Saturday, February 3, 2018
I find myself winding down now, retreating again into virtual obscurity. I'm hardly online these days for all intents and purposes. There are a few artists I'm following on Instagram, but I'm hardly posting there.
I'm happier than I've ever been before. My life, just the way it is, is enough for me. I have what I need to live exactly the way I want to. I no longer need anyone else's approval, acceptance, accolades, applause or acknowledgement. I'm totally free to be me. I have no complaints, and a lot of gratitude.
Life is peaceful, and full of grace.
With age, I'm becoming more old-school, especially in this topsy-turvy world of ours where the truth has become a political lightning rod. I can only live by my own truth now.
Peace and blessings to you all. xx
Saturday, January 27, 2018
The 50 Percent OFF Everything Sale continues in my Etsy Shop for another week. If you haven't checked it out, please do.
Otherwise, all is well.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
I have my table easel set up on a height-adjustable rolling laptop table...and I also intend to use the easel on the big table on the right for larger pieces. The drawer unit, also rolling, holds paper and all my supplies and a few tools; in fact, I still have a couple empty drawers. The 3-tier cart, also rolling, slips under the big table on the right when not in use.
I moved all my old childrens' books to the top shelf above the big table where they're still easy to reach but out of the way.
I've got empty spaces on my shelves now, room to store a lot more work.
Thought I'd mention what I'm up to now re: painting. I've really wanted to get back to acrylic painting, pretty much since I abandoned it two (or has it been three?) years ago. Altho I'm still set up to do watercolors when the mood strikes.
I've already taken all the acrylic classes I wanted to take, have the books, etc., and now I will paint in virtual isolation. No outside challenges, no classes with student blogs, no input or feedback from anyone else (hence no posting anywhere of my work). I am trusting my muse, my inner guidance from here on out. I know what to do, and I'll be doing it.
I'll continue to post collages here, because I continue to make them. It's something I really enjoy and I don't intend to stop.
As I do every year, I'll be closing my Etsy Shop soon, until I reopen later this year with new work. So I'm having a 50 Percent OFF Everything Sale from now through Saturday February 3.
The items currently in the shop will not be available after February 3. I won't relist them again. So please, if there's anything there now that strikes your fancy, NOW is the time to purchase. Go to the shop HERE.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
I actually love doing this kind of thing. It's inspiring to go through all your stuff and weed through it. Also exceptionally inspiring ~ finding work of your own that you love that you haven't seen in a while. Work you want to go back to, in terms of genre, and pick up again and move forward with.
There's a 30% OFF Sale going on right now in my Etsy Shop, on Art Quilts and Paintings. Through Wednesday, January 17.
Anyhoo, I'll leave you with my collages for the week. xx
Saturday, January 6, 2018
And it's very apt, because last year I finally put to rest issues that have been dogging me for eons. And now I truly am free.
Free to live the rest of my life unimpeded by old crap. Free to create every day exactly how I want it. So free that I truly love, honor and respect myself, everything I am, everything I do, how I do my life in every way. I'm who I've been waiting for.
I'm on a creative roll again. I've taken up painting again, both watercolor and very soon acrylics. I'm doing it now purely for my own enjoyment and pleasure. I don't need to show or post my new work anywhere. It's all for me, now.
I've reorganized and rearranged things in my studio, and after the couple of things I've ordered arrive, I'll be able to keep my easel set up by the north window...instead of the ironing board, which has been in that spot since I moved in nine years ago (sorry, BeeGee), being there.
And more storage for acrylic supplies so they're handy and accessible. And more storage for lots of other stuff so I have more room to store finished canvasses and panels.
I've also been getting rid of stuff I don't need, my continual-downsizing practice. Every time I let go of something that no longer serves me, there's room for new, more appropriate stuff.
I feel in my bones that 2018 is going to be a great year. I hope it is for all of us.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
The two on the right in this photo are tall and narrow ~ they have virtually the same size paper as the Midori Travelers Notebook inserts I've been using to collage in. I like that size ~ each spread is 8.5 x 8.5 (actually the Midori insert spread is 8.25 x 8.5).
The pages in the third journal are 8.5 x 5.5, a standard half-letter size page. This is slightly bigger than the handmade journal I'm also using now for collages (see last two photos below). I also like this size to work in.
That handmade journal I just referred to, A Hermit's Wild Friends, that I made in a workshop a few years ago, was not designed to do all that collaging in. The bound spine is/was not wide enough to accommodate adding all that ephemera, which has caused the fore edges to fan out to about four inches already...and I'm not finished with it yet.
Consequently, because the book was constructed with only heavy two-sided tape holding the covers onto the rest of the book, the covers started to pop off the book. So I just pulled them all the way off a few months ago.
When I'm finished with this journal, I'll glue the covers back on with PVA. Or, I'll fashion covers out of something else, and use those cool vintage covers for another journal down the road...probably the latter.
Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend, whatever you celebrate. xx