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Hokey Pokey!

I guess I’ve been spending so much time making sure Mike’s routine was back to normal that I managed to let my own routine stall out. Not that I have a set schedule really, it’s more of a state of mind. But, I did manage to blow off the entire 2nd half of June. Oops.

Well, Mike’s routine is back to normal now — he even rode his bike to work this morning — which means it’s time for me to get off my…sofa, and get to work.

You’d have thought the past couple of weeks prime time for reading, but sadly I didn’t even have the bandwidth for that — hence my lack of “4 Favorites for June.” I did read one interesting book, My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., after seeing her amazing TED talk by the same name.

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Jill was a 37 year old neuroanatomist when she had a massive stroke in her left brain which left her as essentially an infant in an adult’s body. The book details the 8 year journey of her recovery and is a very clear description of the right and left hemispheres of the brain and their very different functions and personalities.

Being 72% right brained myself (BuzzFeed tells me so) I was not surprised to learn that my dominant hemisphere is spontaneous and imaginative and perceives each of us as equal members of the human family, all related and necessary to the whole.

Our left brains are where we define ourselves as separate and individual, and where we store our attachments to everything in our lives, both good and bad.

I was surprised to learn that as Jill recovered she chose not to recover certain “attachments” of her left brain. She let go of resentments and anger from her “previous life” which she no longer had any reason to hold on to as they had happened to the other Jill in her other life.

The take away from the book is we can consciously practice “stepping to the right” in our thinking and behavior and unlearn attachments to anger and resentment which are meaningless in the big picture.

Hey! Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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You put your right brain in,
You take your left brain out,
You put your right brain in,
and you shake it all about.

You do the Hokey Pokey
and you turn your thoughts around.

That’s what it’s all about!!

The Grass is Greener

The last time I wrote, Lula was doing the hula on her quilt in the garden and I was admiring the weeds and feeling lazy, when what should appear in my mailbox but an invitation to the Idaho Humane Society’s 24th Annual Lawn Party — with a collage I made on the cover:

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I love a good segue.

It’s a really fun invitation created by Will Spearman with art donated by several of us local, animal loving, artists…

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and is of course for the benefit of the Idaho Humane Society, the organization which brought us Lula, and Snug, and before them Redfish, Pomme, Dillon, and Scoresby. Our family, to say nothing of our hearts, would have been so much smaller without those furry girls and boys.

If your family, and your heart, are bigger because of the Idaho Humane Society you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you don’t yet — run, really fast like you have four feet, to 4775 Dorman Street and change all that. It is the best feeling in the world.

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You can also make a donation any time, which feels almost as good. The grass really does seem a little greener when it’s your happy pup or comfy cat enjoying it on a lazy afternoon.

Dancing in the Weeds

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I’ve felt kind of lazy lately. It’s almost summer, the weather is getting warmer and the weeds just keep getting taller.

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I know I’m supposed to be out there pulling those bad bad weeds, but luckily there are poppies which make it look like there’s method to my…complete lack of method.

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I really have been working though. We launched the TVAA exhibition on collaboration, I’ve got designs in the works for some upcoming events, and I finished Kantha stitching the latest quilt.

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I wish I could tell you I marathoned “Weeds” while I stitched, but once again, that would imply some sort of method on my part.

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In fact, I marathoned “Scandal,” “One Tree Hill,” and “White Collar” — which can best be summed up as basically madness.

This is why I have 3 dogs. Dogs do not judge, neither my choice of Netflix marathons nor my secret delight in weeds.

On that note, I think it’s time for a little break….

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Lula can hula, and I will just enjoy the weeds.

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Not Just Daydreaming

Three day weekends are always good for a little change of perspective. This one just past gave Mike and me the chance to think through some dreams we’d put on hold until the time seemed right to put things into motion which will turn those dreams into reality. Seems like that time might be sooner than we thought.

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“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

Illumination

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We had Logan, and Lina’s best friend Emma, over for dinner last night. Emma wanted a photo of our new “Pixar” standing lamp so she asked Logan to take a picture of her next to the lamp using her iPhone. This is the photo. One click. No special filter. All I did was cut out his thumb from the lower left corner.

The world is an amazing place filtered through the lens of an Aspie.

Blog-clog

I’m going to try something new. No, I didn’t see it one time in a cartoon, but I am looking for a little mental animation to help me unclog my blog. Or, to at least unclog my mind when it comes to my blog.

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One of my favorite ways to pretend I’m working is to explore other artists blogs, and to compare and contrast everything — the look, the frequency of postings, the content, the goofiness, the works.

Not surprisingly, I like all kinds of domestic-artistically oriented content, and I like smart, irreverent writing, but the blogs that keep me coming back tend to be the ones with the most frequent, often daily, postings.

A great example is the blog of Lisa Congdon.

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Lisa’s really good about posting a new painting, or a lettered quote, or an update of her sewing adventures — pretty much every day.

That’s probably why she has fortygazillion followers.

Well, I want all four of MY followers to know that the “something new” I’m going to try is to be just like Lisa Congdon, and post a little something every day.

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“Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” — Copykat

My plan is to post one photo of whatever I’m working on with a few words, every day. Some days I may have a lot more than that. Some days I may just have a photo. But I will have a little something every day.

Blog unclogged.

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Go to Your Studio and Make Stuff

I’m sure you’re familiar with this sentiment, and maybe even with this poster by Fred Babb…

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which pretty much sums up the time that I have spent NOT working on this blog in the past few days, as well my excuse for what will probably amount to very spotty blog posting in the next couple of weeks.

I have a crapton of work to do for my public art piece for Treefort which needs to be done by the first week in March and I am simultaneously selecting, arranging, and hanging the TVAA exhibition “Metamorphosis” opening at the offices of Boise State Public Radio on March 7th. Plus I have a little project called “See Spot Walk” which needs my attention. Just sayin’.

So to inspire you to go to YOUR studio and make stuff in the hope that time will fly by for all of us, here are some photos from the studio of Marilyn Frazier.

We had Art Friday at her home last week and Marilyn let me take some pictures to share with you…

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These are some papers which have been painted and stenciled and which will be used as book covers or on boxes.

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You can always find a sharpened pencil in Marilyn’s studio!

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Each of these books is handmade by Marilyn. She paints the papers, and sews the bindings choosing the beads the way you would decide which necklace best complimented your dress.

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Lots of little boxes, some covered with painted papers.

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Work in progress.

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The view from Marilyn’s studio out to her garden and the chicken and duck run. The very happy chickens’ and ducks’ run. Marilyn is a vegetarian.

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More beautiful books completely handmade by Marilyn.

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Just in case you were wondering what you should make once you get to your studio.

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My plan is to continue dervishing (I just decided to make that the adjective, whirling is so tired) away in MY studio and I will blog visual updates as I’m able.

Meanwhile I’m trying to convince Lula to take over the blog for me — just until I can get through the next few weeks.

Does she look convinced?

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Well, we’ll see you when we see you!

Pinterest: Second Helpings Board

I’m pretty much a late bloomer when it comes to this virtual world I now find myself spending so much time trying to navigate. I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the world of email, let alone social media of any kind, so I am probably more surprised than anyone that I actually am enjoying having a blog and website, to say nothing of Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Pinterest is my favorite social media application simply because it has huge appeal for the avaricious visual junkie. (Not that I know anyone fitting that description.) But as I write the word “simply” in conjunction with the concept of Pinterest, even in jest, I am aware how naive that sounds.

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Sure, I want the groovy visual scrapbook I can collect on my boards, but more than that I want to figure out how to plug into the network of connectivity between individuals generating ideas, creating art, and truly collaborating — and I’m working on it. I know this much, in order to connect you not only need to follow pinners and collect pins, you also need to be followed, by lots and lots and lots of followers.

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I’ve only just started with Pinterest and other than my family I think most of my 16 (woot woot) followers follow me thanks to my tattoo board — well, ink is for life so we tend to be people who know how to commit which means at least they’ll stick with me — but what I’d really like is to have followers who stay because of the art. I need to attract followers.

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So…duh, I just added a Second Helpings board, and my plan is to add more boards for my Exhibitions, my Portraits, my Public Art, while continuing with the other boards I already have which are more about inspiration and insight into my taste and sense of humor. Oh, and I’m also going to add a Lula board. Should have mentioned that first, right?

If you’re on Pinterest please follow me (and I will happily return the favor) and send my pins of my art to your friends, and if you aren’t on Pinterest yet, check it out. No need for kicking and screaming.

Seeing Spots

There are good days, and there are bad days, and today has been one of them.

–Laurence Welk

Today I made myself just go do something. Anything. As long as it involved paint and was cheerful and had the potential to drive back this gloomy inversion which is weighing all of us in Boise down. Down. Dowwwwwnnnn.

And all I saw was spots.

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At least they were cheery spots. Kind of remind me of sprinkles on donuts. No wonder we crave carbs in the winter. We really just want a cheerful little spot of sunshine and instead we head for ….sorry my mind wandered there for a minute.

Gotta run. Hope it’s sunny where you are!