Here is the latest charcoal study. What is unusual about this one is that I used my own home-made charcoal in it! I am enjoying using charcoal more and more. I think that is human nature, we tend to enjoy things more when they go smoothly than when they give us trouble.
We have another major change at the art school. Earlier this year they had announced that the school would be moving to Portland. Well, sometimes life throws a curve ball (it seems to be happening with alarming regularity these days). The school will not be moving to Portland but, due to health concerns of the founder and master teacher of the school, they will be moving to Maui. Yes, you saw it right, Maui, part of that chain of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The very chain that experience tsunami waves yesterday. Thankfully the waves turned out to be small as my mother and brother live in Honolulu (Hi Mom!).
Well, after a few days of feverish research as to the feasibility of us moving to Maui too, we have decided that it would not be feasible at this time due to several factors. We will be finishing out the school year, which goes until the middle of September, here in Ashland and then... well, I will have to continue my education on my own. So now our research is turning to where we will move to next. Ashland is a lovely town but I miss the north. At the moment we are considering the north coast of Oregon where we had such an enjoyable summer.
In the meantime, I will be working harder to get as much as I can out of the time remaining in school.
One final note, yesterday I spent the afternoon teaching a young fellow art student how to spin! Always trying to add to the fiber ranks! -Renee