Archive for November, 2010

November 30, 2010

Tuesday Out~takes

by heatherkp

This Tuesday I’m sharing an art piece I have been commissioned to make. This client really loves my weaving’s but since I don’t currently have a loom set up I had to come up with an alternate idea.  Below I have taken neutral cotton thread and threaded it through a reed to space it evenly the full width of my finished piece.

Next I’ve painted the “warp” with dyes to match the decor and colors that my clients have requested.  This process is similar to warp painted ikat which is usually done after a warp has been threaded onto a loom but before it’s been woven.  In this case I wasn’t working with a loom so I threaded the reed and secured it to a surface and painted the threads without tension.  This allowed for a painterly effect but wouldn’t be ideal for very precise image/color placement.

These “fringe” will become one layer in the finished piece.

Below is the layer that will go behind the fringe.

I haven’t decided if I will be using the blue layer and I have a couple other tricks up my sleeve but in all I’m pleased that this project is progressing and will soon be finished and ready to present to  my client!

November 25, 2010

Daily Gratitude~Thanks!

by heatherkp

About 2 years ago I started a Gratitude Journal as I was reading The Artist Way.  I also started writing in a journal every morning (well almost).  After I had filled the journal below I incorporated this practice into my daily journal.

This practice has helped keep me grounded through a year that has been filled with un-anticipated highs and lows.  Starting every day by realizing and giving voice to the things that I am grateful for really puts life in perspective.  Some days it’s a lot easier than others but just forcing yourself to take a little time to reflect on what you are grateful for is such a wonderful practice.

So, on this Thanksgiving day when we American’s traditionally stop to give thanks; I’d like to share some of the things I am truly grateful for.

~My family who are all in good health and are finding happiness and prosperity in ways that constantly amaze me.

~Challenging myself to learn new things and get started on some of those things I’ve always wanted to do.

~The love of my husband and three furry fuzzy sweet kitties.

~Reconnecting with old friends (this year was my 20 year HS reunion!) in unexpected ways.  Finding new friends in unexpected places.

~The opportunity to start my own business!

~Understanding that I am not defined by my career, my education, the way I dress or any other solitary thing.

~Knowing that each stage of life is only a chapter in “the book of  life”.

~Time reflect and get to know myself again.

~Sharing the appreciation of local farms & food with others.  I’m truly grateful for the farmers who work so hard to bring us this food.  I’ll be feasting with my family upon a local meal this Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2010

Pause and reflect

by heatherkp

The chaotic frenzy and energy of the holiday season is just about here and I’ve been caught up in the flurry of it already.  I have had some wonderful moments to pause and enjoy the fall season.  These birds for example are always at this same intersection every year around this time and I just happened to notice them on this day with such a spectacular sky as a backdrop.

I also caught the tail end of this demonstration garden as it had been prepared for winter but still had a few blooms on a blustery fall day. 

And in my own garden I marveled at the abundance and simple beauty of the tomatillo harvest.  I was a little awestruck by the greens and purples and the skeletal shells and flower shape openings (that I assume allow for pollinators).  What an amazing little package these fruits come wrapped in.  I made several pints of tomatilla salsa with this bounty and can’t wait to open them up one winter day and savor the bounty of this years harvest.

November 10, 2010

Foto Week DC 2010

by heatherkp

I’m sorry I haven’t been around much and I promise that will change soon.  But I did want to pop in really quickly to let you know that there is still time to check out some great exhibits, lectures and events during Foto Week DC 2010

I was able to go to one exhibit so far this week and have reserved my spot for two lectures at the Corcoran on Saturday.

If you are not local to the DC Metro area there’s still lots of stuff to check out including these 2010 award winners and the website FotoWorld.

Happy Clicks!

November 5, 2010

Take a rest

by heatherkp

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.– OvidI hope you can enjoy some rest this weekend.

November 1, 2010

It’s my birthday

by heatherkp

It’s All Saints Day, Day of the Dead and there are no tears in sight.  In fact I am having a great birthday so far.  I had a great brunch with family yesterday (at Redwood) and spent time with friends this weekend and got to relax and curl up with a good book…  Oh, and check out this adorable birthday cupcake I got from my parents over at Leslie’s Fancy Cakes in Bethesda.

I always get sentimental around my birthday and take stalk of my life, where I’ve been in the last year and where I am headed.  This past year has brought about some unexpected twists and turns but I’m hanging on because I do love an adventure and can see around the corner to some pretty great things ahead in the next year.

Another year older!  Certainly nothing to cry about.