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Quotes. First Edition.

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I am a collector of words, usually in the form of quotes from books though I do like a good definition now and again. Words bring images to mind and the most real words are the ones that point to the cosmos around us. I tend to often use words in my artwork, usually mixed media projects.

I love when authors describe a thing using seemingly unrelated words – for instance, using colors to describe noises or personifying physical feelings like pain. But then you read it and you can see it in your head and feel it and those unrelated words make total sense and give the thing being described more weight and being.

So after a week of watching the BBC miniseries "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" I went back and looked at some quotes I highlighted on my Kindle when I read the book a few years ago.

I really enjoy Susanna Clarke's gift for combining words to create imagery. I'm just going to leave some of these here for you to enjoy if that's your thing too*.


“She wore a…

Back to the Faith and the Art.

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"The journey homewards. Coming home. That's what it's all about. The journey to the coming of the Kingdom. That's probably the chief difference between the Christian and the secular artist – the purpose of the work, be it story or music or painting, is to further the coming of the Kingdom, to make us aware of our status as children of God, and to turn our feet toward home." – Madeleine L'Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art Oh man, do I love this book. But it's been a while since I read it and I realize I let the house renovations and the illness crowd out the creativity over the last year. 

I actually love re-making our house. I love the painting, tiling, taking down walls, re-configuring... just really like making a small, older-but-not-old-enough-to-be-cool 1989 house into something more cozy and giving it some character. But last fall I got knocked off track with the breast cancer diagnosis. Which is completely understandable and unavoid…

Ideas and a Mea Culpa

First, the idea: I've decided to start posting here as a kind of journal while I work through my issues with creativity and my interactions with God – which are very often the same things. Good idea, A++

Second, a confession: My earlier Facebook post about my health may have read as thoughtful and mature. But in reality is was the result of a mini-temper tantrum a few days ago.

I went to schedule my next haircut appointment and the receptionist replied that the date in my normal time frame fell on Nov 7th... which is the date of my next follow-up mammograms, scan, and surgeon appointment. I got flustered and had to apologize and hung up.

I was so mad!

Like, not scared about the mammograms but just mad because I want to be done feeling like my time is not my own ("Mine! My own! My preciousssssss!") I want to not have ot think about bra I should wear so I'm not sore by the end of the day or have to keep track of a doctor's appointment six months out. We scheduled our &…

June 2016

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We've been working hard and learning all kinds of new things while creating for Resurgam Coffee. We're creating a website with e-commerce aspects, forms that automatically send intake info to a spreadsheet, fluid layouts that will work correctly across a variety of platforms (smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops... though I'm not bothering with Apple Watches. Sorry.) And this past week has included laying out the design for their coffee bags and labels.

It's been fun, interesting, and sometimes stressful as we learn how to integrate all the things that need to happen for a multi-purpose site to work well and still convey the message of what Resurgam Coffee is about. In the meantime I highly recommend going over and checking out the Resurgam Coffee Facebook page and visiting Lemonade International to see why this is more than just coffee and what Resurgam means in real life – The Latin translation is "I will rise." (Which is an extra dose of random awesome…

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Hooking up accounts. Testing... is this thing on?
It's been quite a long time since I've used this blog to communicate. I went back and forth with whether to keep this one going or start a new one with the new business Rusty and I set up last week. But this feels like the right way to go – to go ahead and continue on with something that started years ago. Honestly, a part of me wants to continue this one because Betsy posted here and this is where I processed losing Sam. So for now, that's what we'll do.

I know for anyone that knows us personally and is reading this you may be wondering why we started a business fresh off of cancer treatment, a house with plenty of unfinished projects, and two high school aged boys – one of whom is now working at Kings Island but won't be able to get his driver's license until August (just shoot me now, please.) I guess the answer to that is... why not now?

Honestly, this breast cancer thing has been awful in that my body still kind of hates me. And awesome in that it's pu…