Thursday, February 18, 2010

dreaming anyone?

Above is just a snippet of art that I recently sent off for a submission.

A few nights back I had the strangest yet loveliest dream.

There was a window basically floating in black space. There was a pale colored milky "glow" coming through the window. But it's not really the glow that I found intriguing, but the warm breeze and the beautiful sheer curtains blowing and billowing and reaching out to touch me. I could feel that warm breeze on my face. I felt myself smiling and reaching out to it, letting my hands lightly touch the curtains.

Then, because I've had this yucky cold for about a month, I woke up coughing! But I immediately started to fall back asleep and I tried to recapture the window, but it was gone. Yet the image and feeling has stayed with me for days.

What could it mean?

I have been on high speed since Christmas. I'm starting a new business with a friend and we have been working very hard every day on this venture. It's a new experience for me. Not necessarily that I am working with someone else... I actually work very well with others (just ask the bartenders and cooks I work with at my part-time job as a bartender) But sharing in a sort of artful experience on a day-to-day with someone is somewhat new to me. I've always worked by myself here at the house, and can be a bit of a loner when it comes to my own thing. Besides this business, I have been working very hard to keep up with my submission dates, etc. Even though I have a lot going on, I feel very inspired every day to make things. I am feeling very positive about everything, and I just have a "good" feeling about where I am going.

I'm guessing the window might signify this. What do you think? Any dream experts out there?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Remember when?

This is a celebration and "remember when" post all rolled into one!
I want to congratulate my friend Mindy Tsonas of The Wishstudio for her fabulous interview in the newest "Artful Blogging" magazine!!! If you pick up this gorgeous magazine, you will not be dissapointed by the visually stunning art, words and photos. Mindy's article was no exception... a four page interview by Christen Olivarez brought out everything beautiful that Mindy is...
ALSO.... you can see a photo of a little corner of my winter studio in the article!! *HUGS* to Mindy for including me!
I had never really picked up the magazine (I don't know what's wrong with me sometimes, SERIOUSLY!) But as I read all of the articles, I was drawn back to when I first started blogging 6 years ago. I instantly made little groups of friends from all over the world. Soon people were hopping in airplanes and cars for hookups and weekend visits.
I want to share some photos from several summers back of an art-retreat weekend I had here at the house in Maine.
This particular weekend the gang included Mindy Tsonas, Susan Tuttle, Heidi Wallingford, Leah Piken Kolidas & Tammy. (I have lost track of Tammy... can anyone help me ?) We spent the first part of the weekend creating in my sunroom. We each took a canvas, began to cut, paste and paint, then passed our canvases over to eachother so that we could add more art to the original pieces. The buffet table was overflowing with ephemera, paints, glitter and embellishments that we had all donated so we could grab at whatever we wanted. Hedi brought THE BEST trimmings and ebellishments EVER!

Leah was soon to be married, so we had a surprise shower for her at a restaurant down the road from me. We had snuck into the restaurant and decorated it first, so needless to say, she was surprised!

The last day here, I took the girls antiquing to the Montsweag Flea Market, then off to the shops in Wiscasset. Mindy picked up the grooviest afghan I've ever seen, and Leah and I bought a HUGE latin dictionary that we cut in half. (I still use the pages from that book for art)

Me, Leah and Mindy SHOPPING Leah, Heidi, Mindy, me and Tammy at the restaurant (I had made those wands for favors & table settings. Tammy brought little potted plants, and we stuck each wand into the plants) Tammy, Leah, Mindy and me before Leah new about her big surprise Mindy working on her piece Leah crowned and painting me, Susan, Tammy and Leah in my summer studio These photos bring back such wonderful memories, and leaves me aching for a time, well, when I had more time! I know that one day, we'll all beable to hook up again, and as long as we keep on blogging, we'll never really be that far from eachother.