I’ll admit; it’s been hard to write lately. The nervousness of the election is over, but the long slog of ballot counting remains. Tensions are high and it feels as if the fabric of society might tear apart at any moment. I almost skipped posting this week, when my creative energy hit a new low. But then I thought of Paula Stebbins Becker and how her wisdom might be just what the world needs right now.[Read more…] about Creative People: Paula Stebbins Becker
If you live in the U.S., I don’t need to remind you that tomorrow is Election Day. Nor do I need to encourage you to vote. Unless you live under a field stone, you’ve been bombarded with that message for weeks now, and quite possibly have already done it.
I want to tell a different story.[Read more…] about MMF
Lisa Schonberg is a printmaker whose multi-layered work is rich with natural imagery. She is both inspired by and uses organic elements to create her work, running flowers, buds, and branches through a large printing press to capture their textures. Like many artists, the pandemic forced her to change directions when her collaborative studio closed during the shutdown. She began experimenting with cyanotypes, a photographic process that uses sunlight, to capture the forms she had come to love.[Read more…] about Creative People: Lisa Schonberg
Alan lit the end of a curled up piece of newspaper and held it inside the stove for a moment. The flame wavered and then caught hold, and the thin layer of smoke swirled up the chimney. He set it down on the cast iron grate and carefully arranged a few scraps of wood around it and closed the door. We quietly watched in anticipation.[Read more…] about Focus: Fire
Hana Perinova can only be described as a beautiful soul. She is a thoughtful artisan who makes books from reclaimed wood. Her items are hand crafted in the most traditional sense of the word, hewn from a blend of love and mastery. You can’t hold one in your hands without feeling a sense of reverence. I bought one several years ago – it holds my wedding photos.[Read more…] about Creative People: Hana Perinova
I did something nostalgic recently. I made grape juice. My mom’s recipe, straight from my childhood. It’s easy enough to make, if you’re into that sort of thing. Grapes, a pinch of sugar in a quart jar, then fill with boiling water and can.[Read more…] about Hindsight 2020