Sunday, July 27, 2014

LIFE: Days

Living room light.

One morning, deer jumped out of my wild backyard.  The doe gave me a 
backward glance before sprinting up Prairie Hill with little fawn right behind her.  

Prickly Lettuce - native plant
At the Wichita Theatre
 We went on a road trip to Wichita Kansas yesterday
to see a musical, Catch Me If You Can.  It was worth the drive.

Each day is a new poem.

(Wish you a kind week ahead.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LIFE: Something new!

My new toy arrived today!  My husband who is good with manuals got it set up in no time
and I made two mini pillow cases for practice.  This one is filled with my home-grown
cotton!  If it's lumpy, it's because I left some of the seeds buried in the cotton.  I'm
sending my 'first-fruits' to my sewing mentor and inspiration, Lily.

It's good for the brain to learn new tricks right?

Monday, July 21, 2014

LIFE: Swim right in ~ ~ ~

This is a Monday cure... swimming in Medicine Creek.

I wish you a calm week. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

ART: Self Portrait Exhibit in NM

My self portrait (photo) is on exhibit at 
Eastern New Mexico University along with 
119 other artists self-portraits.

My statement and a little more about the show....

"If I were stripped of all labels placed on me by society and culture, 
I would simply stand as a soul seeking light.  I find myself more 
comfortable in the rhythms of nature than in the pressures of society. 
 I cannot break free of my age, gender or other identifying factors;  
 but for moments at a time, I can escape into the landscape and absorb light."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LIFE: A dream,,,

The wall and matching bench in Norman, OK today.
I consider myself a spiritual person - it started as a child - and I don't mean in a church - 
but I don't mean I believe outside of God (or apart from Jesus or Holy Spirit).  I've had too many
deliverances and miracles from my Trinity to ever doubt.  Sometimes, I get special dreams that 
touch me to the core.  Not often, and I wouldn't mind more - but God knows what I need on 
'my journey'...  and sometimes (or occasionally) it's a symbolic dream. 

I have no idea why I have taken an interest in horses this year.  In fact, I have always been somewhat afraid of horses.  I knew that I wanted/needed to ride a horse this year - so Greg surprised me with a horse-riding lesson for my birthday (in March).  I remember not washing up that evening because I wanted the smell of horse sweat on me while falling asleep - I wanted to dream about their speed, strength and beautiful spirit.  I must have been too exhausted for dreaming that evening.

But,,, Tuesday morning's dream:  I was riding a dark horse in the woods and it was already dark -
 I felt very uncomfortable of course and especially when the horse took a high jump without me controlling it.  It suddenly became pitch black in the woods and I couldn't see a thing -
I could only feel the horse running beneath me and I held on - thinking all I can do
 is trust this horse.   It felt so real when I woke up - I mean, my spirit must have really done this.  

The horse is a symbol of grace and strength to me.  I'm still gripped by this intense dream 
and mainly feel the message is TRUST.

And I can't help but think of all the times God my Father has gotten me through a dark journey
safely to the other side...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NATURE: The looking glass and beyond,,,

looking out the window
standing outside
reflection in the living room window
I love those mornings when
 the daily bread of my eyes
is this hot pink sky...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LIFE: Bits from here,,,

Recently I've been tasked with fixing 'sacred' jewelry.  
This third necklace I'm re-stringing is an Indian Tulsi (Holy Basil) prayer necklace.
It gives me an idea.  Basil and cilantro stems are ripe for clipping from my garden
so I may try to cut the stems down to beads.

I'm ready for the final World Cup game tomorrow. 
 I was born a German soccer fan. 
This is mine and Greg's 3rd cup together. 

Enjoy your weekend and I hope you enjoy the game!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

ART: Small Projects

The beach balls!  
Abstract scroll
A few weeks ago I worked on these gals for the Theatre Department's Leading Ladies play.
I worked on several more earrings this weekend.
Would, Stephanie please get in touch with me... 
I would like to send something pretty your way.
All my snail mail is going out tomorrow.

 I also, gave my studio a good cleaning this weekend.
Everything is sorted and organized again and it feels good.

"Creation"   Encaustic w/metal on Panel
Wishing you a great week ahead!

"What's the source of our first suffering?
It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak.
It was born in the moment when we
accumulated silent things within us."
-G. Bachelard

Express yourself this week.  Even if it's just a 'yes' or 'no.'
But don't be silent when you know to do so would choke
the life or fruit you are tending...

You will know.

Friday, July 4, 2014

LIFE: Our day....

Planted two rows of cotton today
My latest garden plot is taking off nicely.
Mini watermelon
Studio, sky and sunflower arrangement.
Today - 4th of July - it ended up raining cats and dogs and then a double rainbow appeared. 
We were super excited that Germany beat France in the World Cup match!
Mama bird's second brood hatched today.  
We ate Ramen noodle soup.
It was a weird one...

My war paint.
My project today,,, a pouch to hold my cards.
I found the black birds in Little Rock and turned 
two of them into my favorite - the Redwing Blackbird.

Oh, we took a drive through the wildlife refuge this evening - it mostly rained,,,
these were my three favorite pictures.

Happy 4th and happy weekend to you all!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

TRAVEL: Eureka Springs, AK

The next day - we went to Eureka Springs.  This victorian resort village 
is nestled in the green forest hills of NW Arkansas.

We truly enjoyed our time in our neighboring state to the right!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

ART: Karar and Arkansas

Karar  (Encaustic on Panel)

A humbling experience - out of 1348 entries submitted, only 65 pieces were juried  
into the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition by NYC artist, Brian Rutenberg. 
 My encaustic 'Karar' brought us to Little Rock.  Here are some images of the opening.

..."artists have to crack into the surface of things."  (from Brian Rutenberg's lecture)

Packed to the gills!

One of the best experiences ever! 

The Arkansas Arts Center has several gallery rooms.
Here are some fun, modern pieces.

And in another neighboring gallery room: Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso and other masters.
 I'm secretly thrilled that my artwork is so close to them. :)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
I saw my first Odilon Redon!!!! 
After the exhibit we went to the river walk and enjoyed the 
beautiful sunset on the Arkansas River.

We really enjoyed Little Rock!