Saturday, February 28, 2009

Last day of the month...

Where has February gone? I haven't posted in a couple of weeks and here are some of the things that have been keeping me busy: I started this latest seahorse piece a few weeks ago. I am still finalizing my fabric choices and contemplating my method for adhering everything. In my seahorse story, the scene with the dolphin is supposed to be largely in oranges, but I just love this coral/salmon color, especially next to the turquoise.

I also saw these two cute projects in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. The pincushions, made from a circle of fabric called a yo-yo, were in the first special Studios issue of CPS (article by Michele Muska). I did the center one and my two youngest daughters did the other two. Now I have easy access to all my pins and needles! The cute kitty idea was in the March/April issue of CPS, an article by Deb Taylor on what she calls "gypsy cats." I made the cat's body more shaped than she does, but I think I may try another one with the same fabrics and change the shape to a triangle. I want to keep it simple but still change it up a bit.
The major reason I haven't been as creatively productive in the last few weeks is because I started a major spring cleaning, organizing, and overhaul of pretty much the entire house. It involves mostly the family room/play room/studio area on the lower level of our house right now, but will spread upstairs in a few weeks when we receive the doors we ordered for our new kitchen pantry (I've been using our sizeable bathroom closet for extra food storage!). In the last few weeks I've been going through boxes of dolls and toy animals (I gave away a trunkful through, weeding through paperwork, moving shelves and tables, and trying to condense and organize all of my fabric, ribbon, and thread. I still have a table full of things I don't quite know what to do with, but I am getting better at chucking things. I hope the new setup will help me be more productive and efficient and I hope all the hours I've invested in organizing now will save me many more hours in the future.
And finally, last week we took the girls to one of my favorite places, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. We had a great day and saw a huge amount of the museum. It was great spending the day among such masterpieces. We only took photos in the Egyptian Art section (my older daughter just finished a Social Studies unit on Ancient Egypt). Here are some of the photos she took:

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Spring in my thoughts, anyway...

The colors outside are so dreary and temperatures have been in the single digits here in the morning. The lake behind our house is still frozen solid, (although a little bumpy for skating as we discovered yesterday). Time for a little breath of spring air and sunshine, so I put this together the other night. Nothing is stitched down yet (as you can see from the lint and stray threads here and there), but I just liked the way the fabric colors and textures worked, and the whimsical feel of this combination, so I thought I 'd post it anyway! Maybe I should work on a poem or story to go with it (who is this girl in pink, picking daisies? Where did she come from and where is she going? What will happen next? Will she meet a wolf, or make a friend? Stay tuned...)

Monday, February 2, 2009

I finished it!

I finished the piece for our SAQA group show at the Mahopac Library in March. I am calling it "Serenity by the Garden Wall." Over the weekend I had to deal with one last detail: the central lower copper leaf is slightly folded over in this photo. I ended up taking it off and creating a new one out of a thicker copper sheeting. I had to do the distressing all over again, but I think it is now finished and I finally found an acrylic spray that protects the patina without changing it too much.

I was off from work Friday and my husband was gone with the kids most of the day Saturday, but somehow I still don't seem to get nearly as much done as I plan. So my word for the year will have to be balance. Creating art is one facet of my life, but there are many others, and I have come to expect that I am often scurrying from one to the other, trying to keep all the plates spinning in the air. So my life keeps spilling over into my blog and my art because it's all connected, it's all part of the art of my life. I need to keep the goal of balance in mind, day by day, even minute by minute, to meet the needs of all the different parts that make up my life.

As for specific goals for 2009 (only one month late!), I will try to sketch more and play more (both with my family and with art materials). I will try to blog more consistently and to put comments on other artists' blogs, to begin building an art network for myself. And I'll continue to create and submit and be open to any possibilities...