Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, June 21, 2012
As much as I love the design of the puzzles, I love the individual animals too. For as simple as they are, they're also very expressive. My favorite is the jaguar, crouched down, looking at whatever is in his paws. The dolphin is also a fave. It looks as if he's mid air, jumping in the waves. I also love the snake. It looks as if he's getting ready to curl up and warm himself. Lastly, the elephant makes me smile. It looks like he's just sat down to have a chat, and I've interrupted him mid-sentence. Or, maybe he's just laughing. :)
Friday, May 18, 2012
The vet hospital called several days ago, but for whatever reason I haven't been able to bring myself to go and pick up Ben's ashes. I simply wasn't ready. I'm honestly not sure if I was ready today, but I stopped by and picked them up anyway. I was fine until I got home, opened up the box that his ashes were in and saw this. Inserted in the box, printed on a small piece of paper was this writing.
Although this might seem cheesy, this short piece captures what I'm feeling. It's been a funky week. I've had some good moments, for sure, but I just feel like I'm in a funk. I've been going non-stop for so long that I'm not sure what to do now that I can actually slow down a bit.
Perhaps it's time to plant some more flowers, visit with friends and family, spend some time in my studio and try to simply enjoy. If there's one thing that all of my animals have taught me it's that time goes too quickly. We are only here once. We might as well make the best of it. :)
I miss you Ben. xo
Thursday, May 17, 2012
In honor of Ben, we recently planted some flowers in this old sink. It was removed from our basement 2 years ago after we'd had some plumbing work done. It's a beast of a sink! Built in 1945, this thing is made of concrete and weighs a ton. Originally, we were gonna scrap it but once we realized it was concrete, we decided to hang onto it. We weren't really sure what we were going to do with it but we thought we'd hang onto it anyway. Then, one day when I was doing laundry, I stood there looking at it and thought that it would make a great planter. A good friend of ours was over at the house recently and he and my husband hauled it outside and placed it in front of my studio.
Now it's filled with petunias, daisies, african daisies and other various flowers - I love it! I might repaint it, but for now I'm simply enjoying seeing some new life in this old thing.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
When I was little, my grandmother got me a subscription to Highlights magazine. At some point, she switched from Highlights and got me a subscription to Cricket magazine, which I loved. I still have some of my favorite issues in a box in my studio, which I look at from time to time.
So many years later, I find myself seeking out issues of Highlights magazine from the 50s & 60s. Not because of the articles (ha!), but because of a section in the middle of the magazine called "Our Own Pages". This section of the magazine features drawings and writing from kids all over the country. Highlights would put a call out in every issue and kids could send in their entries with the hope of getting them printed in the magazine. I like these older issues because they are printed on newsprint and use very limited color. This section is usually simple black & white.
I recently scanned in a couple of these pages and compiled them onto an 11x17 sheet of paper, which I have hanging in my studio. I love them. Thought you might find them inspiring too.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The theme for this set of prints was Bunches, Crowds, Clusters, Piles and Knots. My first thought when creating this piece was about a drawer organizer that I have in my studio. It's basically a wooden drawer organizer that is broken down into different sections. Each section is filled with little things I collect, all of which are gathered in bunches and clusters. For this piece, I thought it would be interesting to sort out some of the recurring symbols that I seem to be using a lot these days, drawn as if they were organized in the wooden drawer thing in my studio. I started by doing a simple drawing with a crow quill and ink.