Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Joy that is felt when we know we've connected...

Many years ago I lost my momentum to wake up and paint... believing that I did not have an audience. (Although, I am extremely creative-I have not been commercial with my art for many years) My audience seemed very very small. (I was counting the people who talked with me or purchased my art as audience). I admit that I was not spending enough time at Marketing. As many artists may admit...It was not my favorite. My last real attempt at marketing my artwork was a show in Grass Valley, CA. I was not feeling very outgoing on this day. However, I had one woman get so enthusiastic over a small painting (with a style often found in my work at the time)with a type of journaling or words surrounding the subject. Otherwise, I really got very little feedback. Many of the people walked by or through my booth without speaking to me. Thinking back...maybe, my mood/emotional inner wellbeing was detracting them.

A few weeks ago, Linda Miller, a artist and yoga teacher practicing somewhere in Southern
California emailed me. Years ago a friend of hers, who had seen my work (Prayerflags-watercolor)@ a local Studio Tour in Northern California, asked me if she could give my information to Linda(who was beginning her prayer flags project). You can read more about her by clicking her name and going to her blog. She was reminiscing her archives and took the time to let me know. She reminded me that I was part of her project. With an email, a "Blast from the Past", she connected with me again. I had contributed to her 'Prayer Flag' project in 2007 and she
was reminded me. I had not forgotten that I contributed. But, the time she made to get in touch with me via email to share her post touched me. I responded to her email and Thanked her. She responded back to me something like, "And your blog inspired me to start my own blog." This feedback was enormously important to me. For some days it seems I do not touch anyone...let alone inspire them. I was happy to know I'd connected and been inspirational for her.

Another person who recently voiced that I had done something to touch him added to this awareness. When I expressed I'd seen my photos on his office walls(he had asked me before if I would mind if he used them). Recently, I had walked into the office at Four Wheel Campers
and seen several photos of my camper in beautiful scenery's that I'd visited. I had sent FWC's , Tom Hanagan, these photos and he had somehow found value in them. Several photos I'd sent were blown up to about 16x20 and behind glass and hanging in the main office hallways. They looked fabulous! The spots I found of beauty were obviously important for him also. When I acknowledge I had seen the photos. He said, "Remember the card you sent me a few years ago?...It is being custom framed." My artwork, a painting in the NW woods of my new red truck and Four wheel camper, had touched someone. Someone that I really admired was touched by my work!

I felt joy by the acknowledgement that I had contributed something to inspire or bring joy to others . I felt valued for my energy and contributions to my world. It made me recognize the value of my ideas. But, mostly it made me recognize that acknowledging a person's contribution OUT LOUD to that person makes it real. It made me aware that even though a persons contributions might seem obvious to him/her or others...It may need to me said out loud.
When we share our positive reactions to someones contribution out loud we are connecting and telling that person they are special. What a joy!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Sweater with memories of summer knitted in!

Finished my 'February Lady' Sweater pattern. I changed it a bit. Modifying the garter to stockinette. It's very cute with faded jeans. I used glass buttons that are from beaches all over. Some I've found on North California Coasts. And others I found on ETSY. Love this crafter's site!
The yarn in the sweater is local Full Belly Farms yarn. Dyed with local plants(Indigo, marigold, sage and coreopsis ).
Knitting is time consuming. But, rewarding when 2-3 months later I have a finished garment. It definitely is more time consuming than a painting. At least for me. Most of my paintings did/do not take 2-3 months to finish.

The shades of red orange and orange are dyed with a plant called madder. I grew madder in my garden this summer. However, it is not ready for harvest for 3 years. I bought the madder I used for the dye pot from Dharma Trading co. The yarn is local Currow Hill Ranch perendale light worsted.
The lavendar is a elder berry dye.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Knitting in Kauai

Of course I did more than knit in Kauai!However, this was probably the oddest thing I did
while visiting the 'Garden Island'.
When it is 75-88 deg and humid-"Why?", I asked myself would I need to knit a wool garment.
Let-alone even wear anything at all! However, as I sit in my home(town)...I discover Fall season has brought reason to my sweater!
My husband and I traveled all over this Island. However, my favorite area is on the North Shore. I could hang out here for more than a few weeks! Discoveries beyond Keye and Tunnels snorkeling, hiking the Kalalua trail, following shell trails on all the beaches, camping on
Anini and Polahale beaches...etc... We found a few really interesting finds. Including papaya and bananas w. lime almost every morning for breakfast! We found The locals Farmer Markets in
many towns-were we tried Jack Fruit and Wild Pig. I found a new favorite radio station I am playing it tunes in my Mountain home! Can you

believe it? Also, found a delicious drink called mead. Nani Moon Mead.
Fruity light passion fruit and guava....Need I say more. Also, met Felecia @ Alaimai backyard when looking for avocados and papayas @ her fruit stand. Really wonderful project and Felecia gave us a tour of her place that was as informative as going to a Botanical Park.
Java Kai in Hanale was our stop for cafe! Coffee on the Island is not suppose to be very good. But, this stuff is good!