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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Inspired by my friends

 I am blessed to have some very talented friends. I'm inspired by them everyday! Inspired by their talent, but also inspired by their enthusiasm for their craft, their energy, their workspaces, their work ethic, their families, their art. When I am feeling like I need some art energy, they are the best people in the world to go be around. I think all artists need other artist friends, because those are the people that get you the most and can offer support and encouragement, which we all need as artists.

One of my friends, Shannon Bueker, had a reception at The Carolina Brewery on Sunday. I stopped by after our first read through for A Civil War Christmas at the Artscenter. A nice crowd of Chatham artists showed up. There was good food, good beer and fantastic art on display. If you are in the area of Pittsboro, you should stop by, have a nice meal and see Shannon's work, along with Salinda Dahl's work.

One of these days, I will have pennies to save, and I will get one of Shannon's paintings..... thankfully Shannon creates beautiful cards as well, and these I can afford. I got this bunny card, just love the colors.



I am leaving for Wilmington this weekend, for a jewelry workshop. As I started pulling things together to take with me, I noticed how much I liked the colors in this card and how some of my odds and ends seemed to blend with it nicely. The card inspired me to pull together some parts for a bracelet I want to make. These parts came from one of my other very talented and very generous friends, Laura Farrow. Laura gave me a bunch of stuff to take with me to the workshop. Now, I'm thinking maybe I should pull out the other cards I got from Shannon, maybe I need to go get more cards, her colors really inspire me.

Thanks to my pals, I am eager to get to this workshop and start making something!
I have my kiln firing today with a tiny load of bisque, it's a pitiful load, but it's about all I could conjure up. There are some beads that I will raku this week, but it sure is a big old kiln just for bead firing....

We are now in rehearsal mode for a new play at The Artscenter. The Whipping Man got amazing reviews, even props and lighting got a shout out, which almost never happens. This new show, A Civil War Christmas promises to be equally as good. It's a musical, so that will be fun. My December is going to be crazy. I am doing the studio tour the first two weekends, I am bartending at the reception, and I will be in tech and buying props for a play, not to mention the stress I always deal with during this season, which I really don't like too much. Just taking a deep breath........... and holding on!

10 comments:

Lori Buff said...

The connection with the art, the connection with the artists, all is great food for inspiration.

Congrats on the good reviews.

Susan Wells said...

Oh goodness! You and Shannon sure know COLOR!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Lori thanks. It is good the food art gives us!
Hey Susan, so nice spending the morning talking to you today! Shannon knows color, I just love the colors I am given!

Laura Farrow said...

enjoy your workshop! can't wait to see what you come up with! we'll be just down the beach from you, staring at the same moon.. xoxo

Tracey Broome said...

Wish I could head your way, but it's just a bit too far:(
My mom will be glad for the visit though! Thanks for all the goodies to take with me!

Michèle Hastings said...

A jewelry workshop, now that sounds like fun. Can't wait to see what direction it takes you in.

Sandy miller said...

Love that lime rabbit!

Somewhere in the universe there is great gold ribbon that tethers all the creative gypsies together......
I just know it!

Tracey Broome said...

I just know it too:-)

Patricia Griffin Ceramics said...

Jewelry workshop! Sounds like such a fun time. I love your creative zest and energy. Can't wait to see what you make!

Shannon said...

hey---it's so much fun being talked about when it's so flattering. thanks! Have big fun freeing your mind into another new-ish medium.