"Is it possible to make a living by simply watching light? Monet did. Vermeer
did. I believe Vincent did too. They painted light in order to witness the dance
between revelation and concealment, exposure and darkness. " - Terry Tempest Williams
An interesting 'green' alternative to shopping is the 'Swap don't Shop' movement. I heard about it through The Nature Conservancy and find it inspiring. This kind of movement is happening all around the country in all kinds of communities. Swapping is a sustainable idea that will help our planet. All kinds of things can be swapped, clothes are probably the most common (the average American throws 68lbs of clothing and textiles into the land fill EVERY YEAR!) but garden surplus, eggs, milk, art, dishes, tools, and many other items could be swapped.
So many of the choices we make have a major impact on the planet. This means that there are Eco-friendly changes that we can make everyday that can have a lasting healthy effect.
Hosting a 'Swap don't Shop' party is one way to be an everyday environmentalist.
The upcoming Autumn Equinox can be a time of reflection upon the year’s successes and failure and a moment of celebration of the harvest cycle. This time of year reminds me to pause and look at the bigger picture of my life. I feel this due to the changes I am making in my garden and how the changes seem to suggest a time of reflection. I have been planting the winter garden, composting spent plants and planting cover crops.
I am also making this quilt from old clothes and material scraps. All of them would have most likely gone into a land fill because they were so ripped up and old. It is fun putting the different pieces together and composing a design.
Here are a couple close ups of different places on the quilt:
Some snow peas ready to be put in the garden:
my garden changing into winter mode:
"The garden is, in a sense, the cosmos in miniature, a condensation of the world that is open to your senses. It doesn't end at the limits of your own parcel of land, or your own state, or your own nation."
A book I go back to over and over again for support and inspiration is called, "If You Want to Write" by Brenda Ueland. I think the title could be, "If You Want to Create Art of any kind." I just substitute the word 'write' for 'art' when I read this book. Here is a passage from this book:
The author writes......
".......the moment I read Van Gogh's letter I knew what art was, and the creative
impulse. It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct,
simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to
others, by drawing it. And Van Gogh's little drawing on the cheap note paper was
a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so
seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and
- Brenda Ueland (from If Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence
Perhaps anytime we do something from a place of love we are contributing 'art' to this fragile home we call earth.
I have been altering T-shirts recently, something I really enjoy doing.
I enjoy sitting outside and sewing by hand. I have learned a lot from other artists' blogs. One in particular comes to mind called: Electic-Meanderings created by Deanna 7Trees. Deanna's blog is filled with inspiration, how tos', and Deanna herself is one of the most encouraging people I have met in a long time. I encourage you to visit her blog and become a 'follower' .
Shirts on my favorite rocking chair!
Much of the social history of early America has been lost to us precisely because women were expected to use needles rather than pens. Yet if textiles are in one sense an emblem of women’s oppression, they have also been an almost universal medium of female expression. If historians are to understand the lives of women in times past, they must not only cherish the Anne Bradstreets and Martha Ballards who mastered the mysterious ways of quill pens, they must also decipher work composed in yarn and thread.”
–Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
These are some small mixed media paintings I am selling at "Dino's" in Loch Lomond, CA. Dino's is a wonderful Deli and market where you can get freshly made sandwiches, salads, drinks and much more. Loch Lomond is in Northern California a beautiful pine tree filled rural area.
I have taken time to really look at some of the amazing beetles around our home. Their colors and patterns are stunning and inspiring for any artist. I chanced across this book by Poul Beckmann called, "Living Jewels" which is full of beautiful photos of beetles. I didn't know this but beetles have been called 'living jewels' due to their beauty. Here are some images from Poul Beckmann's book:
I rescued Raven when she was approximately a year old (perhaps a bit younger) and often wondered what she was like as a puppy. This painting is one of my tributes to Raven and how I imagine her as a puppy! She starts my days out with her love and kindness so I titled this painting, "Starting Our Days with Kindness."