Monday, January 31, 2011

Reds (mine and others)

Winterberry yarn. Love this hand painted and hand spun yarn by the spunmonkey.

Cake love (my red headed son-his is real, like copper.)

Red hair, yep. I'm keeping it for awhile.

Valerie Galloway 

 I know, I wasn't going to even look at other artists for awhile but I couldn't help but put a couple in here. It's the time of year for that brilliant red.....even though I don't believe in Valentine's Day (my birthday people, my birthday, not Vday).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


This image is photographer Vivian Maier's, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1990s. Her work was discovered at an auction in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and countless undeveloped rolls of film. She lived from 1926-2009 and her work is now gaining great appreciation. It's jaw droppingly beautiful.

Do yourself a favor and go look see....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


piece i did for brain,child awhile back

I used to use the mantra of this too shall pass. I'd try to take a deep breath and tell myself "Beth, this too shall pass."
It got me through some sticky parts, although if you'd told me that my oldest's difficult stage would stretch out to three years (and more), I would have drop kicked that mantra out the back door. Or changed it to This Too Shall Pass In Three or So Unbelievably Difficult Years-not as comforting eh?
So I am switching to the new mantra of What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen? Yes, ask slept through your alarm and are running a few minutes late for work-what's the worst thing that could happen? Lose your job? Probably not. The key is to imagine the absolutely worst situation, the more bizarre the better. Your kids are refusing to wear coats? What's the worst thing that could happen? Well, they (not I, thank you) will be cold and folks will give you bad parent looks. (And yes folks, it IS an old wives tale that being cold will give you a cold.)
Try it yourself, it works. And you can get a good laugh out of it. Caution:it doesn't work quite the same in circumstances when the worst has already happened, however it can be comforting knowing that not much more worse could possibly happen unless of course, you're Charlie Brown or Homer Simpson.

 So while thinking about thinking and mantras and such, I've decided that for at least a month I'm not going to put any art on the site. I cleared all of my postcard pieces out of my studio-making room for new. Now my clotheslines have clips but no art-I wonder what will be up there?
 I'm finding that I need to loosen up, enjoy making art again and not be concentrating on showing it to anyone right now. It's a good thing. I'm also not going to actively seek out other art to look at. I don't mean to say that I'm not going to visit some of my favorite blogs. I'm just going to look away when there's anything drawn, painted, collaged, sandblasted or such. I know this is going to sound weird. But I'm not sure what I want to do anymore.
Don't worry, change is good. I need to explore a little. A new year is a good reason to start afresh.
A friend and colleague of mine said to me the other day "Beth, what you need is a paradigm shift." So I googled it, of course. And found this passage....from a book I read over a decade ago (good book even for a hibernating Catholic-it's not really about religion). It's kind of Oprah-like, nothing you probably haven't heard before but still pretty darn interesting.....

From Conversations With God by Neal Donald Walsch
Be-Do-Have Paradigm Shift

Most people believe if they "have" a thing (more time, money, love -- whatever), then they can finally "do" a thing (write a book, take up a hobby, go on vacation, buy a home, undertake a relationship), which will allow them to "be" a thing (happy, peaceful, content, or in love). In actuality, they are reversing the Be-Do-Have paradigm. In the universe as it really is (as opposed to how you think it is), "havingness" does not produce "beingness," but the other way around.
First you "be" the thing called "happy" (or "knowing," or "wise," or "compassionate," or whatever), then you start "doing" things from this place of beingness -- and soon you discover that what you are doing winds up bringing you the things you've always wanted to "have."
The way to set this creative process (and that's what this is...the process of creation) into motion is to look at what it is you want to "have," ask yourself what you think you would "be" if you "had" that, then go right straight to being.
In this way you reverse the way you've been using the Be-Do-Have paradigm -- in actuality, set it right -- and work with, rather than against, the creative power of the universe.
Here is a short way of stating this principle:
In life, you do not have to do anything. It's all a question of what you are being.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I was fooling around with my neglected Flickr page and as I was dropping and dragging all of my postcard work to a set I was amazed at how many there were. I've kind of grown out of them. I look up at them in my studio now and think of them as little incubators, sourdough starters. 
I haven't had a lot of time lately and I am really needing to carve some out....regardless of the crazy three year daughter who is coming into the terrible threes in true fashion. In fact, she is screaming at me right now because maple syrup is literally attacking her...the urgency, the drama, the trauma, it's exhausting.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Kinda Sorta-Resolutions.....

Ecojot-love them but when it says sketchbook-blank pages, please

Love those "sketchbooks" above? Yea, me too. But the most disappointing thing....they came LINED. LINED-argh. I don't write on lines, I don't draw on lines. Resolution #1-no more buying sketchbooks that are sealed in plastic-so you can't see the neat little green lines scurrying across each page-like the PLAGUE. So these beauts are sitting in a box in my's kind of like getting a gorgeous gift of  handwoven sweaters only 5 sizes too small.....oh, the ache.

I'm not a resolution at the New Year kind of gal. I like to make them all year long and then kinda sorta follow through. Let's see some of the things I wanted to do this past year:
1. Get a website up-almost done.
2. Stretch and do more yoga.
3. Make more art-yep.
4.Actually finish the "more art"-uh, not so great.
5. Dang it, just make something, anything everyday, okay, that's do-able.
6. Play with my kids more.
7. Stop worrying so much- (I just wish I knew how to do this).
8. Eat better.
9. Put up some curtains.

I did tackle some big home things last year and feel really good about it. But I just can't figure out how to put in drywall screws to save the life of me. You see, I still have extension rods on most of my windows due to the fact that I got tired of the kids pulling the rods out of the wall after using the curtains as HUGE Superman capes. Of course, I have no idea how to use drywall putty to close up those holes.You can see evidence of ineptitude in my kitchen where I tried to disguise an accident after the Tucker Train (our lab-horse) came barreling through skidding across the floor and plowed into the drywall. Ouch! He didn't seem affected though.

So, it's the New Year and I've got one kid taking a "personal" day from school (a.k.a-drive little brother up the wall day with darting looks from me which silently say I will send you back to school quicker than a YouTube Ted Williams video sensation. (He does have a golden voice).

Anyway, if anyone knows how to stop my cyclical worrying other than dosing myself with Zoloft, let me know. I've got some curtains to put up.