Saturday, July 24, 2010

creative kinship - positive energy

Ever meet someone for the first time but feel like you've know them for much longer. Or felt a smile so genuine, it seeped in and touched your soul? Yesterday I was at the Circle of Life Studio with the lovely Debbie exhibiting with a talented group of artists.

It was my day to "work" the show, but it was not work at all. It was more like a wonderful day with fellow artists, enjoying the experience of the studio - insightful conversations, lovely lunch (thanks Greg), enjoying plentiful gardens, with thoughtful surroundings and such positive energy.
 Here are a few of her creations. These lovely women each with a personality of their own.
And today will be spent with my little artist again at the studio. We will create tree rings for a collaborative installation for the Tree Whispers project. We will continue our creative experience with imaginations inspired by the Enchanted Festival. So looking forward to watching my little Sprite join in the Fairie fun -- and me, without my wings -- oh well!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

where, when - an artist's whereabouts

I know I have shared my Etsy Shop and Flickr page. But for me, nothing is more fun than meeting an artist in person - listening to their inspirations and seeing their artwork up close. So hey, if you would like, come visit me. Here's a few places I'll be:

} This Weekend! July 23-25
Circle of Life Studio and Gallery in  Eagle River, WI for the Northwoods Art Tour
} Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th
Algonquin Commons Art Fair Algonquin Commons off of Randall Road
benefiting D300 Foundation - providing grants to all District 300 schools
} Sunday,  October 17th
Uncommon Threads  One of a Kind Wearable Show and Luncheon
an annual show by Fine Line Creative Arts Center at Stone Gate in Hoffman Estates, IL 
 } Saturday,  November 13th
Naperville Country Club Holiday Boutique
not only for members, peaceful setting for holiday shopping
} December 3rd - 11th (Opening night Friday at 7:00)
Christmastime at the Fine Line  A holiday season must
an annual show of local artists at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles
Wow, seems like quite a bit when I list it out. And I'll most likely sneak in a personal show too. Hopefully I'll see you soon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

new beginnings

I'll take a fresh start anytime possible. A Monday morning - fresh start to a new week. First day of the month - a fresh start on the budget.  February - a fresh start on fitness. Spring - a renewed growth in my gardens. A new year - life resolutions, like being diligent.
Or a new birthday year triggering a recomittment to business goals and artistic aspirations. Since it seems that I don't deliver on my goals unless I write them down and have deadlines (even self inflicted), here they are:
{ create and upkeep a facebook fan page ~ DONE! If you are on FB and not already, become a fan.
{ re-open my etsy shoppe ~ well, it never really closed, but it severely lacking ever since my hard drive crashed about a year ago. My goal is 3 new pieces listed each week, with an insightful description, well thought out tags and intriguing photos
{keeping up with my artistic journal therapy
{following my heart, listening to my thoughts and acting on this thread of interesting creations just waiting to get out of my head ~ into metal clay, mixed media and on paper.

I'd better get to it. A lot of business to do ~ the business of sharing, not just creating. Because my art doesn't do any good, if no one sees it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

39… and letting go

I remember vividly the months before my 30th birthday, I was 29 and holding - thinking of all the things I should have/could have done before becoming "middle-aged". Like a bee before the dooming frost. But as I approach 39, I have a renewed sense of who I am and what I want to become. I'm letting go of any preconceived notions and expectations and welcoming possibilities fearlessly. Knowing each day I'll try to make better than the last. Trying to make choices that will allow myself to be more free. Concentrating on the here and now - not the past or what might be. It's in the here and now I will create my future. I'll take care of today, so my tomorrows can take care of themselves.

Monday, July 5, 2010

feeling privileged - the northwoods art tour

This is Debra Ketchum Jircik. I was fortunate to meet her last year at the Art on Main Show in Three Lakes, WI. It was an honor to be among such talented artists. Then I had the opportunity to spend the day at Debra's studio - papermaking last Fall. She has regular papermaking workshops to inspire. Circle of Life Studio will be part of the Northwoods Art Tour   July 23th, 24th & 25th. And she asked me to be part of the tour! So excited! I'll be at the studio (4 miles from Eagle River, travel south 3 miles on Hwy 45 to Evergreen Road. Left on Meta Lake Road, first right on Gaffney to 3720) on Friday, if you would like to see me in person. But my pieces will be at the studio all weekend. If you are in the Northwoods stop by Circle Life Studio or one of the many other studios open for the tour.