Beautiful Turned Wood Vase

Last week I visited with my Aunt Ann and Uncle Walter in their new home in Hiawassee, Georgia.  They’re nicely settled in, and Walter has his workshop in full swing!  I watched as he put the finishing touches on his most recent creation. The news article tells of a program he gave to the local garden club.  He’s been making and selling his beautiful wood bowls and vases for quite awhile now – for more info see his website.

World Pediatric Project and Bon Air Artist Association

Artful Healing

Artful Healing

If you’re in the Richmond area, or would like an excuse to visit, join us for the first Artful Healing event on Sunday, March 23rd at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of the art that will be on display go toward the World Pediatric Project. For twenty years the Bon Air Artist Association held a Spring open air art show – the group felt it was time for a change!  I’ve been awed by the quality of Bon Air Artists pieces, and thrilled that some of my photographs will be included.  Hope to see you at the show!

Creating Art at the Speed of Life, by Pam Carriker

Last fall Cloth Paper Scissors was advertising an art journal workshop to be held in Charlotte, NC in October. One day, four sessions with four teachers whose work I admire, all supplies provided. I really wanted to go, but wasn’t able to convince anyone to go with me, and couldn’t convince myself to travel the six hours there on my own.

So instead I bought Pam Carriker’s book, Creating Art at the Speed of Life (she was one of the instructors) and spent 4 months working thru her 30 lessons on art journaling!!  I thoroughly enjoyed the exercises and learned many amazing things about working with mixed media. The book is set up so that you can do as little or as much at a time as you wish, and/or life permits.  I highly recommend it for anyone interested in expanding their art journaling skills.  And looking to have fun doing at the same time!

2014 – ‘Retirement’ Year!

When I was still working, one of the dates that showed up in my personnel records was 2014 – retirement target!!  The year I would be 65 years old. Amazing!!  It seemed immeasurably far away.  As things worked out, I was able to retire early in 2004, a grand blessing.  Four grandchildren later, I find myself in that ‘Back to the Future’ year - the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve System, and the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to the US of A.  The latter is much more exciting, so photo included from a 1964 Life magazine that I found at an estate sale. Caught the last 30 minutes of the Beatles Tribute on Sunday evening – Paul and Ringo were inspiring!  Reading Ticket to Ride by Larry Kane, “inside the Beatles’ 1964 tour that changed the world”.

The water colors are from my most recent effort to jury into the Bon Air Artist Association.  Oh well. I’ll keep trying.  Meanwhile, I’m exhibiting my photos with them and looking forward to our upcoming fundraiser, Artful Healing, to benefit the World Pediatric Project, Sunday, March 23. Put it on your calendar!

Rock Cozies

Frosty this morning! The sun’s out, and the cat’s decided the afternoon has warmed up sufficiently for her to mosey outside, for the first time in several days.  I’ve had a delicious turkey sandwich, and now time to do a quick update from the studio – the weather’s right for cozies … for rocks!  I’ve been fascinated by crochet-covered rocks, and finally figured a use for the many old dollies and lace cluttering my sewing closet.  With a bit of additional crochet, felt and fabric, they make excellent rock covers!  I’ve done seven in the past two days – that may be enough for now!!

Watercolor Adventures Continued

In August (gosh, almost three months ago now) I did a couple of more water colors for my portfolio in anticipation of jurying for the Bon Air Artist Association.  I’m pleased with these two, and need to clear my table and get back to work!  Realizing that I still have a ways to go with the media, I hedged my bets and also submitted photographs.  As it turned out, I was accepted for photography, but not for exhibiting watercolors with the group.  Oh well!

So I’m gathering photos (see new header for this blog!) to include in their upcoming March fundraiser for the World Pediatric Project.  In February I’ll take another go at the watercolor jurying. Meanwhile, in preparation for my next expedition into water media, I’m working my way thru Pam Carriker‘s Celebrating Art at the Speed of Life.  More on that in a coming post… Mixed Media rules!


Muchies Mill Follow-up

In my April 23, 2012 post I shared with you my excitement at discovering Murchies Mill, a home  that was up for sale in the south of Richmond, that was originally a gunpowder mill.  I’ve had many interesting comments with additional history on the site, and this week I heard from Judy Tunnell who sent me these photographs from her mother’s (Ethel May Pease Jones) album.  Ethel May is now 98  and lived at Murchies Mill from the time she was about 5 or 6 until about 12 or 13.

Judy says, “You will see the swimming area, the bath house and dance area, the dinning area above the Mill and the swinging bridge that led from the hotel area to the Mill.  My grandparents, Leland Charles Pease and Ida Estelle Woodcock Pease, built and owned the recreational park along with Bernard and Samora (sp?)  Woodcock (a distant relative) between about 1920 and 1927.  From what I understand, it was then sold to a Mr. Biggs (owned a furniture store) who turned it into a private club.”

Carefree summertime! A big thank you to Judy and Ethel May!