Retreat

I have a friend who thinks that retreats intended for rest, renewal and spiritual growth are wrongly named. She thinks they should be called advances. She’s got a point. Particularly since I enjoyed a glorious retreat this last weekend at the C Gallery in Los Alamos, hosted by artist/owner and consummate hostess Connie . . . → Read More: Retreat

Art Day

Recently I hosted an art day….one of my most favorite things to do. Ordinarily I pack an art suitcase along with my regular bag, schlep everything to an airport, navigate a particular airport’s version of security, and fly to a distant destination. But last Saturday the art day was at my home. Twelve . . . → Read More: Art Day

Dreams

I seldom remember the dreams I have when sleeping. I’m far more in tune with what I call waking dreams, the dreams that enliven my imagination – the I wonder what ifs, the step by step planning of something I hope to create, or the myriad ideas of how to use the arts . . . → Read More: Dreams

Sitting

This last week I’ve spent hour after hour, day and day crawling on my knees, standing, bending over, and walking around my 8′ work tables creating paper lace pieces to support the Advent worship art at church. The smallest piece at left, a 4′ x 3′ hanging for the entrance, was relatively . . . → Read More: Sitting

By Design

Some things happen by design. Other things happen with the most sublime serendipity…even if there was a certain lightly sketched design for the day. An art day hosted by my friend Susan at her home last Saturday. Ten to four. Bring what ever you want to work on. Spend the day making art. . . . → Read More: By Design

Gift

A surprise gift appeared in my mailbox last week. The large manila envelop from clear across the country contained the newly publish memoir of friend Martha Jane Petersen. Sweetly inscribed to “a sister on the artistic path,” this soft-bound volume Imaging My Inner Fire – Finding My Path Through Creating Art, is proving . . . → Read More: Gift

Tricky

Teaching an old dog new tricks is tricky. Especially when you combine two of her primary modes of creative expression into one much smaller space. By and large I am loving this relocation, but it’s taking me a little while to not feel like I have one shoe nailed to the floor while . . . → Read More: Tricky

Snippets

All’s quiet on the Western front. It’s not that there aren’t interesting things to do. It’s just a quiet season after finishing a couple of long distance conferences and enjoying a summer hiatus from the Lighthouse therapeutic art workshops. It’s been a couple of months of continually sorting through snippets of this, and . . . → Read More: Snippets

The Art of Aging

My husband could live in a closet. Me? Not so much. But I’m trying to be a supportive spouse and learn to live in less space as we grow older. Especially since I have three “offices” in our home – a computer/art supply storage work space downstairs, a fiber arts/art storage work space . . . → Read More: The Art of Aging

Soul Care

The recent Breathe Conference in Switzerland was all about soul care… in its many forms – worship, good teaching, rest, counseling, massage, medical attention, rest, tasty meals with lively conversation, chocolate, recreation, beautiful views, leisurely walks and vigorous hikes, rest, more chocolate, saunas, and my personal favorite, art making. Many of the guests . . . → Read More: Soul Care