BUSY BEE!

 

 

bee love                         “Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure, are by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance.” Arthur Schopenhauer
OMG, has it been BEAUTIFUL or what! The garden has come alive with bee and blossom and there are wildflowers popping out along Gates Pass and all over the mountains to my home in beautiful Picture Rocks…the bees are abuzz soaking up all the sweetness of life and so am I! It’s been an amazing week of creative projects, little unexpected adventures, and just plain random acts of FUN!

Did I tell you that I’ve been inspired to make some cool displays of all the “treasures” I find on my walks, in the street, in my yard–pretty much EVERYWHERE! I love finding little tidbits of life and nature’s touches to add to the collection. Here are a few of the displays I’m putting together–it’s crazy fun and I love being able to pop a little treasure onto my collages and into handmade books. stuff

Next on my creative “to do” list is reinventing old bird cages with plants, silk birds, and little nests…birdcage

Which I basically learned from my wonderfully creative friend Sandi (she and her fabulous Honey Ski contribute such nice comments to these blog posts!)Ski Sandi & Kait

Between all that creative buzzing, I’m even finding some time to make art for my Life Book 2015 workshop assignments and I’m loving that soooo much!!!!!!  valentines

Which reminds me…guess what??? I have three pieces in the new Raices Gallery show

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop

218 E. 6th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705

(520) 881-5335

(my favorite Tucson gallery!) and I sold two of them within the first hour of the Opening Night Reception! One of them to my dear friend Nancy (THANK YOU NANCY!!!)Raices Feb 15

YIKES!!!! That’s inspired me to make art for several shows around town and for my PaperWorks: The Sonoran Collective of Book and Paper Artists group (the coolest paper and bookmaking group in the WORLD!)…

Which is all by the way of saying–I’m having FUN and PLAYING and ENJOYING life immeasurably and hope you are too!!!

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day.  To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

P. S. Don’t forget our wonderful Creativity Chix Artist Date this next Friday to Ben’s Bells–see details by clicking Creativity Chix tab in the top banner of the blog! Call me to reserve a seat in the workshop to make bells!

Ben's Bells

 

And I’ll have March classes posted this weekend so check back!

I leave you (to go back out and play in the sunshine!) with this from one of my favorite poets–it guides my life!

It doesn’t have to be

the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just 

pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t 

a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which 

another voice may speak.  

Mary Oliver

 

 

I’M ON A ROLL!

 

 

 

life is short

 

 

I’m on a roll! I LOVE this balmy, sun-infused January weather in Tucson and it prompts me to get out and hike and play and just sit in the garden with my mind drifting…

AND I’m enthralled by a dozen new projects! I signed up for Life Book 2015 this year and am completely delighted with the prompts and assignments (more about THAT in my next blog post!) I find myself up at midnight, my Beloved sound asleep, the kitty Punkin’ curled up in my lap, making messy, beautiful, art!daisy yellow

AND I’m re-organizing my fabric and old textiles stash (yes–I collect all things “old fabric!”)–storing it all in a lovely old trunk laced with lavender.old trunk

 

AND I’m re-building the soil and re-energizing my garden in anticipation of spring (already!).Beach 14-12

 

 

… but, mostly, I’m just full of life and energy and happiness! Rumi

 

 

Last week I was soooo weighed down by all the dark elements in the world–(and, yes,  they are still all there, hovering, spreading their angst!)–but, this week, I am choosing (and remember it’s all about what we CHOOSE to focus on), I am choosing JOY! And creativity. And BEING with those I love, DOING what I love, and SPREADING my love lavishly! I’m giving myself permission to do all THAT instead of folding the laundry or washing my wonderfully dusty old Subaru or feeling compelled to check my emails.

I’m hangin’ out in my tattered old sweats and my favorite t-shirt…favorite t-shirt

 

my hair is like a bird’s nest, and (I just noticed) I have two different colored socks on! But I’M HAPPY!!!!

I am the living definition of the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi. Do you know it? It’s an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. “ Some of its characteristics are asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, and economy–all hallmarks of my life & art. Here are some pieces of my clay work to illustrate!green dish 1wabi-sabi

 

 

Wabi-sabi is the celebration and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes that are NOT PERFECT. It’s my new religion!

So hello and hugs from Messy, Imperfect, Out of Shape, Rough Around The Edges Kait

Queen of Wabi-sabi

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