text and details to follow, more images and links to gallery 4 after my coffee is refreshed, the dog is run and the camera battery charged. Wouldn’t you know, one settles in to work seriously, but a few details are missing. stay tuned.
I am inspired and moved by this work.
Here’s a quick tour of the treehouse/cabin [AKA, my studio in the mountains] for you, as promised so long ago.
Perhaps you can tell it is a work in process, and maybe you can see why we call it the treehouse.
These photos were taken the last time I was there, two weeks ago. Arriving Wednesday, the weather was good and the light wonderful. That was the night of the full moon, the “Hunter’s Moon”. Sadly, by moonrise, the wind was howling and the sky clouded over. I did hear owls calling. There was a brief hour or so when the moon was out, huge and brilliant. Thursday was a good day for moving/stacking wood and mostly working inside.
Friday morning, the 14th, there was a dusting of snow. It turned to rain, to fog, back to snow. The question was, stay for the full weekend and get more work done, or bail out, leaving things for next year when it is accessible again. Common sense prevailed.
Of course, by the time I got onto paved road 2500′ lower, the sun came out and it was a lovely golden October day.
Several pieces in process came home with me: wood forms that I have been chipping away at, and deciding how to mount.
Working with the dry wood is definitely a “subtractive process” and messy. No stray threads, lots of dust. A dedicated space has to be created now that the chilly days are here.
It’s been a long, cold Winter but there are signs that with the Equinox, the season is truly shifting. Along the river, waterfowl are pairing up, the river runs open now, color has come up in the red twig willows. in my garden, a few shrubs are making leaf buds. Most noticeable is the lengthening daylight. we have begun mucking out the gardens, raking back the mulch. Tulip and daffodil spears are up. Hooray the little greenies! Happy Spring to you!
In the studio: two of the newest collages, now available on gallery 4.
more coming as I can get them photographed.
The Sketchbook Challenge is being a lot of fun. So many approaches to the sketchbook, to the page, to the act of keeping track. Are you participating? There are interesting challenges, lots of tutorials, and prizes!
Tomorrow is the ONE auction! All details and previews can be found here
100% of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Remember, it is a one day only event.
thanks for supporting the cause.
Two more for ONE.
I made and donated five collages for this fundraiser. The auction will take place February 16, the day after my dear Michael’s birthday. This cause is becoming very personal for many of the artists, self included.
Here are the last two of my five images.
“little rooms: hidden” “little rooms: two lane highway”
For details and for a preview, please visit
You can read Virginia’s interview with me at
January is winding down but it seems just a little while ago that it was a new month, the last post went up, plans were being made for so many things… what is there to say. I had good intentions but not as much discretionary time/energy as anticipated.
It has been cold and dismal and also very busy. Life is about to get busier yet. On Monday I head to Iowa for my annual workshop retreat. I am not packed but am very excited. It is a great core group. We’ve been working together for 4 or 5, perhaps 6 years, depending on where we start to count. This year the experimental focus will be on integrating acrylic mediums and gels with fiber and mixed media… fun stuff! The studio focus will be on what the participants are exploring. I can’t wait to see what has been happening this last while.
The Sketchbook Challenge is becoming an amazing experience! Are you participating?
My theme goes up February 1, along with random thoughts and suggestions. I do hope you will join us.
It does not seem right to sign off without giveing the four leggeds their space.
Beau and Sam, last week on a morning walk, the river, the Apsaroka Range.
Instead of responding to all your comments, I’ll post. Thanks for stopping in! thank you for the wonderful response to the collages! The “maps” are from a book of nautical references and star charts, copied onto card stock or lutradur, then used in the collages. The paper in the book is wonderful. perhaps I’ ll start using it soon, meanwhile I am still squeamish about altering a book. Silly but true.
here’s another of my collages for ONE:
little rooms: passage
One Cause, One Wednesday, One Hundred Collages
One Cause – The Fight Against Cancer.
One Wednesday – February 16, 2011.
One Hundred Collages
Here are two of the five collages I made for ONE: Each is mixed media/fiber, about 7″x 5″, mounted to 10×8
little rooms: lost maps
little rooms: heading north
**It is a Monday, the first of the New Year and it will be a busy day. All sorts of mundane tasks, but also work for the Sketchbook Project, new large work on the wall, and more…
There’s too much of it! I love paper, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing like good rag paper, the feel of a mark inscribing a surface, the response of surface to implement. But that’s the wonderful feedback loop of writing and drawing and painting.
Beautifully printed books, with wonderful pages and nice bindings and excellent layout design, are a sheer pleasure. It’s difficult to justify buying a book with poorly cut pages or one that is printed on cheapo pulp paper. Where’s the joy in handling that sort of object?
The “too much paper” I am commenting on today has to do with my office and files and recycle bins.
It is time to be ruthless. Earlier in the year a lot of my old notebooks were disposed of. Earlier this month I cleared out reams of misprints, old class handouts, first drafts and more. Multitudes of books have found their way into the re-home loop. There is still too much stuff cluttering my small spaces. My choice: either work on this today or spend the rest of the day in studio finishing my collages for “ONE”.
The last of my printed workbooks have sold. Both are now available only as e-books. This is great! Automatic and fast delivery to you, less opportunity for more paper clutter on this end <G>. (see my shop page for details)
In other news, I am participating in the Sketchbook Challenge. It officially begins January 1 but the blog is up and running. Join in the fun!
and now – off to walk with Beau? or work on the collages? or clear a shelf of paper debris? Maybe a little of each.
Here in the frozen North we have enjoyed (?) record breaking weather the past two weeks. The coldest cold, the most snow, the most moisture for November… and records are still being broken. I’m not going to bore you or myself with the statistics or details, but I have shoveled more snow in the last few days than I did all of last year.
On this side of the studio door, more small work is being finished and photographed.
Here is “little rooms: listening to memory”.
A Holiday gift to you: From now through the first of the year, there will be no shipping charges on any purchases from my website or Etsy shop.
After the first of the year, I will be closing the Etsy shop, choosing to focus on the website instead. Focus. Focus. Focus!