Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter Solstice Reflections

Last Year in Albany, New York

The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and today, the daylight slowly begins to return. Each year at this time, I reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming year. This year is especially relevant as I am literally closing the door on Roadhouse Arts and looking forward to more time for my own studio time.

For me, the intent of Roadhouse was to be a creative place where I could spend more time making my art. I thought that being around other creative people would encourage and support that goal. Instead, it became an uncomfortable place with increasing demands on my time that had to do with running a business rather than creating. I already have a “day job” so additional work was just taking away from my creative time. When the expectations began to interfere with my family relationships and health, I realized that was not how I wanted to live my life. I had to remove myself from the daily operations and eventually decided I had to leave the business.

Looking forward, I will be making more room for studio time in my life. It is what keeps me sane in a hectic life, so it is not something that I can let falter.

I have been accepted into a fantastic gallery in Gruene which is a cute old German town outside New Braunfels known for its shops and galleries. The other artists in The Gallery at Gruene Lake Village are extremely talented so I am honored to be included. I have even opened an online shop which has already had sales! These two venues will allow me to continue to show my work and offer my work for sale.

I will also be teaching short mixed media workshops at Lyn Belisle’s Studio in San Antonio. The teaching will be limited in scope so that it doesn’t dominate my time, but still allows me to spend some time creating with other inquisitive and open people.

I am working hard at honoring my creative side and appreciating those relationships that nourish my soul. Maybe it is wisdom (or, maybe it is because I am tired) but I have come to the conclusion that I can’t do everything. So, I have had to determine what MY priorities should be and let some of the other things go to the wayside.

I hope you are looking forward to more light in the days as well!

Monday, December 14, 2015

New Ornaments

I've had a little bit of time to get in the studio to make some Christmas ornaments. They have been sent to The Gallery at Gruene Lake Village where they will hopefully make it to somebody's tree this year.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

New York City

Last weekend, I spent the weekend in New York City with my friend and then my sister (who was also in town for work). We walked, and walked, and walked! I love seeing the neighborhoods change as you walk through Manhattan. We also put in some museum and shopping time. The weather was just perfect and a bit unusual for November. It made for a great weekend diversion. I didn't take the big camera, so these are some pictures from my phone.

Just one more trip this year, and then I am home for a few months. I love traveling, but I am getting a bit homesick and want to spend a bit more time at home. We'll see how that goes...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Why Not?

One of the Seth Apter's classes was a class called Cover to Cover. This was the last class he taught and definitely my favorite. We took old books and used the covers to make a loose book. I liked them so much that I have had them framed (well, they are at the framer's now). 

His aesthetic of layers, words, symbols mixed with a little grunge is right up my alley. I can't wait to use these techniques when I am back in the studio. Until then, I will be taking boatloads of pictures of grunge in New York City this weekend.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Seth Apter Classes

Based on my posts lately, you would think that this has turned into a travel blog. My travel schedule is not slowing down yet - I have trips to New York and Santa Fe still left this year - so there will be a few more travel pics.

But, I did find time to take all four classes by Seth Apter at Roadhouse Arts this past weekend. Holy Moley! I have been a fan of his his artwork for several years, and when it was my turn to pick a national instructor for Roadhouse Arts, he was my first (and only) choice. I was not disappointed! Not only is his artwork fantastic, he is a fabulous instructor full of techniques and encouragement. I ended the weekend rejuvenated and inspired.

Above is my project from the Brick by Brick workshop. We built a wall with a mosaic of handmade papers and "incised" a word. My word was inspired by why we build walls, either physically or psychologically, and that is to keep ourselves safe. My colors were a bit happy for such a somber sentiment. I could say that I was trying to make a statement about the dichotomy. But, it is more likely that I just like blues and greens :).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hola! from Costa Rico

This week finds me in Costa Rica. My mother decided that she wanted to come to see the hummingbirds and the flowers after a friend returned with wonderful pictures. I quickly planned a trip and here we are. Just me and my mom. This will be a week I will treasure!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Maine Eye Candy - Gardens

Thuya Garden
Asticou Azalea Garden

Thuya Garden

Little Cranberry Island

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Maine Eye Candy - Waters

Little Cranberry Island

Bubble Pond

Harbor Boats - Northeast Harbor

Seals at Low Tide

Thunder Hole

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Anniversary Honey!

Bar Harbor Farmer's Market

This past weekend was our anniversary, so Mr. Tabby flew up to join me in Maine for the weekend. We spent the weekend doing what has become our favorite pastime - we explored. There was no set agenda other than dinner reservations on Friday night. We drove around the island (and inland), drove through Acadia, took a nature cruise, stopped at some artist's home galleries, toured an old fort and saw some fabulous sunsets atop the mountain. The weather was cool, the pace was relaxing and the company was fabulous. It was a wonderful weekend with my favorite person!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Fall!

What better way to celebrate the Autumn Equinox than by being someplace that actually looks and feels like fall? The day job has brought me back to Bar Harbor, Maine. Sweaters, apples and crisp mornings!  Aaah!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Don't Fence Me In

Last year, Mr. Tabby and I pulled up our vegetable garden because we needed to do some grading and the raised beds were in bad shape. Because I got sidetracked with Roadhouse Arts the last two years, we haven't made much progress in getting it back together. We did manage to move the fence to enlarge the space and incorporate some more of the fruit trees.

Not having a garden makes me unhappy but it has been too hot to plant anything even if I had the time to build and fill the beds. So, I did a little compromising. I happen to have loads of glass, so I made some tiles to pretty up the cattle panel and add a little color to the yard. I'm not quite done yet, but here is a look at the progress. Even Bart has given it his thumbs up. He can still see the deer and the cars that go by. We have grand plans for the garden next year. Maybe then, I won't be showing pictures of fenced in dirt...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Saturday Drive

Not much has been happening in the studio lately. I even got air conditioning in the glass area which meant that I had no excuse to fire up the kiln. But, it just isn't coming. As an artist, there are times when things ebb and flow. This is an ebbing time for me.

This fall will be filled with more travel - some work and some just fun. So, I am enjoying just being right now. The studio will be there to welcome me when I am ready.

Mr. Tabby and I were out running errands on Saturday and I noticed this mailbox. I've past by it dozens of times, but this time it screamed "take my picture".

Sunday, August 30, 2015

She's Home!

"Heather" is a collaboration that I did with Mr. Tabby. He did the metal and I did the glass. She has been on display outside Roadhouse Arts after a stint at the Bulverde Area Art Center for the San Antonio Glass Art Guild exhibition. At the time, we didn't have time to take her home, so we just took her across the street.

She came home this week and was placed in the patio garden where I seem to be spending all my free time. The big rock wall was pretty boring, so now it has some color and brings me great pleasure to see her jumping for joy!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bedouin Carpet

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a class at my friend Lyn Belisle's Studio. Her studio has such wonderful feel with layers of a life well traveled. 

I was inspired to get out my Bedouin dromedary carpet that I purchased in Marrakesh souk. Mike (my high school friend and travel buddy) and I were there on Thanksgiving, so the shop owners treated us to a traditional tagine meal with lots of obligatory tea. Such good memories. Why should the rug now be relegated to storage in the shop? I gave it a good cleaning and laid it out in the glass studio (aka, garage). Now, I can smile as I remember a great adventure in northern Africa :)

I have several projects currently in progress, but only one made it to the completion stage this week. I made a long necklace out of a stone that I bought in Santa Fe when I went to Bead Fest with Gail earlier in the year.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Vermont Weekend

The day job has kept me busy in Upstate New York these past few months. Mr. Tabby came up this past weekend to celebrate his birthday. We spent a lovely weekend meandering through Vermont with a stop in Burlington on Lake Champlain. There were day lilies everywhere. So refreshing when my garden is struggling in the Texas heat!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Swiss Tulips

Lisa Meyer - Swiss Tulips I
Swiss Tulips I
I came back from Switzerland inspired by the landscapes and the gardens. I was also inspired to work with glass again. I have been on a bit of a glass sabbatical since we started Roadhouse Arts. Just not enough hours in the day! So, full of inspiration and a newly installed sink in the studio, what happens? My kiln goes poof. A new relay and a transformer and it will be good as new. Bummer.

In the meantime, I got out my paints and painted this painting inspired by the tulip beds bordering Lake Zurich (see the inspiration photo in the previous post). I love the riot of colors. I see more tulips in my future!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A River Runs Through It...

I returned from three weeks in Europe to find that the South Texas weather now resembles Seattle weather. After seven years or so of drought, we seem to be making up for lost time. We got another two inches this morning. It is a very good thing.

This winter, we pulled up the vegetable garden and did some re-grading to have the water flow through the garden and then out the gate through to the back yard. Since we seldom get good rains (or used to anyway), we wanted the water to go where we wanted it most. It seems that we did a good job. We now have a small river running through the garden. Next year, the garden might actually have raised beds with vegetables.

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Yesterday, while Gail was teaching, I was able to get out and do some walking around the nearby village. Every picture I took was like a postcard. So picturesque! So, here is some Swiss eye candy.

Next up is a free day in Zurich. My guess is that the suitcase will be filled with some wonderful Swiss chocolate!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fence along Sacre Ceur

Gail is busy teaching today, so I am editing some images that I took in Paris. This was a fence that was behind Sacre Ceur. I'm thinking that this will end up in an encaustic painting when I get home...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wandering and Wisteria

Tangerine Tabby Studio

Today we wandered the streets of Paris. This was down one of the side streets on the Left Bank. The smell was incredible!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bon Jour!

I am in Paris! Gail is teaching at Creative Glass in both Zurich and England. I am tagging along as a TA and travel companion. In order to acclimate to the time change, we decided to spend a few days in Paris. You know, since they are in the same time zone...

Above is the view from our hotel near the Opera House. When we arrived, we did some walking around in the rain and stopped at a Bistrot for lunch. Bedtime came early, but after twelve hours of sleep, I am ready to hit the streets to see what wonderful things we can find today!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Wild Poppies


I was down in the creek bed the other day looking for things to photograph when I noticed these wild poppies. I've seen them in wild flower gardens, but never really "in the wild". I guess they truly are wildflowers here in the hill country. I'm going to have to go back and get some seeds when they finish blooming. They are so delicate and beautiful against the drab color of the creek.