Mar 5, 2014

how i start my day

morning read and write
books and notes

Keeping the morning time open for reflection. The view of the woods tempts me to sit and stare out the window even if I'm too tired to read, make notes or do art journalling.

reflection Jan 17, 2014
time to reflect

Most days, I pick up a pen or ink brush and jot down notes and just play with my art.

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Jan 2, 2014

First Day 2014

morning read and write
coffee, morning pages and reading

Last year I bought "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. One of her tasks requires writing three pages, first thing, each morning. Little by little, I've been doing this more often as well as reading other books. Some days I don't write anything, but most mornings you'll find me sitting in front of that window.

yashica D
yashica - d camera

This year I am finally going to use the Yashica D camera that I inherited from my Dad. I took my first photos with it on January 01, 2014. It's been years since I've used a film camera and this camera is totally non-automatic which makes it that much funner!

Happy New Year to everyone.

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Nov 27, 2013

Mi Café

november dessert and cafe
library books and coffee

The sun called me out again today. Readied with library books, I visited a local cafe and ordered my favorite apple turnover and cappuccino and found the perfect sun-centered table.

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Nov 20, 2013

Autumn Musings

selfie in the studio

Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
George Eliot

Autumn has a way of slowing time for me. Out on my bicycle today, the air definitely had a sharper bite. Looking down at the fields as I rode by, I noticed frost. The longer I rode, the warmer I got and soon the air was not biting but coaxing me to stay out and enjoy the sunny, Autumn day. I came back ready to continue working on my art. I feel fortunate that I can do art full-time and grateful to my Husband's hard work that makes it possible.

For the photo above, I took the plexiglass that I use for my monoprinting and linocut printing. I put that in front of my camera lense. The plexiglass has scratches and acrylic paint residue which came through in the photo. Also, the sun just happened to be breaking through the trees as the self-timer went off.

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Oct 5, 2013

golden autumn

neighborhood cat
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

I usually go out in the afternoon for a bicycle ride or run, but last Thursday, the sunrise beckoned me out for a walk. On my way out of the neighborhood, I met this kitty cat.

I don't know his name and haven't figured out which neighbor he resides with, but I see him everywhere. My house is along his territorial path, but he always disappears before I have a chance to get out the back door to visit with him. This time, I met him on a neighborhood trail. He was sitting quietly and allowed me to settle near him and take his picture.

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Great News! On October 13th I'll be posting on my art blog about my feature in Seth Apter's latest art book.

Sep 11, 2013

bicycle tour, second trip, bright days ahead

lht bike trip two
arrival, surly long haul trucker trip two

Thirty five miles doesn't seem like a long way to ride, but it sure felt like it when we arrived at the State park. It was about a 27 mile ride to the ferry. We were several miles away from the ferry and could see it would soon arrive. Riding as fast as we could against a head wind, we made it in time to buy our tickets and board as the last walk-on group. The ferry ride gave us a nice break to rest and take in the water views.

After arriving at the next port, we rode another 7 miles to the campsite and camped under a forest of tall trees.

sunrise the next morning

We woke just before sunrise and had our breakfast. We are travelling without a cooking apparatus. Since they are overnighters only, we freeze a small carton of milk the night before we leave. It is still cold by the next morning and we mix that with instant coffee. Not really great tasting but it gets me going. So far I like having everything prepared before we leave (nuts, dried fruit, crackers, cheese, deli meats, p&j sandwiches, wine) and just pulling it out to eat as we get hungry.

leaving surly trip 2
on our way out

Surprisingly, so far, sleeping outside has been noisier than sleeping in our own house. Both state parks had their own noisy quirks and very little nature sounds. As they say, it's more about the journey than the destination, and I have completely enjoyed the bike tours ... two in all ... thus far, and we are already planning our next one.

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Aug 21, 2013

first surly lht bike tour

night bugs
night bugs against an evening sky

Recently we took our first overnight bike tour which went pretty well. For the time being we are making do with the camping equipment we already have, so items are heavier than we'd like. A plus side: although the tent is huge, which adds to the weight, it is roomy and comfy.

surly bikes first tour
surly lht, just arrived

Most of the State parks have bicycle/hiker campgrounds and are usually off one of the hiking trails. It didn't take us long to reach the park. After one hour and a half ride, we reached the park. There was some highway riding which was very unnerving.

sweet peas
sweet peas flower stand

On the way back, we took a different route making most of the way on side streets with less traffic and most with a bike lane. Along the way, we passed forests, farm lands, wild berry vines and flower stands.

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Aug 7, 2013

surly touring bikes and childhood games

surly long haul trucker
surly long haul trucker touring bike

For a couple of years now, we've been dreaming of touring on a bike and we finally took the leap and purchased our first touring bikes: surly long haul truckers in smoggy pearl with bamboo fenders.

They go back to the bike shop today to have the front and back racks put on. I wanted to take a few rides in the meantime so we brought them home before the racks were in. The bike rides beautifully. There is always a rush of freedom and adventure that I feel when I am on a bicycle.

surly long haul trucker
day one, surly long haul trucker

My first long bike trip was in sixth grade. The class had a bike trip planned from the school to the Nursing home where we sang and visited with the seniors that lived there. The nursing home was less than a mile from the school, but I didn't live near either location. I really wanted to ride my bike with everyone and ride to school. That meant riding the 8 miles from my house to the school. As I'd never done that before, my Mom followed me in her car to make sure I had no problems. All went well and I rode home that day happy and filled with a sense of possibility.

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