Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Yellow is such a happy and comforting color. This hibiscus keeps on creating the most beautiful yellow flowers in spite of the neverending rain and cold we are having. It is the ONLY thing on the screen porch that is cheerful! I go take a look at it each time I take a break from sewing jsut to rest my eyes for a bit.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Which leads me to think about framing/windows/seeing into/seeing through and so on and so on.This stream of consciousness meander sometimes leads to new ideas so I just let it flow. All from this little print.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
It's Mother's Day and I had a chance to spend time yesterday plant shopping/lusting with my 2 daughters. It's not often that we can all get together outside of a family event or crisis and just have a chance to enjoy one another's company. So it was a special day. Today I will think of all the Moms that have been in my life - from those I barely remember (like great-grandmothers) to grandmothers and aunts, my sisters, nieces, and most especially my own Mom. I think of my friend's Moms and how they miss them or are struggling with the issues of aging. I think of stepchildren's Mom, who they miss dearly. I think of my stepdaughter and daughter-in-law, both great Moms trying to raise caring and responsible kids. And I think of everything that some of these Moms have missed because they left this life to soon. So I am mindful that this time together is special and we should take the time to savor it.
Charlotte Koenig Hess Nielsen ( my Mom)
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
I am experimenting with shaping some of the Tree Ring pieces as I do in the Leaf Fall series. Giving them shape to create more light, shadow and depth. I think. I need to do more to see whether it is going anywhere. Maybe. Need to make some more and see what happens and where it ends up.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
I have several pieces of old Japanese Boro - mended indigo fabrics. Each is made up of layers of bits and pieces of fabric, created by need but beautiful in their design. It is not as regular in it's design as patchwork but more freeform. I am beginning on some new work that I hope will take inspiration from these pieces. I like the connection to these past artisans and hope to learn more by looking at these peices very closely as I go forward.
Friday, May 5, 2017
I am 1/3 of the way through this year long exercise of trying to respond every day to the poem, Mindful, by Mary Oliver. It's time to remind myself of it again in it's entirety. In rereading certain phrases stand out - look, listen, the ordinary, the common, the daily presentations. And I think that, so far, that is what has happened. Some days it is hard to find the joy, some days I have to remember to just be open to it. Other days, it comes so easily. But I still DO find delight in just being open to the possiblity of what COULD happen and that is good.
Every Day I see and hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. It is what I was born for – to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and over in joy, and acclamation. Nor am I talking about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful, the very extravagant- but of the ordinary, the common, the very drab, the daily presentations. Oh good scholar, I day to myself, how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these- the untrimmable light of the world, the oceans shine, the prayers that are made out of grass?
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Today I share this devotional written for the UCC.org.
Quinn G. Caldwell
April 30, 2017
"…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God." - Colossians 3:12-17
There are about 5,400 animal species that make complex, intentional, repeatable, musical vocalizations. That is, there are about 5,400 species that sing. The majority live in the trees, a few live in the oceans, a very few live underground, but there is one—only one—singing species that lives on the ground: us.
Another thing: humans are the only singing species with a precise and shared sense of rhythm, which is what allows us to sing together. Two birds might sing the same song, but they cannot sing it together.
Another thing: if a roomful of people sings at the same time, they start to breathe at the same time as well. Some studies suggest that if the drumbeat or bass line is strong enough, their hearts will begin to beat together, too. And if we're singing together and breathing together and our hearts are beating together, then it's like we're one body. And you know Whose body it is.
Another thing: all the other species stop singing when danger approaches. But humans sing louder the closer the danger gets. We sing together, and we become large, and we do not back down.
So come racism, and "We Shall Overcome" you.
Come fear, for "It is Well With My Soul."
Come war, for tonight is your "Silent Night."
Come death, for "Jesus Christ is Risen Today."
Come, all ye faithful, and sing.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I have been photographing all of the monoprints I made last year and digitzing them so that I can manipulate and reprint as textiles that can be manipulated into...something. To be determined. The backing and forthing between the two mediums often leads to unexpected results. And the unexpected results often leads me to new work or insights. So as time intensive as it is to convert these pieces I am excited about what MIGHT happen. This is the original monoprint. We shall see where it ends up!