February 19, 2014

What I Find Along The way

It feels like it's been a long winter here. My usual 45 minute hike with the dog has sometimes turned into an hour and a half due to the deep snow. Sometimes I get mad about the walk because I'm anxious to get back home and start on my work. On good days, I take the time to look around and realize that my work has already begun.











January 21, 2014

A New Year

Some Florida trip photos!
It's been a few months since the studio has been complete and while I love it, I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get myself in there to do the work( besides the fact that it's kinda cold in there!)I'm trying to tell myself that it's all part of the process. I'm not a rip-the-band-aid off kind of lady. It takes me awhile to get used to things. In the meantime , I'm kicking around some ideas in my head and I finally published a web site, which I'm not quite ready to make public yet. Still getting used to the idea. Soon. 



December 12, 2013

oh so long….

I took a big leap this summer. We turned our garage into a studio for me. It's beautiful and I love it. Now, I'm stuck. It won't last long, it's just the shock of being so kind and generous myself with such a lovely gift. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by it. J says I should do a project of all the ways in which I prevent myself from making art. I like that. Oh, and our car died so that's a fabulous distraction and a good way to tell myself " see you should not have spent all that money on a studio because now you need to buy a car!" We'll figure out the car and one day very soon, I will make art in there. It's a little painful to go in there now, so sometimes I just sit and try to be calm and feel the sacredness of it.
 In the meantime, here's some older pics from the fall and a few new ones at the bottom of what I found today.
Thanks for looking.











August 19, 2013

summer

I've been trying to break my bad habit of not making art during the summer. I've haven't had total success but I haven't failed either! J and I, with the help of a friend, have been working on turning our garage into a studio for me. It took months just for me to accept the idea of allowing myself to have a sacred space, a place to make art. It's coming along nicely. ( Three windows installed and a skylight!). It will be a few more weeks until it's all done but the really good news is, almost as soon as I started to rip stuff out in preparation for the build, I stared to become filled with new ideas. I'm pretty excited now. Here's some photos I took on a job. It offered a little respite from the grind of work.
 I'm a sucker for little people.




June 13, 2013

what we leave behind

The summer always feels like a mountain to climb for me. The pain of new growth and the excitement of new possibilities. No two objects can occupy the same space at the same time. Something must go to make room for the new. As much as I want the new stuff, I always seem to cling or mourn for the loss of the old, unwanted and un-needed things.












May 29, 2013

Invasion 2013

 We've been watching them develop under logs and the other day when we went to check on them, we couldn't find them. Then we started seeing them everywhere!
I've been struggling a bit ever since open studios ended. It's so hard for me to make art without a deadline.We're  going to turn our unused garage into a studio for me which is both exciting and terrifying. I was good for a few weeks about throwing out all the garbage we've collected over the years but I seem to have hit a wall. It's a bit overwhelming thinking about the gift that I can give to myself ( a dojo, a scared space meant for the making of art). I tend to fall back on the old" we have no time,money, energy" to make it happen. While all this may be true , it's just not an excuse anymore. I can't make art on the tiny amount of table space I've carved out for myself in the smallest room in the house. It's time. Just like these 17 years cicadas.