Street Art and El Tracks Photo Copyright Elaine Luther 2015

Street Art and El Tracks Photo Copyright Elaine Luther 2015

TTW = Through the Window/Windshield, my everyday photo series, in which I commit to carrying my little camera everywhere and taking photos whenever I can, even if it’s just by pulling over as I’m driving around during my day and snapping a photo.

This one was taken Saturday at Columbia College in downtown Chicago, at an event for Cultural Reproducers.  (more on that in another post.)

In other studio news, I’m making more giant letters.  You’ve seen this giant letter E that I made back in 2012 for the You Are Beautiful installation at Flourish Studios.  You can’t imagine how odd it is to have a giant letter floating around your studio, what do you do with it?  It’s super pink and doesn’t go with my decor at all.

Letter E Copyright Elaine Luther 2011

Letter E Copyright Elaine Luther 2011

Naturally, I decided it needed some friends.  Zenith Art Studio is having a Valentine’s show on a love theme, the show is called LOVE so I offered to make the word LOVE for the show in giant letters.  Here’s a process shot.

LOVE process shot by Elaine Luther, copyright 2014

LOVE process shot by Elaine Luther, copyright 2014

The V is made out of piano keys – I did not harm any pianos!  They keys were given to me that way, a big ole bag o’ keys.

The O will be made of cut off strips of mystery plastic from Chicago’s newest re-use store, The Waste Shed.

The L is made of wood, like the E.  I’ll post pictures of it as installed when it’s up.  Here’s a preview, of the letters delivered to Zenith Art Studio, with a temporary letter O.

Preview of the LOVE installation by Elaine Luther Copyright 2015

Preview of the LOVE installation by Elaine Luther Copyright 2015

I love January and February!  Even though the weather is horrible – record breaking snow right now –

it’s the time of year when I’m immersed in researching and writing my speeches for the Self-Employment in the Arts conference, which I love.  One of my talks this year is “My Life in the Visual Arts,” it’s such a gift to reflect and write on your career in this way, and ponder what college students might be able to learn from your path.

Speech writing and rehearsing is also one of my most collaborative times of the year, as I get to work with my editors, a process I really enjoy, and my kids patiently listen to the same speech over and over again.

Speaking of collaboration, the 20 Neighborhoods project at Woman Made Gallery continues, where I’m in the role as administrator/coordinator/buyer of supplies.  As a lone artist in my studio, I really appreciate the time I spend working with the team of  super talented teaching artists, staff and interns.

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