Sharpening The Saw

  Some years ago and out of curiosity, I attended a “Psychic Fair” held in the conference rooms of a nearby hotel.  The psychic who read me told me that I worked very well “when my picture is clear,” an assessment I agree with.  For years before this art gig, I worked for others where…

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Dog Days of August(?) At The Illustrated Egg

Last year I began making hand-stitched coptic-bound blank-page journals after watching a video on how to do this.  (Isn’t YouTube great?  Gives DIYers from all walks of life such a can-do kind of feeling!)  I have always admired beautiful journals, but shied away from purchasing them because they cost a bundle.  I figured if I…

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A Fortunate One

  This week I completed a custom featherwork order and embraced the lull in August where historically my art business gets quiet.  Once I shipped off the piece, I took to cleaning up the studio, updating inventory records and project plans for the last quarter of the year, and prepared orders to fill in supply…

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The Power of the Pens

  I was at a parcel shipping service sending out an art piece to a customer and the attendant asked me for the recipient’s name and address.  I handed her my notebook where it was written down, and she squinted at it for a few seconds, then irritated, handed the notebook back to me and…

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Turning

Starting the blog up again (not having posted since April!) because the Earth turns, seasons, change, my Roving Eye of Sauron shifts focus, people who have made an impact on me die, favorite art stores close, and all signs drive me farther down that invisible PathWhereThereIsNoPath and I have to carry on and make art,…

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Hana Lima (Hand Work)

When your livelihood and life depend on your hands and heart, and eyes, I suppose it follows that one should take good care of all of them.  This week I experienced several mishaps involving my hands, and with the week coming to a close, I found myself hobbling about trying to get work done and…

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Stop Fighting The Yes

I noticed a funny thing about how 2017 has been going for my art the other day.  Or maybe it’s not so funny and is just The Way It Is.  I started the year replenishing featherwork after Christmas sales, then moved organically into making pysanky in preparation for the spring season and Orthodox Easter, with…

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Jill Of Trades, Part 3

I’ve blogged about being a Jill of Trades (as counter to “Jack-of-All…”) before, about the burden of justifying wanting to do more than one kind of art well, and choosing to work in media that take an inordinate amount of time to create in.  This week I found myself pushing the boundaries again, developing skills…

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Evolution

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the forum this week:  I was updating a page on my website and decided I would update the subtitle on my website’s header as well.  Doing so reminded me of the evolution I am undergoing in this journey as an artist.   At about the…

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Of Teachers and Students (Part 3)

I remember sitting in a college art student auditorium listening to a talk by art critic Ted Wolff, who referred to the old George Bernard Shaw quote, “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”  And to this Wolff added his own quip, “And he who can do neither becomes an art critic.” Recently I…

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