taking a rest from writing
The blog is on indefinite hiatus... I am so involved in making art, exploring creativity & flying through life that it's hard to eke out more hours in the day.
But... you can catch me on Instagram... @desertsongstudio! It's SO much cooler than Facebook & there's a ton of fantastic artists sharing their work. Why aren't you there already?
p.s.... If you want to read past posts, you can find them on my first two blogs:
the yellow time
This is the journey we all follow, no matter who we are or what we do. Over the last year, I lost quite a few beings who were part of my life in different ways, beginning with the loss of my mentor & friend, Silvia Heyden, last March, & ending with the loss at the beginning of this year of our dog Roger, a weird, sweet mutt who sometimes made me laugh like crazy & sometimes frustrated the hell out of me.
After so many goodbyes, which have generated much introspection, it is time for new growth, especially appropriate timing right now with the yellow explosion of spring that is settling into the Sonoran desert. Brittlebush, paloverde trees, desert marigold, prickly pears, & various wildflowers are all screaming with the color of the sun. So welcome after the sere winter months.
My non-tapestry art is changing, improving, exciting. Am I backwards, polishing drawing & painting skills after I have already become a proficient weaver??? No matter, it's how my journey is going & I feel that it is going well right now; the classes I have been steadily taking at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum's Art Institute are improving my aesthetic in both subtle & profound ways...
And have resulted in two smaller tapestries already woven this year, with another larger one in the incubation phase...
cereusly? (24" x 14")
corriente azul (12" x 26")
If you make art, keep doing it. Stretch & grow whenever wherever you can. Use it to get through the happy & the shit times. Use it to inspire others. But always do it from your soul & do it for yourself.
You're on your next journey now, sweet Roger. Thank you for being the weird & wonderful dog that you were & for sharing part of your life with us. We love you forever.
Over the rainbow you'll find a giant pot of cookies waiting for you.
ebb & flow, wax & wane
Creativity, tides, moon, seasons, life. The miracle of this season for me is our little blue planet which continues to spin regardless of how we treat her or what dramas we experience in our little lives.
Desert winters are beautiful, but I crave light & sun. When winter solstice is upon us, my spirits lift because days will begin lengthening.
A new tapestry underway on my new 32 inch Mirrix loom... cereusly? ...being woven on its side & inspired by a watercolor done during my first Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum class. The watercolor itself was based on a photo I took of cereus cactus in bloom. How does a humble small prickly plant produce such amazingly large & lush blooms that trumpet forth, wantonly beckoning pollinators to dive into their waxy pink, luscious blooms?
I've completed three more classes since the first, mostly using watercolors...
...and I'm anticipating the next three I've signed up for which begin early next year.
Our year ends on a sad note. Another person in our lives is gone... Dennis' mother died unexpectedly the day before Thanksgiving. She had been ill, but her death was very unexpected. She had just made the decision to retire from a job she held (& loved) for 48 years. Bev was an admirable woman, unusual for her generation in that she had divorced twice, had a career, & lived happily on her own. She will be so very missed.