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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

In the secret

In the secret, in the quiet place
In the stillness, You are there
In the secret, in the quiet hour I wait only for You
Because I want to know You more.

~Andy Park

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Got your pencil?

My friend Derek sent me a link to the Pencil Revolution blog today. It's cute and silly, and occasionally even serious, but mostly it reminded me about a tip I learned from Twyla Tharp's book The Creative Habit. Namely, that you should always have your pencil with you...whatever your pencil happens to be. For me, it's actually my camera :-)

What's your pencil? What should you never leave your home without?

Monday, August 29, 2005

I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
~ Psalm 119:32

Mt Watatic, Massachusetts

Mike and I hiked this trail a few weeks ago ~ I've gotten behind in posting mountain pictures this summer since it's been such a busy one.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Dorothy Day

A class picture from the 1920s, perhaps, and a quote that I love came together in this assemblage piece:
"You only love God as much as you love the person that you love the least."
~ Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Poetry is just the evidence

Poetry is just the evidence

It took me awhile to get back to this piece. Several things interfered: taking Dani to college, the antique sequins took awhile to show up, and I was working on another piece. So for quite a time, it sat around looking like this.

These colors are not ones that I usually work with, as I mentioned before. I'm happy with the piece, but the minimalist embellishment and the colors make it stick out when I walk by!

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

Off to college

Freshman year for my youngest. Here's my art-buddy's new college dorm room. Both of us will miss her tremendously!

Seems like just yesterday, this is what she looked like.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Scrap heap

Hub cap, CDs, and glass

I spent some very pleasant time yesterday visiting with my friends Joyce and Frank. They own the autobody/collision shop where I occasionally have to take my cars. They also own a very fine scrap heap that they graciously allow me to pick through from time to time. Since my personal stash of rusted metal scraps was growing dangerously low, I decided to combine the pleasure of visiting themwith refilling my own heap!

They are lovely people, the salt of the earth, and I swear that Joyce never forgets a single detail from any story she ever hears. Thus, even when your car is crushed beyond repair, Joyce always is able to make your time with her pleasant! She remembers details about your kids, your work, your adventures, and just plain makes you feel that you matter to her. Frank is a true gentleman, and the two of them have a pretty enviable life together :-)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Have you seen the Typogenerator?


This is a tremendously fun toy to play with. It makes poster-style pictures out of any text phrase you want to try. Here are a few of the ones I saved today:

Isn't that fun?

You'll be glad to know that the sequins I've been waiting for finally came yesterday, so now I can stop playing and get back to work. Also, this afternoon I went and visited my friends Frank and Joyce who run the local auto-body/collision center. They are always so gracious about letting me pick through their rusted metal, and I'm always so gracious about letting them fix my cars! Anyway, since my scrap pile was starting to dwindle, I thought I'd stop by for a visit and replenish it while I was there. The fact that Mike is out of town for a few days doesn't have anything at all to do with why I'm bringing home rusted stuff right now...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The best productivity-killer in ages

Google Fight

Try it. But be warned ~ it's addictive!

Monday, August 15, 2005

T.S. Eliot

One of my favorite poets, Eliot wrote a wonderful line in his poem Little Gidding that I just love:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

This could well be one of the themes of my life. I am constantly coming back to what I've done before, revisiting it, seeing it with new eyes, and finding it much more worthy of my attention that at first I thought. This goes for places, people, art forms, and everything else I can think of.

Gotta love Eliot.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The true measure of love

"You only love God as much as you love the person you love the least."

Dorothy Day, co-founder in 1933 of the Catholic Worker Movement

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

From a summer wedding

Flower Girl

Ninety-five degrees and one hundred percent humidity. Nothing could stop her from being cute.

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Monday, August 08, 2005

At age 3, my daughter declared, "Mommy, art is my life!" On Saturday, August 6, my husband and I dropped her off at art school.

There's a big gaping hole in my heart right now.

But I'll get over it.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Poetry is

I'm waiting for some white antique sequins to arrive so that I can finish off this piece. It's been rattling around in my brain ever since I came across this marveous quote by Leonard Cohen:

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."

These are not colors that I work with often. The choices came because of a challenge that we received in a beading art group I belong to online.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

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