On my way to RAW

It is 5:30 am (yes, 5:30 am) and I’ve already eaten breakfast. Breakfast of Champions: Two eggs, scrambled (Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, where eggs actually have color in them), and Victor’s favorite bread (not mine but it makes good toast), Beefsteak soft seedless rye bread. I mean, what’s the point of rye bread without the seeds or the dark color? But when that’s what your 5 year old reliably eats, then hey, that’s what you eat with your eggs, ’cause we just don’t eat more than one loaf of bread a week around here. But I digress. Coffee, with goat milk and a drop of honey. My favorite, although the chiropractor just admonished me for my coffee intake, so  I only had one cup. Coffee, good. Migraines, very bad.

My art is neatly packed and ready to go into the car and has been for a week, but my clothes for crashing at Rose’s tonight (she lives in Ravenswood) are in a heap on my bed. I’m not the fashion maven, I’m good at picking outfits for other people but can’t seem to pick a decent outfit for myself. I’d love to wear one of the necklaces I made but they are all packed away already, so I’ll go sans jewelry. Yeah, the jewelry maker wears no jewelry. I guess I’ll stick with the basic black dress and pack some different layers for changing temps throughout the day.

Speaking of weather, it couldn’t be more perfect this weekend! So everyone should come out and join the fun at the Ravenswood Artwalk. Besides art there will be food, drink, music and general merriment. 

RAW is a pretty big event; nearly a mile of arts and entertainment in one of my favorite Chicago neighborhoods. Actually, it is tied with my current Chicago neighborhood, Galewood, as my favorite place in Chicago to live. The thing is, this is probably the largest arts event I’ve ever participated in. That thought just occurred to me this morning, as in “Hey, this is a pretty big event I’m participating in. There might be lots of people there. Does my butt look big in this black dress? Well, there’s only so much the color black can do for you.” When in fact, hopefully all they are really looking at is the art, which I am actually pretty pleased with! 

I don’t know how musicians and performers do it, when your art IS your body, your movement, your voice. It is hard enough to put your work out there when you can wear black and stand off to the side while people look at what you’ve made. Speaking of RAW, displaying your work to the public can be a somewhat raw feeling, with layers of emotional facade peeled away. But then raw food is supposed to be good for you, and I’m guessing that fresh, raw art is too. We should all make and share our raw art with the world, I think we’d all be healthier and happier for it! 

I know I’m always feeling a little bit shy right at the beginning when my art goes up on display, but once those initial jitters go away there are few things more fun to me than getting the chance to connect and hang out with so many creative types, the people who make art and the people who love art. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to do so for a whole weekend! 

I know this has been a long rambling blog post, but that’s what you get when a night owl tries to write coherently at 5:30 am. 5:30 am!!!


Ravenswood Artwalk is in 6 Days!


I am in my studio packing everything up for the Ravenswood Artwalk next week. Everything looks great and I can’t wait! Rose and I have been busily preparing for this for the past few months. Everyone cross your fingers and hope I get my car back by then…or at least a vehicle that can carry a lot of stuff…since my car died about 10 miles south of Fond du Lac, WI. My husband and son were stranded for a bit on the way back from Mike’s half marathon but fortunately a family member rescued them. Victor gets to miss a day of school tomorrow ’cause they won’t be able to get the car looked at by a mechanic until tomorrow morning (Monday).

So what will I have at RAW, you ask? 40 + magnets, 16 handmade paper collage/assemblage pieces, 28 necklaces,  and 75 bracelets. For more info about this event that will have almost a mile of vendors set up in the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago, check out their website and facebook page.


Ravenswood Remix

Ravenswood is a neighborhood on the North side of Chicago. I lived there when I was in my 20’s and I have to say it might be my favorite Chicago neighborhood. Ravenswood Remix is an art festival dedicated to artists that use recycled, re-purposed materials. I am definitely interested in participating in this next year. We got there early while people were still setting up, and we didn’t stay too long since my son was feeling a bit under the weather, but I did see some cool art. Here’s a sample of my favs:

Jesy Grose had these fantastic paintings utilizing old windows.  She paints directly on the back side of the glass, giving a depth and gloss to the image. Her business cards were these hand-painted watercolors with one of her whimsical creatures on them and her email address hand written on back. I didn’t find  an online portfolio for Jesy, but I did find this profile on ArtSlant and her LinkedIn profile. If you see her name in a gallery somewhere, be sure to check her out.

John Hung Ha of Seigel Studios in NY creates really cool Asian pop art.

My son who is five learned what records are from Michel Rosenthal of mmm designs. She creates artwork from old album covers. You can find her on Etsy. Victor was amazed at the artwork that people used to put on album covers. To him, music is downloaded right from iTunes or maybe on a cd.

Simply Wood Rings is worth checking out too. Nice pretty rings (and other things) made from wood, they were unique.

And, last but not least, Back to the Root is not art, but food. They created oyster mushroom growing kits from recycled Peet’s Coffee grounds. I got one of the kits and am trying to grow mushrooms for the first time! Check back here in a couple of weeks to see how they turned out : )