Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gratitude

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

~ Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” excerpt


Linda A Miller 2010


 
For those of you celebrating tomorrow-

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Enjoy!

And for all my dear readers, I appreciate your interest in what I share.



Listen to Mary Oliver reading her poem "Wild Geese" here.  This recording is from the interview by Krista Tippet on the podcast "On Being". 











Thursday, November 19, 2015

Textures

My friend Terry and I love exploring the Huntington Library and Gardens.  It is always inspirational, and yesterday proved that.  It was a spectacular day for a visit, with bright fall warmth.  We first walked through the Desert garden, which neither of us had seen in a while.  So many wild textures...


Huntington Gardens



Huntington Gardens



Huntington Gardens


Then on to the Japanese and Chinese gardens... Fall was evident with turning ginkgo and maple leaves, and spent lotus ponds.

Huntington Gardens
Peaceful Zen garden





Lotus ponds....


Lizard warming itself on the rock...


Fall view of the lake


Linda Miller at Huntington Gardens
In the Bonsai court (with my new scarf)

"A World of Strangers: Crowds in American Art" exhibit at the Huntington Art Gallery was well worth viewing.   The unique collection of prints and photographs included artists John Baldessari, Walker Evans, Weegee and George Bellows, to name a few.  This exhibit runs through April 4, 2016.

Indeed a day of renewal!




Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Going to Taiwan


 Molten © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Molten
19" x 15.5"  
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

I am pleased to announce "Molten" will be going to the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition (TIQE 2016) next year!  Approximately 400 quilts from 21 countries are expected to be on exhibit under the theme “Protect the Earth’s Environment.”

TIQE will be held at the National Tainan Living Arts Center, Tainan City, Taiwan  April 30 – May 29, 2016



Statement: Earth is home and nourishment.  Its beauty offers rich texture and color that ignites my inspiration.  I reinterpret landscape using stitch and surface design, allowing the cloth to reveal its hidden story.  May that be a healing story of the land.

Learn more about my process with the quilt here


 Molten (detail) © 2014 Linda A. Miller
Molten (detail)
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

Happily my donated SAQA Auction quilt, "Engage", has found a new home in Canada.  Thanks for supporting the cause! 

It has been a while since I linked to Off the Wall Fridays.  Do check out the wonderful work there!






Monday, November 16, 2015

Endings and Beginnings

This lace scarf  (Motheye pattern from Knitspot) began in May... I let it grow longer than the pattern intended simply because I loved the process of knitting it.   All 85" of it are drying and blocking on the studio floor as I write this post.







Post drying here is the scarf-

Motheye scarf

I planted a new Panamint nectarine tree last week.  A much easier process than preparing the ground for it the week before, I must say! (It replaces the old plum tree taken out last fall).  Looking forward to seeing it grow and bear fruit.


nectarine tree




These are the only bananas produced this year during our drought, even with some watering.  In all the years of living here, I never before had to water those plants (bananas are plants not trees, they bear fruit once and die), and they gave at least 1 - 2 bunches of fruit a year.  Waiting for the El Nino waters....


bananas



Thanks to my friend, Margaret Blank, I leave you with a favorite Leonard Cohen song that contains these wonderful lines: 
Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything;
that's how the light gets in.









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