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following one’s own advice?

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Today, September 10, has been spent clearing out boxes of papers, stored since my move 2+ years ago.  The good news: there’s very little “trash”. The good news? much of what had been stored may now be obsolete. The better news: this draft blog post is still relevant, if not quite so much. Written at the end of May, it was a reflection on being at Crossroads. I no longer feel quite like that. Several exhibitions have come and gone since then – there’s been a lot of new work made over the past two years. There are two invitationals to deliver work for in the next month.

memory-mont    meditation-map   moon-1_02

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draft post

For nearly three decades (yikes!), in one format or another, I taught, coached, facilitated – whatever you choose to name it- I worked with creative people, individually, in classes and in small groups. Whether in a formal setting such as a University classroom or professional symposiums or more casual retreat environments, my basic task was to help folks make the next move or next jump in their creative process.  Along the way a lot of processes, techniques and possibilities were shared but the underlying focus was always on each individual’s journey.

Every person is unique and each set of circumstances is very particular. Still, the basics of creative work are consistent from my point of view: learn the required skills and language, master your tools, improve constantly and most important, show up! Make one decision and then the next. Then the next. Be true to your initial creative vision, each subsequent decision should match that.

Life: Circumstances change. We find ourselves, every so often, just moving with the currents, perhaps adrift. It can be difficult (and is certainly time/energy consuming) to re-orient. Having just come through one of those multi-year situations, here were major challenges: My studio discipline was shot. The daily work habit needed to be rebuilt. I went from a decades long consistent daily practice to not being in studio at all. Part of this had to do with all that accompanies a major loss, from coping to surviving to putting myself back together, and then to building a new life. What did/do I want that life to look like? what is an appropriate life/work balance, now? I used to know the answers to these questions, has that changed? Actually, lots has changed and I am adjusting and choosing and celebrating!

Confidence, well, where did it go, if it ever existed? (Is the work any good? what happens next? how should it look? why am I doing this?  In short, all the questions we ask ourselves as we build what is generally, a very solitary work life.)

Identity: Marge Piercy said: “every artist lacks a “license”. This is true. We can self describe, self identify as artists, with or without degrees, with or without an exhibition record, sales, awards and external acclaim, but many of us face a certain sense that the outside world places little or no value on what we do. A friend once told me that what people like me do is non-essential, therefore without value. Is this true? For that friend it was. I’ve almost always had a strong sense of self, of who I am in the world, but at times the self-doubts can be challenging. There’s no shortage of reinforcement for insecurity, is there.

***Now, on the other side of this reflection from late May, I am still not in studio daily, but am creating new gardens, new pollinator habitat, new community relationships. This matters. My little cottage in Billings is on the market and has required major work in the aftermath of a renter. sigh. There’s been a lot of work at the treehouse – hooray- and here at the StarHouse. This has been the season of paint on my shoes <G>.

Some decisions have been made in light of personal changes as well as the change in the “market”.

  • Travel for teaching is no longer in the template of my life. I will miss all of you whose relationships have been so important over the years. thank you for the gifts of your friendship and for how you allowed me to see through your eyes.
  • A greater focus on putting the work into the world is important. Perhaps (if there is something to say <G>) I will begin writing again.
  • Primarily, it has to be about what happens in the studio. Without that, there is nothing to share, nothing to say.

As we approach the Equinox, colors are shifting; the habits of birds and wild critters are changing, there’s a welcome chill in the dark hours and lovely warmth in the afternoons. The higher peaks behind the house have snow. The light is wonderful.

wishing you well.

dawn window

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

FFAC

“dawn window: begin again”: My donation for “The 100″, the fundraiser for American Cancer Society.

5w x 7″h, mounted to 8×10”

Mixed media: photo on fabric, lutradur and other surfaces, hand beaded, embroidered, machine stitch.

A Summer dream, made in honor of a sister.
How can you participate? All the details are here:
http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

and now it is October?

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

again? and already?
It’s been a busy year with a lot of changes and reassessments.

sunday-tea  newmooonsky

Studio work was on hiatus while we moved house, now it is back! Hooray

.tracks  fault-line-a  moon-dance

Teaching had been on hold for a long while but I will be traveling again in 2015.

Not frequently, but still: traveling to teach from time to time. (the schedule will be updated as contracts are formalized).

The web site, long neglected, will be refurbished in the coming weeks (if the elves show up <G>)

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In other news,  our dear, funny, and much loved, ms. Gracie passed away  in late September from complications following surgery. She is missed more than I can say.

She was a confident and happy puppy girl (despite being bounced around so many times before OBeau adopted her) and reminded us always, as dogs do, that the moment that counts is the now.

so-bright  Here she is, prepping for a laser treatment in late August, happy, smiling. her future’s so bright, she’s gotta wear shades. We honestly thought she’d make it through.

As GK says: “Be well, do good work and keep in touch.”

just the details

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

There are new images up in Gallery 2 now. These are older pieces, exhibited but not previously offered for sale. Clicking on the detail will take you to the full image and specifics.

detail – “fragments: evening shadows”

 

detail: “night garden”

 

detail: “Peeling Onions”

A percentage of all sales from my website will be donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief.

If you need to make payment arrangements, let me know.  thanks for visiting!

putting a lid on it!

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

After years of water damage (and inadequate repairs) to my studio ceiling I am finally getting a new roof! Actually the entire house is being re-roofed in the next two weeks, but my insurance does not cover the studio roof.

My challenge is to raise  the money to cover this major repair, in addition to my deductible so here’s the deal:

It’s yet another SALE!

There are new items on the store page, new small works on the gallery 4 page (and more coming this week, including works on paper and in wood).

Any order that totals $50 or more will get a bonus of a small embellishment potluck for mixed media/fiber artists.

Orders totaling $100 or more will get the above as well as a choice of one of my two .pdf workbooks.

$500 or more will get a bonus of the two above as well as a small artwork, ready to frame. (my choice on this one!)

This is my final sale of the season. I am looking forward to getting back in the studio this Fall following the re-roofing and remodel of the interior. It’s interesting how unearthing and clearing out  all sorts of stuff this Summer has helped renew my creative energy. Now to get the rest of the work done so I can explore my ideas in an adequate space. The dining room table is fine but gets cluttered so easily.

 

Mid June news

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

This afternoon was spent with more cleaning and sorting in the studio. Will it ever end? I’ve uploaded some small, older pieces to Gallery 4. They are more in keeping with the work in fiber that most of you know me for.  As a reminder, my MayDazed Sale ends on the 15th. On the 16th, things go back up to their retail value. If you are in a location other than the US and want something, let me know and we will work out the Customs/shipping issues!

I’m about at the point of stuffing things in boxes and participating in a Flea Market Sale. This sorting, ironing and so forth is taking time away from the gardens and from the new work I need to be doing.

Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. I am missing Michael. All this clearing out has been therapeutic, if time consuming but it does seem to go on and on. I am finding wonderful stuff in the tool shed now that the major clearing has been done: wooden boxes, rusty keys, interesting bits of who knows what… All vintage, all probably updated with electronic tools by now – but aesthetically lovely. What to do with these things?.

Let’s get the clearing out done with, fix what needs fixing and get on with the outdoor work! There are shrubs to prune, weeds to pull and perennials that did not survive 2011 to replace.

 

 

 

 

 

My walking buddy, Ken, keeps a blog about the island and our dogs. His writing is as good as his photos. You might enjoy seeing some of Beau’s buddies, and a very good picture of  Beau as well.

This morning, Beau, Karen and I walked in a different area along the river. It was quiet, no other dogs or people.  Neiki and Beau are a good match and quiet friends, but likely to burst into wild running at any given moment. Fortunately they both have “off buttons”.  Along the way Karen and I cleaned up fishing line (dangerous to the birds as well as the dogs) and a mile into the walk found a still smouldering campfire, complete with beer cans: emptied, half emptied and full. We cleaned it all up but I must admit to being irritated at the disrespect for the Park.

The River is still running high but it was a lovely morning and Beau had good opportunities to swim. Neiki wades.

Tomorrow I will upload a memorial song for Michael on our anniversary, have a quiet day with my dog and dinner with a friend. Friday is the beginning of my new year.

Please join me in marking a significant new beginning.

all best, laura

 

 

a rainy day

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

   The final mark downs in gallery 4 are in place, more work goes up this weekend.

Today will be spent stocking my store page: fabric packs, leftover potluck boxes,  ephemera potluck packs and other miscellaneous supplies for the mixed media artists.

 

 

 

 

Come visit! Early and often as the updated additions take time to load and there’s a dog to walk, coffee to drink and probably other miscellaneous tasks.

At least there will not be the distraction of the gardens today, although they desperately need all the attention they can get right now.

Color!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

In the garden:

 

This peach colored poppy bloomed yesterday. The traditional scarlet poppies are done now and my favorite, a deep blue based red did not survive the winter of 2011. On my outings today and Monday I’ll be looking for replacements but that color is not an easy one to find.

Last Fall a dear friend sent a box of treats, including this Iris. It too bloomed yesterday and is much loved. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

And in the studio/Gallery 4,  Some new work has been added and the MayDazed Sale continues. Some prices are changing today, more work will be added this afternoon and tomorrow.

This piece is part of a series where the batting is surface rather than filler. It’s wonderful to paint on, tear up and collage  with <G>.

Enjoy this wonderful Day!

laura

 

May Dazed!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Thank you all for your comments and inquiries. There were some glitches, but for right now the “may dazed sale” pieces are on Gallery 4.  We all know the old adage about the last minute don’t we?

Prices will fluctuate and new things will be added from now until the June 15, after that, I am hoping to get back to a regular listing of new work. Right now, these things need new homes. Maybe you will find something you like and snatch it up before someone else does <G>.

The Museletter is back, let me know if you’d like to subscribe. It may be a few days before the proper links are on my Home page and elsewhere.

I hope that May has been good to you and that June is even better.

MayDazed SALE!!!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

  “the Moon and the Sea”, 5″ x 5″ x 1.25″   ©2012

Acrylic, paints and inks on Museum Wrapped canvas.  hang or display on shelf.

$85 includes shipping in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etsy doesn’t like how my images are sized – and that’s a crowded place to be for someone as impatient with technology as I seem to be these days<G>.

My website galleries aren’t happy today so here goes:

All  prices include US shipping. Time stamping is important – as in first come gets the item.

If you are outside the Continental US, contact me, we’ll figure out the shipping together.

All Payments will be billed via PayPal. If this is a serous issue for you, I can take credit cards by Square. They are equally secure but Square requires you to call me. (email me and I’ll give you the number)

If you have had your eye on something on the website and want it, let me know. We will work it out.

I will be posting items here, on my blog, as they are photographed. Look for lots of postings in the near future (into next week, at least twice a day!)

thanks, laura