Friday, May 16, 2008
Just a thought before I leave the blogosphere. As many of you know, I did the Eckhart Tolle workshop. It's a wonderful tool I have to help me through these hectic days. Yesterday, my husband and I were having a conversation about softball, of course. We were watching the University of Tennessee play against the USA National Team. Monica Abbott is the pitcher for the Nat'l Team and she had graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2007. Anyway, he was telling me how she was such a good pitcher and I should watch her. As I'm watching, I'm noticing that she seems to move her body exactly the same way every pitch she throws. It's like watching muscle memory in motion. So I mentioned to him how amazing it was to watch her. Before she winds up, she's looking at the ground. It was this movement that started the whole conversation about focusing 100% of your energy. He mentioned that she worked with someone who taught her how to develop her focus to 100%. And when she looks at the ground, that's just what she's doing to start her pitch. That's why she's so successful - because of her focus. He then asked me if I knew how hard it was to focus 100% of your energy on what your doing. Oh really? So I brought the conversation back to Eckart Tolle and being in the present moment. But it was really the connection between Monica Abbott's technique and Eckhart Tolle that really reinforced the "power of now" for me. How strong and precise her pitches were! We have so much power when we devote 100% of our energy in the exact moment we are in. So, what does that say about multi-tasking? Not good. As I face the busy days ahead, I'm going to try not to multi-task. Up to this moment, I've always looked at multi-tasking as a good thing, well, at least a practice I've developed over the years. It's that accomplishment thing (and I guess the mom thing too) - how much can you get done in a small chunk of time? The race is always on! But now I'm seeing things in a different light. It's more harmful than helpful. How good is that output when you're not giving 100%? So that's my work in the days ahead - 100%! How about you?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
So . . . what else can one do with beach stones??? I happened to see this on Amy Butler's website. Wouldn't this be fabulous in polymer clay?
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
The workshop is being held in Warren, Rhode Island at the Bead House Annex. The Bead Annex is at a separate location from the Bead House (which is 10 minutes down the street in beautiful, picturesque Bristol, Rhode Island). At the Annex, they hold their PMC, metalsmithing, polymer clay, etc. classes. It's an old mills building that was renovated and turned into studios. The studio has old wooden floors, very high ceilings and the walls have beautiful paint treatments on them. It's light, spacious and very conducive to creating. I'd forgotten how much fun it is learning with a group of artists. It's invigorating and always inspiring. And it feeds the soul!
And tomorrow . . . we work with pods!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I started working on the center bead first. I cut two wires, filed them, cleaned them, fluxed them and set them up to solder. Next, once the piece was heated up, I placed some solder on the first join. I'm really happy with paste solder so I tend to use it a lot.
This tutorial is to be continued . . . .
Monday, May 5, 2008
One final picture of these beautiful non-edible beauties (hint!). These are papaya, carrots and pumpkins carved by Mireille. She took lessons of this traditional Thai art in Japan, then went to Thailand and learned under famous Penpan Sittitrai who is the author of many books on this topic. You can see the tool she uses at the bottom of the last picture - yikes. I'd be dangerous with that! Have you guess what these items are made of? Soap! But why not polymer clay, right? If you click on Penpan's name, you'll see just one google result for one of her books for sale on Amazon. Can you see a wall sculpture done in these? Or how about the top of a wine stopper? A paperweight? A hairpiece? Oh my - don't get me started!Have a marvelous Monday!
Friday, May 2, 2008
I looked up the EtsyBeadweavers group to see what the results were from the challenge. Dante's Spirit won first place with this piece. I've done some beadwork in the past, but this . . . never! I wonder, does she watch t.v. as she does this? Was this an evening project? This took her well over 100 hours to make. And over 64,000 beads!