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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fresh Inspiration So, it’s been a long time since I did an update. When I closed my little online store in May of 2010, I pretty much gave up the blog as well. This year has been a year of transformation and new perspectives for me. I’ve attended Art & Soul here in Virginia Beach, met and connected with many artists both local and far away, and gotten back on the creativity track. Part of my process has been joining in with our local Tidewater Artist Guild. We have a wealth of talented and knowledgeable artists locally who share and inspire and they have let me be part of their wonderful community. At our recent “summer art camp” weekend, we had a planning session to discuss future plans and some of the group wants to get help with their blogs. Some of the members have active blogs and others are just starting out. As a slightly computer literate person with some blog experience, I finally am ready to re-purpose this blog and use it to share my evolving art and life passions. So, what to expect? Somewhat regular updates, pics of some of my works in progress or completed, this and that going on in my life, and a place to connect with other likeminded individuals. Guess that statement bears the question – what kind of mind do YOU have? Mine can be scattered. I like to think of myself as somewhat of a Renaissance woman – both with my figure – kindly referred to as voluptuous and my appetite for new knowledge. By day, I work at a local telecom company with commercial customers facilitating their service installations and changes. Each day has a host of new challenges, interactions and tasks to juggle and complete. Outside of the office, though, my unquenchable thirst for fresh inspiration. I’ve been a voracious reader all my life. With each new passion that catches my attention, I tend to do an immersion course of study either solo or attending classes to get down the bones. I love creating and have not been able to settle on just one medium although paper art has held a long time place in my life. What has caught my interest lately? Pinterest Natural fibers (wool, alpaca, etc.) Spinning fibers (currently learning drop spindle – dream of wheel in my future) Dyeing, felting and other extensions of fiber process Knitting (surprised to find out it isn’t that hard and I actually CAN do it) Junking – love poking around for vintage treasures and alterable items Altered art – all shapes and sizes Art journal Learning to paint and more advanced techniques Memory cherishing – aka scrapbooking Dabbling in jewelry and polymer clay Poetry – reading it and writing my own Zentangle Did I mention a bit of gardening? Well, that’s scratching the surface… like I said, voracious. Hope to make time this weekend to upload some of my recent art attempts to share with you all. Please feel free to comment or leave feedback – love to know I’m not sending my little thoughts alone into the void… Catch up with you all next time!