i feel so very grateful that today a hardened part of my heart was cracked open wider... with a deepening gratitude for my life, with love and sheer amazement for strangers i encountered along my path today, and an encompassing compassion for us all, human, animal, vegetable and mineral. days like this are rare, sacred, and oh so precious, an answered prayer, an act of grace. my day ended with this most beautiful film, which i highly recommend.
I just tidied up the studio and thought it would be a good time to take some photos. See...I've kept it clean and organized for months now and it's so much more pleasant to work when I know where things are. i can't count on my memory so lots of things are labeled. I love my easel (thank you jim!) and use it a lot. The basket on the left is full of journals i work in, on the right is a pile of unfinished/work in progress (it's only the tip of the iceberg too).
Heather, Jeff and family came over on Sunday and she, Jeff, and Walter worked together to wrap me in duck tape - I finally got the dress form made that I've longed for. The old round metal stand in front is where I'm going to mount it. It will be finished by the weeked if all goes according to plan.
It's a funky space but it's big and feels like home. When Walter retires, in the next year or two, he has mentioned he'd like to build me a detached building for my studio, now that would be really nice!
off to get a massage, my teeth cleaned, and other errands in town. (I picked up a package in town with goodies created from my art - thank you, mysterious gift giver, it was a lovely surprise and it arrived on a day when I more than ever appreciated this kind gesture :-)
getting ideas for future art projects...they seem to hit me more than ever when I'm on this stretch of road.
back home again, a walk with the dogs at twilight.
some of the leaves on this black cottonwood are as big as a plate, see...?
the eagles have arrived just in time for the salmon run - i hope they find some.
i love the contrasting colors this time of year, the textures too are so vivid.
trees next to the river
somebody's halloween pumkin
our house in the distance
this year there are no apples scattered on the ground, they disappear by morning, replaced by huge "piles" - evidence we have a bear roaming the fields. i like that they are still around...
I'm listening to this, this and this silly video tickled my funny bone and gave me a good chuckle over a cup of tea this morning.
I'm feeling inspired to work in a series about time, aging, and the generations before and after me. It's so interesting to reflect on how each time period in my life find brings me to new issues to explore more deeply, places that all of a sudden I can relate to in a new light. Ever since turning 50, with all the changes of body, mind, and energy entering this age brings, my focus is turned more directly towards the autumn of life, looking closely to see and appreciate the subtleties as well as engage with the obvious. Being a part of the movement and being a watcher of the movement. Creating in general and painting in particular, has allowed me a voice to sing as well as an ear to listen to my song. I feel grateful.
Registration opens today at noon Pacific Time for the 3-day workshop I will be teaching at An Artful Journey in Los Gatos, CA, from July 18-22. The workshop is entitled Dream Narrativesand during that time we will be exploring a variety of surface design techniques on fabric. These photos show examples of some of them.
If 3 days of painting and playing on fabric at a beautiful retreat center in the woods outside of Santa Cruz California sounds like something you'd enjoy, I hope you'll sign up and join me there.
this is the same large painting, still in progress, but it has now morphed into this.... this fluid process, watching everything change form in the swish of brush loaded with color is what brings me to painting each day with renewed curiosity and enthusiasm. I have no idea how it will end up, when i will know it is finished. (cross your fingers for me that I will know and stop in time, i think i'm getting close).
i spent much of the day putting together a journal, ala teesha moore. If you haven't seen the series of video tutorials she and tracy have put together, you must check them out on her blog. It's like sitting next to her and hearing her thought process as she creates - what could be better?
Her video demonstrates how to make a 16 page journal out of one piece of 22" x 30" watercolor paper. I wanted more pages so I used 4 pieces of watercolor paper to make mine, 3 signatures of 4/3/4 pages. I used two different colors of electrical tape for the trim, brown and black, and covered the back with clear packing tape. I learned that tape does not stick to paper that has been painted with clear gesso. The tape kept coming up at the edges so I resorted to sewing everything down good with a zig zag stitch.
I sewed the flaps down on the inside edges so I'll have two places I can still little papers I want to keep loosely in my journal. Today I look forward to making my first entry. Yay for new journals!