Saturday, April 26, 2008

Catch-up News and Pictures 2008

4/27/08 Catching up with news and pictures since the beginning of 2008. Life whizzes by SO quickly, please take time out to love and appreciate you friends, your loved ones, your neighborhood, the World, and All the Wonderful Things that you do and make. I want to thank my wonderful International online Doll making as a Transformative Process class--you made the dark days of winter fly!

I'm looking forward to my first trip back to the Northeast since I moved here in June of 2005, a Road Trip with women friends and visit in Nova Scotia with the Girlz, a Making Dolls with Found Objects class in Ottawa. Apoxie from AVES has been quite a find (thanks, Linda and Opie) for sticking Anything to Anything.

I'm planning to keep a multi-media journal of my trip (any suggestions for best light-weight, compact road-trip journalling materials and approaches?) I also hope and plan to post at least once again before I go.

My job makes it tough to travel and teach more than once a year in person, but there are lots of enthusiastic students in the neighborhood.

Here I am with some of the creative group that meets in Sharon Goddard's studio--a wonderful place and people!

Everyone made stick dolls with Madrona, a beautiful warm red-barked tree that I've only seen on the West Coast.

The renowned metal artists, Linda and Opie O'Brien, came by in April after Art Fest in Port Townsend to join in a class, along with three other talented doll makers from California. Look for an increased use of heavy-duty Floriani Stitch N Shape

Our book group, Read 'em and Eat, is not all fun and games.

Kim Hansen, education director at the Olympic Park Institute had just returned from a training session at Mount Rainier, and we all participated in a grahic demonstration of plate tectonics using grahm crackers, marshmallow, peanut butter, and raisins

Friday's paper showed the areas most vulnerable to earthquakes in the US, and the whole Olympic Peninsula is red hot. I know I should have my bookcases strapped to the walls, but at least my house is high enough to be safe from the Tsunami.

We humans are all too effective at ignoring potential disaster, thinking that it can never touch us.


After a mostly snow-less winter, when the East and Midwest were buried, we got an unusual April surprise....more snow!

This is looking northeast from my porch, across the high school field to clouds rising over the Strait. This is the only place I've lived where everyone knows their elevation. I'm at 500 feet and friends higher up got 12" of snow on 4/19/08

I do love teaching, and find myself doing it every day to my patients at work.

I taught a tiny book class in PA at Art Supplies Unlimited for Valentine's Day giving. We did have a lot of fun and some of the local merchants came over to Angie's store to play.

Combining words and images in my art, playing with the book form are great loves of mine. I just sent my last copy of the first edition of my Doll Design book to Sweden, at the same time I got samples from a company that specializes in limited print runs of books, with lots more color than I could afford in my previous books. I don't know where to start, but must get BUSY and get the books composed and out into the world.

I am still planning to do HOT FLASH, the book.

Big Skies, Amazing Clouds, Always Changing

My house is perched on the side of one of our many hills, facing north--The Strait of Juan de Fuca and Victoria, BC. Even though the trees here are much taller and narrower than what I'm used to in the Northeast, the towns seem to have a lot more open air space above them than the little New England villages, nestled under rows of maples and oaks.

I look down on the tiny planes flying back and forth from our airport.

As I've said, gravel yards are ecologically-conservative here, where it rains all winter and almost never rains all summer. I've used a non-native turquoise quartz and smooth white beach stones to create spirals and an infinity sign on my front gray gravel. In the center of this spiral is a piece of white quartz from my friend, Will's, backyard in Burlington, VT. I always think of Vermont as my home, where I was born in the Northeast Kingdom. Not much there still but rocky farms and hills, but the most beautiful place in the world to me.

See the tiny orange slice in the center. It's the full moon setting in the west taken from my porch in January 2008.

The tall evergreens that surround my treeless yard make me remember falling in love with the forests as I was driving into Washington state for the first time from the East to live on a whole different scale than in New England.

The really tall trees, row on row made me think of ancient goddesses welcoming me. Probably an inspiration for my Sentinal series.

The Evergreen State and the Green Mountain State are aesthetically joined. Today I can see the Strait every day, instead of Lake Champlain.



I'm sitting in my bow window, with a 360-degree SPRING view of the Olympic Peninsula--Finally! Don't worry, I've been out weeding dandelions from my gravel yard, Farmers' Market, the Little Oven, and generally soaking up SUN!!! But I thought you'd like to see what I've been working on and what's coming up. 4/26/08

4/26/08 Finally, the day has come that reminds us why we live in the Cool Blue Northwest. Bright sun and 50's. Now I understand why people here will wear shorts even in the winter IF the sun will only come out!

The long dark winters are good for creativity, and I've been making a lot of new pieces for my June show, Figuratively Speaking, with Rosie Rojas, in San Antonio, Texas, get the details at

Artifact on the left.

Breaking out of the
Box on the right.

That's WIRED with the electrical-part hair. I'm loving mixed media and non-realistic figures more and more. Excited about using Apoxie products to attach anything to anything...maybe my structural ignorance when it comes to hard materials will finally be solved.

Below are: CELEBRATE, on a stick base, white rubber hands from an antique shop or Archie McPhie's. All those collections are ultimately useable....I try and try and try not to collect Too Much, but it's hopeless.

Diva is built like the other Sentinals...I like that simple body shape. I've been trying to get back to life drawing, so I have a good command of the reality I'm rejecting. I did the drawing in February, then next down, using nude distorted figures in quilted low bas relief, like pieces I did in the 1980's...anybody remember the old work? The ideas keep coming back around with new twists.

At bottom is another SENTINAL with an awl as a head and HOLDFAST, an antique pin box with arms, legs, and head....More to come!


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Good News!!! 4/13/08

Aaron Edwards of just fixed the problem that was keeping people from ordering from my shoppin cart over the last week or so. Aaron and Sarah are the VERY BEST tech hosts/problem solvers in the World, no UNIVERSE!!! and I am Forever Indebted to their brilliance and ever-ready willingness to solve my problems, even the dumb ones.

Other Good News is that after 6 or more weeks of battling viruses and bacterial of unknown origin but super-human strength, I am now back in the Land of the Living and multitasking again...but hoping to have learned something from my enforced nothing is worth stressing about TOOOO much...especially now that we've had two sort of sunny and warm days in a row.

I have been working on new pieces for the joint show with Rosie Rojas in San Antonio in June. I will give you more preview peeks later.