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
CreativeSprint prompts me to open a drawer and make something with the contents. Bold circles, a little black mat, and a few minutes of pleasure start my creative day.
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
The task: create a bridge. I wanted to connect the brown spaces on either side of the woven stripes. A bit of paint and a trusty tool gets the job done.
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!”
It's time to have some fun in the studio. I gathered supplies: a jar of Color Magnet by Jacquard, a solid white silk scarf, a foam brush, and a few simple stamps. I carefully brushed the fluid onto the stamps and pressed the design onto the scarf. Now I am waiting. I like repeating the same shape onto … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Repeated Shapes
I am making stoles for inventory this week. As I repeat construction tasks, I become more aware of these well honed practices. Rarely does any one see what is inside of a stole. I include interfacing. The black fabric in the first photograph is a synthetic blend which contributes crispness and body to the stole. The white example … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: What is Inside That Stole
I stood behind the receiving table for an art quilt exhibit wearing white gloves and holding a tape measure and a seam guide. It was my responsibility to check for accurate quilt size and the position and construction of the hanging sleeve. I requested each entrant to place submitted work flat, with the back side facing up. I wanted to … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Size Matters
Where do I begin? Do I clean up holiday clutter? Do I assemble what I need to achieve new year's resolutions? I prefer to begin in a familiar place, taking a couple of steps. And then a few more. I discover new vistas through well known landscapes. My breathing eases and my mind quickens. 2015 art … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Begin in the Present
An adventure is, by its nature, a thing that comes to us. It is a thing that chooses us, not a thing that we choose. -- G. K. Chesterton May our year end in the presence of good company.