Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Useful Message

"It's been my experience that telling people what you're going to do can steal the thunder of doing it. It stands to reason that telling people what you're not doing is even more deadly.  As an antidote, how's about those birth notices you see in the classifieds...Just the facts. It's a notice of accomplishment....Consider something similar for the birthing of your art...Just the facts."

Another thoughtful letter today from "Robert Genn's Twice Weekly Letter" that comes into my inbox.  I like this entry, sharing those victories is important.  It encourages us to continue to move forward by appreciating what we have in this moment. 

Robert Genn is a painter, however what he writes of can be applied to creative process in general. To read letters online or subscribe, go to:  http://clicks.robertgenn.com/

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Slow Art Day

April 17 2010 is International Slow Art day at 46 cities around the world. My friend, Carol Rossi is hosting this event on that day at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.

Slow Art can be best defined as an occasion to look at art…slowly – and then to discuss it – casually. The idea behind SlowArt, founded by the Reading Odyssey in New York, is to get people to spend a bit longer looking at single works of art.

Sounds like the practice of contemplative viewing.  Fabulous!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Praising Water

To begin the first day of spring I took a Vedic Chant workshop given by my dear friend and teacher, Deborah Kuryan.  How appropriate that it should be about water.  Deborah writes: "Water is seen at the start of creation as the source of all that there is on earth.. It is in everything and is the basis of all growth.  Water purifies and is honored as the first offering before any other.  We meditate on water as this new season begins."
For me the theme ties into the current work I am doing..how wonderful to have more inspiration as I move forward into this season leaving the darkness of winter behind!

Monday, March 15, 2010


The Museum opening  on Friday evening was great fun!  So well attended...and overall the exhibit was thoughtfully displayed.  I was so pleased to be asked to be a part of this exciting show.
It will run until June 20th...so if you are in Ventura, drop by!

Not only was my friend Sally Wright's beautiful quilt used as the brochure cover image, but it welcomed us when we entered the show.  Congratulations, Sally!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Vertical Reflections

Beginning as a monoprint, this piece came together quickly, not like "Flowing On" (below) which took time and input to complete.  Who knows how that happens, when all the elements align just right and the work seems clear from start to finish.  Is it just getting out of the way to let creative voice speak?  Very well could be.  Yet, I am also pleased with the final results in a piece that took more work to reach the goal.  Even if I do not always enjoy all the process, there are still discoveries to be made.  Sometimes deeper lessons are learned coming from such a journey.  And to me that is valuable.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Flowing On

Finished!  This one had it's challenges to complete...now that it is, I am content.  The addition of embroidered french knots was particularly satisfying to work on.  I love hand work...and that feeling grows stronger.  Through the years with quilting, I usually added at least a small section of hand quilting to my quilts.  I enjoy the pace, meditative and thoughtful.  I find sewing on the machine quite the opposite...fast and goal oriented.   Would I want to an entire large quilt all with hand quilting?  Not so sure about that....!  It would certainly limit how much work I could do.  But worth experimenting with setting a new intention and change of pace when I sit at the machine.


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