Category Archive: Cluster

The instrument

Did you feel like your connections with others were heightened this week? Amidst the chaos and concern over changes in our government and their effects, I kept having these great and powerful meetings with people. I’m not sure yet where it’s going but…it’s going. I also feel hopeful, but not in a light way. It’s… read more

Just thanks

I’ve been lucky enough to have a nice long weekend with friends and family this week, but before the time off I had fun doing some painting and then a bit less fun doing this: Basically moving little people around and trying to see which configuration resonates. I also dropped off work for an exhibition… read more

Spelunk, boom, hold

What a difference a change in your space can make. I felt an overwhelming urge to move things around on the “dry” (no oil painting) side of my studio this week, and after a couple of hours, I gave in to it. I now have this great central table space. This means my work in… read more

The fresh eye

I love this picture. Fifteen pieces done! Okay, I have to tell the truth: two of the ones on the floor still need their glue. I wanted to give them a couple of days to be able to see them with fresh eyes before I made them final. But even just looking at all of… read more

The machine

I continued benefiting from our new schedule this week, and I am close to being done with the last Cluster pieces. I even figured out this one that I was really struggling with last week. It is very satisfying when these finally click. It reminds me of a machine. There’s this feeling as if visually… read more

The flexible rule

There were a lot of changes this week, and as often happens, many that I thought might be difficult have actually turned out to be wonderful. First, my daughter started kindergarten, which meant a bit of a schedule shift. Earlier. Bleh. But it turns out it is much easier to get her moving (and get… read more

That confounded bridge

I’m keeping it short this week, as I am happy to have both a preschooler who graduated today (mine) and a soon-to-be college freshman (my sister’s) at the house, ready for a much-anticipated sleepover. Sitting with these two who have each recently crossed an important threshold, it seems perfect that I too feel like I… read more

Release the silly

This week I re-engaged in my epic struggle with dozens of small wooden people. It felt very, very hard to get what seemed to be very, very little done. And then I felt very bad about myself. Sigh. This particular type of internal struggle, usually packed with some spicy self-hatred, is actually a common state… read more

The drawing board

I was really, really, really sick of looking at this piece this week. I could tell most of it was right, but it just wasn’t working. My husband, who thanks to years of living with me can now provide professional level studio critique, very nicely responded to my exasperated “Argh!” and took a look. Then… read more

The noodling

It was really satisfying getting all these backgrounds done for my 13 new All In pieces this week. Along the way I realized I have many brushes with bristles that are blown out or too soft or etc. It’s just silly. Keeping damaged brushes is an old habit that made sense back when I had… read more