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

Monday, March 10, 2014

A place to gather...

For the 1st few months in our new place we enjoyed meals, games and eventually homework in the light-filled-magically-transformed-by-white-paint-sun room.  But, the room is not heated and so we lost our favorite hangout around the end of October and took to eating at a small round table in the kitchen, games fell by the wayside and  homework started being done up in the bedrooms.  As winter pressed on, the desire to get the dining room in shape was strong but there was a lot of work, planning and gathering to do.  Although there are a few details to wrap up I am happy to say the room is now in full use as a homework station (see the textbooks under the bookshelf?), craft and project table and dinner table.  The room is a collection of old and new and feels worn in, welcoming and like home.  Gathering at the table for dinner, even if it's a quick one, has always been my favorite part of each day. Breakfast is still eaten, one or two at a time, at the small breakfast table and I'm sure we'll be back in the sun room at some point but for now I am so, so happy to have a warm and cozy place to gather and reconnect with one another.  Thanks for reading and I'll see you back here soon with a bit of new work.