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The Quilters Christmas Gift

I know of no other group of people that are more giving than quilters. On November 8th my sister Niña called me from her car as she and her boyfriend drove out of Paradise, California through the flames of the now infamous Camp Fire, leaving behind her home to burn to the ground.  The horror and… Continue reading The Quilters Christmas Gift

Creative in the Kitchen

Why make art and coconut cake.

I routinely ask myself why I even bother to make artwork that hangs on a wall simply to make our rooms look nice.  Really.  When some folks have barely enough coins to feed themselves and others with no walls at all to hang things on, I question my motives. But the reality is that, like… Continue reading Why make art and coconut cake.

Color Theory, Creative in the Garden

Color stories

What is your color story?  Bright hues told boldly because you were feeling summer?   Or perhaps the barn-yard neutral saga because of your recent magazine reads?  We are what we are influenced by; where we live and how often we see something affects our choices, even what colors we surround ourselves with. The commercial… Continue reading Color stories

Creative Inspirations

The Ergonomics of being Creative

It's all about the brushes and scissors and glue. But the what they don’t tell you about in “creative school” is your hands and neck and back. Conversation with myself: ME: Yes, yes, yes…color swirling, this way, blend, right-angles, numeric calculations, cut here, scrunch there… MYSELF: Ouch, no, dang it thumbs, ugh, no, bad neck… Continue reading The Ergonomics of being Creative

Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

Art and light of Christmas Montreal

As David said, it wasn't cold enough in New Hampshire so we headed north to Montreal, Canada last week for a few days of snowy Christmas-y-ness in the historic old city.  Cold it was—2º one morning—but walking in it added to the charm, invigorated one's spirits and burnt off a lot of calories!  Let me… Continue reading Art and light of Christmas Montreal

Color Theory, Creative in the Garden, Creative in the Kitchen

Fooling mother nature: Autumn color study

The Autumn chill is really late in coming this year here in my tree surrounded property and much of my summer garden is still perky. So I have had a creative impulse to see if I could keep it that way until my Open Studio this year utilizing some frost gardening tricks gleaned from my… Continue reading Fooling mother nature: Autumn color study

Creative Inspirations

In the mind of a creative

I finally sat down, exhausted, and looked around me. Piles on the floor creeping towards me, carefully engineered desktop “filing” teetering, bags exploding over boxes, one inspiration after another layered on work surfaces…. I have done it again. I creatived myself into a mountain of mess. My mind never really stops. The creative ideas come… Continue reading In the mind of a creative

Color Theory

The beauty of neutral

As the season and sunlight slips away, nature plays its visual tricks of on us. The chemistry of color takes hold and the natural world around us becomes neutralized. But we don't really notice the loss of color though, because when neutral is played against itself, subtle becomes vibrant and all the negative descriptions of… Continue reading The beauty of neutral

Creative in the Garden, Creative Inspirations

End of summer gardens; lessons in life

I haven't written much about my gardens this year. It has been a rough, slow start for most of them. My breast cancer slowed me down in the spring when I should have been tending to their new growth, the continual sprummer rain and darkness on beds that were planted for dryness and sun mooshed,… Continue reading End of summer gardens; lessons in life

Creative in the Kitchen

FOR THE LOVE OF PRODUCE: pickled cherries

I got to Canterbury Farmers Market late last week, but in time enough to grab the last small basket of local sweet cherries: half to eat, and half to pickle.  The season is fleeting—and our own Sour Cherry tree was loaded—so I got busy with all things cherry.  Here is one unusual way I came… Continue reading FOR THE LOVE OF PRODUCE: pickled cherries

Creative in the Kitchen

FOR THE LOVE OF PRODUCE: grilled beets with asparagus salad.

The last of the spring asparagus, the largest wintered-over beets: I just had to grab my final taste before they disappeared at my Canterbury Farmers Market.  As part of my self-imposed summer challenge* of preparing fruits and vegetables in a way I have never done before, I came up with this recipe.  Grilled beets—sugars caramelized,… Continue reading FOR THE LOVE OF PRODUCE: grilled beets with asparagus salad.

Color Theory, Creative Inspirations

16 ways, sixteen days. RECAP: lessons in art and life

Breast cancer; in case you were afraid to ask. It was sixteen days of radiation after a successful surgery…just in case. During a season when I had little time to be in the art studio, I just had to do something artistically expressive so I turned my daily shoes and accessory choices into an art… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. RECAP: lessons in art and life

Color Theory, Creative Inspirations

16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 16

Confetti falling from the sky, the roar of cheering crowds, bands playing...  Not really but that is what it felt like on my last day of treatment.  All my techs—past and present—were there, the nurses, the office staff and my doctor were there.  And so were my shoes. Walking in past the clerical station.... Office… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 16

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16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 15

Frisky feet.  Feelin' a little Italian yesterday, like kicking up some heels.  It was my second to the last treatment.   A friend who had just visited Italy once told me how amazed she was that the women there could manage walking on cobblestone streets in really high-heeled shoes.  I thought I would channel the likes of Sophia.… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 15

Color Theory, Creative Inspirations

16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 14

Bitter-sweet today.  Excited about the 3-day week-end marking my third-to-the-last treatment and also finding out that this was the last time I would see one of my techs.  I hadn't anticipated the feeling of loss...these gals have become comrades.  Bonds have formed; like being in the trenches together at DSW. But back to the story....… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 14

Color Theory, Creative Inspirations

16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 13

I felt like I was getting a cat-scan.  Flat on my back, all eyes moving up and down my body from head to toe and back again. Tech:  You kind of have a metallic thing going on today. Me in my head:  Oh, is that what it is?  I was just playing off the texture… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 13

Color Theory, Creative Inspirations

16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 12

Not-so-casual work day for me seeing clients.  Decided to pull out the dashing cruel shoes that make a statement despite the pinching of older toes.  It was worth it. New tech: Those are AWESOME! Old tech:  Wow, those are awesome! Feeling very satisfied and accomplished I was magnanimously able to change the subject steering the… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 12

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16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 11

A day on the run for me—figuratively not literally.  Have you seen me running on the road?  I think not.  My version of running; up and down the freeway, up and down the stairs, standing for hours, bending, lifting... I thought for sure someone would comment on my ergonomic asymetrical sneakers but apparently most everyone else besides… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 11

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16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 10

Day off yesterday and raining.  I had planned a trip to the seacoast to take a long walk in the down pour with Claire and then both of us out to lunch with Jane (the other one).  I needed dual-duty shoes.  Nothing screams rain-and-out-to-lunch than a pair of red rubber boots! While seated in the… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 10

Color Theory, Creative Inspirations

16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 9

Techs:  Look at those shoes...(looking harder, bending down, inhaling)...the insides are a different print!!! Me to myself:  I didn't even remember that the insides were different.  Yes, breath taking—if I do say so myself—and how fortunate that I thought to choose that dark eyeshadow in exactly the same shade.  One never knows when the inside… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 9