Saturday, March 31, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
A few days ago I gallery sat at the Zephyr Gallery which is downtown. I am part of a group show celebrating "International Women's Day". The theme this year was "Friendship" which is why I entered this piece........... "Good Company".
I think when we reflect back on our lives we find our friends were so instrumental in celebrating our happy moments, encouraging us in times of despair, giving us a soft shoulder to cry on during our "crisis" situations and just generally "being there". There is great comfort in knowing that no matter what life throws at you, your friends will be there to pick you up when you fall.
That being said, it was wonderful to spend time at the Zephyr and to read all the wonderful stories that accompanied each piece of art work. Each story was inspiring and uplifting.
Each friend in our life is truly a gift and if you are fortunate enough to have a great friend who makes your life brighter......count yourself as very blessed.
Monday, March 19, 2007
This was the view from the cabin on our last night on the Lake. As you can see the ice had moved back in creating a strange but silent calm. Sunsets like this one are common on Lake Superior.......anyone who can take one in is awestruck.
I came away from this trip with a sketchbook full of inspiration and the feeling of gratitude for being able to spend a week here. It is truly nourishment for the soul and the spirit
Watch for new work based on my time spent here.
Monday morning we took our snowshoes and headed up to the Sugar Bush. My inlaws who live full time on the Lake have a large patch of maple trees they tap every spring for maple syrup. No plastic tubing for them. The tree gets tapped the old fashioned way and then the sap is collected in metal buckets, boiled over an open fire in three large pots until the syrup is ready to be bottled. It is extremely labor intensive but also a labor of love since they give almost all of it away.........lucky us.
This day was the warmest yet....t shirt weather. Mild, sunny and absolutely gorgeous. The chickadees ate sunflower seeds right out of our hands. A truly fabulous day in which lots of syrup was made as well as many memories
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The water and the girl were painted with acrylic on canvas.....the border around her is done in textile collage with felted wools, machine embroidery, various theads and wools. This piece was then batted and quilted to create a three dimensional artwork.