From the Studio

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It has been quite awhile since I’ve shared any creations from my studio. I’m not exactly sure why that is but I think it has something to do with knowing that I will be moving again and I am transitioning towards moving my studio towards a new living space. Even though I don’t have a moving date yet, I feel myself disconnecting from my current studio space. It’s an interesting process.

Has anyone else ever experienced that with a pending move?

The creative time I have had has been mainly spent curled up in a cozy nook in my living room and I find myself more often than not turning to pick up a ball of colorful yarn. In this transitional time, I look for soft, tactile comfort to ground and center myself.

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A pair of beachy colored socks.

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A buttery yellow baby dress.

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A rose garden colored floppy baby hat.

Last week my company had its annual shutdown and I spent a good part of the week transforming the look of some old wicker furniture. A good Spic n Span scrub and light sanding prepared them for some sprayed on primer and then porcelain colored paint. I love their creamy vintage look and am looking forward to fabric shopping so I can create some plump cushions to adorn them with.

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While I’ve glanced at my art journal a couple of times and sorted some beads and jewelry components here and there, I haven’t felt like creating in that direction lately. I’m sure that I will return to them with renewed joy someday in the near future.

My company will be closed down every Friday during the month of August. We started doing this last year as the summertime is our slowest time of year. It gives our staff members extra time to relax and enjoy some free time before the busy fall season starts.

In anticipation of that extra free time, I’ve recently picked up a book, “Watercolor: A New Beginning: A Holistic Approach to Painting”, from the library. The first sentence of an editorial review from amazon.com expresses the book perfectly.

“Lindsay’s approach to teaching watercolor emerges from somewhere between the traditional art world and the deep, mystic spaces of the self.”

The author Ann Lindsay encourages her students to learn watercolor through the kind of playfulness we experienced in childhood. I find that approach immensely appealing so I took myself down to the arts and crafts store to purchase a pad of watercolor paper, 5 tubes of paint and a large palette for mixing.

Time to schedule some watercolor play time for myself!

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6 comments on “From the Studio

  1. The baby dress took my breath away–it’s radiantly beautiful!

  2. nina says:

    i envy you your talents with the knitting needle!!!!!!!!! such lovely, lovely work. xx

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Kathleen, it was such a pleasure to create it.

    Thanks Nina, I really love to knit and crochet.

  4. judysheart says:

    Karen… I am just in love with your knitting work.. your socks, the dress.. oh my.. it came out beautiful.. and the hat. I love the color of your wicker furniture; it came out great.. your hard work paid off.

  5. sueokieffe says:

    i have recently begun knitting again as respite from the computer. I find it wonderfully relaxing. I’d love a pair of your sox 🙂

    i have something for you at my blog. please come by.

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Judy!

    Isn’t it a wonderful way to relax, Sue? I love it. Thanks so much for the blog award, so very kind of you!

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