Friday, October 28, 2011

Joy of Small Projects

More interesting than scarves and less time consuming than sweaters, knitting socks has become one of my most enjoyable evening projects.  Never having knit socks before, I tried it out last year and was hooked.  They make great gifts, too!  Knitting can be such a contemplative practice that is right up there along with hand embroidery.  Stitching in the moment.  I learned to knit from my Mom when I was young, and used the craft quite a bit through my twenties.  Then life took me in other directions, and I stopped knitting until about 5 years ago.  I was tempted by all the new yummy yarns and patterns to try with the resurgence of the hand arts. The skill came back, with some refreshers.  I guess it is like riding a bike, the muscle memory is in there somewhere.  Glad I took it up again.
I have Ann Budd's newest book, Sock Knitting Master Class, to work my way through this winter...

Pattern:  Seduction Socks by Ann Budd

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Linked Themes

Linda Miller  Bhavana Project Flags  June 2008

Here are two more Bhavana Project prayer flags from 2008 which carry on the theme of connection and love that Stacy Mora's imagery depicted.  Janice and Dale Garber, from the Atlanta area, chose the fitting "Together".  Suwon Weaver, a Los Angeles designer, brought in "Love and Patience" with her bright piece.  This was Suwon's second flag, she participated in the first set of flags in 2005.

Linda Miller  Three Flags  6/2008

Janice and Dale Garber 2008

Suwon Weaver 2008

Stacy Mora, in a recent blog post, added her thoughts about the joys of connection.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pen to Paper

It is that time again....I have been updating my resume and rewriting my artist statement.  Always seems an unwelcome process to start, but I have found help to smooth the path and make things easier.  I have been working with Alyson B. Stanfield's (art coach) book "I'd Rather Be in the Studio".  It is a fabulous, clearly written resource book that is full of valuable information on anything about self-promotion.  I highly recommend it to you!  Alyson has a blog and e-newsletter, in addition to many other ways to connect with her.  Check her out.
Artist Leni Wiener wrote an article in the recent SAQA Journal on artist statements which I found useful.  She posted examples of several statements on her blog to give an idea of what works and what doesn't...and why.  Caroll Michels' "How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist"  is also a good reference to have available.
This task, that has in the past felt like pulling teeth, is a necessary part of the working artist's life.  Though not one of my favorite projects, I always learn something new in the process. And over the years, I have seen improvement in my writing.  That old adage "Practice makes perfect." has something to it after all.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Here we see one more Bhavana Project flag from the fall of 2007... Stacy Mora, an artist from the California Sierras, created a lovely visual expression of love.  Enjoy!

Stacy Mora -   Flags in Sierras 2007

Stacy Mora- Prayer Flags 2007

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thrilling News

Untitled - 2011
Happy and honored to report that my quilt in SAQA's trunk show This is a Quilt! has been accepted into the permanent collection at Michigan State University Museum !!  Michael Solomon, formerly of the Solomon Dubnik Gallery in Sacramento, California, chose 50 of the quilts to become part of the collection of Michigan State University after the trunks finish traveling in 2013.  
Artists whose work was accepted are: 
Regula Affolter, Sandra Branjord, Patricia Bruvry, Sherry Carrigan, Yeu-Chiu Chen, Huei-Lan Chuang, Jette Clover, Yael David-Cohen, Tamar Drucker, Aileyn Ecob, Julie Filatoff, Jamie Fingal, Micaela Fitzsimmons, Rebecca Fricke, Susan Elaine Henry, Connie Horne, Ming-Mei Huang, Jill Jensen, Jean Renli Jurgenson, Mary F. Lachman, Catharina Breedyk Law, Andrea Limmer, Hsin-Chen Lin, Mei-Mu Lin, Sarah Louise McClean, Linda McLaughlin, Vivian Milholen, Cathy Ortelle, Pat Owoc, Mary Pal, Margaret A. Phillips, Pixeladies, Casey Puetz, Priscilla Read, Ruan Robertson, Linda Robertus, Rose Rushbrooke, Gayle Simpson, Catherine Whall Smith, Lura Schwarz Smith, Terri Stegmiller, Heather G. Stoltz, Tiziana Tateo, Kate Themel, Rosalind Thomas, Karen Reese Tunnell, Debbie Wambaugh, Dwayne Wanner, Barbara Watler
Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Moments in the Garden

A place of respite...sharing some images from yesterday's visit to Arlington Garden.  The beauty of the moment.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Listen to the Silence

Revisiting more Bhavana Project flags from August 2007.
My friend, Elizabeth Dailey, describes how she came to her theme.  "I was sitting in Avalon - a rather noisy town, on beautiful...and sometimes quiet, Catalina Island. Reading The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher. He is the first man to walk the length of Grand Canyon Park - back in the late 50's or early 60's. This book is a wonderful account of his experience. I'm sure you can imagine that it was a physically rigorous, intellectually challenging and spiritually enlightening experience to backpack through that spectacular country. Early in the trek...he said, 'When I had finished my dinner, I lay still and listened to the silence.'  This spoke to me - reminded me of those special, silent moments I've experienced on the trail, hiking and camping in Nova Scotia, Grand Canyon, the Sierra's."

Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your process and heartfelt journey!

Set #3 is in process. Mary Roy is next in line, but there is still time for you to join in the future.  Let me know if you are interested!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Time is Short

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.  
- Steve Jobs

These inspiring words are from Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement address.  Thanks to Marguerite Manteau-Rao for posting part of speech on her Mind Deep blog.   It seemed so fitting today.  I heard the news that my neighbor, Mike, passed away peacefully.  He will be missed.  They will be missed.  Reminders for us all to live each day fully.



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