Thursday, July 15, 2010

Buried Treasure

Seth has started up another Buried Treasure online collaboration. Go here to see what I'm talking about and, while you are there, take a few hours to browse through his blog and see some of his incredibly creative work. And take a look at the great collaborations he has done in the past. Maybe you'll need more than a few hours...

I asked Susan to help me pick an older post ("buried treasure") that new readers might find interesting.  She thought it was only fair that you get a little more insight into both me and and a special friend who is, as I have just said, incredibly creative.

Blog Post from October 29, 2009:

Sometimes it seems like a lot of mixed-media artists who blog do a lot of ... pink. Girly stuff. Pretty stuff. Feminine stuff. I think it's because a lot of them are women and pink stuff comes more naturally to women than men. I'm not being sexist here, I'm just making an observation. And it seems like a lot more women than men have blogs where they talk about the process of making art.

When I go to art workshops I'm usually the only guy in the class. Wait! I'm NOT complaining -- being one of only 10 men in a group of 400 people is a very nice situation to be in.

[Susan speaks:

This is what I hear all day long, as women read my nametag:
"Oh, you're Don's wife."
"Your husband must be Don. He's in my class."
"Tell Don I said Hi."
"Oh. I didn't know Don had his wife with him."
"Where is Don?"

Trust me on this fact: No one ever says to Don, "Oh, you're Susan's husband."

Does this bother me? Not in the least. The man is so oblivious to predators that he had to ask me if a woman inviting him to her room for a drink after class was coming on to him.]

About a year ago Susan made a connection with a woman via this blog. They started out as strangers exchanging email about something they found in common only to find out that they had a lot in common and they now refer to themselves as Evil Twins Separated at Birth. When we were in New York City last spring we met up with her, and she and Susan and I all felt as though we'd known each other forever. The two of them are very much alike and yet very different and I had fun watching them interact with each other.

This time in New York City we met up with an artist we'd connected with via this blog. He was an artist who understood what I meant when I talked about the "pink" stuff. A guy! A guy who makes art! We talked about metal and rust and dirty, worn stuff and it was easy to talk to him, as though we'd known each other a long time. It was a very, very nice connection.

[Susan speaks: It was cool. He is very much like Don -- a gentle, grounded soul. The two of them are very much alike just as they are very different and I was delighted that Don found someone he could talk to. They are in the picture above.

As for the pink, feminine stuff.... I had to remind Don that although he may call his ceramic pieces "dudes", they could also be considered dolls. So now, once again, he is fully flummoxed.]

Now, if you are this far down, maybe you'd like to see what my Buried Treasure was last year.  Click here to go back, which is sort of like going into the Twilight Zone for me with my feeble memory.


Holly Dean said...

Great story! I am a woman artist who loves rust and grunge - pink is definitely NOT my colour :)

ArtPropelled said...

Give me rust and grunge rather than pink stuff.

barbara said...

personally i LOVE rusty old things.
what intrigues me more....your questions.
interesting...what does this mean?

Marit said...

For me, as a woman, it is always nice to discover a male artist and blogger! Love the story!!! (oh, for the record, I'm not the girly type!)

Jo Archer said...

Yep, you guys are a bit thin on the ground. My partner is a photographer and he has a blog, but doesn't tell anyone because he's embarrassed about it. Then he moans because he doesn't have any followers!

This is him, go visit, it will freak him out!

Oh and "girly pink?" Ha! (Although I do succumb to the delights of interior design and soft furnishings occasionally)

Sharmon Davidson said...

I find your post extremely entertaining! Just so you know, there are plenty of women who prefer metal and rust to frilly pink things. Not that there's anything wrong with frilly pink things- I'm just not into them, myself. Congrats on being a blogging artist guy, by the way; we need more men like you!

Jill Zaheer said...

What a fabulous pic for Seth's BT collaboration. Just love the stories about each of you and your meeting with Seth. It does seem to be more of a woman's world in this particular blogland community- but I think there's a deep kinship to what ever art styles draw you in- pink or rust of combinations of the two or all of the colors of the rainbow and in between! Thanks for sharing the picture of your meeting with Seth! Just love when people get to meet one another that they have befriended from our cyber art world. Thanks for sharing this great post!