Monday, December 31, 2007

All about Art

With last Summer's creation of 'Waterfell', the want to share the art of painting and sculpting in wool and mixing mediums is so great, it led me here! Little Gandalf asked/inspired me to create this piece for his imaginary world and now I'm working on a series of Elementals, one of which is almost finished and a second is formed on paper. The Autumn fires in Los Angeles that sprung up near friends' homes and the hills drove fire inspired gnomes to cave dwellings with contained heat!
Felting with wool is one of those ancient art forms that requires more imagination than actual skills methinks. I'm sure those with a degree in fabric design or textile art would strongly disagree. To be sure, the forms are difficult to master but to each of the newbie felters who come to the weekly crafting circle, I'm glad I can convey with confidence that they will leave with a finished piece to share. Many toadstools and pumpkins have been grown in that yellow house and many more gnomes, fairies and various characters from stories will continue to be created among the happy few who love to poke, tease, stab and rub wool!
I hope you may enjoy it while I continue to share new pieces and ideas here at Something out of Nothing.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Peace out of mind

Just back from wet and snowy New York and already trying out a new lazy me...haven't unpacked or cleaned anything, just catching up with friends and making no real plans for New Years Eve with exception to one great shiny dropping ball!
Traditionally, this time of year is one for making resolutions, having high hopes for the future and taking the opportunity to try and extinguish the bad deeds, thoughts and people from the previous year...what's on your list I wonder?

  • New Job? - hopefully not, I like being Mum, wifey and friend. "Could do better ", Rings in my ears, sometimes school's never out..
  • New friends? - I could use a extraordinary friend who has a private jet and a place in New York City to share sometimes..anybody up for that job? Maybe that will be me...tee hee.
  • New House? - One can only dream at this point. The kids are longing for a 'road house' i.e. one that is located on a road, instead of our tree house condo and I would gladly create an actual play-house in a tree in a new eco-friendly and greening abode ..we will see what 'O8 has in store..
  • New Car? - Well, VW didn't come out with a new groovy bus and there's no green wagon on the market, so that's a no thanks yet!
  • What to do differently in 08? - Dance more, laugh more, create more art, help more people and have a calmer mind set.
  • What not to change in 08? - Husband, kids, friends, hair.
  • Resolutions? - None that I'll be able to keep!
  • Trips and Travel? Hopefully! Chicago, Ohio and NY in the Spring, California coast and Caribbean in the Summer!
  • Weddings? Hopefully a friend who isn't yet or mine after 11 years!
  • Major Calender Thing? My 40th birthday, yikes!
  • Can't wait for? A cure for cancer.
  • World View different? Ah yes. Though not entirely without previous thoughts along those lines.
  • View yourself differently? A little, realizing the changing with age and hopefully for the better.
  • Surprise of 07? Rubiks cube comeback and seeing Van Halen!
  • Dress differently? Probably not. I like my funky styles.
  • Start or quit something bad for you? Constantly trying to do both!
  • Charity work? - Planning much more than usual.
  • Nicer to Populus? - Yes definitely.
  • Moving? - Probably not, but one may dream about building a home somewhere.
  • Who to kiss at midnight? - Hairy Cricket Man
  • One wish for 08? - A happily resolved writers strike so we can get back to our canned lives...