These days I am working on art for my book, which I cannot publish. So, for long hours each day I am in my studio making stuff and writing about it. Even though I am most often alone here, I am surrounded by evidence of talented and generous men and women that I am so fortunate to know.
Sanna, or Susan Burgess, sent me this fabulous little book, a turn-of-the-century travel journal that is left for me to fill out. It has a huge fold out map in the back of it that was crispy and torn, but I repaired it and folded it back in. The book smells like my Aunt Mary’s house, which brought lovely memories wafting about when I opened the box. Thank you Sanna!
My friend Libby Rehm covered the giant clothes pin with gems and embossed metal. She does stunning work and is a brainy gal to boot.
I met Deb Averitt at Art & Soul retreat in Virginia last year. This year not only came back to one of my classes, she brought me this very cool pencil holder she made out of National Geographic maps. I wish she live around the corner.
The black and white ceramic piece was made by one fabulously talented friend, Leah Simmons DeCapio, who has a wonderful little gallery up in the mountains near here. The gallery is full of work from her friends and family, and there is no way you can leave there without a couple of treasures at least.
The boy in the photo is my son Sam, when he was in kindergarten. He was given to me by Erin, who created this magnificent creature. Sam, by the way, graduated from 8th grade last night. As we left the gym the principal of his school grabbed him and hugged him and said “I just love this boy.”
Thank you everybody in this view today. Will be adding more gratitude from my studio soon!