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


  1. I have done the c. Pepper accident instead of paprika too & ended up loving it so I do it on purpose at times! I am so sorry I am missing your art walk (will be in LA) but before school is out - I must show you a frame I have that I want filled with prints of your paintings somehow - like the ones you had at the Christmas Market - and yes I will pay you! ❤️

    1. The cayenne eggs were actually a hit at Easter- a happy accident! Thanks for the continual support, M.T. :)

  2. Always love reading your blogs! You are amazing--love your work!

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