Our daughter, Camille, is a pastry chef. During school at the CIA (Culinary School of America not spy school) she asked me to make her small notebooks of a specific size so that they would fit conveniently in her jacket pocket. By the time she graduated this past Nov she had almost filled notebook #5. Last week I made #6 and mailed it off to Manhattan where she is now working making yummy desserts and pastries. It's a pleasure making these notebooks for her. I like to think she carries my love around in her pocket.
My Etsy shop, Saddle Up Sunshine, has been empty for several months. Now it is restocked and ready for viewing. When I first opened the shop I only listed my small tin paintings, but now I'm expanding the shop to include other work. Here are a few of the new listings.....................
I'm coming out of studio hibernation. Sometimes you just need a break. Time to look and be, but not make. Time to reacquaint yourself with why this is the path you have chosen and to understand what you want to work on next. It's a treat and a luxury to be able to take a break. Amen! BUT, it can be a challenge to reestablish a studio routine when it's time to start working again. There is this exciting pull, but an equally strong resistance. I think it's that you have to face yourself head on and that is both thrilling and scary. I usually need a deadline to jump start the reentry. My deadline this time was for a book show at Watson MacRae Gallery in Sanibel, Florida. Below is one of the pieces I made for the show. It's an updated version of an earlier story about a dog named Issy. Issy has a pencil leg and he writes a book titled Confessions of a Small Dog with his pencil leg.