Wednesday, April 23, 2014

seeing things (and seeing past them too)...

She Liked The Idea Of Seeing The Forrest AND The Trees

Perspective is a tricky thing to navigate. My goal (most of the time) is to be in the moment as a person, a wife, a mother and daughter.  But I am finding it necessary to step back and take a glimpse from the outside in many situations lately in order to really understand what things mean and to fully take them in and appreciate them for what they are.  I'm not sure if that makes any sense.  The world seems be a very one or the other place these days but I feel really connected to the idea of both.  I don't want to see the forrest through the trees...I want to see the forrest AND the trees. Do you know what I mean?  
I've been working a lot and will have more to share soon :)


Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello Sunshine...

Night Swimmer No.14

Get Out The Shovel

It's been awhile since I've written (and I really should be packing) but I wanted to share some new work and say hi & bye for the week.  Last week was spent helping all three kiddos get ready for the road trip to Florida with my parents and then the sunshine and 50 degree temps pulled me out into the garden and yard for much of the weekend. C and I moved 150 cement blocks from the driveway and created a walkway around the garden beds which we filled in with pea stones. When we moved into this place last summer the garden was already so overgrown there was no way we could win the war on the weeds so we were determined to get ahead start this year. Then we unloaded and stacked just under 700 pavers which will become a patio sometime this spring (that was an unexpected project but we came across a deal that was too good to pass up!).  All the lifting, stacking and digging has taken it's toll and I am tired and sore and very much looking forward to joining the kids and my parents tomorrow in the sunshine state.  A little swimming, a little pool side reading, and a little Harry Potter sound just about perfect right now. Have a great week and I'll see you back here renewed, refreshed and sunkissed.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

new work.

Turning Toward Spring

That's all i have for today.
 Be well friends.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants (or thank you michael pollan)-

My diet has always been pretty good with lots of real food and veggies but  over the past two months I've been thinking a lot more about what I eat.  I recently picked up a copy of Michael Pollan's 'In Defense Of Food' from the library and his eater's manifesto was just the simple bit of inspiration I needed to keep on the straight and narrow.  I've filled my diet with lots of greens, fresh veggies, nuts and seeds but another mini snow shower demanded something warm and hearty so I decided to try this recipe.  This one plate wonder transforms cauliflower (which i already adore) into veggie candy.  So good I had to share : )  

ps:  also started this book and can't put it down.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014


3.25" x 3.5"

I've got it bad.  Looking back I realize that I think to do this every Spring.  I start so many projects, some which will be abandoned quickly, some that will remain 1/2 or 3/4 done for many months to come and a few that will come to fruition. There are painting, sewing, knitting and crochet projects, three books started simultaneously, garden planning and seed ordering going on and a return to dance classes after decades. It takes me awhile to recognize the pattern of behavior emerging but at some point it clicks.  I'm not sure if is my creative process aligning with the brighter light and the the new growth emerging all around but I kind of like to think of it like that.  So while the massive snow banks my linger into April I can feel it in my bones...Spring is finally just around the corner : )

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The challenges of working large...

It may not look too difficult, but getting melted wax onto a 30"x30" surface without making a crazy stupid mess is pretty challenging.  The last time I made a piece this size was about 7 years ago and I ended up with lots of black wax on my studio walls, the floor and on me.  This time I have more space and a little better set up.  It's still pretty tricky to get good coverage and the repeated heat setting required is not a good activity to follow shoveling a hundred foot driveway (even though i had two very good helpers).  But, I love the painting and I am really looking forward to seeing what the wax brings to the table.  I still need to wax the second half of this massive-for-me dyptych but i'm hoping to be able to share both here soon. Now my arms are rested so it's time to get back to work ;-)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March (in like a lion and still a lion)

so far today-
blizzard conditions and dropping temps
6" on the ground already and much more to come
school cancelled and final exams rescheduled
a quiet house for the moment but not for long
quinoa already on the stove for these patties
a bowl set out to mix up this granola
thinking about molasses cookies too
plenty of time today 
i love that