Jan 282013
 

This past week has been full and also full of waiting. I had an idea to make a film outside in the snow, but I need the snow to be packing snow, so that it will stick together. It got really cold (it was -10F most days) and the snow was very powdery. Apparently the temperature needs to be about 32F so that the snow starts melting a little, and then it will stick. It’s gotten a little warmer the last few days and I thought I’d be able to do it today, but no dice. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

It was so cold these cafeteria windows formed ice on the inside

It was so cold these cafeteria windows formed ice on the inside

Close up of the window ice

Close up of the window ice

I also have an idea to make a film with the life drawing model, but he only comes in twice a week, so hopefully I can do that Thursday right before we leave.

AND I have some ideas I want to try out in the printmaking studio, but I have to wait until Wednesday when Catherine, a very talented printmaker, will have some time to help me. So this last week is going to be packed.

But this past week I worked on the proposal for the Brightwater film I’ll be starting when I get back, and I also did a lot of research on a specific Italian folk song that will be the subject of a different film. The song is called ‘Tutti Mi Chiaman Mario’ and, it turns out, is obscure enough that there is almost no information about it on the internet. Hard to imagine that these days there is something you can’t find out about online, but I spent a good three days combing through google and google.it search results and the most I could find is a comment thread on an unrelated site where users were talking about the song, and some books on ethnomusicology that MAY mention the song. When I get back to Seattle I’ll go up to the UW library and see if I can find those books. But I may have to resign myself to the fact that I won’t find much factual information about it. It is a traditional folk song after all.

Composite view of the river freezing over

Composite view of the little river freezing over

I’ve also started a very short, very simple comic just to see if I could do it. It’s been a lot harder than I expected! I’ve loved comics and graphic novels all my life and have read a lot about them, but this is the first time I’m trying it myself. I’m looking forward to a short workshop on comics I’m taking at Hugo House when I get back to Seattle.

We’ve had two new visiting artists this week – Sarah Amos, a very talented Australian printmaker who has a long relationship with the Vermont Studio Center. She sued to run a special printmaking program here where artist were invited to make prints and she would facilitate that. They stopped that program a few years ago but she comes back here regularly. Her work was really inspiring. A lot of layers of prints, drawing and painting. A lot of lines, dots, shapes. The other artist is Willie Cole, a sculptor from New York. I like his work – a lot of creating sculptures from one object – like lots of shoes, or lots of water bottles.

I also decided to completely redesign my website, and you can see how much better it looks! Still a few last glitches I’m sorting out, but overall I’m quite proud of it. And finally, the talented composer I work with, Spencer Thun, recently finished the music for my latest short, They Look Right Through You, so I able to launch that on vimeo. Enjoy!

river_bulbous_view

View of the river falls from the cafeteria

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