After spending DAYS over New Year's clearing up and out by office and studio spaces my mission for 2015 is to simply start. Take one piece, project, inspiration piece what have you and work on it until it is done. In the past I have worked in assembly line fashion, paint 20 backgrounds, cut out 20 pillows, embroider 20 things and what it has left me with is LOTS of half finished things and no inventory to sell or art to present when an exhibition opportunity arises. I was crushed and flummoxed when I was invited to do a show at the end of last year and I literally had nothing new to present, Ugh.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
January first. New Year's day. Stereotypically a time of new beginnings. We woke up after a fairly sedate New Year's eve of Family Movie Night with the teenagers (Guardians of the Galaxy) and faced the fact that one of my favorite people and long time vendor and tenant has given notice so she can concentrate more on shows and less on day to day retail. So faced with an empty room ( and ghosts of fabulous sewing and lovely jewelry) I picked
Sunday, December 28, 2014
THINK ABOUT THE DREAMS YOU PLANNED
THINK ABOUT THE MOMENT
THAT'S SO CLOSE AT HAND
WHEN THE POWER AND THE GLORY
ARE THERE AT YOUR COMMAND
THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE...
Ok so, that is the END of the play, not the beginning but with one in high school and one in college it was the chorus that stuck in my head when I dragged um, chose my family to accompany me to the revival of "Pippin" as my (rather) big Christmas gift this year. They really are in their glory days, after all. When they are not ebing tortured by teenaged angst of course!
Amusingly a whole lot of folks on Facebook reminded me that our High school drama department did "Pippin" while I was there. Frighteningly I did not actually remember this (although I remember all my friends in "The Sound of Music" ) so I guess that is why I know ALL the words to ALL the songs over thirty years later!
|waiting for the curtain to go up at the National|
Seeing the amazingly cast and staged show did provoke a lot of dialogue after the play about heros and anti-heros and how in real life sometimes the heroic thing is just showing up everyday. And how in real life death is not reversible, although miracles happenand people live and death is never the end. And how eating right and regular work-outs might get you on The Right Track (another Pippin song) to having arms like 63 year old Lucie Arnaz!
|Lucie Arnaz as Berthe aka Granny in "Pippin"|
My muse for the 2015. Lucie sang, dance, swung from a circus ring and looked fabulous the entire time!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
|my snappy home mantel for 2014|
|Scenic Connecticut snow traveling to Stifel family reunion|
Best Christmas present ever. Peace, health and happiness are my wish for you- today and always.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Toot my own horn time!One of my favorite TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) projects got featured in Lesley Riley's new book. Creative Image Transfer features a wide range of projects sure to spark your imagination on how to use this versatile product.
For those that aren't familiar with TAP it is a polmer sheet that can be printed, drawn or painted on and then transferred to almost any surface. From metal to fabric to chalk & clay paint, it makes a lovely transparent layer to add to your art work.
"Fiona" here ( and instructions on how to make her ) was featured in the book and (I say proudly!) on the intro page too! I blew up an old 60's newspaper fashion ad and used TAP to make a pixelated transfer of the outline of Fiona. On "Copper Fantasy" I transferred and vintage image of a bird onto copper. I love how you can see the glow of the metal coming through!
To celebrate the book launch Lesley is giving away copies of the book AND packages of TAP. The Giveaway dates are August 6-10. To find out more check out Lesley's blog.YOu can sneak over there right NOW http://www.LesleyRiley.com/weblog And let me know if you win!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
McKay's Books in Manassas. I love this place. It's not fancy but it is as big as a Target store and filled with aisles after aisle of blessed books. I picked up a stack of creativity and art books (plus 3 PD James mystery hardbacks for 3 bucks apiece). I gave them $30 apiece to spend and they both walked out with a stack of books 2 feet tall.
And when we got home? My son headed straight to the hammock with his paper treasures, disregarding the siren call of the screen. Makes me happy.