Over the weekend:
Congratulations to talented and kind, Gina Louthian-Stanley!!! Here is Carter Foster, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, saying lovely and true things about Gina's piece, Caged Window #2, chosen to be part of the Olin Gallery's Biennial Exhibition.
Some pics from Roanoke's Marginal Arts Parade on Saturday. It was a day of misting rain but that didn't stop the fun! Next year I want to walk in the parade. Maybe I'll ask friend, Katherine, about that. She's below with the super cool puppet. Do you see it? It has the beautiful blue face and thread legs. Love it! There was even bubble wrap on the ground at the end near where I was standing. Everyone was jumping and popping. Simple but good entertainment. I've quieted all my talk on the homefront about moving west; I'm really loving Roanoke these days.
I took the above image when we were just getting going with our scissors and then became so engrossed in the intuitive process that I didn't take another photo the entire time. To say I had a great time would be an understatement. Thank you, Lisa! (Please contact Lisa if you are interested in attending one of her monthly workshops.)
Today was the kind of productive day I just love. I walked, I painted and I wrote 1,222 words on the beloved (fictional) WIP that I can't seem to give up on, made notes for an article idea and notes for a short story idea. I even made some headway on the emails I can never seem to catch up on and then I made list after list and those lists made me so happy. Lists never fail to help my shoulders relax and my breathing deepen and at least give me the feeling, however fleeting, of being organized and on top of my life.
Inspiring me today:
1-Terri Windling's "On Your Desk" Series
2-Treehouses. I wanted one, begged for one, as a child and I still believe that one of these days I will be the proud owner of one...though a lowish one or one with a very sturdy ladder as I have grown somewhat afraid of heights. Olivia would love it too. Must find way to make this happen... Did you have a treehouse as a child? Don't you think that they are just pure magic and the ultimate place for daydreaming?
3-Just finished reading: Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor--(inspiring all manner of pomegranate art and Persephone/Demeter themes in my sketchbook over the weekend) and FLASH BURNOUT by LK Madigan and tonight will start either a book about Houdini or a book about Opal Whiteley. Still undecided. Both look equally attractive and have both been on the nightstand forever (truly, over a year)along with Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Madapple by Christina Meldrum. So many books, so little time. What are you reading now?
ps---thank you for your visit here today. :)