In the spin

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“xoxo” papercut 20″x16, 2015

I am lucky.

As life spins round faster and faster these days, I have someone by my side. One coffee cup over, at the other end of an 8mm line, tangled up with in between the puppy paws and stinky kid feet.

Poised between new years resolutions and Valentines wishes, I send out hope that we can all appreciate those we have while we have them.

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Summer slips to fall

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Silver lining  17″x5″

Every year the fall comes and I get itchy, antsy for the crispness in the air and for new adventures and change. When I was young, Maine’s Common Ground Fair marked the change with bluebird days and annual sighting of my blacksmith friend Zack, (who still exists, see his wonderful workHERE) then dockside departure preparations for sailing ships, and  winter work seasons in the sun or even southern hemisphere….

Now its the first day of preschool.

But im still itchy, expecting that change to come that will somehow re-arrange complicated life into a new and clearer path.

In the meantime, standing by…. i am preparing,

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Sneak peek of Emergency Preparedness Poster Series, coming soon to an Island near you.

It has also been a summer of love in the studio, with a bunch of commissions for anniversary gifts and wedding Kettubah. here are some snippets, and best wishes to all the happy couples.

Sadly, this summer has also seen the passing of loved partners and changing of longtime loves. It is an imperative reminder to me that we can never be prepared to loose someone, so instead  may we have and hold and love so sweetly, making the most of whatever time we get to share.

 

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How goes the work?

“Hokkaido by tommorow”  18″x12″

It is a drift of little black paper cuttings on the floor.

It is piles of sheet paper with coffee table books keeping them flat.

It is hand exercises and a new crush on Mary Azarian and the Farmers Alphabet.

It is a fat, happy envelope from a gallery, and then sooo many hours spent lost in a

design program that my eyes go bloodshot and the show cards have to wait.

It is also the movement of hands across paper, trying to translate everything I know

about a wave into form.  From ocean nights high in the rolling rigging of  sailing

ships, and bodysurfing in golden glinting froth in Baja, and  watching from  the pebble

beach that once was home.

From the roil to the ripple, how does it taste and feel and smell and leave me different.

If  I wrap all of that into such a simple picture, will it somehow show through?

How gows the work?   It goes well, busy. Rich and full.

 

Today I finished a piece for 2 good friends who run around outside, climbing and

biking and skiing, higher, further, more. They met and were engaged and married in

mountain towns across the world. Now love lives with them in the Methow Valley.

Another year, another mountain shared.

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SEE the top image in Shared is the Sea, this October in Port Townsend