Dr. Oz, eat your heart out! ;-) I'm taking his 11-week challenge, which is going to take me and my 58-year-old, post-menopausal, mid-winter body at least twice as long. Yes, I am moving more; I am eating less (snacking less); I do appreciate the awareness that the special website has created...but it is what it is!
Stormy weather enables more studio time, too. I am contentedly working on several things:
- This morning I quilted the first of 2 new pieces. These are going to be my submissions to "In the Red", a juried show to be held from early April through early July at the Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery in Edmonton. The show is intended to express how artists feel about a recent 16% cut-back in Provincial funding. Let me introduce you to:
|"Make Do" and... "Mend" (pre-quilting)|
- This afternoon I put 3 new dye packs aside to 'percolate': an even bluer purple (more Sky Blue, less Fuschia); a green-green (Lemon Yellow and Turquoise -- who knew?!); and a red orange (Scarlet, Golden Yellow and a touch of Lemon Yellow). I've included skeins of white perle cotton in the first two...the better to stitch with, my dears!
- Also this afternoon, as things began to 'perc' in the dye pot, I began to hand-stitch on the first of my "Abandoned" series, which I hope to have ready to exhibit at the Lacombe Art Fair in April. I bought some wonderful Sulky 'Blendables' in "Milk Chocolate" (#4011) and "Soft Blacks" (#4034) with which to stitch down the 'siding' on a building. I bought 30 wt, because I knew I could use it for both hand and machine stitching, but they have the same in heavier weight for hand-stitiching only. I am lovin' the way this is coming together and will provide a photo before too long...
For much of the afternoon, once the CBC shut down it's classical mode, I've been listening to an audio-book I got Monday from my LL (Local Library): Matthew E. May's In Pursuit of Elegance. Fascinating...but it's going to take me a while to digest. (I've just finished Chapter 2). I commend it to you, whether you're an artist, a designer, a writer, a physicist, a scientist...or just plain curious. Here are some of my notes:
"What isn't there can often trump what is."
"Doing nothing isn't easy."
Prioritze goals -- then eliminate the bottom 20% forever.
Elements of elegance: surprising power;
simplicity; 'less is more'; changes our view of things; clever; concise; symmetrical; pleasingly memorable; spare...
Appreciate, embrace -- and travel beyond complexity.
Not everything simple is elegant, BUT everthing elegant is simple.