Quotes

The Hand is Keeping Busy

“Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe where one is sure of finding shirts.” -Frida Kahlo

I haven’t been on here in a while.

I don’t know exactly why. But that seems to be the way with blogs sometimes.

Let’s skip the part where I talk about why I haven’t updated my blog in so long and I’ll just tell you what I’ve been up to.

I am working on a piece for THIS upcoming show. Painting on a mannequin is something new and I am enjoying the experience a lot. I cannot wait to reveal my piece and- even more- I cannot wait to see all the other pieces that my fellow artists come up with.

I just finished reading Frida Kahlo at Home by Suzanne Barbezat. So I am back in the Frida frame of mind that I sometimes fall into. I relate to Frida in many ways, even though our lives are so different. Her level of introspection and symbolism suits mine. And so, my thoughts go into symbolic places as I draw and the results are often deeply personal and odd. Things I don’t want to share here.

But the hand is keeping very busy.

(Me and Artist Sheri Hollenbeck of Downtown Handmade and Vintage talking about Frida Kahlo.
Photograph by artist Gary Stallsworth.)

I’ve been making funny little things out of felt. Unicorns and roller skates and flowers and crying eyes. Some I have turned into brooches and ornaments. I’m still figuring out exactly what my technique will become and what the ultimate goal will be. But it is fun to be working with such a tactile material to make little objects. I have ideas.

Felt flower brooch.

I joined The Hive Artisan Co-op as a member. This means I have a small gallery space to show and hopefully sell some artwork. it also means I am in a creative space surrounded by art on a regular basic, connecting with other artists and being inspired by them. This is good for me.

“Up for Air”
Watercolor on Paper
For sale at The Hive Artisan Co-op

“Home is Wherever I’m with You”
Watercolor on Paper
For sale at The Hive Artisan Co-op

If you live in the Lewiston, Maine area go check out The Hive. It will be worth it.

She’s Forgotten How To Fly

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Recent pages from my sketchbook. Doodles while talking on the phone or daydreaming. The words in the third sketch are quoted (and slightly altered) from Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood. I often jot down pieces of writing or lyrics from songs that inspire me.

I purchased some Sharpie marker pens and have been using those a lot.

Inspiring Words

“The truly creative mind is inhumanly sensitive. To her a touch is a blow, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create so that without the creating of music, poetry or books , her very breath is cut off from her. She must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency she is not really alive unless she is creating.” -Pearl Buck

volcano hands sketch