My Own Two Hands.

August 21, 2010

Two or so months ago, I decided to try sculpting.  I bought a block of clay and some sculpting tools and dug in… literally. I had no idea what I was doing  and began by trying to carve things with those tools.  It didn’t take me long to figure out that I actually had to pick up the clay and mold it with my hands rather than carving it with metal toothpick-like things.  And it worked.  I started forming the clay into a figure and just let my mind – and more importantly my hands – go from there.  What happened was kind of amazing for me.  I started forming a figure that seemed to speak directly to things I was feeling – both good and bad – emotionally.  And it happened with the second figure too.  And so, I realized, that I had found a new therapeutic tool.

Sculptures 1 & 2:

About a week ago, my therapist (hereafter referred to as “T”) began talking with me about the importance of holding onto the image of light inside of me when we discussing things that made me feel uncomfortable physically.  This really resonated with me because of work I’d done in the past with imagery related to light.  It kind of jogged my memory in a way and I decided two weekends ago that I needed to do art related to this light to help me remember it moving forward.  That weekend was really interesting because, when I awoke early on Saturday morning, my living room was full of amazing amber-tinted light.  I went outside with my camera and fell in love with where I live all over again.  I sat outside for about an hour and breathed in the light and the fresh air of the morning – the perfect way to begin my light-filled weekend.  This is one of the pictures I captured at about 6:15 that morning:

That morning I also finished a painting I’d started the night before for my bedroom.  I’m in the midst of decorating it. It’s all very natural, ivory tones except for some orange/yellow accents here and there.  I had a huge wall with nothing on it, so I wanted to do a painting and decided that the “light” theme would be a good one to go with.  Here’s what I came up with – different than what I usually do but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Now, back to the sculpting topic:  The weekend that I did the two pieces above, I also started my third sculpture.  I wasn’t sure how I could capture the idea of light through that medium but I decided to try.  I’ve always been drawn to images related to the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun.  And I’m very interested in energy.  With my past therapist(s), my fabulous energy worker in DC, and on some level T, I’ve talked about the importance of letting energy and life back into the area around my abdomen.  It’s supposedly a very important healing center of the body that I had purposefully ignored for about 25 years (oops).  So, I decided to focus my sculpting on a piece related to that.  She took me longer than the first two pieces and is a little larger than they are – she is probably six or seven inches tall including the “moon” she’s holding.  I ventured out and decided to try imbedding beads into this piece also, and, much to my surprise and delight, it seems to have worked!  Finished last night…  Here she is:

And a detail shot that shows the beading better:


A year later…

July 23, 2010

I have no idea if anyone reads this blog or not.  Just in case someone occassionally checks in, I thought I’d do an unpdate.  In reality, I should use this blog regularly and maybe I’ll begin doing so again.  About the time I stopped posting on this blog, I started a photography website with an accompanying blog and began posting there: /

But, I only post my photographs there.  That’s fine but, in truth, my other art is more important to and reflective of who I am and the growth that I’m expeirencing in my life.  I anticipate the next two or so years to be especially interesting and exciting for me and I think that continuing using my art as a key form of expression is going to be increasingly important.  So, I think I’ll try to use this site to document those things and my journey in general – maybe making it a little more general than just my art.  Maybe I’ll try to share more of my story.  I’m not really sure.  For now, to get back into the swing of things here, I’ll share a watercolor that I did about two weeks ago.  It remains untitled for now, but I’m sure that will eventually change.

New Website!

September 9, 2009

After several years of wanting to set up a website for my photography, I’ve finally done it!  What better time than when I first move to a new place, right?  I’m hoping to eventually be able to do part-time photography work around Ithaca and this is the first step:


July 18, 2009

A watercolor from today titled ‘Ghosts’:

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July 9, 2009

“Reclamation”… the title of my latest piece. I rarely title my art but this one is very personal for me and speaks to the process I’m moving through at this point in my life.

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July 5, 2009

I wrote a while back that I’d learned to crochet but haven’t posted any pics yet for some reason.  I just finished my fourth blanket since learning in March.  This one is for Anna who will turn one on July 13 (I have no idea how she’s that old already).  After I finished it, I decided I would do a mini version for her doll, Bernadette… or a travel-size one for Anna (whichever way she prefers to use it).    So you can get a visual, here is a (old) pic of Anna (with Bernadette, of course). 

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Have you ever seen such amazing eyes?





And, here are their blankets…

Anna Bday Quilts

Lots of thoughts today…

June 14, 2009

I’ve done two watercolors today.  The first I did tonight after a good afternoon/evening that helped me think more about the concept of forgiveness…

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And this is a smaller one that I did earlier in the day.  I’m calling her ‘Claudine.’  I don’t know anyone named Claudine but that’s what came to me as I finished the piece, so I’m keeping it…

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May 26, 2009

Here are my two newest watercolors – the first from yesterday, the second from this evening.  Let me know what you think! 

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Catching Up

May 23, 2009

I had a brief unexpected detour in my life and had to take some time to tend to myself and my health for a bit in New York.  Because of that, I haven’t had the opportunity to post anything since February… much too long ago.  I have so much to catch up on here.  My brother got married and I photographed the Tucson wedding.  While I was in Arizona, I did a photo shoot with my friend Holli and her family (husband Brad and daughter Anna).  It was wonderful to meet Anna Jean for the first time and to photograph and fall in love with her in person, rather than via her MeMe, Mary Ellen!  It was fun for me too because I photographed her parents’ wedding in San Diego almost three years ago… 

I’ve also begun watercoloring over the past month or so.  It’s been an interesting transition for me.  Anytime I’ve painted before, I plan out everything before I begin…  I conceptualize what I want to paint, then sketch it out, perfect the sketch, then transfer it onto the canvas, and eventually get around to doing a painting.  With the watercolors, I’m being much more spontaneous and I’ve been suprised at what comes to me when I just start putting the brush to the paper without really thinking about it.  While I was in NY, I also picked up crocheting.  I’m currently working on my fourth blanket and find that working with the yarn really relaxes me.  I’m thankful for having learned that during this stage of my life. 

So, this is a probably too-long post to share some of what I’ve done over the past few months.  I am in the midst of several life changes that are exciting and scary and lots of other things all at once.  My hope is that I will use this space to write more about all that I’m transitioning toward as those things begin to happen and to share the art that I create as I move through these new motions….

I’ll start from the most recent “creativity” and work backwards…

Two of my watercolors from the past three weeks:

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Here are a few of my favorites of Anna and her parents Holli and Brad (if I posted all of the ones I’d like to, we’d be here for hours):



And, finally, after three months… a few pics from Clay and Erin’s wedding on February 21, 2009.  Welcome to the family, Erin!

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February 17, 2009

This week, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time resting, relaxing, and remembering that it’s important to take care of myself. I’ve been in New York at Ophelia’s Place and decided to do some paintings for them to sell in their store. While I thought I would get three canvases and some journal covers painted, I only got two finished. It’s been so nice to just paint for a couple of days. Here’s what I created: