Observations on life & art and the inspirations I see around me

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Garden Tour


Today was my favorite kind of day, crystal blue sky, bright warm sun with cool breezes.  I whiled away the morning outside with my camera and journal.  It was hard to pull myself away to get to the practical side of life such as grocery shopping.  
I've been watching LIFE on Discovery channel.  Nature is truly amazing.  I am thankful for days like today when I take the time to enjoy my little spot of it. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fiesta Art Fair San Antonio

If you're in the central Texas area head to San Antonio this weekend for one of the best art fairs in the country.  Fiesta Art is at the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts on Sat. and Sunday.  Admission is $8 and well worth it.  I'll be there with Ashley for her second year at this great show.  Stop and say hello and treat yourself to serious eye candy with her beautiful jewelry.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Good Feelings

My mother always told me that it is nice to share.  She was right and it feels good.  Last fall there was a great exhibit in Denton, "Blues Chapel".  I had seen Susan Lenz's work in a previous show and online so I was thrilled that this installation was coming to a venue near me.  Through my urging, The Visual Arts Center asked Susan to open her introduction, designed for docents, to the public.  Not only did she speak eloquently about her work but she brought along her latest work, the Grave Rubbing quilts.  She was more than gracious and even allowed us to touch and examine them closely.

My only disappointment that day was that there wasn't a much larger audience, especially friends who I knew would appreciate what Susan was doing.  We have 2 universities in Denton and I hope some of the art & fiber students saw the exhibit.  They missed out not meeting Susan.  Without a doubt her work speaks to me with incredible power and beauty.

As part of my continued clearing, I mailed Susan some bits of my stash that I'd held on to for years.  Some were family bits and others had been passed to me by friends when my work was focused on using old linens in clothing.  I knew these bits needed a new life and thought of Susan.  Now I am thrilled and amazed that in an incredibly short time Susan has given them life beyond what I might have imagined.  I can hear my mother and grandmother's admiration.  See Susan's blog.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Here, There and Stretch

The pink flower on the left and the white blooming tree are growing on the San Marcos property.  I don't know what they are except beautiful.  I accept them as a gift. 

I am really having trouble with focus and feeling torn between here and there and answering the question, "What do I do next?".  Can some one give me a magic wand so all this will be behind me?  I know....that's not the way life works.  Move forward, move forward, move forward.....one day, one step at a time. 

If you've read here more than a couple of times you know that Karlie gives me hope and inspiration in ways I never imagined.  Yesterday I got word that she's learned to move forward and pulling up on furniture.  Look out world!

A friend posted this morning on facebook "it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" and that made me smile.  It is that here too and I hope it's the same wherever you are.  It's hard not to be out digging in the dirt which would be my normal April activity.  In a effort to be creative, I'm playing around with more small art quilt ideas. 

When I took a break to get the mail and walk around the yard my thoughts turned to what I'll miss when we leave this place.  The roses are near the top of the list.  The Lady Banks only blooms once a year but what a show!  The Zephren Daphne is a beauty and very fragrant.  I'm hoping to get rootings of it and some of the other old varieties.  I read that deer don't eat "Old" roses but the new neighbor's comment of, "You can try", wasn't exactly encouraging. 

Oh well, nothing happens without effort.  Keep stretching.