We awoke this morning to the gift of a magical dusting of snow, courtesy of a storm system nearby that will likely reek havoc elsewhere. But for us, it transformed and beautified our little acre of land, muffling out the sounds of the rest of the world and creating a bit of an other-world for just us.
Being on the protected side of the house and under a stately pine tree, The Girls didn’t get quite as much snow in their yard, but enough to make them wonder at the sight of it all.
Wise ones seemed to enjoy peeking out from their hidden places and I spent a good deal of time outside listening to the hush of the atmosphere holding its breath.
Not all of the wise ones were out of doors.
I am in a place of being quite caught up in day-job tasks at the Concertina Shop but a bit behind in studio related tasks this week. This, along with it being a week holiday here in the States, I have opted to hover nearer to home in order to feed and water my more artful work. Of course, I have a few things to share with you!
First off, my tiny world-wandering hamster friend, Ginger Small has been collecting the small bits of work I’ve made lately, mostly experiments from my perspective, but to her, these are praise deserving works which might stand a chance at the market. And so she has convinced me to throw my hat back into the etsy ring and sell a few of these tiny works. In the coming weeks, Ginger and I will be building a little page on the blog just for this endeavor and she will be sharing her offerings both here and in her own virtual spaces as well. It is her hope that these Tiny Art Works for Tiny Spaces will appeal to those like her who prefer tiny spaces in which to live. Do stay tuned!! As I learn more about Ginger’s character, and the story she may want to tell the world, I am learning that she is artful, and worldly, and yet a little shy. So with baby steps, (micromovements, if you will!) Ginger and I are nudging each other to get more out into the world with our offerings. This seems doable with the right smock and a palette of colors at hand.
The works below are unavailable online, as one has already sold and the other is up for grabs at the gift shop of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, where I am a member of the Artist’s Collective. If you are local to this river valley of ours, stop into this lovely shop and see the artful wares peddled there by many talented artists! If you are not local but interested in a Tiny Painting, offerings will be posted soon, in plenty of time for Yule-time gift giving. But I did want to give you a whiff of what you will be seeing in Ginger’s little gallery very, very soon.
*(also, quick side note, I have a Selkie Series painting in the current winter show at KHAC called All Things Unexplained, which features many works of art about the hidden world of urban myth, fairytale and folklore. Stop in if you can!)
In the spirit of ‘getting things out into the world’, I have been sharing the Taos trip opportunity with everyone I can! I even created a little video about the art of Illuminated Journaling which includes some Taos trip imagery. Registrations have begun to come in, just in time for the Dec 15th early-bird discount which can save you $200 on the retreat. I don’t want to share too much just yet, but there will also be a Go Forth and Doodle give-away to celebrate the last two weeks of the early-bird opportunity. So stop by later this week for details about that!
Now, all work and no play makes for a dull week, even if it is studio centered, so when my mom asked me yesterday to join her to visit some puppies she wants to adopt, I jumped at the chance. And so we drove through a brisk Indiana countryside to see these little youngsters to begin paring down her choices. She recently lost her old rescued golden retriever who was truly one of the kindest creatures I have ever known. These new pups have some golden in them but also a bit of poodle, which will make for a smaller bodied dog, the better for someone a little older to deal with as the pup grows.
I am not at all sure how she will make her eventual choice…
…as they are all pretty darn cute, and full of puppy curiosity and zip.
But I have a sense I know which one it could be. It will be good to have a puppy around once again. All of our dogs, collectively speaking, are getting on in years and have settled into life as Older Dogs With Mellow Temperaments. I love this. But I also pine for an addition to our pack, a lap sized one like I had when I was a girl. Perhaps this is a sign of old age, but I welcome it, as I might a new pup of my own. For now though, I will play with this one upon her arrival to her new home in the coming weeks and probably get a few sketches made of her as well, as puppies are fun to doodle.