Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Vespers

As I surrender to the Holidays I am also aware that this is a time for inner reflection, not just celebration.  Keeping that in mind as you read on:

VESPERS By Martha Graham

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is:nor how valuable it is: nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.


You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU.
Keep the channel open...


No artist is pleased...
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

In Memorium

A friend, Lahar Goldberg, died quite suddenly this week from a stroke.  Her death has been a shock to all, and a reminder of the fleeting fragility of this life.  We had met about 15 years ago, and would catch up with each other at yoga and chanting workshops.  I had not seen her for some years, but we were in contact recently when she participated in the Bhavana Project.  Lahar was always so full of life.  I am posting the photo of her flag as a memento to her bright spirit.  My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.
(To see more on her flag go to the post for May 14.)

Monday, December 7, 2009

More Exhibits of Note

The Mingei International Museum has lots to show!  "Sonabai- Another Way of Seeing" is a suberb exhibit of Sonabai Rajawar's creative vision in sculptural forms, and of other artists she influenced.  Uplifting and wonderful.  Also at the Mingei are June Schwarcz's unique enamel vessels.  Go to: http://www.mingei.org/ for info!  These are well worth seeing.

My own showing of selected works at the Longevity Medical Center offices is closing.  It proved to be a wonderful environment for hosting the quilts, thanks to Annika Gruenn.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December is Upon Us!

Can you believe it is December already?!   "Flowing Through" is completed and entered - entry acceptance results come out in a few weeks.  I am pleased with the finished piece and the play between blocks and flow.  

Flowing Through   -  20" x 22.5"  © 2009 Linda A. Miller
Flowing Through   -  20" x 22.5"
© 2009 Linda A. Miller 

I have begun the first layer of threadwork/quilting on the second piece (detail below), and am enjoying the process.  Never quite know where the work will take me.  That new discovery sparks my ongoing interest.

     
WIP
I had the opportunity to visit several exhibits while down in the San Diego area over the weekend.  "Interpretations 2009" on until Jan. 17 at Quilt Visions Gallery had wonderful varied work displayed.  Inspiring to see and difficult to choose which pieces I liked best. Go to: http://www.quiltvisions.org/   The Front Porch Gallery is showing "Fiber is Good for Your Art", a fabulous mix of fiber work that includes quilting, basket making and weaving.  I especially enjoyed Erin Wilson's detailed quilts.  http://www.erinwilsonquilts.com/  You will find the gallery at:  http://www.frontporchgallery.org/   2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad 92008.

As the holiday season with all the related busyness comes upon us, I leave you with this quote from Pema Chodron:  

"It's a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately filling up 
the space.  By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness 
as well as fundamental spaciousness."

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