Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

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Hello 2011, a new year with new goals, continued creative dialogues  with old art blogging friends and hopefully some new ones too!   I am back refreshed and bursting with lots of creative energy to make this year the best yet! 

One of my goals for the year, and it may take a full year, is to scan photographs from pre-digital photo album days, mostly of family, vacations, friends, etc.  As I began to get started today, I was sidetracked when I came across a smattering of photos from one of two workshops I attended in 2006 lead by my  all time favorite mixed media artist hero - none other than Nick Bantock. His work is always a source of huge inspiration to me, and another goal I have this year is to return back to exploring what I learned from Nick during two of his amazing workshops.  Just reviewing these images whet my appetite and although I intend to continue blogging, and devoting time to The Butterfly Effect (post to follow in a few days) I also  plan to spend more time away from the digital art this year exploring non-digital applications.

I hope you enjoy these snapshots from 2006 and wish you all a very Happy NEW YEAR!


A selection of art by Nick Bantock displayed on the walls of The Forgetting Room - 2007




I think this may have been Nick's response  immediately after I told him that I wanted to be Nick Bantock when I grew up!






A very 'down-to-earth' critique



 Nick's beautiful AND talented AND kind wife, Joyce and in the background - a taste of Assemblage at its best....




I was so impressed by how 'hard' Nick worked to give us 100% of himself during each workshop I took - in my mind, this photograph reflects that.





Nick's work HAS to be seen HEAD ON to appreciate his masterful talent.





Worth a thousand words....


To view more of Nick Bantock's work, check out his website here   or visit his exhibition at The Museum of Outdoor Arts in Englewood, Colorado - more info here

All photographs COPYRIGHT - Two Dresses Studio 2010

10 comments:

Michele said...

Nice post! I want to go to one of his workshops so badly. I just need to bickle down and do it. Noce post - thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

how lucky for you.. i love the griffin and Sabine series and have had those books forever!
Happy new year dear Trudi...may all your wishes come true!

Anji Johnston said...

Thanks so much Trudi for introducing me to Nick - what an inspiration! His work is phenomenal.
Wishing you the best new year ever - full of happiness and love.
Anji xx

Sandy said...

Wow what a wonderful post.
Trudi, I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2011. May all your wishes come true.

Healing Woman said...

I'm sure Nick will appreciate such a nice tribute. He is a very talented artist and I know how much you enjoyed taking his classes.

I like your New Year's resolutions. They are down to earth and seem very doable to me.

This will be a good year for blogging and I look forward to your wonderful posts and challenges.

Linda M. said...

Happy New Year Trudi! I'm not familiar with this artist, I'll check out his website. Here is to us and our creative desires for the new year. Best wishes.

Terri Kahrs said...

What a great way to begin this wonderful New Year, Trudi!!! I, too, feel that I need to flex my creative wings this year. Can't wait to see the new directions your work takes! Happy, Happy New Year! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Kathy said...

Loved this and you know...I'm green. Absolutely GREEN with envy and that's not an enviable trait...hee-hee...

Kathy

Seth said...

I feel inspired just be seeing these photos. Must have been an amazing experience. And a big happy new year to you!

The Painting Queen said...

Love him!!! You lucky gal!!!