Monday, April 18, 2016

Eat, Pray, Love- 4.18.16

Just a short blog post tonight, as I am in "making" mode once again- just two days after I told M. that I would be taking a break from making any kind of art. Basically, I was sulking because the Art Walk was disappointing, to say the least. But a few kind and very encouraging words from a few (of the very few) people who made their way back to my little corner of the shop, have finally started to sink in and now I feel better. I just needed a few days of pouting, I guess.

One of the plus sides to very little traffic that night was the fact that I was able to get some work done on this fiber piece. I brought it along, just in case it was slow, and boy was it ever slow! Glad I had it with me or I would have gone out of my mind.

Anyway, it took me a while to decide what this piece was supposed to become, but I finally settled on another movie theme. This one will be based on another fave of mine- Eat, Pray, Love. Yes, it is a major chick flick (M. and Little Man love to make fun of me for liking it so much!) but, it is also really inspiring. I read the book first (and, of course, it was better), then saw the movie (maybe a couple of times, maybe 20 or 30, but who's counting). So, now I am a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan. (Her latest book, Big Magic is on my summer reading list and I love listening to her podcasts.

Anyway, the fiber piece features Tree Pose, so I originally thought it needed a quote about being strong,"like a tree". But, after much searching, nothing jumped out at me. Since my other fiber pieces are movie themed, I began thinking along those lines and came up with Eat, Pray, Love, as it has a bit of a yoga/meditation theme throughout.  So, here it is, so far (embroidery hoop and all).



My plan it to incorporate three sheer pockets on the left side, sewn with red thread, to insert another quote from the movie, divided into the three sections.

Here are the quotes I've decided on- from Elizabeth Gilbert and the movie:

" True power comes from standing in your own truth and walking in your own path."
and

"If you're willing to give up everything that you know and go on an adventure...and then treat every person that you meet as a clue to your future...then the truth will be yours." 

I love those so much, don't you?

I'll leave you with those thoughts :)    Have a great week!   Juli

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lately... 4.4.16

When I'm absent from this space, it probably means I've been busy in the studio, so it's all good, right?! Anywho... my "lately"...

Making: Having a deadline, I've come to realize, is a very good thing for me. My new deadline is April 15th, for the Art Walk in Washington, MO., so I've been a busy bee in the studio.

Finishing my latest painting. This one took a while, as it was a continual push and pull with the layers. I'm pretty happy with it, although some nights I wake up thinking about it, still, which means I won't be surprised if it gets another layer before April 15th. By the way, the quote says, " Be grateful for the sanctuary within you"- Elena Brower. An eye-opening quote for me, lately.

Planning fiber pieces (in this case, pillows and a wall hanging) begins with sketches, cutting patterns and planning fabric colors.

Then, transferring the sketch to fabric, using a light table.
Finally, choosing thread colors and beginning to stitch. This is where I pop in one of my rotation movies (or two or three!) and stitch away. Love this process.

Also in the works- planning the basic composition of this layered wall hanging with random scraps of fabric, in my favorite color scheme-blues, browns and whites.

Drinking: orange and passion berry herb tea to help fight off a nasty sinus infection. "Yum!" for the tea, "Yuck!" for the sinus infection :(

Eating: Salmon salad at Old Dutch, too much Easter chocolate, deviled eggs with an accidental sprinkling of cayenne pepper instead of paprika (oops!)

Watching: M. and I are back on our Breaking Bad kick. Always entertaining, in a creepy and disturbing kind of way.

Reading: I'm not a consistent reader (other than blogs and art history books for lesson plans) especially during the school year, so I'm going to replace this section with one called Spreading Joy (or, "Pimpin' Joy", in the words of Bobby Bones, Sister's fave! Who, by the way, had a photo op with her fave, recently):


So, how have I spread joy lately? By abandoning some art, of course! Can you guess where I left these?

Abandonment #1

Abandonment #2

Abandonment #3

Listening to: Recently, I had students in one of my classes write down some of their favorite music on post-its and leave them on my desk on their way out of class. So, each day since then, I've been choosing one from the lists and, so far, so good! Iron and Wine is one of my top picks.

Thinking about: Starting our family dinner nights again, so I can see my kids and grandkids at the same time, in the same house, at least once a month. Sometimes you just have to schedule those moments, you know?

Laughing at: The silly-face photos that my son sends me of his two-month old twin girls. No matter what is happening at the moment, those photos make me laugh.

Disliking: Not being able to shake this sinus issue that has been coming and going for about six weeks now.

Loving: Seeing and visiting with former students. By far, the best part of my job is knowing that I've made a lasting connection with some of these kids. It really doesn't get any better than that and it's what makes the occasional crappy days, totally worth it.

With what I have: Using bits and pieces of my fabric stash for the above fiber work, rather than buying new.


So, there is my "lately". How has your "lately" been?? Leave a comment and let me know! I would love that :)    Have a great week!  Juli