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No Kvetching

Our weather is cold and dreary and drippy again. The weatherman says we will have a colder than normal winter with higher precipitation which translates to snow. I have decided that I want to embrace what ever comes my way. I do not want to spend the next two seasons kvetching about the weather. Do you think I am up to it?

Yesterday was a very busy day and I never got around to blogging. After my two meetings and a trip to the farmer’s market, I found several SDA website things that needed to get done. I decided to get those things done last night so that I could have a studio day today. Unfortunately, my computer work extended through most of this morning. I really didn’t get much done today.

The photo above is a basket of the felted soaps that I made. I created little tags with the ingredients of the soap and directions on how to use them. I gave them as gifts to the guild members who served on my board.

This is Yellow Dot, my latest fiber sketch. It is the same background as the last one I did.

I mentioned some time ago that my photo was going to be used in a show by Susan Lenz. There are about 170 different portraits of people and their decisions. Mine was to have a mastectomy. She sent me the following which is an ad for the show with my portrait. I was very excited to see this. Click on the image to see it larger. You can read about the installation here.

Today, I read Jane Dunnewold’s blog, Existential Neighborhood. It was about paying attention to details, but this paragraph really spoke to me:

I think that’s why eventually we have to get away from other people and focus on working alone. How can you discover your voice if you are always singing with a choir? Your timing, the phrasing, that lilt at the end of a line – you need the courage to go solo in order to unfold.

I sometimes feel lonely and wish for the camaraderie of other artists, but I also know that I am growing as an artist as I work alone in my studio. I do miss my monthly critiques with Terry and June.

Also, please take a look at the fantastic Mistyfuse badge that Iris Karp made for me. Isn’t it cool?

8 Responses to “No Kvetching”

  1. ginger says:

    Hi Gerrie, I just wanted to give you my take on the grey weather….down here on our property we have very little water by the end of the summer and that can be very frustrating…..this water falling from the sky is like blessings to us ( and the ducks and the geese ) sun is also good but right now……water is better….sorry you had a bug this week….I am always glad to read what you have been up to….life and art…..Ginger…..ps I think I might be finding my way back to the art life….ok life in general…..

  2. kathy says:

    What happened to Terry and June and those monthly critiques? I think one could learn a lot from critiques from respected fellow artists. But I do agree, in the end…you have to follow your own thing and sometimes, what our respected friends say…can get in the way. I like your yellow dot sketch too.

  3. Sunday morning in Portland, O, sunny and crisp looking beyond the window. At the end of first year here, I’m puzzled by the climate. You will probably laugh at this but I expected more rain! Kvetching less about weather? Maybe we all could use a yellow dot badge.

  4. Susan Lenz says:

    Hi! I hope you saw the SAQA newsletter announcing several quilting exhibitions including my “Personal Grounds” show in Charleston….with your portrait!

  5. jenclair says:

    Still hot and humid here. Although I don’t envy your long winter seasons, I do wish for some rain and cooler weather.

    I love Susan’s work and your portrait is terrific. So wish I could see this installation in person. All of the portraits are so personal and fascinating.

    You really seem to have the perfect balance of camaraderie and isolation, taking part in workshops and critiques (all though less frequently, perhaps) and working alone developing your own artistic voice.

  6. Susan Lenz says:

    Thanks for spreading the word about my Decision Portrait series and the exhibition that opens tonight at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC. It was my honor to stitch your portrait. Thank you so much!

  7. dee says:

    I’m hoping that the predictions about the winter are untrue. We have also had a cool snap from high 80s to 60-ish.
    After all the guests are gone I can concentrate on Roger’s recovery and maybe a little sewing in the afternoons.
    I like that concept of “unfolding” very much. It’s a perfect description of what I would like to do.
    Thanks for all the kind words you sent my way.

  8. Jeannie says:

    I agree with Jane to some extent, but working in isolation has its drawbacks. Here in the land of beige quilts it is difficult to find like minded artists. On another note, we have skipped Sept. here in the desert. We are 10-15 degrees below normal. I shudder to think what winter will be like. I guess I better make sure the snowblower is ready to go and sharpen the shovels!;) I have been laying in art supplies for those days where it is too cold to venture out. Have a great weekend.