Happy New Year, everyone! It’s going to be a wonderful year.
Here is your free computer wallpaper for January. I hope it makes you smile!!
I am having SO much fun with these!
Your free download is here! Enjoy!
What’s going on over here? Lots! My November newsletter will fill you in so do subscribe. In the meantime – here is a sneak peek for you.
Here is the first of my downloadable desktop calendars. Live with my art every month ~ for free! To download – click on the image, drag it to your desktop and follow your computer’s instructions for adding your pictures as wallpaper.
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“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us”.
We saw Miles on his way yesterday morning. The type and severity of injury from the 2-dog attack made the chance of recovery slim— even if he’d been a young cat. At 18yo we couldn’t ask him to carry on. He has been a constant in our lives for many years and David and I already miss him immensely.
Miles picked US. He showed up while we were building the house- took a look around and decided – this works for me! We tried to give him away (we already had 4 and didn’t want to be “that crazy cat couple”). The day he jumped off the tailgate of a parked truck – 5′ into David’s arms – the deal we sealed, and we gave up looking for another home for him.
He was a Prince. A charmer. A love. After a single warning hiss, he gracefully accepted two very energetic, silly girl kittens into his domain. One year later, we rescued another kitten that he also took under his wing. He watched over the girls, showed them the ropes, and has now passed the torch.
My studio has a cat door so he could come and go as he pleased. He spent a lot of time here – sometimes day and night. Every two weeks or so he’d adopt a new spot to sleep in, and I’d clear the tools, paper, or books so he could call it his own- until the next spot. I was lucky to have so much time with him. Here is the kicker — Fiona, our other black cat, witnessed the attack and has been terribly out of sorts. Remarkably, she followed me to the studio today and has settled contentedly in his favorite spot.
We find solace in his peace, the ten thousand indelible memories he has given us, and smile at what a friend recently told us – the mice in heaven are slow, and there are open cans of tuna everywhere. (I see an illustration coming out of this!)
Miles, you were THE BEST CAT. You will be in our hearts forever. Have fun with those mice and enjoy the tuna!
PS – We have much respect and gratitude for our veterinarian, Dr. Cathy Gallahorn, at North Suffolk Animal Clinic who so compassionately and gently guided us through this. Thank you.
Photo credit: Eddie Williams
If you live in the Tidewater Virginia area, I hope you will join me August 16th for a fun event – an Artisan Trunk Show at a Gypsy Vanner Farm!
Trunk shows typically feature the work of designers and artists in the casual and intimate setting of a store or home. When I started back with metal smithing and jewelry making several years ago, hosting or being hosted for a showing struck me as a great way to display art. Forget the inclement weather and hustle and bustle of the outdoor art show! (for now, anyway) Last summer I teamed up with artist and writer, Betsy DiJulio — author of the vegan cookbook The Blooming Platter and Leanne Ladin, author of Secretariat for a soirée at my studio and home that was enthusiastically received. I’ve also held showings at the Tides Inn, Irvington, VA and the Smithfield Inn, Smithfield, VA and West Elm, Virginia Beach.
Next week I am partnering with Mokete’s Village and Tiffany Donnelly of Equus Couture for a trunk show. It’s worth the trip— if only to see these magnificent horses and the gorgeous surrounds. I hope you will RSVP “YES!” to this invitation.
If hosting a trunk show at your home or business sounds like something you’d like to do, please contact me.
Mokete’s Village Artisan Trunk Show ~ Smithfield, VA
Sunday • August 16 • 2-6 p.m.
Artist and designer Karen Eide brings her love of flora and fauna
to a line of fine art jewelry, textile design and paintings.
Preview Karen’s work and find her on Facebook
Experience Equus Couture’s latest collection of high quality leather goods for both horse & rider;
hand stitched with high-end crystals & vintage pieces, and great attention to detail.
Preview Equus Couture and find them on Facebook
Enjoy an afternoon of hors d’Oeuvres, cocktails, art and gorgeous horses!
Mokete’s Village, 15400 Mokete Trail, Smithfield, VA 23430
~ Visit Mokete’s Village – home of award-winning Gypsy Vanner Horses on Facebook ~
For questions and to R.S.V.P ~ 757.346.8782
All of a sudden, the 100 day project is complete. Fini. Done.
I already miss it. More often than not, the work would fall to the late hours ~ after all my other studio work was finished. Not once did I think I wish I didn’t have to do this. Instead, I thought I’m so glad I’m doing this.
I have loved each and every moment. After an already busy and creative day I am always excited to see what else will end up on paper. Sometimes you know at the onset. Sometimes you don’t. And, other times “kind of might” know where you are headed. Often it’s just a sense. Creativity is a very curious process.
This repeating pattern started with the sketch below it…
In front of a blank page in my sketchbook or computer, I may, at times, take a deep breath at the blankness but I have learned to relax, knowing something will always emerge. Years ago I read a quote by artist Chuck Close, that summed up my feelings about not waiting for a lightning bolt of inspiration to strike— just get down to work. Please understand that I don’t negate the fact that we all need inspiration and we must “fill the well” – as they say- but inspiration is everywhere so keep your eyes open, soak it up don’t use it as an excuse for not doing your work)
“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea.’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.” Chuck Close (my emphasis)
Looking back ~a few thoughts about this project:
– I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
– If you truly want to do something you’ll make the time and stop making excuses
– I’m meeting amazing artists and designers from all corners of the globe on Instagram- their work, sense of community, the mutual support and encouragement is so inspiring!
– Discipline, determination, and dedication make things happen! Of course, I’ve always known that but it’s worth putting it writing.
So, what’s next? I have lots of details to tend to on this project that may take another 100 days! Most of the fabric designs, motifs, and sketches I’ve drawn fall into collections— All About the Bees, Shibui, Circle Me, etc. Now I will sift through everything and tighten up the designs and collections. After that:
– write the story behind each collection
– digitize any designs that are in the sketch stage and create repeat patterns
– assign 2-3 colorways to each collection
– order fabric samples to check color and repeat
– set up my Spoonflower shop to make fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap available to YOU
– create a portfolio of collections
I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Thank you so for your interest in this journey! I’d love to hear your comments below.
- If you’d like to revisit the 100 days you can click here
- or here if you want to see all my Instagram posts