Monday, January 20, 2014

Sketches in Clay and Pencil

"Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut
unfinished morning sketch- January 2014
 5" x 7"

Pink Toes (sold)
16" x 4" x 2
terra sigillata, underglazes, glazes
painting on back:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Wisdom of Chalk, the letter K and Being Five

"MoMo riding her bike"  by Little Dahl, age 5

Conversations at the Chalkboard

Who is this with the long hair?

Oh, that's right.  Your hair is short now. 

(lots of erasing done and new hairdo added)

 "Maybe the K is for kinetic?'

" No,  that's silly Mah Mo!  It's just fun to draw it!"

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

One day Sabbatical Charm Bracelet

Lucky Charms

To keep me from dodging the hard work of processing clay I try to keep set studio hours.  
It helps get me into the studio and develop work.
 Still things keep me from going in there.

Phone calls, grocery shopping
meeting people for lunch
taking the Jeep to the mechanic
waiting for the furnace guy
talking to kiln repairperson
hemming pants
hunting for my scissors
looking for my reading glasses (any one of the three)
maintenance on the three houses
preparing dinner
 reading a book that I can't put down
and sometimes fear.

There is always something.
And I feel guilty about it.
When I don't feel enthusiasm.
And I wonder what am I doing.

But I do find when I finally get down to work it renews my love
and my energy.
It gives me hope that I am doing the right thing
at the right time.
For me.

Today I am taking an one day sabbatical from hesitation.
aka fear of failure
And just make.
I will take all my one day sabbaticals
and string them together
to make
my own charm bracelet.
Just so

It will remind me what can happen if I just get down to work.

finishing up underglazing on back of Lucky Charms

Thursday, January 9, 2014

little picture, Bigger Picture

back of Prudence and the Pileated Woodpecker

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.  Diane Arbus

front of Prudence and the Pileated Woodpecker

Here's a very, very short video on what I do on cold mornings with no heat (my appliances are on strike.)  Someday I will learn to see from the perspective of YouTube and Blogger.  For now I just fumble along and keep trying to see it from their angle or triangles or rectangles....

Tomorrow we are going to see the David Hockney:  A Bigger Picture at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco.  Here's a link to a video about the exhibit---it is about 8 minutes long and has some good views of the exhibit. It also includes a wonderful interview of the artist. I am very interested in seeing the paintings done on an Ipad.  The museum is located in Golden Gate Park next to the Japanese Tea Garden.  We are then driving up the coast to do a little whale watching at Pt. Reyes. Have an inspirational weekend!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fidelity's Key and Happy New Year

Fidelity's Key
I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future - the timelessness of the rocks and the hills - all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show. ~ Andrew Wyeth

Happy New Year!

I'm back next week!

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