Category Archives: Creativity
As many of you know, a change in work schedule has seriously interfered with my creative studio time. I’ve made a commitment
to get up even earlier (4:00-4:30 AM—yes, AM), however, I have the good sense to try this only if I’ve been able to go to bed between 8-9 PM. This past week that didn’t happen…at all…not once. I had evening events that got me home after 9:00, M-Th.
I did manage to get up [...]
I’ve been away from the blog for several weeks because there is just nothing to blog about. Since returning to my teaching job in August, I’ve had to adjust to a new schedule, one that takes over my day much earlier than before. Suddenly, I find myself with bits of time here and there, but no blocks of time where I can get warmed up and into a project for a significant amount of time. It has added up to [...]
I’ve recently returned from the Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma, WA. I had works in two of the art quilt categories. I didn’t win any big money, but I did come home with some “prizes”.
First, there was the opportunity to run with my herd, hang out with quilters. If you don’t find a sense of peace from the very act of touching [...]
August is coming! For me, that is usually a bittersweet event. The weather improves here in Colorado, but school starts soon. This August, however, brings a bit of excitement that tips the scales toward the sweet side.
My 2-day Portrait Quilt workshop, developed earlier in the summer has been picked up by the Boulder Valley School District for their Lifelong Learning program. This is a collection of non-credit courses offered evenings and weekends to anyone who wants to come and learn.
This summer, I received two invitations to demo my thread-painting techniques. I accepted both and later
realized that they were on back-to-back days. As often happens in my life, periods of high activity are interrupted by short periods of intense madness.
My first invitation was to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Sampler. This is a room full of tables with a different presentation going on simultaneously at each station. The demos repeat every 15 minutes and go on [...]
of graduate credit, 5 weeks of traveling. It was hard work, mixed with a good bit of fun. It made me think back to the days when I lived and taught overseas and when travel and study were just daily habits.
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with creating pictorial works with thread and fiber that rival the paintings [...]
This week, my husband is attending an art workshop called “In the Style of Velasquez”.
If you are not familiar, Diego Velasquez was a famous Spanish painter in the baroque style, known for his realistic painting, especially, the expressions on the faces of his figures. The Portrait of Pope Innocent X so accurately captured the severity and impatience of the man, that the pope, himself, commented that the painting might be too accurate.
So,back to present [...]
Wow! I’m going to Geneva to speak at the United Nations Headquarter for Europe. When I was asked to speak, I immediately said, “YES”. It was 2 hours later, on my drive home from work that I had the anxiety attack, “What would I say? What would I wear? The journey to this point was short and sweet.
My fist project of the new year was to complete a small art quilt for an exhibit to [...]