9 x 12 World

27/08/2017

Stone1.jpgIn order to create art, I have learned, the habits of working with materials, focusing on the task at hand, and the ability to shut out all “noise” must be daily. This is one which I have lost during the years of being a school librarian. However, all is not lost. Materials – pencils, paints, and inks – and my play remain important to me, especially during the summer. Few of these materials I have kept within the confines of my “art cupboard” despite the two decades where I immerse myself in children’s literature, lesson plans, and pedagogical dictates.

While books, especially children literature has always been a part of my adulthood, a box of Crayola watercolors, Studio Series color pencils, Windsor & Newton drawing inks several drawing pencils, eraser, and sketchbook are the tangibles giving shape to my art world, small as it is, this summer.

Two stones – one from 1986 when my husband and I were on the Mediterranean coast of France; the other, a recent gift from a friend who visited as a teacher-artist on a Greek island.

The works you see here are not complicated or even well thought out. Simply, they are my summer sandbox. They are my play. They connect me with a sliver of my past history and more than this, they nurture the quiet. To be in the moment where it is only about the lines, the colors and the spaces in between.


Mediterranean stone, approx 4″ (2″ at the narrow point)

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Greek island stone, approx 1 /34 x 1/2 “

written to honor my husband, MRG and my friend, BC, who gifted me with these stones
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