Friday, September 24, 2010

I have been starting/stopping/starting/stopping for a couple of weeks now in September, and don't actually know why it's so long between days at the studio, but when I first get there, I just don't want to leave. The canvases are being stretched and primed, the first tentative lines and random colors are thrown down, and alot of thinking and journaling have happened, so I am on the right track. I have decided to continue with the series of paintings called "Pintey St.", at least for the next couple of paintings. The response from the exhibit was so positive that I can see where my best and most honest work is communicating with the visitors.
This weekend I have left my sons home in Bergen and driven with a dear friend of mine to her childhood home in Aandalsnes, Norway. The mountains here are enormous and jagged, and already have lots of snow half way down the sides. The temps. are cooler and crisper, and today we have been to a woolen yarn factory, Rauma Fabrikk, outlet store, and been inspired by the local weavers and knitters. Even though I haven't knitted anything in 20 years, I bought new needles and yarn and will start on wonderful little neck warmers for christmas gifts. Maybe even my boys would like those?????? What the women in this little village don't know about weaving, knitting and dressmaking would make the world's shortest book. (maybe one line). Wish me luck with my new projects.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Late, Great Summer

Hum, summer is feeling kind of chilly these days. Are the months of the year sliding past faster than greased lightening? It has been two months since I last picked up a paint brush, and this coming week will probably find me buying a few more stretchers and maybe more yards of canvas. I haven't a clue as to which direction I will be heading, but I sure am looking forward to some time writing, listening to music, listening to my own inner voice and going to bed with a painting or two on my mind, giving me a challenge to solve. I am at a baptism of my niece's daughter this weekend. Be home tomorrow. Can I discipline myself to head to the studio instead of cleaning the house?