Wednesday, March 07, 2007

WINTER--One More Time

Winter is still barking at us here in the WV panhandle. I drove the 15 miles of twisty, hilly roads to work this morning--probably the worst road conditions of the winter. Even the road crews are tired of plowing, I think. No plowing or salting had been done to Rt88, my commute route, but luckily most travelers were heading toward Wheeling, and I was traveling away there weren't many bad drivers going my direction and I was able to get up and down all the hills safely.

And still it snows. Here are a couple of shots from my office windows. As the world turns, I have a beautiful commute to work each day, even in the snow, and my office is surrounded by giant oaks which inspire me in every season. My library is on a very lovely campus and I count this a great blessing. My previous job of 20 years was spent in a windowless basement of an ugly cement building.

Classes for today have been cancelled, so we won't be very busy with students and I can get caught up on budgets and strategic plans.

But I also have a little time to play with Blogger and keep my technology skills sharp, i.e. this blog is my continuing education project. ;)

My little show at the coffee shop received great reviews (locally) and most important was an invitation to have a show in September at a bigger venue, the local artists co-op gallery. Yippee!

That means I have a few months to get some new work together, both clay monoprints and art quilts. I am very excited and encouraged by this opportunity, so much so that I have been stocking up on pigments for the printing and fusing fabrics so that I'm ready to go on the quilts.

Currently in the workshop I have a traditional quilt, the African Twisted Sisters project, that I am chipping away on. Most of the top is pieced and ready for borders. While it is satisfiying like a jigsaw puzzle to work on, it does not feed the soul and I am chomping at the bit for some time to be in color which is how I feel I work with cloth & clay.

The needles are not at rest either. I finished the Irish Hiking Scarf on Sunday; it was a knit from your stash project and probably the first Xmas '07 gift to be completed. Now I am again working from my stash, and am back to sox because they are so wonderfully portable. Here is the first sock of a pair for me and not for sale of for gifting. I am using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Socks, a yarn that I bought at Purl Soho last summer. This is by far my favorite sock yarn--so yummy. I am using 2 Turbos and the knitting is fast. Who knows, maybe I'll finish them while the cold weather lingers!

And finally, the traveling sock is at work with me
today. It is a welcome companion as well as a talisman reminding me that while one part of me is working and doing the professional thing, another part is planning for those precious, colorful hours in the workshop.

1 comment:

Scrapmaker said...

Congratulations on the success of your show(s)! I'm glad to see you have your comments enabled again so I could tell you. Jen


"Color is the real substance for me, the real underlying thing which drawing and line are not."
--Sam Francis

"The great man is one who never loses his child's heart."
-- Philosopher Mencius

"We wear our attitudes in our bodies."
-- Patti Davis

Colour embodies an enormous though unexplored power which can effect the entire human body as physical organism.

Colour is a means of exercising direct influence upon the soul.
--V. Kandinsky
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.. things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe

Nothing is really work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Faith is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
E. L. Doctorow

Somebody once said that people become artists
because they have a certain kind of energy to release, and that rings true to me.
--Dale Chihuly