Discovery

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I have just discovered that after two whole weeks of activities and appointments cancelled because of snow and ice, a day-long evacuation of our home because of area wide power outages, the ornamental pear trees in the front yard are shaking their limbed fists in the face of . . . → Read More: Discovery

New

We’re nearly six months into a new life here in North Carolina. Some days it feels like we just got here, but some days now we feel like we’ve been here forever. The hard work of imprinting a new routine that I fretted about a few months ago seems mostly a distant . . . → Read More: New

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. . . . → Read More: Art Day

Salt

The art workshops at the Lighthouse are a challenge for Theresa. Art doesn’t come naturally to her which often leads to frustration and a lack of confidence. She’s not necessarily alone so we purposefully offer a variety of art experiences for the ladies who are part of a year-long, faith-based residential treatment . . . → Read More: Salt

Grateful Hearts

Thanksgiving is a season of gathering gratitude, spreading it feast-fashion around a table to be shared with family and friends…as well as the groaning table of festive foods that takes days to prepare and minutes to consume. It’s one of my favorite meals to cook. And one of my favorites to eat. . . . → Read More: Grateful Hearts

Autumn

It’s been all quiet on the Western front for the last couple of weeks. Primarily because we’ve been cruising the St Lawrence Seaway in search of fall colors between Quebec and Boston. With the exception of an occasional flaming tree, there were lots of yellows and oranges, but relatively few reds in . . . → Read More: Autumn

Wow

There were long periods of quietly making art. Conversations grew more personally reflective day by day.  They weren’t interested in breaking for lunch the final day. They were reluctant to go home at the end. They lingered…and then set a date for when they would gather again as a group to make art. WOW!

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Mixing It Up

It began with a simple question, How do you mix yellow? Well, Ashley, you don’t. It’s a primary color. But that set me to thinking. Over the last few years the Lighthouse art cabinet has been stocked with lots of small bottles of acrylic paint in lots of different colors. I’ve never taken the . . . → Read More: Mixing It Up

One More Time

I love making art in community. That’s where I get some of my best ideas. Not stealing, but open sourcing because creativity begets creativity, and we all benefit when great ideas are shared. That’s what happened when I showed up the following Tuesday for open studio time. One of the women wanted . . . → Read More: One More Time

Thelma & Louise

This week our daughter and I are celebrating the seventh anniversary of a memorable road trip. And a whole lot more.

Seven years ago, after learning that she had inherited the BRCA1 gene, Karen elected to undergo aggressive breast cancer surgery and reconstruction at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, . . . → Read More: Thelma & Louise