“...as if the fullness of the soul did not sometimes overflow in the emptiest metaphors, since no one can ever give the exact measure of his needs, nor of his conceptions, nor of his sorrows; and since human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars.”
Greetings from the middle of a gorgeous week. The mix of foggy, rainy days and muted blue autumn skies against the golden fall foliage are my perfect kind of days. I've been in the studio at all hours and have many pieces in progress which I hope to share soon. It feels so good to be back in a creative groove. I keep finding wee bits of inspiration in my massive pile of bits and scraps and am afraid I am getting a little ahead of myself but for now I'm just going with it. Some bits are new but some like 'if i had a hammer' have been hiding in the pile for a couple of years, waiting for the right scraps of print and color to come along and give it context. I love all the color in this piece and I love the process of taking a little block of color and turning it into a house, a home, an abode, a haven and here I've taken many blocks of color and built a whole neighborhood. I know which house is my favorite(blue w/red dot roof) but if you were my neighbor which house would you live in?
I spent last weekend in Pittsburg with my 3 best friends from high school. Yes Pittsburg, who knew how great it would be? If you haven't been there, and you live within driving distance or it's on your way to somewhere else, I would highly recommend spending a night or two. The city setting is beautiful, the people were super friendly, the food scene is great and The Andy Warhol Museum is there and it is A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
Here at home, I have continued to carve out time in the studio each day and am really grooving on new color combinations and a new playlist (which includes lots of this). It feels great to be working so much and the energy in the studio is spilling over into the latest house project too. We have ripped out the variety of flooring in the three remaining rooms on the main floor and will start installing the quarter sawn white oak this weekend. We had to wait almost 10 months for our supplier to find enough sustainably harvest wood to complete the remaining rooms but it was worth the wait. Outside my studio door it is a construction zone with furniture and power tools piled everywhere but the end is in site and that makes me happy (of course these things are never really done but we will have the illusion of doneness once the rest of the flooring is in). I just need to get one more coat of paint in the entryway before the weekend and then I can paint all the trim after the flooring goes down.
So, it's kinda crazy here but it's a creative-energy-messy-transformative-kind-of-big-picture-crazy and for right now it is good. In fact, it's really good. Next week I'll check in and share some of my new work. Until then, wishing you a lovely rest of the week and weekend.
I have to throw in a tiny shout out to mama nature for the weather these days which is just spectacular :)
This is pretty much what it feels like these days. Sometimes things get turned around but togetherness, color and beauty are constant companions. They are the glue that hold everything together around here. There are other things too, like music, laughter & good food but I am going to have to say that togetherness, color and beauty are my trinity...they are the carrots, celery and onion in my pot. What about you, what are your go to ingredients for making the tough days bearable and making the bright days shine a bit brighter?
So, it turns out that creating a large body of work takes a lot more time than I had originally anticipated. Creating work in a group is easy peasy and I love to work that way. For each group of 4 or 5 paintings, I usually love 2-4 of them and scrap 1-3. Over the past week things seemed to be humming along nicely with lots of time to paint, ideas coming together and translating well onto the blocks. But then, all of a sudden, I realized that I needed to really finish these pieces in order to count them as inventory. Yikes. Normally I paint sides, sign date and title and attach sawtooth hangers one at a time as things sell (not a great method but it suits my need to procrastinate). The idea of having 32 painting to finish was really overwhelming. Having to paint the sides of 32 blocks, sign, date and title them all and attach the sawtooth hangers took the entire week...but I did it! I officially have a stash started for the One Of A Kind Fair. I'm sharing a few new pieces here and adding them to my Etsy shop but most of the new work will be part of a slow growing army of paintings. Wishing you all a super lovely weekend full of whatever you need to fill yourself up :)
Gotta love the rainbow wheel. A bright spinning circle of color to distract you from the fact that you are waiting, and waiting and waiting. This week has been a very full one and I am so glad that Friday has finally arrived. I am wrapping up a big week in the studio and hope to have 30 small pieces completed for the 'One of a kind Fair' by Sunday. I still have a long way to go in building up my inventory but as the new work says...all in good time. And on this gorgeous Friday morning I send you wishes for a lovely autumn weekend :)