Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
Here's to giving ourselves the gift of letting go...
- Rev. Safire Rose
“…my creative life is my deepest prayer.” ~Sue Monk Kidd
Record-breaking deep-freeze temperatures this last six weeks has really made me dig deep into my creative life! Over the years I have really enjoyed making liqueur … So mid February started steeping homemade cranberry orange liqueur. Since today is 19 below zero, it became a good day to strain and bottle the gorgeous nectar... definitely not going outside! Speaking my truth, I had a teaspoon sample of it – and it has a lovely bright flavor as yummy tasting as its color! It will make a stunning Mimosa straight up or a sipper over ice.
Gesso boards soaking up the new energy--the Winter Solstice, a full moon and a new calendar year. Strong energy. The light may be winter's sunlight, shadows of the moon's white light or the light of our spirit. Whatever it is, may you grasp it's dancing beams and ride it's light forward.
is not about how many people
like your work
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it’s about how honest
you are with yourself
LIVING WITH ART. A commission for 13 art pieces for 13 people. Commissioned by one person. This person understands the beauty of giving authentic gifts. Resist the industrial Santa complex!
follow.nature nature guides
“The observation of nature is part of an artist's life, it enlarges his form and knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration.” – Henry Moore
This book came with high recommendations from Amy Meissner, an Alaskan Textile Artist that I follow on social media.
I'm a person who really enjoys my material 'stuff', and I am continuously editing it to keep the best and most interesting objects. Plus, I don't like a cluttered look and feel in my home. The book explains material intelligence and makes sense of sustainability in daily living. It highlights craft as a verb,
not as a noun.
Even though it may be a slow go, I highly recommend the reading.
"Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It's enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, My head is bursting with it." - Claude Monet.
“The inner life has its soft and gentle beauty; an abstract formlessness as well as a subtle charm. I often consider myself as a figure in a foggy painting: faltering lines, insecure distances, and a merging of greys and blacks. An emotion or a mood—a mere wisp of color--is shaded off and made to spread until it becomes one with all that surrounds it.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Passionate Apprentice: The Early Journals, 1897-1909
The AQUA/TERRA SHOW opened at Zoot Gallery Wednesday, August 8, 2018. It was an enjoyable evening--saying hello to new and old friends, and taking in the music, food and scenery. I especially enjoyed sharing the backstories on my art pieces.
Better than a Selfie!
moment in time this summer. My son Tanner, his beautiful wife Anne, and their son Will.
They are so loved. And OH! Did we mention...Another bambino the way!!!
As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!