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“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. ”― Pablo Picasso
{ancient scribbles on a castle wall in Prague}

it won’t be…

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…long until the leaves turn yellow and red and I cannot wait. I’m always in a hurry to be done with summer, enjoying more the time spent outdoors in the crisp air of fall. This year is no exception. And oh goodness, I feel bad about writing those words really! Every day is a gift, is it not? This weekend certainly was overflowing with gifts and good things one of which was a small road trip to Columbus, Ohio to see a fairly new to me band called The Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger (or the GOASST). They opened for Primus, a band I used to listen to in high school. The fun bass player’s voice and lyrics brought back many memories but the best part were the new memories that were made. I also really liked the city of Columbus: clean and super friendly. I can’t wait to go back someday and explore the art offerings there.

“Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.
Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.
Their language has been lost.
But not the gestures.”
― Vera Nazarian

#tbt {serendipity dancers}

I was working on a few months ago on a mixed media piece that had tiny one inch cut out dancer silhouettes around a painted face like a halo. A few of the dancers somehow ended up stuck to the bottom of my tea cup and then rinsed off in my stained studio sink. What a surprise I had when I looked down to wash my mug and there they were: trapeze folk/ dancers caught mid air. It brought a smile to my face to see them free and gliding around. I left them there for a while. A few days later they were washed away.

wordless (almost) wednesday

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“Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confidence in the storms of spring without fear that after them may come no summer”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

restoration love

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Working on making flyers for my restoration service means going back through jobs from years past. I found this example the other day and wanted to share. The challenge was the patterned carpet and missing head top and shoe tips.
I couldn’t be happier to be diving back into restoring photographs. It was my sole source of income when I lived in Atlanta and I’m grateful to have this skill and passion to fall back upon as the financial reality of being a single mom comes clearer by the day.
I did get out of the house and have lunch with a dear artist friend, Audrey, and then a quick chat with another dear creative soul, Sarah, to break a bit from the long to-do list. It was lovely to talk about upcoming projects and just life in general. Such a soul vitamin friends are! I am grateful. xo

art in artemis magazine and catching up a little

11659322_10206794775970633_3632636755418422588_n1908189_10206794778130687_4090739866907640843_nI’m very honored to have this painting “Never Giving Up” in the latest Artemis Journal.

The piece represents for me the determination I have to be a better person, to keep my goals in the forefront and not lose sight of them, to keep rolling forward, and moving in faith that good is ahead of me and divine guidance exists. See, I’ve been going through a separation. The divorce is right around the corner and a new chapter of my life has already begun. It has been a peace-filled separation but still a change and one that I am working through daily. It gives me strength to look at this piece and see how far I have already come since creating it.

I’ve been thinking, as I have many times in the last few years, about how much I miss blogging but especially I miss the way I used to blog back in the beginning, back when my page was more of a real journal, a place to get personal and not a place to just share finished work. A place to share a life that is trying to be more creative and to find my way in this wonderful world. I’m excited about the thought of being more present here in this quiet space. I’m going to post daily, even if just a photo or a quote. I feel the need to record this part of my journey. xoxo