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 ....

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

babies

my twins are 17 years old today. time flies when you're having fun.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

art

i have a wall by my kitchen table that is the only white wall in my entire house .... and i redecorated yesterday ... put up all the art that is available for sale .... it feels fresh now...it's a chore that i'd put off for eons ... but i just got back some pieces from the trinity show ... and rather than have them propped up indefinitely, i got on with it..... i didn't take a picture of the whole wall cause there's a stack of stray stuff off low to the left .... makes me think i need to paint over a couple pieces that have been sitting around too long .... things to do, things to do .... always more art floating in my head. can't keep up!

Friday, February 14, 2014

happy valentine's day, friend.


i love valentine's day. i always have. i hope i always will. i usually give valentines to lots of different people. i don't think of it as so lovey dovey, though there is certainly nothing wrong with that ...i use it more as a simple i love you reminder.... or maybe i just use it to remember how many people i love.... happy valentine's day to you .... go tell someone how great you think they are.... xoxo.e

Thursday, February 13, 2014

bucket list joy.

here in the deep south, we are not snow people ... i am even less of a snow person, being a florida girl in my bones .... even long removed from florida, i am so summer and so NOT winter.

and we had an ice storm yesterday ... and a snow fall last night ... and the world outside my window is gorgeous and white and silent .... but i'll just stay inside thanks.

i was looking out the window at the snow and thinking about snow things .... skiing, winter olympics (yay curling), snowmen, pity for my dog who is about as snowy souled as i am ... and i wondered if i had anything snowy on my bucket list ... antarctica ... just antarctica, i think .... so i went to my bucket list ... which is an electronic post it note on my desktop ... and i organized it .... yup, i have snowed in days off and instead of cleaning my closet or kitchen cabinets or my studio like my friends seem to be doing, i cleaned up my bucket list ... i organized it .... by continent mostly ... by to do and done ... and have saved it to a doc and to this blog ... here it is if you want to dream yourself.... 

do you have a bucket list? 
is it overlong like mine? ...seriously, i'm sure i can't get through all of those due to time and financial constraints. but it's fun to dream.
is there something i'm missing? something to add?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

mexico.....and primary/secondary colors.....

i just had the most excellent good fortune to do a girlfriend getaway in mexico ... sunshine and swimming pools and flip flops and beaches and sunscreen and a big ole hat .... 
i didn't actually 'need' a vacation like sometimes you feel you do ... but when given the opportunity to go i certainly wasn't going to say no thanks, i'm feeling fresh still ..... and i am NOT a winter person so it was certainly grand to escape to sunshine and 80 degrees .... 
last year i had lots going on and sort of put painting on a back burner .... but in the last two or three months i've tried to revive my art and i think it's working .... as perhaps you've noticed with an increase in blog posts about art ..... but now i'm sure that i've been successful in reconfiguring my art brain because i see art ideas everywhere now ....

so ... in the cancun airport i was inspired by this:

what? e is inspired by the airport food court? no way!
but yes.
there was a sea of perfect chairs. in this picture they look red green and blue ... but really, and i studied them, so i know, but really, they are red leaning towards orangey .... blue leaning towards purpley ... and yellow leaning towards greeny .... so primary colors leaning towards secondary .... and just really lovely .... so is that blue kinda periwinkle? i don't think i ever use that color ... and that green is so subtle ...  i need some greens in my pieces that aren't so bright ... 
so there you go .... airport inspriation .... 

and then here's a bit of airport artsiness that made me laugh ....
gotta love frida selling you some last minute toursist clothes ....

and now i'm back home ... waiting for an ice storm .... i will paint the next couple days unless i have no power .... without power my basement studio is just too cold and too dark ....

warm wishes to you from this winter spot ....