Sunday, April 29, 2007

A fun day, beautiful weather

Please check out April 28 posting on Miss J has a very interesting essay about her love of drawing, cleverly illustrated, as well. I found it a very fascinating read, and inspiring, as well.

The trip to Whidbey was great, the poetry festival was good, we really enjoyed talking to the small press people who were there. We hit a thrift store in Langley where I found a GREAT old scrapbook, about 12X24 for $1.00!!! I plan to remove the blank newsprint pages and put in heavy watercolor paper and make an art journal. I am so excited about it!

We also found some prints of birds, and a bunch of great postcards that were quite inexpensive, as well. We had heard about a thrift store in Freeland that is supposed to be great, but we apparently went on a less-than great day. Not much there that interested us.

I didn't take many photos, either. Folks were tightly packed in the tents listening to poetry, and it would have been a bit intrusive to take photos. I will post a photo of my great scrapbook find later, though.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I have been a little absent

A busy week, a lot of work at the clinic and at my private practice, and no art or interesting photos.

However, I am not working today, and Tom and I are going to Whidbey Island for the Burning Word Festival, a festival of poetry in Greenbank. I read about it in the paper last Sunday, and we decided to go.

My husband, Tom, is a poet and he has a blog where he posts poems, and selected bits of writing by others. His blog is He is going to take some poetry for the open mic sessions. I love poetry readings, and there should be some good people watching, too.

I am taking my camera, and will have something to post tomorrow, hopefully.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Art Day, and other projects

This is an art journal page that I made Monday, in anticipation of tax day. Money and I have had an uncomfortable relationship, and this was an attempt to bring the whole concept some positive energy. In the past, my dominant relationship to money has been fear--now I choose to look at money as capable of having positive connotations for me through art.
On Thursday, my Shades of Black book arrived in the mail! I posted my b&w image of the chair earlier, now it is part of this beautiful book! The book is put together by Catherine Anderson, she makes the covers and designs the book. Usually, our books are 4X6, this is our first 6X6 book, all the pages are either black or white cardstock with our photo on the front, and a quote or poem or some writing about the theme on the back, along with our information.

You can see examples of my page, front and back, below. The book is very beautiful, the size really enhanced the photos, and the photos are all great! We will probably do more b&w books, as we all liked the format, and the experience of working without color.

On Thursday I met with my friends, Linda and Ruth, in Redmond for our monthly art day. Linda is a fiber and bead artist, Ruth is a bead and wire artist, and I am up for anything. We have made masks, shared our various projects, worked on fiber postcards, made ATC's, made fabric beads, and this week we decided to just bring whatever project we wanted to work on.

Linda made a necklace of African turquoise, copper seed beads, and some other complimentary stones, Ruth made wrapped silver wire beads, with embellishments of tightly wrapped copper, and some beads. Both of their projects were beautiful, and we talked about wire jewelry making, and a metal smithing class Ruth is taking at Pratt. We decided in May we will work on things with wire. I am excited to learn more about it, and I have a necklace to make with all of the charms I collected at AF.
The colorful photo above is the spread I made that day. All of the items on the pages (with the exception of the picture of the roller girl) were from a packet of goodies I received as a trade at AF. I had fun doing it, and I have no illusions that it is any kind of great art, but I think that is the purpose of art journals. I am finally starting to let myself just have fun and not think that it has to be anything more than a fun experiment.
I have been productive in these few weeks since AF, and I am glad.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Added a list of how I spend my time...

If I am not posting very often, sometimes it is because I spend too much time reading other people's blogs... There is a partial list on my page now. Miss J, who helped me with my comment problem, is The Flying Pencil.

Have fun! More pictures tomorrow, I had an art day on Thursday!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Please comment away!

For all of you patient persons who told me you were unable to comment on my blog, I have fixed the problem, and you no longer have to have a google account to leave a comment. I am still a bit of a dolt about these things.

Thanks to my friend, Miss J, for telling me how to fix this. I will put a link to her new blog tomorrow, I can't think of the name of it right now, past my bedtime. It is a great blog, she is an amazing artist!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tax Day

I hate doing taxes. I don't even like getting my stuff ready to send to the accountant we have to DO OUR TAXES FOR US!! And so, here I am, on Tax Day, trying to figure out how to file an extension...

I wish that I would not do this to myself, but once again, here I am. And here I am writing on my blog about this instead of just taking care of it. I think this is the definition of insanity....

Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday the THIRTEENTH is a good one!

I forgot to bring my camera with me today, and I saw the best "subject" in Starbucks. This is a Starbucks in Kirkland, a rather upscale area, and this gentleman was doctoring his drink near where I was sitting. He had the most amazing pair of pants on, they were black with many pockets and seams, all sewn with a vivid green, very prominent against the black (they looked brand new).

The really amazing thing were the chains! He had these very long looping chains hanging from somewhere under his black leather coat, almost to his ankles. I was so fascinated by the pants that I almost didn't look up, but he was fully coordinated, he had a black fleece hat on, which had EARS which were lined with the same vivid green. It was quite the ensemble, and he looked like he maybe worked at Microsoft, otherwise. Who knows? maybe he does.

Unfortunately, he took the drink to go, I was hoping to see how he sat down with all those chains...It never fails, whenever I DON'T have my camera, I see something like that. I had to charge all of the batteries yesterday, and I put them in the camera this morning but forgot to put the camera bag with my other stuff.

In other news, I had a wonderful massage last night from Lynn W at the clinic where I work in Bothell. She did about 30 minutes of cranial sacral work, and it was amazing. I felt so totally relaxed, but alert as well. She said that I might notice some shifts in my life, though she felt that 30 minutes was probably not long enough to notice much.

As it happens, I found my self dancing and moving this morning and it felt really incredible! I always love to dance, but don't let myself do it enough, but this felt so nourishing and joyous, I definitely felt something different. I mean, I only danced for probably less than 5 minutes, but I felt invigorated all day, and found myself moving differently, shaking out my hands during my massages, and between them and the action of shaking my hands and moving to my own internal rhythm felt incredibly right.

I think that I may have experienced a little of the shift that Lynn was talking about. I am certainly going to explore cranial sacral more. I don't think that I will ever stop discovering new things about bodywork and its effects on my body and spirit.

Sorry, no photos now. I am going to put my camera with my things right now.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

What I made at ArtFest

I am a little shy about doing this, but here are the things that I made while at ArtFest. I guess that I am going to have to get over being "shy", because having a blog in itself kind of hangs you out there for anyone to see. I have always felt like I was a bit of a closet exhibitionist... Anyway, the first photo is of the altered photo imagery collage I made in Karen Michel's class on Friday. I love it, and I loved her class. I learned a lot about different ways of manipulating photos, and it is exciting because I still haven't been brave enough to learn how to use photoshop. My next learning curve will be to figure that out. I love the hand altered photos, though and will still continue to do that.This is one of the pieces I made in Anahata Katkin's personal icons class. This was the class where we were encouraged to work fast and intuitively, and I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this class. I tend to overthink things, and it actually stops me from even beginning lots of times. I loved having to work fast and not really having any idea of what we would end up with. I am very happy with this piece.This the first piece I made in Anahata's class. This one amazed me, the theme that came out as I was working blew me away. It is a bit personal, and not as beautiful as the Asian woman, I loved being able to write on the pieces as a graphic element, I found it very powerful to add words that had meaning to me, but in such a way that the viewer can't really read them without really studying the piece. I am such a word person, this was like explaining the piece, but only to myself.

I also took a wonderful class from LK Ludwig, on Sketchbook as Personal Design Source. I learned many wonderful things in that class, but as LK said, it was a process class, not a product class, so I don't have anything to "show" for it, but it was a wonderful class and I think that LK is a fabulous and generous teacher.

So, I am done documenting ArtFest. I am on to new projects, and I need to DO MY TAXES!!! I hate doing them, but having them hanging over my head keeps me from doing anything creative, so I had better get to it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

And now for the people of ArtFest...

These are photos of some of the great people I met and spent some time with at ArtFest. I am still figuring out this adding photos thing. I can't figure out how to add captions to the photos, so I will explain them now.

From the top, randi feuerhelm-watts, who I met through the photoart journals group. We have been emailing for several months, and this is the first time that I met her. I sat between randi and Jennifer Louden in LK Ludwig's class on Friday. I feel like I know Jennifer because I have been reading her newsletter and blog for years, and I met her last year at AF, but this year I got to talk to her much more, and I love her!! That was a true RED LETTER DAY to sit between those two, whose work I admire soo much.

randi has a new book out, Wide Open: Inspiration & Techniques for Art Journaling on the edge which I highly recommend. Jennifer is the author of many books, her latest is The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year, an absolutely beautiful book, and so appropriate for our times. Both books are a visual feast as well as being full of inspiration.

The second photo is Jennifer and LK, sharing a creative moment. Next is Catherine Anderson, the moderator and creative genius behind the photoart journal yahoo group. I am so fortunate that we met at last year's AF, and that she told me about this group. I love working a camera, thanks to the inspiration of Catherine and the others in the group, 8 of whom I met this year at AF. There were a couple of group pictures taken, and when I get one, I will share.

The fourth photo is Jean Johnson, I met Jean at AF last year, and we became good friends, I have looked forward to seeing her since last March. She is an incredibly funny woman, and smiles a lot, though she doesn't like to have her photo taken. Her heart is enormous, and I wish we lived closer!

Finally, Liz and Kelly Rae. These two young women are such an inspiration to me. They are really going after their dreams and living very intentional lives. I am so glad I got to spend time with them! And don't they look SO HAPPY!? Kelly Rae was selling her art at her first vendor night, I am so proud of her!

I will post some photos of my art and others tomorrow.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

One week back from ArtFest...

This has been an incredibly busy week, I did a lot of massage, and a lot of smiling about ArtFest. I have been working on pages for the next photoart journal, titled "shades of black", and a ATC fatbook that I joined called Dream Trees. I am going to sew my fronts and backs together, but I have no green thread, so I got everything done but the sewing. I will buy thread after work tomorrow.

I met the head of the photoart journal group at AF last year. Her name is Catherine Anderson and she is an incredible photographer and artist. She puts all of our books together, and each one has been a work of art. I didn't know anything about photography when I joined, had just gotten a very SIMPLE digital camera, but thanks to the themes we have had for books, and the encouragement of Catherine and others in the group, I have discovered that photography is one of my favorite things.

I love the different way of seeing and being able to record the moment of one's vision, so others may share it. We mount our photos on cardstock and put a quotation or poem pertinent to the theme on the back. My quote for the "shades of black" photo expressed a lot of how I feel about my new-found love of photography:

"The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same."
Wynn Bullock (1902-1975)

I am including the photo for "shades of black" and the image on my ATC. I love trees and I took more pictures of trees than of anything else while I was at ArtFest! I will be making a small book of photos of AF for the members of the photoart journal who were at AF this year. It was a real highlight to meet 9 members of the group. We felt like we knew each other from studying each other's photos.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Let's give this one more try...

Last week I attended my second ArtFest, it was even more wonderful than the first one, which is hard for me to believe, but I was sooo happy while I was there, and the afterglow is still around. That's me with the goofy grin!

ArtFest is definitely where my passion comes alive. I met so many wonderful people, and renewed acquaintance with folks I met last year, I made art that surprised me with wonderful teachers like Karen Michel, LK Ludwig and Anahata. I was able to release my desire to make something "good" and let myself work fast and intuitively, and I was stunned with what I was able to do. I haven't figured out how to post photos yet, but that is my project for the weekend, and I will post some ArtFest photos then.

I was encouraged to start blogging in earnest by Kelly
and some others, and because I want to keep up with all of them and really join the blogosphere, I am going to do it!