Saturday, November 26, 2005

november 26

it's a gray day, not too cold and raining steadily. I've been cleaning, reorganizing in the studio as i consider what next in the new piece. My studio faces north with nice big windows looking out to the gardens. There's an ancient crab apple tree just off the patio. it's a great place for the bird feeders. Today we had two new visitors at the suet feeders: a white breasted nuthatch and a red squirrel. There aren't many squirrels in our neighborhood. This is the first time i've seen one in the yard.

Unfortunately my studio access has come to a screeching halt as i discovered a leak in a window frame. This means there's a leak in the roof. Not a good thing. M will have to take the trim off the window to begin tracing the leak. Until he's done with all that goes with this mission, i can't work out there. Frustration, annoyance and dismay are the prevailing moods. if the issue is not eaily resolved, i will move a work wall and my machine into the dining room. Meanwhile i can catch up on computer work and maybe even clean the office. ugh. It's adisaster. This room collects all sorts of overflow.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

a month later

It is cold here today, 14 degrees this morning when i ventured out for my haircut appointment, not much warmer at noon when i took a meal down to a neighbor's house. Well, it is mid-November and this is Montana, so no surprises here. The good thing about this time of year is being in studio. Over the years it seems to me that i get most productive as Fall draws to a close, the days get shorter and temperatures colder.
Right now i have two works in process: large pieces, based on the nebulas i've been playing with for the last while. I'm using a lot of Helene Davis's fabrics and working with the idea of "temperature" in color. Am trying to push myself toward hotter colors. It is amusing to see that even the hottest colors i choose are actually very cool tones. When i came home from Houston my intention had been to work whole cloth, using only the stitch to develop the imagery. Well, that bit the dust pretty fast. Maybe next piece.