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I live in Mooringsport La. and work in construction full time and dabble in art when ever I can. I would love to be able to do my art full time--who knows, maybe one day I will. In the past year, I started doing Festivals, trying to sell my Art. It is ALOT of work, but worth it. I have met so many people with the same interests as myself.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Finally!!

I FINALLY got my studio remodel finished!!!!YES!!!, I am SO excited about that.  It is something that I have been planning on doing for awhile, but had been put on the proverbial "back burner" because of so many projects that we had been working on.  It took a couple of weekends but we finally got it done and I am super happy about that.  I have delayed any projects because of the state of my present studio condition.  It is such a cluttered mess.  This renovation added double the space of what I originally had.  Now, all is left is the organization (which has never been a particularly strong point of mine).  I have been formulating a plan and am now ready to go into battle--armed with plastic storage bins and labels and hope to emerge victorious.  Course, we will see how it works out.  I am going to be diligent about this, I am, I am, I really am.  My  mantra.  My husband did a great job getting it done and doing exactly what I had wanted and I am so proud of it.  I will post before and aft. pictures of it so that you can really get the gist of how bad my studio was.  My problem is this--I don't' do just one thing.  I don't just paint, or just make jewelry, or do assemblage, or mixed media.  I want to do EVERYTHING and have the supplies and materials for it.  I work on a construction site and am always finding something that will work "just right" for a future piece.  So, I carry all these goodies home and store them in my studio.  So, over time, I have squeezed myself out of my studio and made my work area a mess.  I now have storage.  So, I will concentrate on getting "Zen" back in my room.  I have to have some semblance of order to work and right now, I just don't have it.  I am really missing getting in my studio and working and the show application are beginning to come in.  That means that I really need  to get to work to start producing some new pieces.  Hopefully, after this weekend, I will be able to get space back in working order and create.  I feel a void when there is no "art" in my life.  Maybe that is why I feel so melancholy at times.  I have had so little to dabble that I feel on edge. Hope that all have a great week.  F.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I haven't completed or started any projects since Dec.  It is official, I am suffering from "withdrawals".  I made a resolution not to start any new projects until I get the studio remodeled and in a workable state and it has been extremely hard maintaining that stance.  But, on a lighter note, we have begun work on the studio and have made good progress.  Hopefully, in about two weeks, I can start organizing and getting my materials where I can locate them easily and have plenty of room to operate.  It is so hard to work in an area the is muddled and crowded. I have "BIG" plans for my studio area, I just need time and space to get it organized.  I am really excited about an online class that I have signed up for--It is with Michael DeMeng, this will be my third online class with him.  This one is on texturing.  He is the king of Assemblage.  I love his work.  Would love to go to one of his workshops if he ever gets close enough I plan on attending.  We are now imbedded into winter.  Today is cold and gray and so hard to get motivated.  I am ready for the warm, sunny days of spring and for the time to change so that we have longer day.  These short cold days make me want comfort food and a good movie.  I made a big pot of Chili over the weekend--paired it with cornbread, and it was delicious.   One of the best things about making Stews/Soups is that they make great left-overs and saves me time for a couple of days. 

I have been stocking up on my supplies so that when the time arises, I will be armed and ready to dive in. 
Happy Creating to you all.
F.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gulf Coast Market Place

Happy Monday to you all--Is there such a thing??  Well, I am going to try my best to make it that way!  I had a good weekend.  We have finally gotten the repairs made from the fallen tree and Sunday visited the Art Gallery in Grand Cane, La.  It is really a great little place.  If you get a chance, and are going near Grand Cane, La.--stop by and meet the ladies there and look at the beautiful art work.  The artists there are amazing.  I changed out some of my old pieces and added new ones.  I also now have a virtual tent opened at the Gulf Coast Marketplace . Brandi did a wonderful job creating it.  I also want to thank Jim Pittman at BayouResilience for doing a write up on me--if you get a chance, check it out.

I haven't been up in the studio for about 3 weeks and I think that I am starting to have withdrawals.  I just need to get control of my environment there before I tackle another project, but I am trying to get the time to really start organizing that area.

Hope that you all have a beautiful week. F.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Beginnings

A belated Happy New Year to you all!!!  I have not been on much lately--trying to sort out the clutter mentally.  It seems we stay so busy doing all of the things that we have to do, that we have precious little time to do the things that we want to do.  I have decided that until I get my studio organized I am not going to start any new projects.  It is cluttered and cramped--there's no Zen.  I want to get it cleaned up and reorganized--make it fresh but have had little to no time to really get it started.  As most of you know we had an extraordinary hot and dry summer and we lost alot of trees.  Big, old, Grandfather trees.   Some of the trees were close to the house.  One tree in particular--a 6o year old, 90 ft. oak.  There was really no good place to throw it--we removed the cyclone fence and gates.  Tied it with a cable, hooked up to it and began to cut.  All I can say is it was a fiasco.  The tree didn't go down where we had planned, instead it snapped off and fell to the right.  When it fell to the right it took out the cat house, a limb went through the living room wall and some damage was done to the roof of  the house.  So, our three day weekend was spent making repairs--actually we still are.  I  need to assess my life--too much going on all of the time.  I feel like everything around me is running me.  There is no time to do what I want to do because I always have things that I have to do.  I know that I am not the only one who has to face this, we all do.  With the demands of work, family and outside influences, the time that we spend doing what we want to do is sliced in little bitty pieces.  How did our mothers manage. Many of them lived for home and family but I want more than that.  I mean I want to do things that I love doing, not just things that I need to do.  How many of our mothers put their desires aside because that is what was expected of them.  Maybe my resolution this year needs to be different, maybe it needs to be something besides the standard "lose weight and get fit" mantra.  Maybe I should start meditating and soul searching.  My mind feels mixed up and confused and I have very little patience with those around me.  I know that when I feel trapped I lash out--maybe that is my problem now.  Maybe I am lashing out at the people I love because I feel trapped by the situation.  It isn't a problem that anyone can fix, it is something that I have to work through.  Hope you all have a happy and prosperous New Year.  F.

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