Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grateful for the Little Things

Each small task of everyday life is a part of the total harmony of the universe. 
- St. Therese of Lisieoux

Wonderful thoughts...so as we head into the holiday season, remember to stop for a moment  and pay attention to your breath.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fruitful Reflection

I have been fascinated by the magnolia fruit this fall.  What an amazingly curious and complex thing!  After years of walking past those trees, how is it I have never really looked at them?  And it more than just the magnolias, this re-emersion in drawing from life has opened my eyes to more of what is around me.  Seems like we do that in life generally, take things for granted.  I am grateful for another reminder to wake up.  Truly meditation in action, being present to what is here. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Work and More

"Luminous", 10" x 12" quilt, was commissioned by friends in memory of a mutual friend, Lahar Goldberg, who passed away last year.  It is s gift for her son.  In the process of making it, I sought to capture Lahar's brightness and energy, as well as reflecting her island home of Maui.  The center is hand painted silk, surrounded by hand and commercial dyed cottons applique.  It is machine quilted and hand embroidered.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to go to Connie Rohman's open studio on the Northeast Los Angeles Discovery Tour (though I did not take the tour).  Great to see what she is up to with some wonderful new deconstructed screen printed pieces and quilts made from recycled old sweaters.  Ideas, ideas!

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Footwear

A few more from the shoe journalling week... Plus an added bonus at the end done during my printmaking years.

"Feet Suite" Series
Aquatint 1975
Linda A. Miller
So you see that I like shoes as subject matter!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brush Strokes

I recently completed the 3rd in the series of 5 Shambhala Art classes. What is Shambhala Art, you might ask? Simply put, its “mission is to encourage the exploration of how meditation and contemplation works with the creative and viewing processes.” I am personally finding these classes beneficial, as I understand how to approach my art making and viewing more fully. I am finding I can accept the various stages of creative process rather than fight with them. In this session we painted in a direct and unplanned way, making marks that represented basic elements of space, form and energy. The brush work shown was done as a collaboration, where the marks became a conversation with each other (blue - space, black - form, red - energy). It was freeing to approach the brush in this way!  Who knows where it will lead?

“…what we are trying to do is to be very genuine and benevolent and basic, so that we do not create passion, aggression and ignorance in ourselves or in our audience.”

-Chogyam Trungpa

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shoes and More Shoes

Our sketch journal lesson for the week is footwear...I am having so much fun, even dug out some old platforms as subject matter.  But also a reminder that, as Frederick Franck writes, "...a drawing is not a thing but an act."   It is the process that I become absorbed in.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

All About Flowers

 As you can see this week in watercolor journal class has been about painting flowers.  Once again, I amazed at the intricate complexity of even what seems the simplest of flowers.  As Frederick Franck wrote: "Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world."  I am glad to have come back to this practice, especially since my fiber work tends to be more abstract.  The simplicity of looking and then seeing is wonderful.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"You are not copying nature, but responding to nature in full awareness, to the way nature expresses itself in that object."
 -Frederick Franck

"The Zen of Seeing- Seeing/Drawing as Meditation" by Frederick Franck was one of the most influential books I read as a young artist.  For me the seeds connecting art, meditation and mindfulness were planted with the reading of his words....and my experience with the process of seeing/drawing.  He writes: "We do a lot of looking: we look through lenses, telescopes, television tubes...Our looking is perfected every day - but we see less and less."  Seeing is his word for truly connecting with what is in front of you.  How relevant his words are today, if not more so!  Check out this insightful hand written book and other works by the artist.


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