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Artful Blogging - Winter 2011

I'm excited to have a drawing shown in the Winter 2011 issue of Artful Blogging. They've included an interview with Karen of Creative Therapy, and a few of our pieces of work are shown. Cool!

Quilts and Chairs


I'm a bit behind in posting my Creative Therapy pieces. But this one went live a little while ago -- Creative Therapy 120. This is another in this year's Quilts on Chairs series. The quilt shown here is my mother's quilt -- on a chair taken in her house while I was visiting in August.

How Has Art Saved You?

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This piece was my response to Creative Therapy catalyst #112. I'll be talking a bit about this piece (and the process that led to it) in Episode 150 this week on the Creative Mom Podcast. That this piece features 40 blocks was no accident. That the Catalyst it appears under is numbered 112 is something I couldn't have predicted. It's a private symbolism that makes me catch my breath. Strange how things sometimes happen!

Characterizing a Childhood

I've got another bit of pen and ink up this week at Creative Therapy 110. Less formal than recent pieces... but it's out there.



Pen and ink in response to Creative Therapy Catalyst #108. I tried several times, and the scan was bad each time. Frustrating!

This is one that didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, though it's stronger, and the values are easier to read and distinguish between, in person. This is from a series of photos I had a friend take, all of which are important for me in capturing these days in this year in this life.

Childhood Tea


I've got art live at Creative Therapy this week for Catalyst 105. Maybe it looks like I'm in a rut, but a quilt is not just a quilt is not just a quilt. This one was a challenge in many ways, and I've never seen this quilt in person so it was hard at times to figure out what was going on with the pattern I could see in the photo!

New Series


This piece has been done for weeks, but it just finally went live at Creative Therapy today (#101). The second piece in this series is also done, and I've got the next one lined up, I think -- which reassures me that this time I've got my teeth hooked in a series that is perfect for me right now. The above is the first in a new series that I'm really excited about. I'm not sure how much I'll talk about it in the next CMP (146), which I'm hoping to record tonight. But I'm going to be asking for some help and soliciting some photos. This series brings into line several interests of mine when it comes to drawing. Let me know what you think -- at Facebook or at Flickr!

In Hand


New art posted at Creative Therapy for #98.

The above drawing is not the one talked about in Episode 145 of the Creative Mom Podcast, but 145 is titled "In Hand." The piece above is related, for sure.

What 'nudge' works for you? What do you draw... for comfort?



This piece is for Creative Therapy Catalyst 97. (There is a problem on the site with the text. The second paragraph with my art is not mine and not related to my art.)

I'll be talking a bit about this piece in the next Creative Mom Podcast. This seems to be part of an evolving set for right now.

Full Circle


I talked about the process of creating this piece (and the mad rush it involved to meet the deadline) in December on the Creative Mom Podcast. This was my last piece for Creative Therapy for 2009. [Catalyst 93]

It was a good year with Creative Therapy. I wasn't sure initially about it... I was reluctant to say yes when invited to join the team of artists. I wasn't sure if I could take on "one more thing" (especially since I went back to work and have since gone back full time!). But, the pieces turned out to be important for me in 2009. I shifted a lot of my creative energy and time into addressing the catalysts. I maybe did more than I had to, but I early on established my mantra for my work on Creative Therapy: "It has to matter... to me."

With that as my guiding principle, I tackled my two pieces of art each month, often on prompts that were hard for me to see my way through, often during times in my life when the juxtaposition between the catalyst and events in my own life were too close... were challenging... were not easy. But I worked through each piece. And I think in almost all cases (okay, I think there may be one...) I created a piece that "matters to me."

I had initial thoughts about all of my pieces at/for Creative Therapy being on a single theme (nope, not birds!). But, not one piece met that theme. (Have you been around long enough to recall what I did or my guest artist spot on Creative Therapy the year before I joined the team?) Funny how that works.

Instead, Creative Therapy pushed me (and Karen is AWESOME in that she welcomes ANY kind of art from her team and has totally supported the kinds of work I've done even though I'm definitely on the fringe when you look at the team as a whole). In responding to Creative Therapy catalysts, I worked much more heavily in what looks like a graphic novel format but is really my own spin on that arrangement of lines and shapes and spaces. It's something I've come to love, and I'm glad to have had those catalysts to work with... each one really pushed me, and I can see the growth in my own work in a year. And then there were weeks when I did more deliberate and unified single drawings, like this one. It was a good year.

And... yes... I'm signed on for a second year with Creative Therapy. My first piece is due this week. It's halfway done. I'm working well outside of my comfort zone. It's the kind of piece where all my shortcomings come to the surface. But... there's a deadline ahead of me. We'll see how it goes.

(Oh - and I should add... it was on my son's advice that I stuck with the black background on this piece. I contemplated leaving it white. But he said black was best. He's a very good source of creative advice!)

Tumbling Into Something

I've got a new piece up for Catalyst 92 at the Creative Therapy site. I seem to have gotten a bit long-winded there... something I tend not to do in my accompanying text. (But on the screen, I see it happened.) The piece... visually... is one that speaks on its own. I hope you take a look -- and enjoy all the other artist contributions. (I see as a group we are approaching a wide range of ages!)

(For those of you that listen to the CMP, the creation of this piece, and the conversation it sparked within me, comes up in Episode 141.)

Art on a Theme


I realized today that I haven't been good about posting the Creative Therapy pieces here. As one of the artists there, I create two pieces a month... which may not sound like a lot, but has kept me really busy producing art that I care about (beyond the fiber that is a constant). Matthew and I read in a book one day a few months back that professional graphic novelists produce a finished page a day. That's pretty amazing... but think about what you could do if you spent 6-8 hours a day on your art -- and it wasn't stolen time!

This piece was for Catalyst #88. I worked on it during a hard week, but the shimmer of the piece was there for me. In working on a holiday gift for my mother this week, I cropped out one of the Fairy Wrens and transferred it to fabric. The birds have been surprisingly few and far between lately. But these have much to say.

As a reminder, I keep Facebook updated with CMP announcements - and I always announce new Creative Therapy pieces there as well. (I've got another posting this Sunday... one which brought the birds full-circle for me after a long year.)

Creative Therapy - The "Aha" Moment


I've got art this week at Creative Therapy for #89... graphic novel again in style... but a lighter note than some of the more philosophical and "life" pieces that I think I've worked on in recent months.

The challenge this week could have been "heavy," but I took a different approach. "Struggles" come in all shapes and sizes.

The guest artist's photography this week is wonderful, by the way. I hope you check it out!

Graphic Novel Panels at Creative Therapy

I'm mostly at Facebook these days... and not enough time to figure out how to tie everything together in the "best" way. Some of you are following the Creative Mom Podcast there - and Here2There there as well. I've got new work posted this week at Creative Therapy for Catalyst 88. Hope you take a look!

Mama's Gift

Creative Therapy #84 went live today. I've got a graphic novel set up on a topic that I covered in the podcast earlier this year. Turning to the same topic in pen and ink was a wonderful experience.

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