Monday, June 27, 2016
Sometimes you just get to get away to take a break from the everyday. I did that this past weekend in Redstone, Colorado. I attended a workshop hosted by Laura Roberts (aka Hasty Pearl) at her home on the Crystal River. Books and dyeing are not things that I had done before, so it was completely new to me. But, great instructors and a weekend in Colorado - I was in!
The instructors were the fabulous and talented Roxanne Evans Stout and Leslie Marsh. They collaborated to create a fabulous mixed media book made from eco-dyed fabrics and papers as well as nature collages. Nature was the big star of the workshop as it featured prominently in everything that we did - even lunch was by the river. Both ladies are amazing artists and they shared so many new techniques. I also made a bunch of new friends who also made the trek for this great adventure!
I stayed at a B&B in Redstone called Crystal Dreams. It was a dream as advertised. Lisa has a beautiful home, great location and her breakfasts are to die for. I spent some part of every day soaking up the sound of the river. You can see the back yard by the river in the photo. Just heavenly!
Friday, June 17, 2016
I am honored to be included in the July issue of Somerset Studio magazine. I have been an avid reader of the magazine for years and have always enjoyed the amazing artwork of the artists they feature. It has been one of those bucket list items for me to see my work on their pages.
And, now it is happening! I was holding my breath until I actually saw a copy of the magazine with my images and article. They did a fantastic job of photographing and portraying my work! I am doing a happy dance now!
The magazine can be purchased from the web site here or from your local Barnes and Noble.
|Those Mysterious Miasmas|
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
I must confess that I haven't been in the studio for a while. This spring was very busy with the King William Fair and several gallery openings and projects. I cleaned up the studio and then decided that I needed a bit of a break to avoid burning out.
The studio is where I find peace because I can lose myself in the moment. Once there are too many projects in the works and it begins to feel like work, then the magic disappears and it becomes one more thing on the to do list. To combat this, I basically forbade myself from going into the studio for a few weeks. I read. I spent time with Mr. Tabby. I spent time with my family. I hung out with friends. I took a class at my favorite studio. I worked in the garden. I took pictures. I canned peppers. And, I chilled on the patio with my favorite furry companions.
Now, I find myself itching to get back into the studio. The ideas are flowing and I am ready to make things just because I want to. It is a good place to be. I am getting better at managing my time and not letting (even the fun) things take over to make me feel unbalanced.
In the meantime, I'll let you chill and look at some of the eye candy that is my garden these days thanks to an unusually large amount of rain in Texas this year.