on pinterest (and youtube). I layered in colors using many different medias and ways of applying them. This is the final product:

Layering Chaos

Layering Chaos

Mediums used: watercolor, acrylic paint, rubber stamps and ink, mr.sketch markers, glitter paint and glitter puffy paint.

This afternoon I met with Anne, our typical Friday afternoon meeting. As we got to working on what I’d done, we came upon the actual due date for this whole thing. At some point I put it wrong on my calendar, and thought I had until May 2 to turn it all in. Turns out…. nope! Friday 26 it is all due!!

I have gone through this whole site, copy/pasting into a Pages document, making chapters, writing the introduction, writing the foreword and etc. It’s up to 130 printed pages, and I’m not done. I need to add the last few posts, upload all the images and print the rest out, along with the afterward, the page numbers need to go in as well as a the list of chapters. I’m thinking we are going to be over 200 pages… though it is hard to guess with all theses images from family and my own artwork to be posted.

2D Tree and 3D Tree Both Completed!

Yesterday I finished applying family names to the 2D tree and signed it!

Currently it is about 4:30am. The 3D tree is finally completed! It has 90+ tissue paper flowers. About a third of those have an art medium represented coming from the center of the blossom. Here are a couple pictures:

Finished Tree #1

Finished Tree #1

Finished Tree #2

Finished Tree #2

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