Sunday, August 14, 2016

Updated my studio

The good news is I revamped my studio. Light and bright. Lately I am so into white. Maybe I am subconsciously craving snow? (Ah, no!!) Here's a picture I snapped last night.

The good news is I love it, the bad news while laying the bamboo flooring I dropped heavy planks on my "good foot" and am waiting for x-rays to see if there are broken bones. Can't put a shoe on my foot, but who would want to with that fuzzy rug? (I joke) Well, half joke. Thinking about painting my ware boards white. Fingers crossed I don't need another cast. Will keep you posted.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bugging Out

Thought I'd mention a couple of shows where you can see my art. Both affiliated with the Piedmont Craftsmen. First, Bugging Out.

All of the work in the show is based on bugs or insects.  Butterflies were my thing.
The other is coming up August 8th at Z. Smith Reynolds Library of Wake Forest University.

If you're nearby take a pic and send it. I'd love to visit myself but I am home and can't get up to North Carolina. I call the piece in the show B Keeper. Bound books and Bees are in danger and this lady is doing her best to protect both. I hand printed family history documents on her skirt. Bound little tiny books she holds in her hands.

The Body is Home

My bones are in Florida but my brain is back up in northern New York. However, I return to Florida renewed and inspired. The reward after a morning run was 2 large coconut coffees and the best seat in the village park.  When I was a kid I remember

our class would go to the park to sketch or explore. When I am there now I rediscover my long lost 10 year old self. She's still in there. She emerged while I was tip toeing along the riverbank when I spotted a mink playing along the waters edge. Also while I watched black squirrels running spirals along the trunk of a tree. There is no charge for observing the beauty around you. It's free.

The color of the sunset, the village dock, familiar signs and banners, white fluffy clouds and how the blue sky pops against it. All this makes me happy and it's free.

Now I ask you: what makes you happy? And (more important) are you doing what makes you happy? Are you doing something to bring yourself closer to your happy place? We make decisions every day. To go to work or not. To smile at the clerk selling us that cup of coffee, letting that car into traffic instead of beeping your horn and shouting. And it goes on and on. You can be just as sad in a big mansion as you can in a $2 hotel room. Or while in the village park with coffee balancing on your knee.

Look for beauty in every day events. They are all around us. Are you unhappy? Then ask yourself what is the opposite of your sadness or feelings of self doubt? And how will that change things?
Is it city or country? Alone or with someone? Me, I've decided that I am going to do my best to buy a small summer get away in my hometown. Damn it. I will make it happen. I will have a studio in that house, trailer, etc. This summer I realized that I liked the person I was while I am on the St. Lawrence River. That person was truly inspired by small things. For about 2 months prior to going home I felt stuck. No ideas. I asked myself should I keep making art? Perhaps you have you done the same?

I was just so tired. Life can get you bogged down and I just wanted to say, please don't let it. Find that thing or that happy place in you. People who don't support your efforts for happiness should be tuned out. Look after yourselves. And thanks for listening.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Vacation Ends

The bags are packed and we're headed back to daily life. We started our vacation in London, then New York City and now Alexandria Bay (hometown). Each leg of the journey had its strengths. London was electric inspiration I ran a 10K with jet lag while in a sweater (yes it was at times as bad as it sounds).

New York City was dirty fast paced exploration in man made chasms. Dust in your eyes and looking up.

 And Alexandria Bay was total relaxation. It was as if my stresses were loaded into a bathtub

and the drain plug was pulled free. A favorite? Easy being around family. Feeling inspired to create. Before vacation I just couldn't find it and somehow by wandering my soul feels once again settled. Can't wait to get into the studio.