Monday, October 27, 2014

Santa Fe - Sunday

On Saturday, Pam and I flew from our different parts of the country to meet up in Albuquerque and drive to a bit outside downtown Santa Fe for a week long art retreat. We arrived mid-evening, tired and just wanting to settle that's what we did.

We woke early yesterday morning. Santa Fe time is 1 hour earlier than Pam's time and 2 hours earlier than mine. Belinda, the owner of Radiant Light Art Studio where we are staying, must have thought we were insane - up and moving furniture around in studio at 5 am to create our own workspace.

 sunrise - view out studio window

sunrise - view out studio door

We were working by 6 am and watching this glorious sunrise at 7:30 am.

 Pam unpacking and organizing

Even though Pam and I skype on Fridays as often as possible for a chat and studio show 'n tell, there's still nothing like seeing her work in person. The gentle tones, the movement and texture enchant me

and insure that I take far too many photos

of the details. 

We each came with a purpose - Pam is working on an large installation and the studio has plenty of open space for looking and wondering, working out the details before setting down to stitch.

About mid-day, our tummies began to remind us that food is a good thing so we went in search of Cafe Fina. Marianne over at Over the Rainbow, recommended Cafe Fina and all we can say is Thank you Marianne!!! The food is scrumptious. An instant favorite!

We sat outside to enjoy the warmth, sun and our meal. I was fascinated by the sunscreen over the courtyard. 

The shadows were works of art

as was the sunscreen itself.

There's even a play area for the little ones and a bocci court for the big ones. When was the last time you were encouraged to draw on a brick wall?

As we were waiting for dinner order (yes, it's that good - we even ordered something to go for dinner), I couldn't resist getting a shot of the stained glass behind the counter.

A quick stop at the grocery and we were on our way back to the studio where Mother Nature treated us to the most magnificent parade of rainbows ever. Seriously, the rainbows moved as the rain did - one minute only visible to the left of the mountain range, to the right a few minutes later. 3 minutes later, this lovely one was visible. The parade kept on for another 10 minutes or so, changing in the blink of an eye. Of the many photos I took, this is the best. 

All oohing, aahing, oh my-ing, look at that-ing and just plain old gaping at the rainbows out of our systems and it was time to get back to work.

Pam made lots of progress.

I did too, only not quite on the same scale. 

 sunset in the courtyard 

The land here is open. The sky is enormous, larger than the land itself. Radiant Light Studio sets on a small rise which offers the longest, clearest views I have ever experienced. As we watched the sun descend, quiet surrounded us, broken only by the occasional bird song or sound of bird wings flying past as they flitted and played in the tree behind our seats. Coyotes called a few times, but otherwise, it was silent and peaceful.

Simply exquisite.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - White - Update #2

Welcome to October's installment in the search for Roy G Biv. As with the past few months, Julie and I are venturing outside the normal Roy G Biv alphabet to feature other colors. October's color is white.

Below are a mix of old and new photos. Enjoy!

found love in New York, last Sunday

Eye Beam, NYC

NYC gallery

stitching summit snow day in New Jersey

stamps used during day 4 of Sandra Brownlee's Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word 
at Big Cat Textiles, Newburgh, Scotland, August 2013

 paint on simulated mud, day 2 of Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word

 my typewriter

snow on rust

 Philadelphia crosswalk

backyard snow striations, 2013

 Philadelphia, 2012

 a cuppa in London, 2012

 NYC window

For more whites, stroll over to see what treasures can be found at Julie's Julie B Booth Surface Design. As usual, check back for updates as others join in the search.


Stroll on over to see what delights Julie, Lisa, Maya and Sharmon are sharing.


Eric of Cerulean and Mary Ann of Blue Sky Dreaming joined in the search for Roy this month. Hop on over to see their whites.


November 20 - brown
December 18 - blogger's choice

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - White

A quick reminder that the October's installment in the search for Mr Biv is this Thursday, October 16. White is our featured color.

If you join in the fun, just leave a comment with Julie or me and we'll be happy to link to your post. 

Happy hunting!

November 20 - brown
December 18 - blogger's choice

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Alchemy of Tea - part 1


Barbara Bartlett's Mobilitea

"Alchemy of Tea brings together a group of national artists inspired by tea.

Mari Omori, Barbara Bartlett, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, Elizabeth Alexander (pedestal)

This unique and stunning collection of work provokes viewers to ponder the transformation of tea from its consumable and degradable form into art.

Bridget Conn, Barbara Bartlett (pedestal), Mari Omori

Tea has been part of sacred rituals across the globe for centuries. The fragility and golden hues found in this collection project the historical and spiritual roots of tea, while each artist's subjects juxtapose a contemporary take on tea as a medium and muse.

Rodney Thompson, Elizabeth Alexander (pedestal), Mari Omori

From installation to photography and porcelain to encaustic - this exhibition has something to inspire everyone.*

 Barbara Bartlett, Mari Omori, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, Elizabeth Alexander (pedestal)

Last weekend Pam and I met in Charlotte, North Carolina for the opening of Alchemy of Tea at the Cornelius Arts Center, curated by Jen Crickenberger. The six artists whose work comprise the show are Barbara Bartlett, Bridget Conn, Elizabeth Alexander, Mari Omori, Rodney Thompson and myself.

I am so honored to have been included in Alchemy of Tea. Many thanks to Jen for her in creating such a high quality exhibition.

Part 2 of this post will show the work in more detail than these gallery shots.

*text from Cornelius Arts Center

Friday, September 19, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - Black, update 2

The White Rabbit in Wonderland said it best - I'm late! I'm late for a very important date! So odd to be posting my Roy G Biv photos on Friday rather than Thursday, but...well...I am. My apologies for that!

Oddly enough, while I was excited about photographing blacks...and have had 9 months to do wasn't until getting ready to edit the shots that I realized my black folder was empty. I sat there staring at it and that little folder simply stared doubt wondering what all the staring was about. A peruse through the blog archives followed. Below are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

watchful cat in Newburgh, Scotland

brick work in Newburgh, Scotland

workshop last August

giant chess pieces in Cancun

a gift from Pam to remind me to....

merry-go-round in Boston

section of a building - the building next to it had been torn down


For more blacks, stroll over to see what treasures can be found at Julie's Julie B Booth Surface Design, Lisa's arzigogolare, Maya's Million Little Stitches, Yarngoddess's Sooner or Later, Sharmon's Sharmon Davidson Contemporary Mixed Media and Mary Ann's Blue Sky Dreaming


Jill of Recycled Daze had the best photo shoot with her lovely daughter Eva. Gives me ideas for photo shoots when my urchins are teenagers. 


Salt Air and Pistachios is joining in the search for Roy. Welcome!


Eric of Cerulean has joined us this month. Stroll on over to see his wonderful blacks.


October 16 - white
November 20 - brown
December 18 - blogger's choice

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Studio Table

My studio tables at the moment.

They've been neater...and messier. So has the floor, but that's a whole other matter.

Care to peruse others' studio tables? Stroll on over to The Altered Page. Seth has a list of 80 artists who are sharing photos of their studio tables. What a great idea. Thanks Seth!
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