One Artist's Journey.....but where does one go? How does
one go back to go forward? The studio calls me ....faintly....faintly
I hear it beckoning. I guess one step at a time. I open the door
and the familiar smells of wood, canvas, brushes, oils and wax
open memory that have been stored away in secret drawers
for a long time. Once long ago I danced here in morning sun beams.
I finger brushes and unwrap pieces of art.......my art !
Well I have gathered together gold leaf, waxes and frames, today.
It is a step ... It is a start back on my journey. ~
Morning Moments seem to be the best. Just for a couple of moments, ventured to
A walk around, if you have it.
And, here I look back at my first Blog of 2018 and find a quote Of Oprah's ....
"Cherish the routine"
And, as with all things, I have to be reminded of that.
Creativity is not only found in the Studio. . . .
but, in the gifts of the mornings and in the simple routine
of waking and being thankful.
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Thoughts as I sit in my Studio ..........
2018 - A time for new adventures, second chances, and new beginnings.
But, right now I do not want to reflect.......nor do I want to look ahead.......
I want to be in this moment - the gift of silent meditation.
But, in letting my thoughts wander. . . I think of something Oprah said the other
day while a guest on "Ellen".
"Be thankful for the routine". We all have our routines.....putting the feet on the floor, putting
coffee on......showering, brushing teeth, brushing hair........or whatever your routines are
My attention peeked, when she said something that I think of the same as she does......
When she is in the shower or brushing her hair or, putting her shores on in the
morning, . . . she thinks of the people who died that morning on 9/11. Not just the
horrific tragedy ...... but,that they had routines.......showering......putting their shoes on......
starting" just a normal day" with everyday routines. They never could have imagined
that there would be no more days of these unconscious routines...
So, in 2018, let us be thankful for "the routine". .
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" A Piece Of The World "
" A Piece Of The World " written by Christina Baker Kline.
What is your own piece of the world? Have you even ever thought about it?
And, just as life proves - things are not always as though they
first seem to be . . . . . .
"Christina's World " is a piece of art that I was attracted to the very
first time I saw a picture of it. I felt, even then, those many years ago that
there was as the saying goes.......more to the story.
And, have always had a secret "love affair" with the artist, Andrew Wyeth.
Before he passed away in 2009, I came so close to the opportunity of actually meeting him
in person, and now that is one of "those regrets". ( don't have many, but.... )
So, when I read a review of this book, I put in a pre-order and anxiously looked
forward to the release.
It is listed as a novel - but, is mixture of fact and fiction. As much as I loved reading
this book - and just could not stay away from it . . . . I do not believe it is a
story that would be enjoyed by all readers. If you are familiar with the painting,
"Christina's World" and the artist, Andrew Wyeth, then I believe you would enjoy it fully.
He and his wife summered in Cushings, Maine; and lived in Chaddsford, Pa. the
remaining part of the year.
The book is delightful in some ways, sad and informative, reflective and
a sort of a love story - of romance and of a time in America.
And, great passion.
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"What If Women Ruled The World"
We visited the National Museum Of Women In the Arts on Monday, April 24, 2017.
I was just was totally drawn into the art, the history of women in the arts, the beauty of the
magnificent building........the "feel" ....... the "essence".....
me - little Shirley Ann Wood - from a small little historical town in NE Ohio.
I am still in awe................
I am going back ~
The museum is now celebrating it's 30th anniversary; and remains the only major museum in
the world solely dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions of women
artists. The "NMWA champions women through the arts by collecting, exhibiting,
and creating programs that advocate for equity and shine a light on excellence."
One of the photos in this slideshow is of the grand hall (a portion of it, anyway) where
we had tea and lunch.
The building was constructed in 1907-08, the Renaissance Revival structure
originally served as a Masonic temple. In 1983, the museum purchased the building and,
after extensive renovations, opened to the public on April 7, l987 as the National
Museum Of Women In The Arts.
The Museum's collections, which highlights connections between historical
and contemporary works of art. The galleries delve into topics explored by
women artists through time and around the world.
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From New Years to Easter.......
Time in the Studio has been set aside . . . . . illness........a County Project consuming my time and
and money...... and some good things, as well.
But, I miss my Studio time. The place of peace, the soft sound of the falling water of the
wall fountain......a place where I am lost in a world removed of stress, deadlines,
politics, illness, and .................
My creativity has been drained and consumed by other "things"........
I miss my art.
But, acceptance of upcoming exhibits - solo, invitational and several very honorable group
exhibits. . . . . . will pull me back into my zen world.......
that world that feeds my soul.
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Happy New Year 2017
New Seasons........The beauty of winter on Kinsman Lake, the magic of Spring flowers, , ,
Summer days from inside and outside my Studio and Mother Nature's pallet of
magnificent hues and colors of the Fall . . . .
Ahead, new adventures, new people, more time with old and forever
friends...........And, new dreams.
We are dreamers, aren't we?
More time to read new books, more time to lay in the Summer grass and read
poetry. More time to listen to the summer rain and maybe
walk in it, also.
I wish for each of you. . . . . more time . . .
Time to create and time to be.
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" Slideshow & Many Thanks "
Yesterday's Art Show & Wine Taste was truly a beautiful day in many, many ways.
I want to extend thanks beyond words for the honor of showing my art in
my home town and at the Peter Allen Inn & Event Center.
Thank you, in so many ways to my loyal followers and collectors of my art.
Each of you have so inspired me over the years with your support and traveling
all over the country to attend wherever I have my art on exhibit.
Also, I want to say thank you to so many new friends that I met yesterday and
had the opportunity to talk with about our community, the history of the Inn
and the artists who also had their art as a part of yesterday's event.
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" Black Dahlia " is an encaustic piece of framed fine art that I will
have on exhibit & for sale at the ~ Art Show & Wine Tasting " to be held on Sunday,
November 6,, 2016 - Noon - 5:00 PM at the lovely
Peter Allen Inn And Event Center
8581 State St., Kinsman, Ohio.