Using Stuff to Get to Enough

I like being in that place between work and play.  It is not a blurry, ill-defined place for me.  It is where my imagination is happy, and often, productive.  I create games that make my work more playful.  And I have a new one. It is called "I own it; I use it."  It is less … Continue reading Using Stuff to Get to Enough

Questions about Enough

I am a morning person.  I like waking up.  My better mornings are when I remember to prepare the coffee and set the delay brew the night before.  But with or without the smell of coffee, I like the moments between waking and leaving the snugly comfort of my rest. I think about those I … Continue reading Questions about Enough

An Artist’s Prayer

There has been discussion recently about what pieces of artwork I would not sell. This is one of the few. It evolved over several years. It began as an 18" square, my response to a class assignment to work in a monochromatic color scheme. I loved the unfinished results for several years; I remained unwilling … Continue reading An Artist’s Prayer

What’s with this name?

Why Studio Three 17? I have worked under my name for more than 40 years. And it never really satisfied me. I am doing things differently now. I am working in Studio Three 17. Studio because I am a life-long learner. A place with books, paper, computer, fabric, thread, paint, tools, and space to use them is … Continue reading What’s with this name?

Singing the Sad Psalms

I have been singing the sad Psalms.  The ones that ask "Why have you cast us off?" and "How long, Lord, how long?"  There are times for the singing of these Psalms.  And I have come to it. I received a rejection letter regarding an entry to an art show.  I am well practiced in … Continue reading Singing the Sad Psalms

A Simple Stitch

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of my learning to sew.  I learned to sew because I am a farm girl.  It was an essential part of the education, as was cooking, gardening, and gathering eggs.  The first seven years of sewing were painful and tedious to me, because I wanted to be reading or … Continue reading A Simple Stitch

Unfinished Objects

My brother,Paul, is a wood carver.  Periodically we have phone chats between his wood shop and my fabric studio.  The one this week included the question "What do you about UFOs?".  For the uninitiated, that is short for unfinished objects.  I believe all makers of art and artifacts have them. Paul liked my approach.  About four … Continue reading Unfinished Objects

Courage

Well practiced artists can move along for hours, days, months without giving the need for courage a thought.  Well, at least I can.  And I haven't heard this topic come up often, so I think I am ok in this perspective. Mostly, it is our own courage that is an issue.  A friend of mine … Continue reading Courage

Focus Words

I typically chose focus words at the beginning of each year.  The words shape my days.  They serve as a measuring stick for my activites.  They remind me that when I pursue non-urgent activites, I am often doing what is really important to me. This year I chose play, prepare, and produce.  Recently I added … Continue reading Focus Words