Monday, April 24, 2017

Mindful, Day 112, Rock and Roll

Rachel and I had a first yesterday! I walked and she rolled in the Human Race, a 5K event to raise funds for our local county charities.  We had a fun time on a beautiful morning with lots of other people include many in superhero costumes.  We were not sure if her wheelchair battery would do 3 miles straight but no problems. It was good to have such a great experience together and I am proud of her for getting out there and making it happen.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mindful, Day 111, Looking and Seeing

 My glasses laying on the counter took on a very interesting shape when the late afternoon sun hit them. I keep seeing some sort of strange animal walking. And this was before I had a glass of wine! Easily amused.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mindful, Day 110, Possibilities

Working over the past few days on manipulating the new tree ring photos I have taken on walks of late. I am liking the change in viewpoint to an offset view.  Now I am go ing to do some variations to see what will work best with additional stitching or other techniques.  Sometimes I like this part of the process the most - when I get to just play with possibilites.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mindful, Day 109, Two for One

The ferns are unfurling more each day.  And with some sunshine we get to see both the real and the graphic version!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mindful, Day 108, Abstraction

 I walked past the cut log with the Cat Face marks again yesterday, shot it from differing angles and it totally changed my perceptions. I like the closeup above because it is so abstract and dimensional. And I like the one below because I no longer know what I am seeing immediately. I think the detail one is going to show up in some art work soon!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mindful, Day 107, Standing Tall

The ferns are starting to unfurl in the woods. Some are already standing tall against the backdrop of the dark trees. I need to come back in a couple of days and see how far they progress. I love how the heads are all tucked in at the start and then spiral up and out.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mindful, Day 106, Cat Face

On my morning walk in the woods I see this in a pile of cut logs. I see a cat face complete with a little black mark over one eye as well as markings for fur and whiskers.  A delight for the day.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mindful, Day 105, Circles and Ovals

The early morning sun (yes sun!!!) is coming in the window from the left, streaking across the room to hit the window on the right and throwing light back along my Chinese chest, creating long oval shadows back to the left. I love the differing ovals and also the fact that the shadow is going in the opposite direction then I would have expected. An early morning surprise!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mindful, Day 104, Easter Bloom

A walk in the woods before the rain. Tiny little bulbs blooms popping up through the detritus of winter. The earth renews itself.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mindful, Day 103,The Day Between

The day between Good Friday and Easter. Preparing to be with family tomorrow, trying to remember what Easter is really about. In between the sadness of Good Friday and the joy of Easter.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Mindful, Day 102, A River of Blue

I saw this photo on a site that I follow, The Atlas Obscura. This flower display is in the Heritage Garden in Sandwich, MA. They planted 35,000 grape hyacinth bulbs to do this. I can imainge the wind playing over it. A lot of effort for a couple of weeks viewing but it does make me happy to see it. And to admire the tenaciousness and vision to create it!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mindful, Day 101, The Power of Pause

I read this article at the website this morning. I am struck by the title first and then the philosophy behind the work of Abigial Booth, an English artist. These quotes below capture it, especially the last one.

This focus on experimentation enables her process to be unhurried, starting each piece with a simple observation of a found object or architectural detail. From there she sketches, designs, naturally dyes and hand-stitches almost all of her quilts.

 As Abigail sees it, all of the materials command a certain level of respect as they are to all intents and purposes still alive – vats of dye for instance, will forever continue to change as they age. 

By tuning into the tiny details of the environment, Abigail’s quilts simmer down their surroundings, and draw out the natural power of pause.

This piece is Torn Bars, 2016, shown at

Click on the link below to read and see her work on the site.

The Power of Pause article

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mindful, Day 100, Changing Views

My kind of shots! Patterns, bedraggled materials, monochromatic, not quite knowing what you are seeing! (Hint-mesh fencing at a construction site.) I like what happens differently in each one. The top one you look through, the bottom one feels like a mirror.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mindful, Day 99, and Counting

99 Days. 

Thinking about whether this is worth continuing.  Does its help me be  more focused as I go through the day. Yes. Does it lead me to look at the world more. Yes. Does it lead me to remember the orignal poem that I love. Yes.  Is it hard to do at times. Yes.  Has it led others to my blog or website. Not so much. Does it matter. Not so much. Should I keep going, if only for my own growth. Yes. How may days to go? 267.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mindful, Day 98, Inspiration

 I love the TED Ideas Worth Sharing talks.These 6 talks/presentations cover all kinds of topics from Growing Your Own Cloths to Spider Silk and Fractal Design. One thing they all have in common is making you think about possibilities! Click on the link to go to the talks.

TED Talks for Fiber Lovers

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Mindful, Day 97, Light and Shadow

The sunlight coming through the curtains throws the shadow of a tree branch against the curtain pattern that looks like Chinese calligraphy. And after I shot that I saw the larger dark geometric shapes in the two corners. Looking again, I saw the white lines from the street. So much to see in what seemed a very simple photo.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mindful, Day 96, More Lines

Another amazing exhibit at the Savannah College of Art and Design was this one by Chiharu Shiota called Infinity and Lines. An entire giant room enveloped by red string to create open and closed spaces. It was amazing to walk through and be part of the red web. I am so intrigued by how she created this. Look at the chairs disappearing into the "red" through the web of string. This is when I want to have a conversation with the artist to understand the thinking behind the conception.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Mindful, Day 95, Color and Lines

I am at a confernce in Savannah and we went to the Savannah College of Art and Design to see the galleries. One of the featured artist was a colorist, Carlos Cruz-Diez. These shots were from a room that you walked into in which the color lines and patterns were projected three dimensionally on the ceiling, floor and walls and they were in constant motion. Very cool to see the changes as it went over objects and around the walls. Also dizzying.  I think about how our minds try to process so much information and that it is amazing.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mindful, Day 94, Give Me Light

Another gray day dawns. So looking for light anywhere to perk things up. I especially like the little area where the shadow falls over the flower. Little things, little things to get through!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mindful, Day 93, Mind FULL

Mindful, mindFULL, too much going on in my brain.I need some sun, warmth, no rain. I need to get out and MOVE. I need to be in the woods or on a mountain.This is what I feel like.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mindful, Day 92, Patternmaking

The sun coming through the windowpanes at the Starline creates blocks of color patterns on the old wood floor. I am surprised at how many different colors appear in the light. Usually when I walk through the floor is just a dark mass. So I get to see it with new eyes today!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mindful, Day 91, Grins

Who would think that light and trash cans could create this image to smile at?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mindful, Day 90, The Rapture of Seeing

The Rapture of Seeing: In memory of Ellsworth Kelly

“I think what we all want from art is a sense of fixity,” Kelly said, “a sense of opposing the chaos of daily living.” But for that one must risk contemplation, finding the time and space to share his clear vision. And if one does? Kelly’s pilgrimage amounts to a promise. “In a sense, what I’ve tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art an open, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture of seeing.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mindful, Day 89, Happy Feet

Larry had knee replacement surgery 10 days ago and is recuperating at home. He is doing well but still needs rest and recuperation and he needs to wear the compression sox for awhile. Over those he has been wearing these zebra striped sox/booties. He has had these forever - I have other pictures of him wearing these sox. You see this very tall man wearing all black warm up outfit and then... at the bottom of the picture... these zebra feet. Makes me laugh....every time.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mindful, Day 88, Johnny Jump Ups

Sitting here this morning in the rain and gloom wishing for sunshine I look up and see my pot of Johnny Jump-ups sitting by the door waiting for a sunny, warmish day to get planted. They are the only bright, cheerful thing in sight! But at least the little faces ARE bright.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mindful, Day 87, The Straight Path

Another charming piece of 3rd grade artwork from the display at the library.  After wirting about the crooked path a couple of days ago this one struck me with its simple, direct path, straight to the mountains. That's the path I want to be on! Would love to be back in the mountains of southern California. Actually any mountains will do.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mindful, Day 86, Possibilities

A new tree ring shot. Thinking about all the ways to work with this. I could emphasize the cracks or  pattern or path, enlarge, reduce and repeat, so many ideas to explore. It's the possibilities that keep me working.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mindful, Day 85, The Path is Never Straight

 A photo from awhile ago expresses how I am feeling about direction of some new work. It is NEVER a straight path which is actually good because you see, learn and enjoy more along the way if it isn't. But sometimes...... it could be a little more straighforward to make something happen. The usual frustration before something good starts to happen. She says hopefully.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mindful, Day 84, Standing Water

This is a new sculptural piece, Standing Water, that I have been working on. The photos of water reflection patterns were taken last fall in the Aegean sea. Because all of the photos share the same characteristic black, blue, white moving pattern I wanted to create something that had a rhythm as well.  I don't think the concept is there yet but each time I work on something dimensional I learn a lot. In this case what understructure to create, how to stabilize the columns so they wouldn't get tipped over, how to weight them. All things that are new to my work. I need better skills or a handyman! Always something new to be learned.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mindful, Day 83, Simple Things

The 4th Friday event at the Starline Gallery where I have my studio featured this sculpture/light display. It was so simple and fun and reminded me that what is beautiful and appealing often IS simple and fun. It was created with white trash bags, filled with air (or maybe helium) with a string of colored lights woven between the bags. It looked like a marshmallow cloud! It would be fun to have this floating around at the gallery (or in my studio space) for awhile.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mindful, Day 82, Smiling Faces

A stop at the library yesterday to see the art exhibit by the kids from the local schools. I like to SEE how they see. I love the freedom and freshness of their visions. These faces just make me smile.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mindful, Day 81, Spring Sign

Cornelian cherry tree is at it's best right now. Beautiful yellow puffy flowers against the dark limbs. Always an early mark of spring coming. I am more then ready to warm up again.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mindful, Day 80, Sunshine

The sun came out late in the afternoon and was strong enough to show through the blinds! I even got little rainbows. A delight.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mindful, Day 79, Loving Memories

Today we were at the hospital for Larry's knee replacement surgery. He had to remove his wedding ring and I put it on my middle finger to keep it safe. This photo shows me wearing his ring, the diamond ring from my first marraige to Barry and the friendship ring that Barry gave me when we first starting dating long ago.  And on my left hand, MY wedding ring from Larry. I have been lucky to have so much love in my life and these wonderful reminders to look at every day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mindful, Day 78, Beautiful Faces

I spent Saturday, happily, at the studio getting ready for upcoming 4th Friday event. I am going to show a lot of the pieces from my new series, Beautiful Faces. They are based on photos of antique busts, often in their original settings (like a garden). I think the faces are beautiful with the marks created by weather and time and maybe even lichens or moss.  I have created 13 so far - I think I have two or three more that I want to finish to complete the series.  I have learned a lot from doing these - they are all thread painted and getting the right combination of color, thread weight, and movment to create the textured surfaces has taken some time. Each face needs something a little different depending on how strong or delicate it is.  Yesterday was about finishing - mats, wiring, labels, display. Satisfying to seem them all together, complete!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mindful, Day 77, Line Dance

 Today I will get to spend most of my time at the studio getting set up for the next 4th Friday at the Starline event which is Friday, March 24. This piece, Line Dance, Tree Ring Patterns, Cracked, var. 15 is one of the pieces that will be on display in the main art exhibit. Also there will 2 other peices in that exhibit and many more new works in my 205H studio space. I am always happy when I get to the studio - I like my space and the feeling of possibility when I am there working. And getting to show at 4th Friday is a good way to test the waters on reactions to new work.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mindful, Day 76, Deer Crossing

Coming home late yesterday afternoon I meet a group of 5 deer running down my street. Its the third time this week that I have seen large groups of deer nearby. I think they are really getting hungry at the end of winter and  bolder in search of food.  It was fun to sit and watch them decide which way they wanted to go, first in one direction, and then no, let's go back the other way instead. Reminded me of the big horn sheep when I was lucky enough to be close the them a month ago in Palm Desert.
A nice treat at the end of the day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mindful, Day 75, Joy in the New

To instruct myself over and over in joy.

Another grand nephew has been born in our family. That makes 15 with one more baby due in April. My Mom and Dad woudl be astonished - 5 children (all girls), 13 grandchildren, and soon to be 16 great grandchildren. And 2 of the grandchildren still to marry so probably even more to come.  I wonder about the world these children will grow up in. I am joyful and sad at the same time because none of those babies are born to my children. I am lucky to have inherited 4 grandchildren, who I love dearly, from Larry.  But that special new baby moment will never be. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mindful, Day 74, Reminder

I think I need a reminder of why I am doing this so I am re-reading the poem that inspired this year long project.. Because some days it is really hard to be open to finding that needle in the haystack. Not necessarily finding but being open to the possiblity. 

Mindful –
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 say 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?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mindful, Day 73, Spring, Part 2

The snow has turned to rain and the raindrops on my car window create a beautiful mosaic of the windows and brick across from me.They look like diamonds. It's like one of those opitcal illusion  - look at the drops, look at the background!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mindful, Day 72, Spring

Spring in Chicago is always filled with surprises. This morning's surprise is lots of new snow. Actually, it shouldn't be  a surprise as this is typical but somehow I forget that rather then a long, glorious warming, spring is a bunch of back and forths, ups and downs that eventually becomes summer. So, I will be like this bird on the feeder and just get on with it!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mindful, Day 71, Moonset

When I got up this morning the full moon was setting over the trees to the west. In the early morning dawn, in the gray sky, behind the bare branches, it glows. And I think it is such a contrast to the many mornings I got up in Palm Desert to the beautiful blue, orange and pink skies and palm trees and mountains. It is much harder for me to find beauty here right now. So for now I will be mindful that seasons change and the cycle turns and I will find a rhythm again.