Wednesday, November 12, 2014

i went to camp

i spent this past weekend in north carolina ... near hendersonville ... at kanuga ... for camp .... i've been to kanuga loads of times ... i think i've loved every time .... it is a magical place .... but this time ... it was like double magic.....

the camp was called life is a verb .... and was run by the amazing patti digh who wrote the book life is a verb ....the book is about living your best life .... i have art in the book .... and i have used it as a sunday school curriculum for an art journaling class .... i've read my copy of the book countless times .... so..... pattie is amazing. the book is amazing. the camp was amazing. the people there were artists and musicians and writers and poets and dreamers .....they were amazing. it's almost too much to process to spend the weekend with so many that are so extraordinary .... i could write many blog posts just about the musicians ... or just about the poets (oh my gosh, the poets!) ... or the artists .... or the yoga instructors who made me think i should turn into a yoga sort ....   what?  haven't i don't a blog post on ten reasons i'm NOT meant to be a yoga sort? maybe not. but i could have.

so, i've spent some time since i came back, reestablishing a writing practice, nursing tennis elbow (wait, maybe that doesn't belong in this blog), thinking like a poet, and sorting through all the paraphernalia and paper bits i brought back and putting them into my camp journal ....

i'm not sure camp is a small thing ... but it is taking up a large spot in my heart and my brain right now ... stay tuned. maybe one day i'll be brave enough to share a poem i've written.  





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ralph waldo

after all my people left this morning, i started my day on my computer ... and this quote dropped into my inbox .... one of the quote a day things i get .... and i loved it ... so i wrote it down ... luckily i just happen to have a pile of prepainted notecards ready to go .... i actually need to make some more .... i like the idea of acknowledging blunders and absurdities ... i like that rwe called the yucky parts of the day blunders and absurdities .... and i've always been a firm believer, with scarlett o'hara, that tomorrow is a new day .... and i like the idea that i can start a day serenely AND with high spirit .... those usually seem diametrically opposed to me ... but i like the idea of serene, zen, calm AND high spirit, go go go, zippity do dah, start the day ....

finish every day and be done with it ... this morning i checked my fitbit stats and my sleep stat says it took me 2 minutes to fall asleep last night... two whole entire minutes between the day and trying to be asleep .... i rocked that whole emerson "be done with " the day thing ....

Sunday, August 10, 2014

drawing .....

i've made a lot of notecards this year .... for the ICAD art card challenge ... and just for myself to hang up or give away .... this ice cream cone is reminiscent of the ice cream cones i drew with the emmaus house kids at summer camp ... i taught a drawing/doodling/coloring class ....
 i didn't snap any pics of the kids' ice cream cones ... but above are some robots .... and below, cupcakes. yum.
so i've been drawing more than ever .... notebooks full of doodles and ideas! i'm not as inclined to blog all of it as i am finished canvases ... but just in case you were wondering what i was doing, now you know.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

bananas and pottery

i've been in love with pottery this summer.  i've been taking an evening class with a best pal ... and it has been awesome in a way that it hasn't been for a while: i think about it A LOT when i'm not there ... i have plans and ideas and notions ...
 i need to find about 20 gift giving events to release some of my newly fired inventory out into the world .....
bright colors and textures make these align with my canvases too .... 
and orange ... orange is the best.

Friday, August 8, 2014

new thing...

so a friend added/invited me to a new facebook page ... well new to me .... it is for local artisans and locals looking for hand made .... well ... i do hand made ... hand made artsy stuff ... so i signed up and posted some pics of some 12 by 12 canvases ...i'm not sure anything will come of it ... it kinda seems TOO easy, right .... here's the page .... it's called intown atlanta handcrafted marketplace .... IAHM ... it's a mouthful ...

and these are the paintings/collages that i have listed ..... wish me luck ... we'll see where this goes ..... worth a try!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

back to pottery......

i don't usually go to pottery over the summer .... but this summer! i am! ..... and after not having pottery for four or five or six weeks, it was a marvel just how absolutely awesome it was to go back. i missed it.  all i did was work on underglazing this platter .... it's going through a second bisque fire as i type ... next monday i'll clear glaze it .....and then i'll need to look for someone to give it to!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

summertime reading .... 47 books, year to date.

 http://ebeckartist.blogspot.com/p/2014-books.html

so there you go ....i've updated my book list .... i've read a bunch of good ones since my last update!
what have you been reading? anything i should put in my kindle queue?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

mark twain

i think of mark twain as a crotchety old thing ... i have no idea if that's right or not ... this quote makes me think i might be wrong about him.

that's me on the left. i have short short short hair now.... though i think my bangs swoosh the other way ... or they are supposed to? .....

this very tiny artwork was done for the ICAD challenge ... index card a day.

Friday, June 13, 2014

beautiful

this pinkypurple card is part of my ICAD ... index card a day .... i'm not following the prompts ... more just doing what i want to do ..... i have doodles that i love ... these half circle ones in particular are soothing to do .... sitting in front of the tv ..... my girls and i have been binge watching the gilmore girls this summer ... we are well into season two .... we all love it. gives me lots of opportunity for card making ....

this elsie de wolfe quote is a favorite .... words to live by ... though, i'm sorta messy ... so the beauty i create might have a dirty laundry pile close by ..... or a stack of "important" papers ... oh well ... it's an ongoing process, this making everything around me beautiful.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ICAD ....

i have been doing a notecard challenge .... from a blogger ... who appears to have thousands of artsy folks working on notecard art ..... the premise being, just do a little thing .... no pressure ... since i always do notecard to tape up all over my kitchen anyway, it was a natural to join in ..... 
here's her blog .... icad is the abbreviation .... and she has an ICAD facebook page that i post on .... and where i get gobs of notecard inspiration .....


 icad ... index card a day. fun stuff. gets you doodling.




Tuesday, June 3, 2014

pottery in the summer time ....

i went to my last pottery class of the spring semester yesterday ... prepared to clear glaze this one last piece .... and not come back until fall .... but i had such a great class that i went ahead and committed to a summer class ... oops ... so much for slowing down for summer .... i just keep piling things on my plate .... oh well .... at least the plate is pretty and full of colorful houses .....

Saturday, April 19, 2014

hustling on the resolutions in april ....

this year's resolution was multi part ....

art .... do something artsy 200 times this year .... i am off schedule on this one .... easily noticeable to any blog followers because i've been doing a poor job of updating my blog..... though in the first three months of the year i did art on 35 days ... that's not on track for 200 in a year though ... hopefully this summer i'll get in 100 in 100 days ....
that's a new pottery piece i made on one of my art days .... happy, springy colors, right?

exercise ... also to do 200 days ....  oy. what made me want to do such a big number? new year's enthusiasm i guess! .... but in the first three months i did 56 days of exercise. that's actually pretty good ... and on target to be successful ... i've been doing lots of planks, push ups and squats .... and tennis ... and slowly working my way back to running (darn plantars fasciitis!)

meals with pals .... basically going out with friends .... breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks .... my goal is 50 for the year. and i've done 22 in the first three months ... i didn't really have a way to gauge how many i did last year to know what a reasonable goal was.  50 seemed reasonable ... but now it seems low! i put it on the list because it is one of the things that makes me super happy. .... and if it makes you super happy, you should do it more often, right?

and books.
i said i'd read 100 books this year. i've done it before, but don't read 100 every year .... and as of today, i've read 33 .. and well into 34 ... so a third of the way done before a third of the year has slipped by ...
here's a link to my blog book list..... and the main way to achieve this is reading every day. not a day of 2014 has gone  by where i didn't read .....

happy reading.  happy resolutions. go ahead and hustle and keep stuff going! my next hustle needs to be to get back on track with documenting my art on the blog ....

happy easter ....