Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I took a short road trip today to the Green Goat Gallery in Spencer, NC to present my work and I'm very happy to report that you can now find my fiber pieces there! I had a wonderful visit with Anne (the owner) and even had a little piece sell while I was browsing. That was just too exciting, so of course I had to celebrate by shopping. I came home with this wonderful funky chicken created by Brad Smith...It is hand carved from a birch branch and I think it's just fabulous.
I do have a thing for funky chickens...and now with being a Cosmic Cow represented by the Green Goat which also houses the Blue Ewe (Yoga Studio) and my funky chicken purchase...gee, I've got the whole barnyard thing going, huh? ;-)
The Green Goat Gallery is about a 30 minute drive from Winston-Salem and well worth a visit...the space is beautiful and the offering of art is really quite wonderful. Check out their web page on the link above and you'll see.
Meanwhile, I have to finish painting the canvas on which I am mounting my piece "Lessons Learned"...a photo transfer art quilt which I am entering in Associated Artists exhibit Exposures along with "Guest in my Garden".......to be delivered tomorrow.....nothing like the last minute!
I don't care what anyone says, I think Friday the 13th is a great day!! Monday the 13th? Well, that's another story...
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I was on day two of measuring an ENORMOUS warehouse. Big, mostly unheated space. The kind you can't see from one end to the other. Three wings like that. Nostalgic space with old wooden floors and really high ceilings that was once home to a textile manufacturer. Row after row of columns and stacks of pallets creating mazes that you could get lost in. Not at all a "glamorous" interior design job...just field measuring to create floor plans for the property management company. I like those kind of jobs sprinkled in...they are quiet and solitary pursuits...kind of reflective time in a way. And I adore old, old buildings...
Anyway, the point is, it was mostly unheated space. And it's winter. Actual winter, which around here only happens for a few days here and there. Which meant it was COLD. Especially the part I was in today, and of course, I left my gloves in the car...or at home. I'm not sure where they are. I was layered up and two days ago when I was there I really didn't get that cold. In fact, I didn't even wear my coat then. But today...brrrrr. Had the coat on and my hands were pretty icy.
Well, I was measuring along and got to a dark part. I didn't know where to access the light switches, so my client came up to remedy that. We shook hands and chatted for a few minutes and then he went back to his office and I went about my measuring. I had worked my way to the far end of the space when I heard footsteps...then the door opening...
Admittedly, it freaked me out a little. I was in this canyon of a space...alone...just me and my tape measures and the pallets.......and the ghosts of textile workers past....
But then in walked my client holding out a brand new pair of gloves!
He had gone down the street and done that just for me. The simplest act of kindness that totally made my day!
Pretty cool, huh?
I often wonder what little things I've done along the way that has made someone's day...things that were no big deal to me, and maybe weren't even intentional, but that left an imprint on someone else's life. I hope I've done that more often than not. I think that's what really matters in this life.
Like fuzzy gloves on a cold day...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Let's see...what else have I been up to?
I have seven interior design projects going in various stages...all fun ones. And one of last year's clients has invited me to be their guest at their annual fund raising Gala in Raleigh later this month. Black tie and all! I have my dress...DH had better get it in gear and get his tux. I haven't seen him in one since we got married, and this time...he has to dance (long story)...can't wait!
There are two more show deadlines this month and a meeting with a gallery out of town, another commissioned painted cat...oh, and I was asked to chair the Exhibit Committee for Associated Artists! I don't know who is more excited, me for being asked...or the wonderful artist who has been leading us for many, many years and was ready to, as I say, "let someone else have that opportunity" (she literally jumped for joy when I said yes! It was funny! Scares me a bit...is it really THAT demanding??).
And then there's life: dentist appointments and Science Fair projects and basketball games and snow days out of school...
I guess all of that just wasn't enough, because I also decided to completely undo and rearrange my office/studio. It is not yet put back together. It looks like I've been robbed....except they didn't take anything...
No wonder I haven't posted since January 14!!