Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Starry Night Revisited

A sneak peek at two works I am in the process of creating for an upcoming exhibit called Fakes and Facsimiles at Falmouth Art Center. The exhibit is an invitation to create and revision existing works in a newly inspired or reimagined way.

When I originally saw the call to enter I wasn't sure I had anything in mind or ready to show.

Then recently when I was doing a bit of Pre-spring cleaning I came across a text-book I used when I taught Introduction to the Humanities years ago at Richland College and Collin County Community College and when I flipped through the pages and came across these works I had an idea! 

I drove to Staples in town to make a color copy of each and then came home to Collage and frame them into a revised interpretation. I chose a very cool blue paint for the back ground of "Starry Night" and a shiny metallic silver paint for the background of the second one.

Can you guess what the second one is a revision of?  

There will be a reception for the show on Friday April 6, from 5-7 at the Falmouth Art Center on Gifford Street in Falmouth. Stop in to see them for yourself. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Daily Walks & Getting Creative

"Creativity is really the structuring of magic." - Ann Kent Rush

     Marsh walks over the past year have inspired so much creativity in my daily life. I'm feeling excited (and finding the courage) to get more of my work out there. I took the image above from the Shining Sea Bike path around dusk at the Great Sippewissett Marsh.

    In April, I will have two mixed media art pieces  in a show at the Sandwich Library and two other mixed media art pieces in a show at Sandwich Town Hall.

     So excited and grateful to share them with the community. I'm still writing (working on a poetry collection and have freelance writing assignments) although making art and taking photographs lends itself to a certain kind of magic that inspires me. Besides, making more art gives me more to write about.

Please check back soon to see images of recent art work. And I'd love to hear about what creative adventures you are embarking on.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Be Open to Unexpected Gifts

I took this image on a recent marsh walk. When I noticed the heart shape in the cloud in the bright blue sky I felt as if I'd been touched by something special. That particular day when I saw the heart it was near the pond and as I continued on the path to the overlook at the Great Sippewissett Marsh it was an exceptionally clear day and there were very few people on the path.

When I returned to the spot where I took the photo only about 20 minutes later the cloud had already disappeared. I was grateful I captured the fleeting image. As I walked home that afternoon I knew it was because I was open to receiving this unexpected gift and I wanted to share it with you.

A simple joy can become a reminder to us all that life always has gifts to offer as long as we remain open to that possibility.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tending the Marsh

Welcome to my new blog!

I feel so blessed to have celebrated ten years on my original baking related blog. I plan to keep it there because there are so many fun memories from time spent in my kitchen and I am sure I will visit it now and then when a fun food related item comes up.

I'd love to share my latest creative endeavor which is about how the simple practice of taking daily walks at the marsh has influenced my writing and art.

To tend to something means to care for or look after. Ever since moving within walking distance to the Great Sippewissett Marsh in West Falmouth three years ago I have developed a daily practice of what feels like tending to the marsh. I wrote a poem with the same title and the idea of  'tending to the marsh' feels like what I do now that I spend so much time there.

This notion of tending extends to other areas of my creative life.
I am in awe of the way the marsh can change day to day, hour to hour and even moment to moment.

My daily practice has inspired an enormous amount of creativity from writing to creating art and taking inspirational photographs. Please follow along on my most recent creative adventure to see what develops. My hope is that my new passion will inspire greater creativity in you.

Below is a link to a recent piece I wrote for Cape Cod Magazine that introduces my love for and photographs of the marsh.

The Many Gifts of the Marsh

Starry Night Revisited

   A sneak peek at two works I am in the process of creating for an upcoming exhibit called Fakes and Facsimiles at Falmouth Art Center. T...