While at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona on our 14 year delayed honeymoon, we toured the process gallery and many things struck me, but one in articular really struck a chord. He used string and weights to measure the arches he wanted to make. It is fantastic as an art piece in itself, never mind an incredibly inventive method to determine an architectural structure. Wne I was at a time in my life that I was drinking a lot of tea, I woud dry out the tea bags probalby thinking I would compost them, but as they collected and formed a beauriful array, I felt the connection to Gaudi, and began making this homage to him.
Retirement... What can I say?
It is a wonderful thing. I feel strange even saying that I am retired... I feel so young, and I never really had a 'career' and I never managed to make very much money... but I learned how to be frugal, how to be a non-consumer - how to use what I have at hand - how to live below my means.
What I absolutely LOVE is the TIME I have! I have time to devote to studio work, to learning new things, to reworking this website (creating rabbit holes!) The days melt into each other and I am in love with my life more and more.
(Image: my former place of employment, the Portland Museum of Art where I worked from 1988 (on and off) until my retirement in 2021)
It is so hard to believe that I actually learned how to code and create a website using html! I took a course WAY back in the day and made a funny joke that what I got out of it was a $400 travel mug... But low and behold, I DID actually learn something and used what I learned to create my first website and blogs. I came across some code while updating this site, and just had to laugh and wonder... How times change!
Still working at it... Adding ALL the work! Here I am with friends and a HUGE Bernard Langley Camel sculpture in Rockland, Maine
Doing the work finally! Editing my website... I 'd thought about simplifying it or maybe even ignoring it all together and letting it wither and die in favor of social media, which is SO much easier to handle. But once I got involved in cleaning it u
It is the birthday of French painter Henri Rousseau, born inLaval, France (1844). Rousseau was a mediocre student, but excelled at drawing and music. He worked for a lawyer, served in the army for four years, and eventually went to work for the government as a tax collector. He married twice and had six children, only one of whom survived. He didn't start painting until he was in his early 40s, and he retired at age 49 to work on painting full time.
Who am I?
an artist first and foremost
Live with Art!