This little bird raised $$$ for the , Way back Inn which is a place that gives homeless families a place to stay. I hope he is happy in his new home.
Yesterday I was in my daughters room looking for a part of a Halloween costume and I spotted a garbage bag on the floor. In the bag I found three pairs of expensive shoes that I had purchased for homecoming and prom, as well as an expensive Prada bag and a few other girly items that I had given as holiday gifts a few years ago.
When she got home from work I told her I found her trash and was happy to reclaim the unwanted items. She was fine with this and I was moving on to a new topic when my other child said , “yeah I gave my bag away a couple years ago to someone who really cared about purses.” Emotions set in and I started crying, I went upstairs and tried to be reasonable. I am not about material things and my children have told me I am impossible to buy gifts for. Personally I prefer gifts that require the giver to spend time with me. Why then was I crying about some unwanted handbags?
Both the kids came up to talk to me as they did not like seeing me upset. Over the past year both my daughters have also shared that they do not see themselves as girls so I have been slowly preparing to help them with whatever transition comes . So why was I feeling so emotional? I gave them gifts that I thought they would like, I thought I knew my children, I was so clueless to who they were and who they wanted to be, so I cried.
I am not sure how many years ago I gave them Prada bags and it doesn’t really matter.The youngest leaned over and gave me a hug and said , “its okay mom we are much closer now” I cried because I was only seeing them as I wanted to see them and not as they were met to be.
It has been a busy few weeks. I am working on a couple commissioned pieces , which I have found is not my strong suit. As long as people are not in a rush its okay but I really don’t do my best work on a schedule. Having a new shop pet has not made working any more fun! Stickers likes people and doesn’t mind noise. I usually leave my door open and he just comes on in! I now have a true understanding about the old saying, don’t let the camel put his nose in the tent! IN this photo the dear thing was trying to eat my young guests shirt.
The gallery is shaping up , we had two good sales early in the month which is a good sign. In the below photo we were trying to decide where to put the second bench. My friend Brad was helping me hold a piece of lumber and my business partner Zal decided to have a seat!
So many emotions the past few weeks! I made a little piece for our gallery neighbor who went out of business after having been at the design center for twenty plus years. She gave me all kinds of things and just before packing up she gave me some bamboo that had been given to her as a gift from a friend who passed away in December. She was in tears when she gave it to me. She said she had been meaning to do something with it but never did and she wanted it to go to a good home. I decided to make something for her as a souvenir It has that design center rock and bamboo theme . It made her cry more.
While out visiting one of our GC artists I met a really cool artist who makes native Salish
art . I have a few sample’s of his work at the gallery. You can check out his website by clicking on the photo. These are 24 x 24 rolled copper , some have black nickel or silver coatings or a cool baked Japanese pine needle finish. For a limited time these can me snatched up for $720 instead of the usually $1400 as the artist told me he can’t eat them.
One of my best buddies has been in they ICU for a couple weeks. Its hard to see friends and loved ones in pain. Tonight the hospital is sending her to a new room outside the ICU. I am sure going to sleep better tonight! I am looking forward to having a party on the 5th floor!
Tomorrow September 19, is our 3rd thursday art walk , our theme is faces and limbs, our artist Anette Lusher will be giving a talk at 7 PM on her installation called, Caged. In case you have not been to the gallery we are in suite 262 in the Seattle Design Center.
It’s hard to believe that its been 7 months since partnering with Zalman on the gallery at the Seattle Design Center! I am still not ready to get back to welding full time but I am having fun bringing more new artists to the gallery! This month’s reception features over 20 artists!
In hanging the new show, Faces and Limbs we had pieces being purchased before we could get them on the walls! The gallery will be open this Saturday, September 14th from 6-9 as part of the Georgetown Art Attack. Our official receptions are on 3rd Thursdays, from 6-10 PM.
Here is a sneak peek of some of what you will see in September!
I look forward to seeing you at the gallery!
Summer time is usually my most productive time of year for creating art. This summer in early July I had a welding accident. I was working on getting a piece finished for a art show and caught myself on fire. After 7 hours in the ER I was sent home with third degree burns from my lower belly to just below my breasts.
It had been a year since I started working on the owner of the building to let me rent a portion of his shop. I got my keys in May and power for the welder and plasma cutter in June.Finally my own work shop! I was getting settled in and I was excited to have my own space to create! .
After the accident I was not certain I would do welding any more, I would go to the shop each week and move things around and with each visit I could feel my blood pressure rise and the stress and tension in my neck and shoulders would triple.
Yesterday I went to the shop with the intention to work. I cleaned and moved things around for 3 hours.I had lunch , talked to my neighbor about what he was working on. When my neighbor asked me if I was ready to get back in the saddle. I told him I was thinking about giving it a go. After organizing a shelf of paint cans I put on my apron, tied back my hair and put my welding helmet on my head. I set up a project to work on, turned on the welder and then my phone rang! I was so relieved, I turned everything off and went and sat on the tailgate of my pickup to chat with a friend. I now know how it feels to be saved by the bell!
After my phone conversation I went to my welder without hesitation turned it on and got back to work.
This photo was taken a year ago by CDStuder. I am currently working on a new bird and yesterday I started adding the wire feathers. I am starting at the bottom of the bird this time.
I am thankful for the phone call as it distracted me just enough to allow me to not hesitate or let fear and stress keep me from getting back to work.
Last night my friend Ken Vensel phoned and said, “Hey do you want to go to the mountain tonight to see the full moon? ” I said, “sure” and then I called a friend and left a message saying , “oh I wish you didn’t have class tonight I am going to the mountain for a midnight hike.” within moments I had a call back saying, we can skip class a midnight hike sounds lovely! 3 hours later, we were up at Sunrise hiking in the moonlight! Evening hikes have become my all time favorite! To see more photos of Kens adventures visit http://500px.com/kcvensel
For me there is not much more exciting than to have a customer send me a photo of a piece they purchased in its new home. I am not the greatest photographer so its super wonderful to get nice photos of my work! Turning Tides is on the right side of the doorway.
July was a tough month for me. Catching myself on fire slowed me down a bit. I am still feeling a bit gun shy so before I get back to welding I decided to work on some craft projects that don’t require welding or tools that could be harmful to used if careless.
Yesterday I worked on some custom bird feeders for an upcoming art walk where I will be stationed at Experience Tea in Issaquah. I have 11 completed they come with a cute copper wire chain and some bird seed. $35 each