Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ladybug ACEOs Ship Free Oct 26-Oct 31

These are just some of the Ladybug ACEOs that ship free (internationally) in my shop this week.

Sojourn Quilts ACEOs (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) are all individually designed, cut and assembled by me. They are 2.5 inches (6.4cm) by 3.5 inches (8.9cm) in size and come with a handmade envelope.

For more ACEOs, please check out my shop.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Paint Penobscot County Purple Oct 12 - 18

During the week of October 12 through the 18, Spruce Run is inviting people to "Paint Penobscot County Purple."

Spruce Run Domestic Violence Project is an organization located in Bangor, ME "dedicated to serving people affected by domestic abuse in our community while working simultaneously to eliminate personal, institutional, and cultural violence against all individuals."

Show support for and honor people directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence by wearing purple, buying a purple light bulb and bathing the outside of your home or workplace in a lavender glow, tying purple ribbons around your mailbox, decorating your desk or sporting a purple ribbon. (These are just some of the ideas provided at this link).

Be creative and have fun...And don't forget to tell the folks around you why you are in such a purple mood!

Domestic violence or abuse "is a pattern of physical, verbal, or sexual threats or aggression used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Abuse can range from emotional torment like name-calling and isolation, to harassment like stalking and intimidation, to violence and physical harm."

None of us is immune. Domestic violence or abuse affects women, men, girls and boys from all walks of life regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, economic status or education.

Together, we can stop the violence.

If you live in Penobscot County, Maine and are concerned about your situation--or what is going on in the life of someone you care about--call the Spruce Run hotline at 1.800.863.9909 or check out the Spruce Run website at http://www.sprucerun.net.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Siren Song of Creative Energy

Recently, I took a walk along the rocky coast of Maine. "Downeast" on a foggy, eerie day with the wind blowing, the mist getting in my eyes, and only the sounds of the ocean: a lobster boat puttering by, a fog horn, a bell bouy. I was in heaven, I am sure of it! I could have stayed there all day.

I grabbed a few pictures to share with you--some textures of Maine. I am sure they will crop up in my artwork at some point or other (if they haven't already).

The more I look at my surroundings, the more I see and the more I understand how richly inspirational my environment is. I am drawn to the shapes and colors and textures of my apartment, my neighborhood, my city, the forests, oceans, lakes and streams of my state--an endless array of offerings and discoveries.

The forest, mountains, ocean and fields are, in a sense, the siren song for my creative energy. They inform the way I move through the world: my thoughts, my words, my creative endeavors, my actions, my way of being in and moving through the world.

So much more to see and discover. I feel very fortunate to live in Maine.