Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lend me a hand….

This will be a busy summer filled with travel. (Yea!)

With that in mind, I'm focused on 'ticking the boxes' on my 'to do' list.
One of the items on that list was getting some kind of track light fixture over my fireplace.
Little did I know the 'flexible' fixture I chose would be more of a challenge than I bargained for.

The first challenge was how to get the pattern on the ceiling to mark the support locations.

Of course it had to be


My first attempt was to make a pattern from paper and tape

and although that was fun to make in a Captain Kangaroo kind of way...

this time consuming idea was doomed from the start.

Then I tapped into my art supply stash….

and found 10 feet of supple modeling wire

which worked perfectly for transferring my pattern to the ceiling.

After I placed the track supports in the best locations,

my next challenge 

was to get the floppy wet noodle of a track near the ceiling to connect it….

and using items from the chaos near by….

(that's an 'eel spear'….don't ask)

I was able to finish my project

(and make Home Depot proud)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Studio progress...

This is a very pretty 'before I packed all my stuff back into it' photo…

It's still in disarray as I work on other projects, but a clean comfortable space now

and today I like THIS

                                            "I was told once that chaos is the alchemy of truth and beauty"                                                                
                                                                                Jane Cather

Friday, May 1, 2015

rescue, repair, retreat…..

Last weekend I lifted my nose from the grindstone just long enough to see that the 
Wildlife Rescue Center at the end of my street was 
hosting an 'open house'.

Sensing this was a rare opportunity (and it was, as this is a yearly event) I drove straight ahead, instead of turning onto my lane……

And my reward was…..

meeting Mister


the largest of it's species,

 Mr. Horned Owl

a group of terrifically knowledgable and dedicated volunteers,

and an amazingly talented teenager…
who gave me permission to photograph her sketchbook.

Leaving this place left me feeling uplifted
 and filled with 


and somehow lighter, richer and secure

in knowing there are much more important things going on in this world

 than my little project