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New From the Studio

September 24, 2014

Production in the studio has not stopped, even with distractions all around me. When one “retires” to do her art, aren’t things supposed to slow down just a bit? Though I would love to just be a studio hermit and do my art all day, I feel a need to engage with real people out in the world. For a long time after we moved from Florida to Alabama, I indulged my inertia and just stayed home and did art day after day, week after week, with breaks for gardening, and breadmaking, and playing with my dogs. And, well, there is the old one — 16 now — who requires a lot of attention, and has had me staying close around for her.

But being with people is necessary to keep a sense of life balance. I’ve begun to reach out to various groups, none of which are art-oriented. An artist’s group would be wonderful, but that will happen in time. There is an environmental group, a local voter registration effort, and a small women’s group that meets once a month for lunch and conversation. Balance is the word. It may be time to cut back on my social calendar just a little bit so I can do more art.

I have loved having new papers — my most favorite thing in the world. Here is one of my most recent happy collages. I hope you like it. It’s a combination of drawing and painting on magazine clippings and a gelli print. (Click on the image to see a full description and price.)

The Conversation - Collage, 6x6" on 8x10" backing

The Conversation – Collage, 6×6″ on 8×10″ backing

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. joarty1 permalink
    September 24, 2014 6:23 pm

    Love this piece

  2. September 25, 2014 9:58 am

    love the conversation in this piece.
    Missed your blog, glad you are posting.

  3. October 28, 2014 1:58 pm

    Sounds like you have been busy Martha! It’s not good for health to do to much of anything. I miss your art. If you ever need a art community, I’m hoping that ArtCardsUnited will come together more. 🙂 We shall see. That would be a great way to get back into art too. Not to much of a struggle but at the same time, bigger works are more freeing. I can’t wait to see what you choose to do. It’s wonderful to see you posting. *HUGS*

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