Whenever I get into a contemplative mood, I wind up grappling with God. My brain is burdened with the images of a Catholic youth. I’m stuck with monotheism’s mental model … Continue reading My “God” problem
Yesterday. Nothing scheduled. How delightful. I bundle up for a walk as if it were Arctic winter outdoors, but it is only in the 40s. Hardening up to the cold … Continue reading Self-reflection: Tarot
When I turned 70 last year, I was full of determination to make a plan for “the next 30 years.” My journal is full of scribbled reflections on resolutions and … Continue reading Now what?
I have spent the past week sorting, scanning, labeling, and gently restoring old family photos. Like “The Velveteen Rabbit,” they are creased and faded and scuffed, but the very fact … Continue reading Old photos, lively spirits
Meet Zula, newly awakened from the realm of old socks and sweaters. Kind of a variation on The Velveteen Rabbit: if you treasure your clothes, even as they begin to … Continue reading Zula: old adventures reborn
One more t-shirt for Jim. Another length of experimental linen. Zeroing in on soy wax as my go-to resist, djanting as my go-to applicator. For this round, I dipped my … Continue reading Indigo Batik, Round 3
 Jim hates sleeveless shirts because he thinks his arms are too skinny, but warm days and gym workouts demanded more than his single 1980s Cayman Islands souvenir shirt. And … Continue reading More indigo: t-shirts
I mentioned carving stamps as play, then I used a couple simple ones with soy wax as I prepared for indigo-day. By today, I had read enough book chapters and … Continue reading Decolourant: more play
After puzzling through a maze of dyes and resists, yesterday was the day to go indigo. I allowed myself the luxury of a “purification ritual” — cleaning up the outdoor … Continue reading Indigo daze
I want to live an enchanted art life. But real life (RL) interferes. Phone calls must be made. Bills, paid. Business emails, sent. Shit, arranged. I usually let these pile … Continue reading Permission to play
On the sunny side of our cabin, we have hundreds of cone flowers (Echinacea), with a few black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) and rampant oregano (Origanum vulgare). The cone flowers are very … Continue reading Coneflowers and friends
Today was doodle day on my experimental yard of linen. I went through my winter sketchbooks and found some great motifs. I followed instructions for making “complex colors” (adding complements … Continue reading Dye Painting. Meh.