Please come and see me!

This Saturday.  Yes, this Saturday.  It's Second Saturday in Asheville's River Arts District.  Ill be joining many of the RADA artist who will be working and demonstrating in the District's many studios and galleries.  And we love talking about what we do.  

I'll be at Eco Depot Marketplace (408 Depot Street) starting at 2:00 p.m., working on a couple of spring vessels.  Here's a pic of the fibers I used.  My first use of Alpaca fibers and they are amazing to work with.   And maybe a piece that is a "whole new thing"!

There will be live music starting at 7:OO, so it will be a great time.  Hope to see you!

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Whew!

Busy in the studio today. And it is such a small studio (12x10)!  

We've set up three worktables...on for sewing, a wet table for painting and resin work, and an all purpose table for works in progress.  I've been working in all three areas, and am now leaving the studio....there is wet stuff, some very sticky, drying all over the place!   The vessel below is "Dawn Sky Over Asheville".

Dawn over Asheville

On the auspicious occasion of this New Year!

I am filled with gratitude for all that has happened in my studio last year.   Seemed that the techniques I use expanded and deepened.  And I have so much more confidence creating all the different type of pieces.  Window panels with their "waves" are constructed differently than a vessel with the glided "fluted" edges.   

I've always love the week between Christmas and New Years....a week "out of time".  To rest and regroup.  But this year, the designs were coming fast and furious.  I couldn't wait to get back into the studio and have at it.  Working in the studio is work I love.  Actually, it is hard work sometimes, but it always feels like play.

I'm so thankful for the artistic place Asheville is.  The artists I am getting to know.   Those folks I laugh with and contemplate with.  And the people in town who keep me supplied with the items I need to create.    From the local fiber I buy to the guys at the hardware store who so patiently listen  when I'm trying to explain how I need a piece of "bendy" metal, for example, to make a vase.   

And thanks to all of you who are following along....I will try to improve my social media skills this year!

 

Today's Triumph!

Finished a "stubborn" base for a new, small vessel today. I love the combination of blue and green fibers together, with the several different, coordinating threads anchoring the fibers together.

The fun really begins after I cast the base into either a vessel, light, or window panel. I sweep layer and layers of green blue and bronze thread onto and out of the each specific colored field.

But the blue and green piece I've been working on for several days has just seemed like an uphill push.  Maybe it is because I'm a smidge under the weather.

The next piece will be a vessel.  I'm thinking it might want to be "The Flame".  Reds, oranges, yellows and golds!  We'll see!

WONDERMENT WEDNESDAY....through an artist's eyes.

I do and see so many fabulous things in my travels around Asheville.  And I get lost in the studio creating art.  I forget to blog about them, specifically "Wonderment Wednesdays".  And I need to take a breath and do better. So yesterday was Wednesday, and I went forth and saw a great Asheville store, and here's what I found.

I've been wanting to incorporate local organics into my art.  Now that idea came to me...a gift from the Universe, but I didn't know exactly what it meant.  These "directives" come, and are sometimes not too specific.  I have to be open to them and hunt them down - ferret them out, so to speak.

Yesterday, I stopped at The Villagers on Haywood Road in Asheville.   Wow!  Now this is a store for sustainable living.  Natalie has such a treasure trove of supplies:  additives for soil, tools for inside and outside your home.   Classes on all sorts of wonderful topics, such as canning and home dairy.  Stop by the shop, or check them out on line!

 

What I was over the moon over was the shelves of wonderful glass containers full of all sorts of botanicals.   Nettles, calendula petals, oat straw, rhodiola, beeswax, hibiscus, to name a few!   Now I could use those calendula for the banks of flowers along our roads in summer.  Oat straw and nettles could be fields.   Rhodiola could become dirt and mountain paths.   So I plunged in and brought those treasures to the studio.

So today, I am beginning to attach those calendula petals to a lighted pieces titled "Harvest".  I get back to you about how that goes.  But regardless of the outcome, it was a day full of Wonderment!

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Wonderment Wednesday!

Usually, I try to get out of the studio on Wednesday and visit another studio, a gallery, or some other kewl places around Asheville.   Hence the title "Wonderment Wednesday"!  The new issue of The Laurels is out, and it is always full of wonderful articles about restaurants, artists and things to experience here.

But today it is happening right here! Let me set it up for you:  Yesterday evening, I swept the leaves from the pavilion (read long covered space running along the side of the house).  It is always shady and cooler out there.  But leaves that look somewhat fall-ish?  And the light has changed, getting "thinner" is the way I describe it.  And last night I came dead on awake about 2:00 a.m.  clearly seeing a new piece, with fall leaves a-flame, a snatch of blue sky, green grass and a pond.  I had to get up and sketch it out...right then.  This is one of the benefits of having a studio at home, for sure!!

I spent the morning gathering various colors together and auditioning different placements for these pieces.  Adding some brown for tree trunks and limbs.  Find some great gray for rocks.   And do I have a mossy green?  It was so much fun, as I'd spent the last two day embellishing three pieces with layers and layers of paint!

So that's the wonderment!  Having a vision clearly come to mind, and beginning a piece that will reflect the beauty of fall!   

Things came crashing down....

I have taken on two huge projects for this summer and fall.  Very excited about both of these, and will share more later.  So I've decided that since I can't sew, I'll organize the studio.  I'm moving very slowly and being uber careful, as this fracture is a bit limiting. 

Now I have oooooodles of parts and pieces.....antique tickets, slick snippets, corks and keys.  My fav collection is in my "organic" box.   I store these treasures in various tins, and small, medium and larger boxes.  So I've spent a couple of very pleasant hours sorting and am now ready to put all the containers up on the top shelf.  Carefully I climb up on a chair and start putting things in order.

BAM!!!  In a mo, everything comes crashing down.  My antique square nails from the house renovation.  The box of organics splits open, strong out my bottle caps, elk feet,   The collection of sea shells, and the oatmeal container of knitting needles.  

Now I am thinking you might think this sounds like a hoarder writing, but no!  I consider this a sign of a well stocked studio, full of creative possibilities.  That said, it took me a very slow hour to get this all back together, and I figured Patrick can put stuff on the shelves.

Looking down to the floor on this hot mess, I decide to take a break.  A blueberry smoothie is sounding really good at this point.  Using my not so coordinated right arm, I get out the juice, the Greek yogurt, a banana and the carton of blueberries.  You know, the plastic, hinged type of carton?  Opened it and blueberries went flying all over the kitchen floor.  Literally, I just stood there for a mo, contemplating just how badly I wanted the smoothie at this point.  I decided to clean the floor and make that smoothie.  Fabulous!

Capped off the morning with a nap!