Friday, July 21, 2017

Mindful, Day 199, Women's March at Six Months

I am mindful, with this reminder, of how important these actions are for ourselves, our daughters, our grand daughters, our families, our communities, our country.

Six months old & still making history

Can you believe that TODAY is exactly 6 months since millions of us came together, on all seven continents, for the Women’s March? January 21st was the largest single-day demonstration in world history, bringing people of all races, ethnicities, religions, immigration statuses, sexual identities, gender expressions, economic statuses, ages and abilities together to call for a world that is equitable, just and safe for all, where the human rights and dignity of each person is protected and our planet is safe from destruction.
Over the past six months, you’ve been part of an intersectional and inclusive resistance movement aimed at holding corporations, Congress, and the Administration accountable for oppressive agendas that marginalize our vulnerable communities. We’ve accomplished so much already!
• 10 Actions / 100 Days – We turned the energy of the march into a sustained movement, beginning with the spring of resistance!
•  #NoBan Rallies – We united at airports in numbers too great to ignore to stop the Muslim ban.
• A Day Without a Woman – We showed how crucial women are to our economies and our communities with a one-day strike and boycott.
• #DropOReilly – We did that! Bill, bye.
•  Heath Care Demonstrations – Phone calls, letters, protests, sit-ins, die-ins, the massive outcry to protect our health care is terrifying Republicans!
•  NRA2DOJ March – We took on the NRA and marched 18.6 miles for justice for Philando Castile.
After six months, we’re only getting stronger. Women’s March is a nationwide phenomenon and we won’t stop until women’s rights are human rights, for women and femmes of all races, ethnicities, religions, immigration statuses, sexual identities, gender expressions, economic statuses, ages and abilities.

What’s next? We’re going to make history again with the first ever Women’s March conference, a chance for all of us to come together again to learn, build, strategize and organize – towards 2018 and beyond! SAVE THE DATE: October 26-28, and stay tuned for details in the coming weeks.

Thank you for being part of the movement for human rights and dignity for all!

In community,
Women’s March
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mindful, Day 198, Hope and Faith

After posting about the plate Give Me Work to Last Me All My Life, I feel very attuned to the words that are part of my everyday life. Here are Hope and Faith which reside on my night table and are both the first and last thing I see each day.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mindful, Day 196 -197, Give Me Work ...

 I have a set of 4 small plates, each has a different quote on it that speak to me. This one keeps showing up at the top of the stack of late. Think it's trying to tell me something? I missed posting yesterday because of the that work - got involved and forgot.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mindful, Day 195, Life Imitates Art Imitates Life

These photos of the ornamental grasses in my garden blowing in the wind remind me of the monoprint that I posted a few days ago in which all the marks were made with a chopstick.  Same feel of energy and rhythm.  It all just keeps going around!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

MIndful, Day 194, They Just Are So Beautiful

 I can't help it. They are so beautiful and I am so enjoying seeing them popping up through everything else on the berm. They way the light hits the petals and lights them up in the afternoon makes me happy.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mindful, Day 192, Summer' End Exhibit Announcement

An announcement of my upcoming solo exhibit was featured in the SAQA Friday Art email blast today. The link below will take you right to the website.
Summers End Exhibit

Summer's End
The Brushwood Gallery at Ryerson Woods
Riverwoods, Illinois
August 6 - September 24, 2017

Barbara J. Schneider - "Prairie Night Sky"
This solo exhibition of new works by Barbara Schneider is based on her Line Dance, Tree Ring Patterns, Monoprints, and Leaf series at the Brushwood Gallery, Ryerson Woods Conservation area.
Reception: August 6, 2017 from 1-3:00 p.m.

The Brushwood Gallery at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL  60015


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mindful, Day 191, Mark Making Magic

 One of my favorite things about monoprinting is the kind of marks that you can create with the simplest of tools. All the lines in this print were done with a chop stick. And this almost complete quilt is a result of the original print being manipulated and printed large on canvas,  then stitched.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mindful, Day 190, Addicted!

All the lilies are starting to bloom at once. This one must be 10 inches across and the scent is wonderful.  It is worth the wait every year for these magic moments.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mindful, Day 189, Making Music

I am starting some new music for the summer. Lots of Bach Preludes and Fugues and Inventions. I love when it starts to sound like music instead of just notes.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mindful, Day 188, Coming Together

 I have been working for months on how to make these shaped "pods".  And they are starting to come together. These are about 3.5 feet tall, painted and dyed fabric and pellon, double needle stitched to make the bark pattern and shaped (multiple times) to get them to look natural and interesting from inside and out.  I think they are going to be okay. I am mindful of how some projects just need a lot of time in my head trying and discarding ways to go.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mindful, Day 187, Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

My garden is exploding with lilies, catmint and hydrangeas and grasses and anemones. It is a pleasure to sit on the screen porch and see them popping up all over the berm. It's a good thing I can see them from the porch as I would need a haz-mat suit to go out there right now - it is a mosquito  haven from all the rain in the past couple of weeks.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Mindful, Day 186, Evening Sky

 Coming home from flying with Larry we catch the moon rising in the east and the sun setting in the west. The color of the sky was beautiful, shading from blues to greys and pinks.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mindful, Day 185, Laughing Dog

I couldn't get a photo of this but I saw the funniest dog today hanging out of the passenger seat window of a passing car, tongue lolling, big grin on his face, ears flapping in the wind.  Made me laugh out loud at how happy he was just riding along in the car.  Simple pleasure and a reminder of what the Mindful poem is all about.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mindful, Day 184, Seeing Clearly

After a long time at the opthamologist today I am mindful that good sight is a most delightful and precious thing.  I am stilled bleary eyed and it is a reminder that everything I love to do is dependent on seeing. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mindful, Day 183, The Sound of Rain

I am sitting on the screen porch this evening and it is just starting to rain - a nice, straight, soaking rain so I CAN continue to sit on the screen porch and enjoy the air cooling down, and more especially, the wonderful sound of the rain falling softly all around.  So calming and refreshing. Nothing more needs to be said.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mindful, Day 182, Thankful

In spite of all of our problems the US I still feel grateful and lucky to be a citizen. I hope we can find a way to come together again and stand for all good things that the world needs. Celebrate the 4th of July!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mindful, Day 181, Sparklers

My schuberti allium bulbs are blooming. They look like giant sparklers (they measure about 12-15" across). Great to have sparklers for the 4th of July. I remember what fun it used to be to light the sparklers and draw and write your name on the night sky and also the big hurry to light your next sparkler before the current one went out.  Need to find some sparklers for tomorrow!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mindful, Day 180, Look Up

 Sometimes I am reminded that I need to look up!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Mindful, Day 179, Re-energized

On my last day at the Appalachian Center for the Arts I take a final wander around. I am rewarded with a very interesting tree ring pattern that has loads of potential and also a wonderful very old weeping cherry tree with fantastic peeling bark (those photos to come later). Can't wait to work with a lot of the images I gathered this week as well as the new possibilities that the felting workshop opened up. Creativity re-energized.

Friday, June 30, 2017

MIndful, Day 178, Pattern, Pattern, Everywhere

This wonderfully patterned moth was hanging out at the edge of the sidewalk! I have never seen one like this before. Watched an ant harass it for awhile but it just flicked it away with one of it's back legs. I want to find out what kind it is and why it is patterned in this very distinctive black and white pattern.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MIndful, Day 176-177, Memory Scent

I never got to posting on Day 175 as I was trying to get my workshop work done.  But what I noticed both yesterday and today each time I walked out the door of the classroom was the wonderful scent of pine in the air. It is a scent that rings my chimes - I think of the many forests I have walked in and enjoyed in so many places. I think it is also one of those memory scents for me. One that takes you back to childhood in an instant. I go straight back to my aunt's home on Wooster Lake in Illinois and the times we would go there in the summer and be under the trees and hear the birds and the water lapping on the lake and the wind blowing the leaves.  It's where I started to love being in the woods. As I write this I am in almost the exact situation - sitting under trees and hearing the birds busy in the early morning. Some things that don't change are good.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mindful, Day 175, Differing Paths

Today was the second full day of the workshop I am taking at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. It is on felting with inclusions of objects, threads, etc. I have not done this but sometimes it really is good for the brain to step out of your comfort zone and try something entirely new. I have no idea of how this might intersect with my art work in the future but for now it is enough to be in a class with other people and a wonderful teacher and see all the different interpretations we create based on the same instruction. Glad to be able to still learn!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mindful, Day 174, Take a Seat

These wonderfully distressed old garden chairs are positioned to look deep into the woods here at Art Camp. I think they are quite beautiful with the layers of paint and rust. But maybe not beautiful enough to sit in without getting all scratched up!Plus we are so busy in our workshop that I don't have time to think about sitting! But it's been great learning something entirely new - stretches my brain.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

MIndful, Day 173, What ?

I drove today to Smithville, TN to the Appalachian Center for Craft to take a week long workshop. This was the sign I saw as I went to the grocery store in Smithville to get a few items. Why would anyone want to drink something called Calf Killer coffee?  I am mindful that I am not where I belong.

Friday, June 23, 2017

MIndful, Day 172, Waiting for Clarity

You must give birth to your images.
They are the future waiting to be born...
fear not the strangeness you feel.
The future must enter into you long before it happens...
Just wait for the birth...
for the hour of new clarity.

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875- 1926

I read this last week and have been thinking about it.  I know that there are times when working on art that it has to sit for awhile.  Not out of sight necessarily but it has to just BE for awhile and then one day the answer comes along or a new direction suggests itself. It has taken a long time to recognize when to wait and when to keep working.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mindful, Day 171, Summer Napkins

I always look forward to using these colorful summer napkins. Each is is a little different but they remind me of summer and Mexico and fiestas and parties. So what's not to like?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mindful, Day 170, Patterns yet Again

Rippling water, swimming fish, sunlight and shadows all create beautiful patterns on the surface of the water.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mindful, Day 169, Ripples

I love watching moving water. Especially when you get wonderful patterns of the reflected sky and clouds. I think this one (or one of the 30 or so I took at the same time!) will become a new art quilt.  I can already envision it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mindful, Day 168, Serenity

We spent the afternoon yesterday at the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL.  It is beautifully laid out, immaculate and serene.  Takes me back to my trips to Japan in a heartbeat. Just wandering around made me more peaceful. I am mindful of all the effort to it takes to make it look so effortless.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mindful, Day 167, Thankful for Fathers

Thankful for fathers! My Dad in his thirties, my first husband Barry with our 2 daughters, and Larry with our combined family.  All have been great and loving fathers and I am thankful that they were all in my life.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mindful, Day 166, Feathery Feeling

The feel of this feathery grass is like silk as it moves over your hand. And it moves so beautifully with the wind.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mindful, Day 165, Tangled

This tree is almost entirely covered in a tangled web of vines (probably poison ivy!) I think about how long this took to happen and how the tree continued to grow and expand in spite of being restrained on all sides. A lesson as I often feel that trying to make art is that way. Everything else gets in the way. Good things and bad things but still hard to clear a path to do the work you want to do!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MIndful, Day 164, Beautiful Faces

Looking for something else at the studio I come across my small collection of plaster angel faces and decide to photograph them for possible inclusion in the Beautiful Faces thread painted series. The more I look the more I see in the surface and the expression on the faces. Especially the first one which has always been my favorite. Why is it that something like this can strike is again and again in new ways? I am glad to have found them in the drawer today!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MIndful, Day 163, Be Prepared

The window washers motto- be prepared!  I saw this while walking past a very big house with lots of windows. They are ready to go.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mindful, Day 162, New Work

One of the  new variations on the Feathered Crack tree ring photo.  There will be three more still to figure out. Looking at this one completed I see star trails moving around in a circle as well.

Monday, June 12, 2017

MIndful, Day 161, Making a Mark

While in Minneapolis this weekend I went to the Walker Art Museum. It turned out to be the day of  their Grand Reopening which made for some fun activities and free admission! Watching people try to maneuver these giant markers to write congratulatory comments on the wall was one of the highlights.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

MIndful, Day 160, Letting the Light In

Late afternoon sun, birch tree shaking in the wind, beautiful patterns on the wall!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mindful, Day 159, Refuge and Reflection

I can never resist a good reflection photo. I especially like how this one is broken up in the middle with the floating grasses.  This may end up as a textile someday. I hiked before it reached 97 degrees this morning at the National Wildlife Refuge in Minneapolis. The wind was blowing, so the cottonwoods and grasses kept up a lovely sound in the background and the breeze made it okay to be out there for 7 miles! The refuge is along the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers so lots of wetlands and grassy areas in spite of being pretty close to two things you would never associate with this - the Mall of America and the Airport.  I will take the refuge over the mall any day of the week.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mindful, Day 157-158, Birds of a Feather

We were driving yesterday to Minneapolis for a meeting and stopped in Baraboo, WI at the International Crane Foundation. A beautiful spot and a chance to see many different kinds of cranes from around the  world. Most of these birds are living very precarious lives in the wild. This foundation is helping to breed more, raise them in natural environments and work with the areas they come from to maintain or recreate their natural habitats. They are striking to see close-up. The various plumage, topknots, eye colors are all so interesting. I am mindful that the people who do this work make a special contribution to the world.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mindful, Day 156, Just One of Those Days

I am mindful that it is one of those days, just one of those days, it will end soon, it is just one of those days, let it go, concentrate on something positive, it's just one of those days.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mindful, Day 155, What's Not to Love?

What's not to love about peonies? Outside, inside, here for such a brief time and bursting with beauty. My favorites are Bowl of Beauty and this striated, cut leaf one called Lollipop (I think). Can't make enough bouquets right now!