I misnamed this as day 111 which it’s actually 211 and I continued to do it for several days before I caught my mistake. I can count!
I like this week especially because you get to see nearly every single step, from start to finish, of my making process. I don’t have very many weeks where that happens so handily. Also, I like this week because I finished a piece at the end of the previous week and sold it. I finished the green piece from this week that I’ve called “Sea of Wonder” and it’s sold as well.
That brings my total for the year to six sold works. I’ve got three pieces currently available for sale. If you are interested in any of them give me a shout.
While I worked on this piece this week, Ferguson, MO has been on my mind and my heart. I kept thinking this wound to our country isn’t going to be healed with a few days of protest, no matter how cathartic those days might be. I hope that what will come about after this week is people with privilege to start inviting (and welcome!) people without privilege to have have a seat at the table. For people to open their minds and hearts to someone else’s story and experience. For true listening to give way to better understanding and better action. Keep going. Keep going on to become a better people and a more whole nation. Keep going toward healing even though sometimes healing hurts. Keep going.
I have struggled this week with Make Something Every Day.
I think this has been the worst week in the history of this project in terms of not being able to work. Sure there’s been times that I’ve been traveling or I’ve been working on something else but this week has been none of those things. I just haven’t been able to sit down at the table and do anything. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s end of summer marathon blues. The kids go back to school tomorrow.
I’m hopeful I can clear my head and get back to work.
Because not working is not working.
And it makes me morose.
In other news, I’m working on my application to be on a Board of Directors of an organization that I am deeply committed to. If I make the cut, I’ll announce but I’m gonna hold onto it for a bit longer. I’m supposed to find out at the beginning of September. I have a phone interview tonight. Wish me luck!
The past two weeks have been a lot of travel and a good deal of sadness. And laughter. And joy at reconnecting with family. My maternal grandmother passed away, leaving me at 41, with no living grandparents. While I didn’t have much contact with any of my grandparents once I left for college, they filled my childhood with happy summer days on their farms in Southern Missouri. I grew up loving my grandma’s cooking and her enjoyment of the natural beauty of flowers and rocks. My maternal granddad was county sheriff for eight years which always struck my youthful heart with a sense of justice for both my life and the world. I think I might not ever know the full extent of how some of these early experiences shaped the adult I am today. But I am thankful for the sense of family and inclusion that I gained from them. I strive daily to pass that little bit of them along to others.
Trying something new with my post this week. Embedding the actual tweets instead of hand processing the photos all over again. If only I knew someone who could help me automate this process…
Day 135: Pacific, 12×12.” For Sale: $50.
My feelings for this piece waxed and waned a lot while I worked on it. At one point I had it in a place I loved and then I took several days off for reasons I can’t remember now and I lost momentum. I ended on a high note thought with the Pacific lettering in the lower right. I love how that turned out and looks.
Day 136: Wider table shot today so you can’t examine the mistake I need to correct as soon as some paint dries. 😉
Day 137: Many thanks to @gelfling1220 for holding my hand though the last 15 minutes of compositional flailing.
This one I’m calling “Weaver & Loom.” It’s 12×12″ and for sale for $50.
Day 138: printing for a book project.
Day 139: a little crochet after a long, full day.
This is a triangle shape that was supposed to be a scarf-like object. It turned out so small that Liza immediately claimed it for her use. She wears it on her shoulders and her head or just drags it around the house Linus-like.
Day 140: Finished 8×5.25″ bound booklet of gelli prints and found papers.
I keep making books and then putting them on the shelf. I love making them but then once they are finished my interest wanes. If anyone needs books for anything, let me know!
Day 141: An ATC to get back in the swing of things.
I didn’t do any work the 2 days before this. Busy summer days with kids and poor planning on my part. I should be on Day 177 and here I am only on day 141. Somehow over the past 6 months I’ve let a month get away from me. That at once aggravates me and doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve been extremely productive these past 6 months. So there’s that. But at the same time I wish I could claim 177 days. Here’s to renewal, in whatever form you need it.
Day 127: Finished piece. Faith, 8×10.
Day 128: Hey, is this what you are calling my gray (& blue) period?
Day 129: Chevrons.
Day 130: more paint…more paper.
Day 132: it’s coming together nicely.
Day 133: 2.5 years making these tags for towels, this is the first batch without mistakes.
Day 134: I think I’m gonna call this one ‘Pacific’