frustration

It’s hard to believe but just a few short months ago, I was so frustrated with my art work that I was ready to give up on it all together. I kept trying to paint on canvas the way I paint on paper and would make a terrible mess. Then I had to clean up the whole mess.

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time

I’ve come to believe that time is on a different continuum when it comes to art. Think how long it takes for us mere mortals to truly see the Van Gogh’s of the world. On a much smaller scale our own artwork often needs time to settle, too.

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serendipity

My garden has many plants that self seed. I love foxgloves and columbines and welch poppies. They can be quite invasive, especially the poppies. I have been warned to get them out of the garden. And perhaps some day I will wish that I had. But this past spring, I loved seeing where they had set themselves.

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moving meditation

I suspect it is a restlessness in my nature that loves movement. I love to walk. And to dance in my studio when no one is watching. I love paths in gardens because they show a way to move forward. It is with movement that my mind quiets most easily to a meditative state.

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wabi sabi

This is one of those concepts that has layer upon layer of meaning.  Books have been written on it and it seems that everyone is talking about it lately. For me, it juxtaposes new life with signs of decay to remind us to embrace all of life.

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sparkle

When I was little, before car seats and safety laws, I loved to curl up in the back window of our family’s sedan as we drove through the Minnesota countryside from St. Paul, MN to Fairfax, MN on the way to visit my Dad’s parents.

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the long view

Perhaps it is in my genes. No matter what is happening in the close-up of my life, even a brief glimpse at the horizon will take me out of myself and remind me of the bigger picture. 

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slow time

Slow stitch requires slow time.  So often all the tasks of daily living and work soak up an urgency and I bring that urgency to the studio.  The stitch work is different then.

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changing mediums

It happened three years ago.   

I fought it at first.  I knew clay.  I worked with clay in my art studio for more than 30 years.  I studied glazes and firing processes and different clay bodies and knew what I needed to do to achieve the effects I wanted.

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north dakota fields

Some Native Americans talk about it taking three generations to get used to "new ground" and to feel like you've sprung from that ground.  That may be true.  I sprung up from Minnesota ground and her corn fields must be buried deep in my psyche as the pattern of fields so often seep into my work.

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small pieces

I am back to making small pieces and loving it.  Periodically, I think I need to start making larger pieces.  “They are bigger and better and more important,” my mind says.

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why art?

The best artists stop me in my tracks. Time stops. The first time I had that experience was at a Van Gogh show in New York.  It's a state beyond words. It is like a mystical experience.

 

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