* * * The MacKenzie Art Gallery now carries my art in their retail shop. Threadpaintings & Postcards. Albert Street, Regina SK
* * * SK Craft Council Boutique (linked) 'Wish You Were Here' Prairie Postcards + 2 large threadpaintings NEW - 710 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon
* * * Dimensions - touring, juried group show of SK fine craft is at Woodstock Gallery Ontario (linked) from July 5 - Sept 13, 2014

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Here Comes September

Here is September.  This is going to be a challenging month.  I have three kids going to three different schools, including one who cannot get school bus service.  That means driving and scraping ice off windshields and sitting in traffic.  BLEAH!  The good news is that I will likely get to work right through their lunch breaks as they will be staying at school for that.  That will be new for me.
As for work, I have two really key contracts to complete in the next 2 weeks for publication in the new year.  !   I have major butterflies over that.  There's so much pressure I put on myself to have it PERFECTLY PERFECT.  It will be so worth it though.

September is also the time for me to hand over the final list of artworks for the January exhibition I'm curating.  With curating comes more grant writing due by the end of the month.  That's a lot of hours.  That's a lot of budgets and quotes and references and descriptions.  To tell you the truth, the hardest part is copying that list.  I have the simple task of making a list of all the artists and their mailing addresses to hand in to the exhibition coordinators at the SK Craft Council.  There are about thirty artists.  Copying info from one page to another is SO ridiculously difficult for me.  I don't know what my problem is, but I have the hardest time with it.  It's like picking up sand with a sieve and carrying it to a bucket nearby.  EVERY time, I have to go back because something is missing.  I can't remember or I mix numbers up.  I noticed this in University when I took a basic accounting class.  I got it all right with the exception of coping everything down all mixed up from point A to point B.  I'm a star at math, geotrig, algebra... but the act of copying is my downfall.  I suppose that's why following patterns is so painstaking for me.  It is likely why I cannot do cross stitch either.  Typing out the minutes for the Embroidery guild was like learning Greek.  I still don't get it.  I am just not cut out for this.  Oh well.  Just like anyone with challenges - life balances out by giving you areas that you excel.  I am good at a lot of things.  But not this. ; )  No, no.  Not this.

So, I wonder why I can reproduce prairies (and detailed things on the prairies), but I cannot reproduce sentences or addresses which are also made of little detailed things.  I can look out at one spot, look down and reproduce it in front of me on my paper or on my cloth.  That is essentially what I've been doing the last half decade.  That is effortless.  What's the difference between a barn or flower and a few shapes of alphabet letters or numbers?  Really - it shouldn't make a difference.  They are all visual symbols.  Right?  Wrong?

I could go on and on.  What about you?  I can't be the only one with this problem.

Maybe I'll get my oldest typist to write out the list for me in a document.  It'll take him ten minutes and save me two hours.

Well.  Thanks for listening.
Back to the sewing room...  I also have a good handful of commissions.  ; ) Hello September.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Snapshots

Oh August - gone already!?  I still love you the most.

so proud of these full size green apples I grew!  (Yukon hardy)

We made another trip to the lake on one last hot day.  
Thank you August.  The kids are grateful for that.

Back at home, I have dozens and dozens of Tiger Lilies standing several feet tall!
August makes them happy too.

"But mama!  Tigers have stripes."   Good point.

Thank you also August, for giving us 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays.  : )  You've been awesome.
It's going to be tough to let you go!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Purple.

Here's a little update on my studio.  The painting in the main room is DONE.  Done, done, done.  So I moved my things out to the entry room to paint there, while my husband moved his stuff in to my studio to work on the floors.  Oooh my beautiful floors!  : )

studio to the left, entry room to the right

I think it doesn't look bad at all considering there are no artificial lights on in the studio for this photo. 

Are you eyeballing that wall?  That pink wall?  It's not pink.  It's purple.  It's soft crocus purple.  Lilac like.  Actually, the paint chip was called, "Goddess."  That pretty much sold me on it.  I wanted something light so the room wouldn't darken.  I wanted something coloured so the walls wouldn't look stark.  I wanted something that would look food with dark coffee brown.  I wanted a colour that my art wouldn't disappear on (so I opted out of green for that reason). 

It's a colour that is no where else in the house.  In fact, it's a colour from the opposite end of the coulourwheel from most of the walls in my house.  I like it.  When I walk in here, I walk into a different space completely. 

Different energy.  

Different headspace.  

I actually don't like showing this wall colour off.  I'm having a love/hate thing going on with it.  I like the way it makes me feel, but I don't like the way it looks.  It's hard to explain.  I suppose it will only be a backdrop for other things.  It is very clearing and relaxing.  It's not stimulating like chartreuse would have been.  Trust me - all my stash will colour and clutter up the room with eyecandy, so I think this is enough.  It isn't earthy though.  But since it's just one wall, it will take an hour to change it if I find something I like better.  Good gosh - what a lot of time spent contemplating a wall.  I mean seriously!!

Other than that, I'm waiting on a few more images to approve for the show in January.  September is my deadline.  It's been an interesting ride.  It's taken a different path than I had expected.  It's all very feminine.  Well, all the fibre artists are women.  That's not surprising, but I think nearly all the pieces really show a feminine flair to them.  Now I need to come up with a name for the show.  Hmm... maybe it'll come to me in a dream.  : )

Linking to WIP Wednesday at The Needle & Thread Network.  See you next time!  We're off to the lake before school starts!!

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