Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Even the Best Intentions Go Awry

Except for Physical Torture (aka Therapy), about all I have accomplished since the last post is to teach Gracie how to relax:

Gracie's front legs are spread wide while I pet her face and ears, her rear legs are warming my wrist in thanks for the tummy rub, and her purr is constant. If you click to display the larger version of the image, you might possibly hear the sound of a happy cat.

The temperatures at night have been cold, and I indulge in a thick grey fleece blanket. The folded cloth on top of that is what DH calls a cat gasket, whose purpose is to stop cat hair from clinging to the fleece (or anything else Gracie touches).

The problem is, now that I'm ready to get back to weaving, her expectations for personal service from the staff (me) have been set at an unrealistic level, and now I am scowled at if no lap is available on demand.

P.S. As it happens, the award I mentioned in the previous post was a People's Choice award. Seems the Paso Robles Art Association still has doubts about weaving. The new jurying system is based on fitting into one of these categories: 3D (sculpture, mixed media, glass, ceramics, etc.), 2D traditional painting/drawing/printing media (applied by hand to a canvas or paper surface), or 2D digital media such as digital photography and digital art that is created a computer.

Where does weaving fit? Either 3D or Digital, according to the current PRAA board. Any thoughts? If so, you can leave a comment here, or email me: sandra at 3springshandworks dot com

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

I Lied

Here it is March, and I clearly overestimated my return to "normal" activities. All that I have accomplished is to be awarded a Best in Show by the Paso Robles Art Association for the much-modified portrait shown in this post:

When I joined the group, the oil/watercolor/acrylic painters did not take me very seriously as an artist. Now, that might have changed.

The theme of the February exhibit was Masquerade.  I figured that wishing or pretending one were 20 again fit the theme.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Back to Work

My extended holiday (AKA recuperation) is soon over, although there is still some Physical Therapy to be done, but I am longing to get back into the studio and weave.

I had a lot of knitting projects (and videos on knit techniques to learn), but failed to take into consideration the effect of pain medications on brain power and concentration. So, except for a little bit of what I call idiot knitting (an appropriate adjectivefor my condition), I really have not done much textile stuff since mid-December.

I apologize for having been so silent this past 6 weeks, but have had nothing to report. That will change soon, I promise!

Friday, January 06, 2017


I have a piece in the current exhibition of the Paso Robles Art Association, themed "Oceans." The weaving is based on an image of California Highway One, north of Piedras Blancas.

 The PRAA gallery is open Thursday through Sunday starting at noon. Closing hours vary depending on day of the week, so check the website before visiting. This exhibit will be up until Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Forgot to mention: the artist reception and awards ceremony is Saturday, January 7, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. I will try to attend, if only for a short time (crowds holding wine glasses make me nervous while I'm still semi-mobile, as do rainy streets and sidewalks).

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

We plan to celebrate at an hour when somewhere, it is midnight on 31 December 2016. Most likely it will be East Coast time, not West Coast time...

The image for my year is this one, which was a snapshot taken of the screen of the surgeon's computer showing the new knee mid-last-week, just after the hardware was installed. I was there yesterday to have the staples removed (ouch) and to get his permission to attend some very low-key celebrations this evening.

Front view on the left, side view on the right. Look closely at the side view, and you can see the row of staples just to the left of the remains of the kneecap that was damaged while I was studying at Oberlin Conservatory.

Tomorrow, I'll see if the looms are still speaking to me after this absence, and will post my 1/1/2017 State of the Loom report. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

News for the New Year

I hope everyone has a happy time this holiday season! Me? I'll be getting acqainted with a new, improved right knee. I smashed up the original during my misspent youth, and the surgeon at the time said it would probably bother me later. Yes, it does, although the only breakage was the kneecap, not the long bones of upper or lower leg. Heaven knows what's going on in there after 50 years, but we're about to find out. Because I have a pacemaker installed, it is difficult to find a compatible MRI machine whose operator is willing to risk the liability associated with damage to my pacemaker, so all my current surgeon can see is x-ray imagery.

In any case, I will be out of touch for a few days this week. DH will post here after the surgery.

Happy New Year to us all!

(The photo, btw, was taken on the last evening of our recent European trip, in front of the best restaurant any of us had ever experienced: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Fantastic!)