Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fallen Off the Face of the Earth?

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. For some reason all the little people in my life have been demanding more attention. We have also come to the realization that six people in 1345 square feet just isn't working. Maybe if we got rid of all the stuff, but that isn't going to work for an artist, kids or a husband with lots of hobbies. Instead we are just going to have to find a bigger house. We have been busy trying to get this place back in shape to sell. All our free time has been dedicated to painting, bathroom repair,yard work and cleaning. My creative time has been severely limited. I thought I would throw up the few projects that I have managed to create the past month or so.
I bought a pair of white canvas shoes to paint a while ago. They sat on my desk for a couple months. Finally, before going on vacation I pulled out the paints. The kids had fun watching. I'm not really sure why I picked pink. I guess I was feeling girly. I took them with me to Monterey, but didn't wear them. I felt shy when it came down to it. I have worn them around town a few times since then. My husband infered that I looked like I was in junior high. I do have to admit that they are something I would have worn back then.
The box I created for our Out of the Box artists group. The assignement was to create something using paper mache and old socks. I didn't have a lot of time, so I cheated and used some fabric paper that I made a while back. I lined the box with socks from my orphan socks box. I then added various fibers and wire to the top. I really love working on boxes. They are fun and hold the promise of treasure. I also like to hide little things in them. I usually forget. Then I find a little present when I look inside. Today I found some orange Tic Tacs.
The other pieces I made even longer ago, probably back when it was snowing in April. I'm still waiting for the sun to come and warm things up around here. I know I can't really complain about sixties and raining, no tornados, no floods, but my heart longs for summer and not being cold!
I'm also feeling the calling to do something BIG. I think that has contributed to my feeling a little blocked. About 18" x 24" is the largest I have worked. I don't know if I'm afraid of putting a lot of effort into something and it not working, or if I'm just not sure where to start. I know I need to just pull out the fabric and sit down at the sewing machine. I know it would be good for my soul. So many things that I know in my head. Now I just need to do it!


Laume said...

All your projects are lovely but I'll comment on those fantastic shoes -I'd so wear them. Who cares if they're junior high looking - FUN! And honestly, I think they look way too artsy for a 13 year old.

Ulla said...

I'm glad to find you're back and that your absence had a good and positive reason. - Go on wearing those shoes, they look great! I also love your boxes.
I wish you good luck with getting your house sold and finding a new one!

Karoda said...

those shoes will be great in making you smile...just look down at your feet when you're feeling stressed or frantic.

Angelcat said...

love those shoes! I hope you are able to find the time you want to start on your new larger project :)

Vivien said...

Glad to know your absence was just that and nothing terrible. Good luck with the house sell / buy. And I'm with the rest ... I'd totally wear the shoes!