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Open Studio; a labor of love

We labor all year on our arts and crafts preparing for an Open Studio in the hope that someone will come and recognize our inspired process.  We hope that our souls will be seen through our work, that the spark that drives us will be showcased and that the viewer will be touched.  It’s a lot of work.  It’s a lot of deadlines.  But it’s a labor of love.

In this past month in preparation for my 11/4 & 5 Open Studio I have updated my website, designed & mailed a postcard, designed & published an email newsletter, uploaded pictures to Facebook & Instagram, personally invited past patrons and reorganized my studio.  It’s a lot of work but it’s a labor of love.

Today I am photographing and writing a blog post.  It’s a lot of work but it’s a labor love.

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In this next week I will be completing several new works, adding a new artistic touch to my road sign and posting more to Facebook and Instagram.  It’s a lot of work but it’s a labor of love.

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In the last week before Open Studio I will be completing more new work, hanging the show, making refreshments, cleaning up my yard & entrance way and keeping my fingers crossed that people will come.  It’s a lot of work but it’s a labor of love.

Why do we make art?  Why do we put ourselves through this intensive process?  It’s a big topic and there are many inspirations, but, basically it’s love.

In this troubled world we need art and artists to comfort ourselves and remind us what love feels like and to rekindle the fire in our own soul.  So rule of thumb; if you ever see an Open Studio sign any time, any place  or any where; stop.  It means the world to those who have gone through this process and you just might feel good yourself.

Come to my Open Studio and visit all my fellow Canterbury Artisans that will be open on the same days, November 4th and 5th.  We are part of the state-wide NH Open Doors Tour in association with the League of NH Craftsmen, supporting and encouraging artisans since 1932.

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 on November 4th and 5th utilizing some frost gardening tricks gleaned from my years in California.

When I woke early the other morning I saw that temps were dropping at sunrise to 32°; our first frost—and a surprise. So I scooted out with head lamp donned to bring in the last of the vegetable garden across the road. Fried green tomatoes, chili tomato chutney and the rest to dry and grind into powder.


But in the gardens on our side of the road at my home and studio doors, I was not yet ready to let them go. The turkish eggplants are just now turning orange and I had envisioned that splash of color into autumn. The dahlias on the other side of the walkway are still going and, because I love the combination of the two tones flanking the walkway as we enter the home and studio, I decided to try to keep them going.

I put plastic garbage bags over the eggplant and a heavy sheet over the dahlia. It worked! I put some mulch around their bases for further protection and will continue to cover them when the temps get low at night. With days still going into the 70’s my little green-house effect may keep them going until Open Studio. Fingers crossed!

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Gradations of warm to cool, orange to pink, yellow to green.

Color theory class Recognizing Color; Learning to see Hue.  Saturday January 13, 2018.



Opening the doors to my studio 11/8 and 9

DSC04849Why does an artist make original art?  I mean, really…when there are lovely patterns to follow and kits to be assembled, books to be read, movies to watch and friends to be seen..???  Especially someone like me who makes my “living” 40 hours a week in another way, why do I feel compelled—and, yes, driven—to express myself through making my original art trumping all other forms of entertainment?  It’s this need to get the ideas out of my psyche to be shared (much like this blogging has become).

And so I am opening the doors to the space where I express myself—my studio, my workshop, my inner sanctum, my absent-minded-professor space—to share my processes with you.  I hope to be actual working on something during this time so you can see how I do what I do but will also have LOADS of artwork hanging to show you (some will be for sale) and I am doing some interior design staging of my expanded studio space into the house demonstrating how art & color can enhance a room.

Please stop by Saturday or Sunday November 8th and 9th, 2014 between 10 and 5 to have a look and say hi.  I am open during the state-wide NH Open Doors week-end so many of my fellow artisans in Canterbury will also be open. CLICK HERE to print out a Canterbury driving itinerary I put together for you.  I hope to see some new faces!!

12 Cogswell Hill Road; Canterbury, New Hampshire

Sat/Sun Nov. 8 & 9   TEN O’CLOCK – FIVE O’CLOCK

603-491-7305  jbalshaw@comcast.net

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Open Studio this week-end!

This coming week-end November 3 -4 I am once again participating in the NH Open Doors studio tour.  The League of NH Craftsman, whom I am member of for my textile art, and NH Hampshire Made, whom I am a member of for my Euchlora Skincare products, have teamed together to sponsor a state wide tour of artisans showcasing their wares in their studios.

This year I am showing in Portsmouth at my Strawbery Banke Euchlora  skincare and cosmetic studio because I thought it would be another opportunity for people to see it when I am not otherwise busy with client appointments.  Please stop by to see how I have been spending my spare time while in “the zone” making art!  Please forward this link and spread the word for anyone interested in seeing what I am all about.   Read more below…The artwork at the head of this post is a new one sewn from mono-printed, hand-painted and dyed fabrics that I then stitch together to form a design then I over-stitch it with batting below to make it into a quilted piece.  I then stretch the piece over a frame to give the impression of an abstract painting.  I love this process of making a painting by painting then assembling.  The whole process is a creation as go; I never know what I will get in the end.

Header piece: Untitled right now.  Piece below created by the same process: “Under Current”.This piece below, “Bloomery”, was inspired by a photo I saw in an issue of Early Homes Magazine.  It was a photo of the remaining underground portion of the bloomery in Jamestown that our earliest Colonial settlers used to smelt the bog iron found there.  I loved the pattern that the old bricks made, colors tainted with minerals and time, settled here and there into a random pattern.  This is my interpretation of that used bits of hand-painted and hand-printed fabrics then stitched together.  This one you may recognize from an earlier post “A Day in the Studio; the gift of time”.  It is now finished and I love how the quilting enhanced the painting and piecing.  It is untitled yet still…do you have any ideas for a name?  Please help me name it by Saturday!

If you decide to come, here is a link to an itinerary showing other artists that are near me.  Make a day of it at the seacoast!