Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I've been busy in the studio. Cleaning and organizing, not creating. Although I guess you could say I was creating new space and opportunity.

Mostly I've been sorting boxes and piles that have been stacked in there for about six months as it was all "art" stuff. But, despite it's ample size, the space is simply too small to be a creative work room, a guest room, a library, an office, AND a store room for multiple art mediums. So, I've decided to find different storage space for everything that isn't textile. It's still gonna have to be all those other things, but moving all the supplies for paper, assemblage, painting, knitting, and who knows what else to another location will free up enough space so I actually find things and work comfortably.

There's several places in the garage and breezeway that will work just fine for storage. For additional work tables and areas too once the yard sale is over and those areas are also opened up. For now I'm just trying to get everything into it's proper boxes and the boxes near, if not exactly in, their final storage locations.

Just two stretches of hours on two days has accomplished a lot. I had to take a couple days break for extra family activities and responsibilities, but that was okay, I put the time to equally good use - weeding like crazy and playing with two of the grandsons.

But now the house is quiet again and it's time to get back to organizing. I should really be in there now instead of on here typing atcha, but I wanted to put up a post on Beach Treasure before I let another day get past me.

I didn't realize, when I took the photo, I captured a rune (or rune looking) shape in the water. I'll have to go look up the meaning. Anyone recognize it?

Speaking of artistic creations, no one does it better than Mother Nature. I STRONGLY encourage you to grab yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, strap on your cyber-walking shoes, and click on over to Beach Treasure to join me on a hike through Fern Canyon. The only better way to spend the time would be if you could be there in person.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A few window shots from my stroll around the plaza in Arcata, CA. I was with friends, so just these few.


A pretty mermaid showing off her strands of pearls.


I totally loved this window dressing behind the mermaid. All tulle and shiny and texturey fabrics, in shades of foam and green and aquamarine, like an ocean kelp forest.

I need to recreate this somewhere in my home. Maybe in the same colors, some of my favorite. Or maybe another color theme to match wherever I find to use it. Not sure where. My bedroom behind the bed?? The breezeway screens? Bath window? Or maybe in the gazebo, the one we haven't figured out how to make yet?


Two windows in front of an art shop had gorgeous origami art. It was hard to take photos as the direction of the light made for some serious glare.


The shopkeeper ushered me inside to try from the opposite direction, which made most of it become a silhouette. But I was able to take this pic of the origami pond. Don't miss the turtle on the right.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I've been at the beach for the last several days. In fact, I've been at lots and lots of beaches. Spending time with rocks. I love rocks. Rocks ROCK! (and if the waves hit them just right, they ROLL too.)

For your viewing pleasure, some rock photo art.

Someone else made this curve of rocks. I came upon it and photographed it before the waves erased it.

Rocks pinning down their shadows.

Sing along boys and girls - "One of these things is not like the others...."

Beautiful symmetry.

A stone imitating a shark fin.

More beach pics up on Beach Treasure. (beach pictures on a blog called Beach Treasure - whodathunk!?)