Today was foggy, rainy, damp, but warm for early December.
I took the trip along the Rondout Creek, and over the old Port Ewen bridge, to visit a co-worker whom I worked with for many years. She was one of my mentors who will be most remembered for her revelation of the KIS principle - Keep It Simple. She knew how wrapped up in detail I would get, and how it would bog me down and stress me out. Today, when I was prepping for my adult autistic students, her words softly resounded in my head. I listened as I pulled through my drawers looking for the papers for my project. She was right. Don't give them 15 choices of paper...give them 2. It made it easier for me, and I know it was easier for them.
Shortly after retiring, she was diagnosed with Altzheimers. Like the landscape enveloped in the mist, so is her memory. Bits and pieces of of her life come in and out of focus...always kept from being razor sharp by something that fogs her past life. To Lynn...may you be happy...wherever you are.
I run an art group online on Facebook. It's a forum where people write, post their art, photos, thoughts. It's a safe place where we celebrate creativity and diversity- no room for harsh critique. It's a brotherhood/sisterhood of sorts. It's been a few years now that some of us have connected.
This month - in between the moments of furiously working doing shows and my other jobs, I am trying to make a snapshot/ photo each day. My theme--The Season of Lights. Hanukkah, Christmas, and the Winter Solstice, all revolve around light.
Here are my first few days worth of photographs taken with my iPhone. Some are altered in phone apps, some have stories...
Playing with the laser at Thanksgiving. That included shining it in the neighbors house which prompted a humerous phone call.
When my daughter left for Iraq, we lit this
candle in the picture window - in the old American tradition - so that
she would find her way home to us. Though she came home 10 years ago, we
have left it lit. It will only be turned off when all of our deployed
women and men are home safely with their families...I have a lot of
Photograph of an artists spot light/lamp altered in my fave app: Snapseed.
Same lamp, just altered in a fun app...for humor. Which in life, is always good to throw in from time to time. We can't take ourselves, or anything for that matter- too seriously!
And last, but not least (talking about not taking life too seriously) I was in major production making cards, and my 40 year old sewing machine seized up. I had a near melt down, and it took a bit of time and a bar of dark chocolate with sea salt, a couple of rounds of Candy Crush Saga (ok...I admit, I play it) and a doing something creative- taking a photo of the light in the crack of the front of the machine, to cool down. Everything works out in the end. And, the joke on me will be if two snow storms hit back to back and wreck the attendance at the show. Goes to show you how little in control of anything we are, but how we react to things.
Hard to believe it is Thanksgiving next weekend. Time flies when you are busy.I will be doing this show on Sunday, and am bringing my cards, small artworks(painting/mixed media works)and perhaps some journals. It is the first fair of the season for me, and I still have Unison, the Art Foray at Mohonk, and am particiaptingin a craft show in my home city of Kingston, NY. More details to follow.
Fall is definitely entrenched here in the Hudson Valley. I have ordered my snow tires and am putting them on tomorrow. Since I no longer have "snow days or delays" and if I don't work, I don't get paid, I decided to spend the money and be safe.
iPhone photo altered in one of my favorite photo apps, available both for
Kingston, Hudson Valley of New York, United States
Painter, mixed media artist/designer and art teacher, I am middle aged but not middle of the road. I live life with passion, sensuality, and experience it in all its joys and sorrows. I live for my art and connecting with the beauty of the landscape, the arts, and the love of the people in my life. What an incredible honor it is to make such a journey.
Catskill Paper Fanpage on Facebook is about my passion for art and unusual antique/vintage prints and ephemera. The links are located below for my three Etsy shops which sell both my art and materials for the collage/mixed media artist.