August 16th, 2011
Postcards From Houston: Use Your Own Two Hands
“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” — Hodding Carter
The last two classes of the Postcards From Houston Summer series were studio classes at the Texas Art Supply on Montrose. The hours were spent fleshing out concepts and purchasing any materials one might need for the completion of their postcard.
Both Kathryn Klauber and Leigh Hajovsky were there early on both occasions to help anyone that might not have a tight grasp on their project. I was one, and let’s be honest at this very moment—I still am. While the concept is there, work is underway—how it’s to be completed remains a mystery. Luckily they have both made themselves available by phone or email for questions and feedback along the way.
While I won’t say much about my project right now, I can say it’s influenced by Art Deco. Mixed media with the use of both ink and some form of color that is yet to be determined seem to be the direction I’m headed. What’s been more interesting than the information we’ve learned or creating my own work, is the perspective that the other students are approaching their postcards with. Different experiences and interests have lead each person to vastly different places.
I can hardly wait to see all of the works side by side when it comes time for them to be displayed at The Orange Show in December. Each piece to be different in style. Each piece to feature what we’ve all found in Houston.
There’ll be four more classes offered, starting September 20th and 21st and October 19th and 20th. For the $180 that you’ll be charged, the information you’ll be exposed to alone, makes it worth it. It only helps that in that same check, you’re also contributing to The Orange Show. Having the opportunity to represent Houston, by creating art of your own is just vodka in the orange juice.