Monday, November 29, 2021

November happenings!

Hello, dear readers! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy. I have been working on crocheting more tree ornaments. I crochet covers (aka, "cozies") for pre-made plastic bases I buy online. I am planning on hanging the ornaments somewhere in our yard at some point in December. Last year, I did a similar installation called Holiday Cheer 2020. In fact, I may incorporate the same tree ornaments I used last year, along with the new ones I am making. I have also been making some collages and writing a bunch of poetry. I will, of course, share some more poetry eventually. Ciao! 


Green Stamp Gold Insect (collage on canvas board)

So Much Depends Upon the Bird (collage on cardstock)

two of the tree ornaments I made last week (crochet)


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

First Love (poem)

First Love


we view the bright afternoon sky together

in the barren winter field outside of town

darling shades of blue swirl in patterns novel and lovely


a picture I took at a local park



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Happy Fall!

I hope this blog post finds you all doing well. I have been struggling with my pain and fatigue, as always. I injured my wrist last week and have not been able to crochet for a few days. What a bummer! On the plus side, I have been able to make a few collages and write a bit. I have been enjoying the cooler weather. I love to sleep with my window open. I hope you all are doing well!


My sweet baby, Callie, modeling a bandanna I crocheted

three crocheted pumpkins I made


Blue Butterfly 15 (collage)


Red Bird Ghana 500 (collage)


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Black Butterfly (collage)

Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. I am having a rough day due to my pain, fatigue, and PTSD. I was, however, able to sit outside for a bit and make a collage. I have also been working on crocheting items for Etsy shop, Green Owl Crochet. If you would like to support me and my work, please consider buying something from Green Owl Crochet or commission me to crochet something fabulous for you or a loved one. Ciao!



Friday, July 9, 2021

Esteem (poem)

Esteem

hold yourself 

high and

if you need to

you can

declare war on the 

dragonflies and 

the pumpkins

but never declare 

yourself invalid

or unworthy


(a fountain near Lake George, New York)





Tuesday, June 1, 2021

By Passion Alone (poem)

By Passion Alone


I am a writer 

by passion and 

by passion alone.


Give me money or

leave me unpaid. 


Recognize my name or

leave me living in anonymity.


I will move forward

with my craft

and ply my trade

as zealously as 

my want and need dictates.


Me with Angelina
May 2021



Sunday, May 9, 2021

desks, studios, hope

     Despite my pain, fatigue, and headache, I was able to pull out my art supplies and make some art today. I'm beyond happy that I was able to have an art-making session! I must say, I'm proud of myself. 

     My current studio space is problematic. I simply use a desk to make art. This desk is in my bedroom. In addition to being an art studio space, it is a craft studio, a writing space, and an office. I have to do a whole lot of preparation to be able to make art. I also have terrible lighting in my bedroom and my chair is uncomfortable. 

     I consider it a chore to have to pull out all of my art supplies, clear off my desk, and set up my supplies on said desk. In fact, I consider it such a chore that it has become prohibitive to my artistic practice. Often, I will settle on just taking out a few collage supplies and go from there. That is, I will settle on working with a glue stick, some ephemera, and some supports (which are usually postcards and canvas boards). This is not necessarily a bad thing, per say. However, as an artist, I feel it's unfortunate to be limited like this. 

      This, of course, leads me to explore what I can do to prevent myself from being burdened with these preparatory tasks. I know that I need to have a better studio set up for myself. I have, in fact, known this from early on in my art career. My dad has suggested in the past that I put a desk in the basement of our home. 

      In the past, I deemed myself unworthy of having a better studio set up. I thought that it was unnecessary and perhaps selfish to take up more space for this little hobby of mine. Now, I believe that I have finally reached a place in my life where I am no longer ashamed to ask for a better studio space.

     I will talk to my dad about setting up a studio in the basement tomorrow. If all goes well, he can help me get a desk, a chair, and some good lighting there. I'm hopeful that having a dedicated, functional studio will help me expand my art practice.

     I would love to hear all about your art studios, past and present, in the comments below.




     

November happenings!

Hello, dear readers! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy. I have been working on crocheting more tree ornaments. I cr...