Sunday, June 28, 2009

Goodbye June

I can't believe that June has passed so quickly. There are so many birthdays and events to get through but I've made it. Today was a total "me" day just playing with my PE7 that I just installed and playing some of my favorite tunes. I've been concentrating so hard on the layers and brushes that it's already after lunch and I haven't even had breakfast.

The next week will be relaxing through the 4th of July and then I will begin packing everything I own for my move on July 11th. A daunting project at that. I just keep thinking of how wonderful it will be to have my studio space again. My creativity has definitely been surpressed and I can't wait to break out!

I have a wonderful idea but it's still developing......using my photos of flowers in stitch. I'll just keep the idea brewing until I can really jump in mid July. Till then, I'll just keep making new brushes to use in PE and designing new thermofax screens for use in my new studio space.

"It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses, when pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses."
Nathaniel Parker Willis

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Playing with a little digital tonight. You can tell I'm still not a pro! I've been going through my flower photos to make some into thermofax screens. I'm really hooked on nature and the simple beauty found there. Of course, I wasn't as productive as I hoped to be this weekend. My art quilt friend, Amy Ropple, gave me a beautiful journal for my birthday and I gessoed a few pages that I intended on working on but didn't get to for more than one reason. I need some serious privacy to work on those.

It's going to be raining again all week up here in the northeast. I'm close to giving up on summer. There have been more rainy days than sunny ones and even though I can play inside, it definitely elevates the mood when the sun is shining.

To all the dads out there, change more diapers, play more games outside with your kids and give your wives lots of credit. Keep up the good job!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I don't actually know what I want to write about today, I just know I need to write. I didn't have a chance to be creative this week. What I am finding out about myself is that I can't create with other people around me even my art friends. It must be necessary for me to explore freely in the solace of my own head, in my own space without being watched, talked to, distracted, etc. I think back to the times that I have been my most creative and I had a space to be completely alone, I was alone or I had been able to shut everyone out. July will bring change to my creative space and I think I will be able to focus more. I'm finding out a lot of things about myself lately. Some good, some bad. We aren't perfect and I believe that my intent and actions have been based on my compassion and generosity; however, that doesn't mean they were right. I think with my heart; not with my head. That's a dangerous thing for me since I can't see past my own shadow. I can't act so quickly. I have to give myself a chance to work through the unknowns so as not to make stupid decisions. At my age and thru all my past experiences, you would think I knew myself well enough to anticipate my own needs. Maybe that will come at age 50.

Anyway, feels good to get these thoughts out of my head. A little sunshine today will do everyone a lot of good. I'm going to think about the beautiful things today and how I can use them in my artwork.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Video Prompt 2

I took the time to cut a design out of freezer paper and tried using it a few different ways. The beginning image is a beautiful scroll like image but there was almost too much detail left and it was hard to work with. I will definitely be cutting this one out of stencil material because I can see using it on a lot of projects. First I tried using the Shiva Paintsticks with it and that wasn't fun because the freezer paper came away from the fabric too easily and I was afraid I was going to break the thin lines. Next I used it with a sponge and paint. Lastly I used my screen with it. The screen actually worked the best because I wasn't directly touching the paper. I'll be playing some more. I haven't drawn with my non-dominant hand. That is next!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rainy Week

There is nothing like the simple beauty of a flower to brighten a rainy day. Lots of rain this week in Boston and the only way to overcome the blues is to surround myself with images of blooming flowers. Lots of flowers!!!!

I'm loving the details of flowers I have taken pictures of up close. The sheerness of a delicate petal overlapping more petals and layering upwards until the color blurs together in a wall of pale purple and pink. I'm turing some of them into line drawings to use in fiber art. Of course, I'm not going to be able to hold myself back from making some screens of these. The ideas are there and I just need some time to empty them onto fabric and paper. And I'm not limiting myself to just flowers. There are an amazing amount of intricate leaves and weeds that tempt me with their structure and color transitions. Each little detail creates more and more inspiration. Hopefully I can take some of this inspiration and generate something that will surprise myself. Until then.....I'll just listen to the rain and look at my beautiful flowers.