Sunday, July 26, 2009

Visual Notes from the Last Ten Days

Between raindrops, during this very rainy summer in the Berkshires, are a collection of images from my last 10 days. Starting at the top left corner:
  • Lucy's first installation work - post-it prayer flags
  • Ben behind the wheel - that is his car, next to the one he is driving. I have confidence!
  • Bridget's Alchemy Initiative Chamomile harvest
  • On the drive home from Sam Bittman's garden tour and planning session
  • Valerie and Jade weaving a rug at my Potholder Rug Making Studio Workshop
  • Lucy doesn't like having her picture taken
  • Violet loves it!
  • Today's misty morning at Pittsfield State Forest
  • Poured concrete sculptures in recognizable containers at Storefront Artist's with Filis

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My Book!

As the days pass my excitement builds! I spent a year working on the words and technical illustrations and in a month all that work will be available to everyone!

Email your pre-orders to me and I will send you a signed copy by mid August. $20 includes shipping!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Couple Things

Since my hubby and I own a church - AND have considered structuring our business entity housed in it as a church to reap exemptions - I found my new water bottle exactly what I needed!
My friends at BlueQ come up with the funniest stuff!

From where I was standing when turning to grab the days diaper bag and head upstairs ~ that birthday hat on the shelf was on my head! Gave me a good 'out loud' chuckle.

Soft opening of my Atelier at Alchemy Initiative on Thursday evening during the screening of Meryl Joseph's City Farmers. Movie starts at 8pm shop from 7 til 8
40 Melville Street in the heart of Pittsfield, MA 012o1

Sisters with Haircuts

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Atelier Series

Working on a custom king sized blanket for some friends. What a treat! Left me lots of room for creativity with simple parameters of color and size.

The first of my Atelier Series ~ The former production studio is morphing into an Atelier. Come shop or visit on Wednesdays from 9-5 or by arrangement.

The soft opening is scheduled for Thursday evening - coinciding with Alchemy Iniative's screening City Farmers - a documentary made by Meryl Joseph about community gardens in NYC.

Happy Birthday Brittany!

This summer I am fortunate to share my studio with a creative, self disciplined, smart RISD intern.

Brittany took off for a long birthday weekend in Maine. Her sister is visiting from Iowa and she just turned 20!

Fun to celebrate a day she'll probably remember for a good long while!

Diane, Okemo, and I surprised her with a slice of very delicious vegan Chocolate Cake!

(Can you tell in the picture we were faking? We couldn't find any matches! hahaha!)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gardening, Drawing, Working in the studio

Working on the 2010 Dolphin Studio Calendar. Making color separations and learning ALOT

Eating salads from the garden most nights.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July Weekend in the Berkshires

Traditionally the 4th of July is the start of our tourist season here in the rolling hills of western MA. As a kid it meant inhanced possibilities for high-jinx. As an adult there is still that sort of magic that comes with jumping into the height of 'the season' as well as other more mundane concerns like timing errands, grocery shopping, and trans-county travel.
This year the weather has been pretty unusual - lots of rain. Rain that sort of sneaks up on you and then leaves as abruptly as it arrived with a drenching soak in its wake. The garden is GREEN - and my laundry on the SLOW cycle!

On account of the un-summer-like weather I sort of forgot what Great Barrington is like during this season. None- the less, Berkshire Arts Festival at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington was a lot of fun on Friday – the girls had a great time while I was able to browse the great quality crafts –
always with one eye on the bouncing kids.

Notable was the stained glass mosaic work done by a guy from Maplewood, NJ named Michael Solomon.

A family from Maine who made super cool spinklers - the girls got soaked - and LOVED it! When I find their card I will post a link.

Friends and I had gone to seek out a dear friend and future Alchemy Initiative workshop teacher, Janice Shields - of Cut It Out. When the daily drench surprised us we headed for the
car without finding our friend. It was great to soak up some D for a while anyway.

The girls were most impressed with the homemade small farm icecream and the chairlifts. They would like to get one.

Friday night I got a couple hours in the studio – finished a trio of baby blankets. My heart is content when making – edging blankets with just the right touch of color and texture sensation that magical stripe around
the outside, completing things. Ohmmmmm

This morning I wound up posting the three in my shop. You can see them on the left hand side bar – if you click it you can see all the things for sale there.

Hung the laundry in the fleeting sunshine then off the the parade with the girlies while Chris was working on some plumbing next steps at the Farmhouse.

Funny to think that we were all sporting windbreakers and sweatshirts on this normally HOT day in the Berkshires!

The Baltimore Police Association Marching Band was our favorite! They had go-go girls in swishy beaded skirts and tassled boots, a man who filled the space in the circle of a tuba belting out the low notes and a jumpin'jivey beat.

Alot of the participants are very serious - there are banners from sponsors that go by without any accompanyment - droopy kids on either end of the banner shuffling along wishing the parade was shorter.

The multi cultural dancers were bright and cheery as were the Dalton Firemen who cartwheel on demand!
I think I saw Richie Rich in giant balloon form. There is a funny memory associated with that character that will have to be saved for another time.
Every year I think how much a little added creativity would enhance the festivities. One year I will think of it in time to do something about it! Bread and Puppet-esque figures, art cars, crazy handmade bikes. This year I have a lot of creativity swelling up in and around me. It is fun and demanding of my time in the best way.