Thursday, January 21, 2010

Still Raining

What a strange view out the bedroom window. Rain splattered window, the mountain ridge peaking out between layers of clouds as the sun set. Terrestrial perhaps? It was one of those times when I couldn't grab the camera fast enough. There are ponds/pools of water all over the back yard and still the rain continues. Is the end in sight?

I've always been envious of those who have design walls for their fabric art, that is until I came up with a makeshift one. The cork board is 24x36 inches and is perfect for the small sizes I work on. These two are for challenges. The background fabrics are from the marathon screen printing session I did last spring that ended when the temps rose to the high 90's in June. The square on the green piece, left, is an altered line drawing of a brain. The challenge, from Three Creative Studios is the word "puzzle." I'm immensely puzzled as to why three people that I love are all brain injured. How can that be? Stacy, my 41 year old daughter, suffered from infection after infection when she was 22 months old and her temperature was entirely off the charts one day, enough so that she was left brain damaged. Mom has Alzheimer's, and my guy had a major stroke in October. And there are times when my brain doesn't seem to work as it should, but I'm pretty certain that it's brain fog related to FM. I've had brain fog off and on for my entire life.

Quotes: Dr. Seuss: I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
Irish proverb: You'll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Albert Einstein: Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.


Anonymous said...

A great makeshift design board! The theme of "puzzle" is so poignant for you. Your work is coming along beautifully. I'm so glad you have found the energy and desire to create- you are so talented.

La Dolce Vita said...

i hope the rain stops soon. it seems to have stalled in Ca. your cork board design wall is great! I used a cork roll in my studio for my inspiration board after the the tiny board I had kept falling down! i nailed it to the wall and it goes almost from floor to ceiling!!!

Nellie's Needles said...

Gail, it's difficult to even imagine your life without the added complication and burden of your being afflicted with Fibromyalgia. Your even just making that trip to see your husband was a HUGE venture. The crazy weather with its barometric pressure changes is surely a stress as well.

What an amazing photograph. My thoughts are focusing on that bit of "silver lining" for you.