Dye Painting. Meh.

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 to primaries — blue + orange, red + green, yellow + purple). My blank canvas was ready. I was surprised that my thin dye mixtures […]

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Doodling my way to…

In February, I decided to try a week’s worth of doodling a single sheet of marker paper. That lasted a few weeks and yielded some new motifs for my fabric designs. Now, after finding an old 3×5-ish moleskine notebook, I decided to take another stab at one or more doodles a day. Dilemma: Use doodling […]

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Sketchbooks, art journals

Ambition. Improve my drawing. Not to be realistic, but to be expressive, with fluid and confident lines. Method. Be disciplined about a sketch-a-day challenge? I keep trying , but I quickly descend into silliness and give up. And I’ve always been too intimidated by the prospect of an “art” journal. Rumination. I started “The Sellable […]

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Wisdom from my foremothers

After delving into the stories of my ancestor-women, I saw that these stout-hearted, independent souls had given me the gift of their practical wisdom. I think of it as “moxie.” Use your head.Lean into the longing.Never be a martyr to a mortifying situation.Throw your arms around uncertainty.Don’t listen to fools.Trust your noble heart.Move your feet […]

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