Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter Wax 2017

The only word I know to use at this point is ecstatic. That's how I feel even after a nine hour car drive, a couple loads of laundry, hours spent catching up on emails, and putting all the workshop supplies away. 

Ecstatic that this workshop provided a space where twelve beautiful women tapped into something very good and unique in each others presence. Ecstatic that we allowed a bond to form so quickly among us, that we took part in a greater vision and it proved to have yielded more than we could have imagined. 

What was it? The perfect alignment of the planets? 
The energy of the house? 
The trusting and open hearts? 
The letting go of all things except to be present? 

Winter Wax 2017 took place in a newly inhabited Victorian home. A home that is experiencing a beautiful transition. A transition that honors its past and embraces the polish. A home in Lexington, Kentucky owned by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch and husband, John Govaert. 

Winter Wax 2017 was the vision of Patricia, and in collaboration with Brenda Tassava, a woman who skillfully empowers women to speak their dreams and embrace them, and myself, a lover of sharing all I know and being in full presence with my fellow creators. We did what we do, and we did it well. 

Winter Wax 2017 was twelve beautiful women who stepped up to the table and allowed themselves to be open to the new, truthful in their voice, and above all supportive of one another. 

The art that was created, the stories we told, the poems that we read, the meals that we shared, and the goals we set are all worthy of celebration. 
I'm so honored to have been a part of this very special week. This is the kind of high that I could live on. In gratitude, thank you Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch for seeing this come to life. We are all the richer for it. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Bucket List Gets A Check Mark


I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Yesterday, I went to the Cleveland Museum of Art, something I have wanted to do since I moved to Rochester almost twenty years ago. Why did it take so long? It is only 4 hours away, and that is with two stops ( lots of coffee ). 
The museum is lovely and can be enjoyed in a day. 
The take away lesson: Don't let the energy invested in what I want to do be more than the doing. 
I hope you will enjoy the pictures of just a few of the highlights for me, some of which are just the details.

Jean Lecomte du Nouy
Henri Fantin-Latour
Camille Corot
Friedrich Amerling
Edgar Maxence detail
Redon detail

Fayum Portrait detail

My Favorite and will do a little blog on this statuette - Stargazer

Friday, January 6, 2017

Just the Beginnings

The other day I went to my favorite art store, Rochester Art Supply ( I also work there on occasion :) and bought some new panels for a show that I am going to be in soon. 
I had no intentions of purchasing this long rectangular format, but my instincts were already stirring when I saw it. You know that feeling of excitement that comes over you unexpectedly? I'm learning to trust those feelings. My head thinks, but my body feels. Move over head! Your job is just to make sure I drive safely to the art store and hold the pen so I can sign the receipt. 
What you see is just the first round of colors. In fact, as I was looking at this image I realized that I seem to be staying with this same color palette. That too, is instinctual, and I love it. These colors really offer enough zing, but are somehow calming and grounding, too. 
It feels totemic and I wonder if there might be an even longer panel in stock, hmmm . . . .

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcoming the New Year

It's been awhile since I've made a post, and one of the reasons is that I have put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself to write, but I've been highly censoring in what and how I write.
End result: no postings.

I have to ask myself why I would do that, and the short answer is for no good reason. All throughout every day things happen that give me pause and I think . . . "shall I write about this?" but for some reason I don't.

This is not a post about me getting down on myself, God forbid I start the New Year as a Debbie Downer, but more a post of just sharing an aspect about me that hasn't served me and one I would like to leave behind. So, for those of you who are following me, it is my intention to make more posts and even possibly that they could be about simple and random occurrences.  And that would be just fine and fun.

Today I share with you something I find myself doing a lot, and that is taking what I call a selfie shadow. Sort of a twist on the "I was here" mentality. This was taken yesterday, January 1st, 2017 in my studio, a very special place for me.

Happy New Year everyone, may we all have the peace we seek and relish in the simple things that give us pause.