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: Completed Circles

I completed the play with circle shapes on a silk scarf.  After the Color Magnet prints were dry, I dyed the white scarf with blues and purples.  The photograph above shows the finished product. This is the starting point from several weeks ago.  When I travel in spirals I get to revisit starting points from … Continue reading Traveling in Spirals: Completed Circles

Traveling in Spirals: Repeated Shapes

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

Traveling in Spirals: Begin in the Present

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

A Year of Listening: Week 41

In the long run,we shake out lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. -- Eleanor Roosevelt My favorite tool for creating shape is a familiar pair of scissors.  I would welcome a pair of scissors that could trim out clutter, … Continue reading A Year of Listening: Week 41

September Study

The studio has been inactive for about two weeks.  As I packed my bags for a holiday in the woods, I included design materials and a book on Gustav Klimt's landscapes.  New pencils and a beckoning topic recharge my creativity: the goal is to improve my composition within a square.  Cropping photos is one of … Continue reading September Study

Using the Inventory of Ideas

Pleasure arrived this week in the form of using what I know.  I anticipate hitting the finish line on several projects soon. I have cut with these scissors for over 4 decades. I trust my capabilities when I use them. I began my library of figures nearly 2 decades ago and have added four new figures … Continue reading Using the Inventory of Ideas

The party’s over; the work’s done.

Empty wine glasses. Three cashews in a bowl.  An abandoned sweater.  When the guests have departed, I remember bits of conversation as I load the dishwasher.  The owner of the sweater will need to claim it; I don't know whose it is. Stencils on the table.  Fabric tossed in a bin.  Invoice filed.  When I deliver the large commissioned … Continue reading The party’s over; the work’s done.

Good Tools

I listen and observe when artisans speak about the tools in their hands.  Passion infects the speech.  The tool is clearly an extension of the hand. The hair stylist demonstrated scissors that rotate with her hand, reducing the chances of injury.  The gardener quickly cut tree branches with a lopper that has gears, not a … Continue reading Good Tools