What is Quartz Inversion?
No, it’s not a quart of milk standing on its head. It’s the point at which silica crystals in clay change their molecular structure during the rise and fall of temperatures in the kiln. Heat serves as a catalyst for permanent change. Very cool idea. I think of it as a metaphor for most things in life. The transformational power of art can change us at the very core. Our actions change the earth every day, for better or worse. The choices we make, the thoughts we have, and the words we say change us in every way at every moment--from the inside out. I like to think that I go through a quartz inversion on a regular basis....and once quartz inversion occurs, there is no going back.
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

The good, the bad, the snow, and everything in between....

I had a great day in the studio on Wednesday during that blizzard we got hit with. I'm getting to really love these "sick" days I am taking off from work and spending in the studio instead! It was a perfect day. The snow was falling steadily and I got to work some time in the late afternoon after spending most of the morning looking out the window watching the snow accumulate on the branches of the trees outside. Armed with a hefty supply of Oreos and white wine, I had no reason to leave the apartment. The conditions were just right for a productive day of work. And so I began a new series using color photos from the 1960's instead of my usual black and white ones which date from the first half of the 20th century. After three or four hours I stopped working, just about the time the snow started to abate. Although I wasn't quite sure if the panels were "done" at that point, I let them sit on the dining table for the next several days where I could consider and decide whether I needed to work on them any more. After rotating them in every direction and juggling them around in every combination, I decided they worked quite well together and came to that moment when you tell yourself to leave well enough alone. Every new piece teaches me something and shows me what I need to work harder on the next time around. With this triptych, the lesson learned was that I needed to stop playing it so safe with color. Maybe it was the reflected white light of the snow casting its muted glow on to my work table that caused me inadvertently to make these pieces so mid-range in their tone. Or perhaps, and more likely, it was my usual reluctance to take risks.


Kate McPhee said...

Love these, Joan. I just now noticed the comment you left on my blog-spot on Jan 14. Sorry! I guess I didn't have it set to tell me when I got a comment. I think I fixed it. This whole online thing takes some practice, and I am not on top of it yet. Just getting the stuff on there is one thing (your etsy looks great btw) but getting people to come lookin' and esp. buyin' is another thing. I do see others doing it successfully, but I think it takes dogged determination, a lot of networking with other bloggers, etc. Will you do me a favor and leave another comment so I can see if I get an email notice? I have a few more ideas about getting all this going I will write later. xxoo kathi

Lorraine said...

we woke up to snow again here too but I am glad that it has thawed as I have to drive on the school run tomorrow after the kids being off for a week and as we are not used to snow here the roads are chaotic!! thanks for visiting my blog and your great comments on my pastel drawings..been looking at your blog and really like all your layered art with the wax