Tomatoes On The Plate

My father, a farmer, finished August dinners and suppers by filling his emptied plate with sliced tomatoes. He liberally sprinkled sugar over the juicy rounds, then ate them all. This is a clear childhood memory for me, and my brother shares it. What I don't know is if Daddy liked tomatoes or not.  Did he … Continue reading Tomatoes On The Plate

Desert Meditation

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opened July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The exhibition is at Floris United Methodist Church through July 26, 2015. Two of my works are part of the liturgical section.  Desert Meditation is part of the original concept: "the show conveys the spirituality, healing, and inspirational messages that transcend all people."  All … Continue reading Desert Meditation

Unto The Hills

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opened July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The horizon line of the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the delights of living in the Shenandoah Valley.  All three pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information. Unto The … Continue reading Unto The Hills

Consider These Lilies

The 2015 Sacred Threads exhibition opens July 10 in Herndon, Virginia. The liturgical section includes two of my works, both inspired by daily life. The ubiquitous day lily stars in the first.  All three pieces are for sale.  Contact me for more information. Consider these lilies. Growing in your very own yard. Not the ones … Continue reading Consider These Lilies

Practice And Collaboration

Today marks the 2/3 point of CreativeSprint.  I agreed to try this practice because my assertive younger sister told me I needed to loosen up about sharing work that is either incomplete or just nor very good.  Ouch.  It does take the magic out of the practice of art.  It also makes me more aware … Continue reading Practice And Collaboration

Creativity, Irony, and the IRS

Creativity: CreativeSprint's prompt on day 8 instructs me to flip to a random page in a book at hand and make something inspired by the first sentence you read. Irony: the sentence is "Marry well," which I did less than 6 months ago.   The IRS?  As I cut out the rings for N and … Continue reading Creativity, Irony, and the IRS

Sinister Assignment

Today's email read: use your non-dominant hand.  I decided to see how well I could cut a fused fabric spiral with my shears design for either hand.  But in the scrap bin, I found a piece with a hand cut out of it.  I not too skillfully trimmed the fabric.  Placing it on the background … Continue reading Sinister Assignment

Sister says “Share!”

Beth Nyland, my sister, chastised me when I hesitated to post some of my recent work. She said I needed to work on the discipline of sharing. Noah Scalin's Creative Sprint appeared as an opportunity to follow Beth's advice and to have some fun creating and sharing. Today the task was to make something that will … Continue reading Sister says “Share!”

Traveling in Spirals: Then The Letting Go

This is the Hour of Lead - Remembered, if outlived, As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow - First - Chill - then Stupor - then the letting go - - Emily Dickinson Death came to our family this week. Weary people wait, watch for the snow to recede.    

Traveling in Spirals: Artistic Style

My art friend Marsha once defined my style as complex primitive.  I rejoiced to hear that. I have worked for years evolving complexity in my work.  Initially I used it to create greater energy in the compositions.  Today, I employ the techniques to give depth.  I work to express hope and love in my art.  Complexity … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Artistic Style