Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hold that thought...

Here is a photo of a scene I took this morning. What do you think it is? It looks like an aerial view of a trail or a river, perhaps? Actually, it is the pattern made in the snow on my terrace by the drizzling rain that followed yesterday's meager snowfall. I think it is beautiful, this tidbit of a gift given to me on an otherwise ordinary and dreary Sunday morning in New York City.

Taking Time

A friend sent me an email today about a story in The Washington Post. It is an old story from April, 2007, but it just as fresh today.. The world famous violinist, Joshua Bell, plays Bach in the Boston subway as part of an experiment to see who will notice and what will happen. This is something he agreed to do as part of an experiment. You can read the entire article, "Pearls Before Breakfast," and see a little video of the event.
Here is the link:

The issue discussed and enlightened by this event is something I have been working on. That is, to take each moment as if it is the only moment. Because this moment is the only moment. Living in the now is not as easy as it sounds. Every minute of our waking lives we are bombarded with stimuli that demands our attention in ways that distract us from that which is most important and interferes with our efforts to live fully. If we really make the effort and have that intention with us at all times, life is richer and time does not rush past us nor slip through our fingers. Rather, we become one with time and time becomes endless. You can think of it as taking time rather than killing time. Hmmm. Now there's an interesting expression, "killing time."

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Happy New Year and all good things to all creatures great and small in 2009

With this post, I will have accomplished one of my goals for the New Year...that was to post to my blog. So, here goes...

I was reading a list of tips for bloggers. One of the bits of advice was. "Don't apologize." So I won't. It doesn't fit with my philosophy any more anyway. That philosophy is to start from HERE.

I was thinking you might enjoy seeing some of my work. Here are 2 postcards I made for an exchange.

In this one, the background is colored with heat set, gold paint stik on gauze. There are fabric scraps sewn on and free machined embroidery waves in the water and around the sun. I found the 4 silver beads on the floor in the dance studio at Alvin Ailey before my Afro Brazilian class was to begin. I think they were part of a belly dance costume. They represent flying fish.

This is the back. I made a faux stamp, printed it and glued it on with Golden's Gel Medium. Then I "hand canceled" it. All the writing was hand done with a black Sharpie and a Pigma Micron pen.

This one was a kind of joke, a play on words, as
you can see by what I wrote on the back. The
flowers are silk scraps from a cut up thrift
store blouse. The large flower is padded with a
scrap of batting. All the flowers have beaded centers.
The background fabrics are free machined following
elements in their designs. I especially love the way this one turned out. But, I have to confess that my favorite element and the one I enjoyed doing the most are the "hand cancel" marks.
Go figure!

Again, all the writing was done with
a Sharpie and a Pigma Micron pen.

My next post will be about one of my new projects. It might even involve a giveaway. Also, I will be posting some of my photos of Manhattan where I live.

Hope you enjoyed these. Feel free to leave your
comments. I'm always curious to know what people think of my work.