Monday, November 17, 2008

on a roll

For maybe the first time my artist self and my mama self have converged onto one point:


Sunday, November 9, 2008

and lo, more artistic validation

I just happened to be looking at the blog of Michelle Moode, whose work I love, and look! She picked one of my pieces in an Etsy treasury! I feel all warm and fuzzy. And like I need to spend more time on Etsy.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

an artistic interlude

I've had it in my mind to do some drawings of Auden. I keep thinking to myself, he's only going to be this little for a heartbeat... draw him, draw him now! And, well, there's laundry to do and dishes to wash and pillows to fluff. I know, it's a boring excuse.

But! I found a Friday night uninstructed figure drawing session at the University, and have gone a few times. It's good practice, especially since the models sit still, which Auden NEVER does.

Here, have a look (click on the image to get up close and personal):

Oh, and? I was accepted to a juried group show in February, in Cedarburg, WI. Hooray! I'm still an artist! I'll be doing some more little glass paintings, since their theme is "miniatures."

So while I fantasize of enormous canvases and several consecutive hours --days, even! -- of painting, 15 minute drawings and 4 x 6 inch paintings are not chopped liver.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008



And, ditto.

I went out volunteering yesterday morning, knocking on doors to remind folks to get to the polls (as if they needed reminding!) and have never felt so connected and inspired. The excitement was palpable; the groundswell of participation was awesome.

Obama said this victory is for us -- US! -- and that's what gives me so much hope for his presidency. We are ready to shed the cynicism and shame of the last 8 years and be active players in our democracy and our future.

Obama will be our president, not our savior... as much as ever, it is up to us to stay involved. For the first time in a long time, I feel dedicated to such a thing. I'm giddy about it, even!

I am savoring this victory, for its promise and its precedent. I am relieved, I am proud, and I am indescribably grateful.