Something Old, Something New

“Something Old, Something New”

Over the years I’ve worked I can say I’ve seen some changes in work.

It’s interesting to look at my girls and think what a different world they’re growing up in than I.
They’re growing up with computers, iphones and andriods.

Back when I was young, when we were watching TV we had to get up and  walk across to the TV to turn the nob to change the channel.
Now one can stay and relax on the couch while pointing and clicking a remote to what channel we want to watch.

My summer internship job during the years I was in college was in the MA state Commercial Vehicle Division Department.  My first year there  I was a File clerk. The office was lined with file cabinets full of paper files.  The second summer was the year that the department was switching from paper files to data files on the computer.  That summer they would show me how to enter data into the computer.  My job changed from File clerk to a Data entry position.

One of the skills I have as an artist is being able to create things with my hands.
I have painted in oils and acrylics.  I have drawn in Pen and Ink.  I at times have worked with clay, wood and wire in sculpture at times.
I have also used a computer to create art, too.

I would at some point in my life be in a position at a job where I did ornamental hand embroidery and hand sewing.  I worked for a company that made and sold the Masonic items to Masonic organizations, like the Shriners.
There were somethings that couldn’t be done my a machine, so they were done by hand.  That was my job: to do the hand work.

Here is a sample of Embroidery on a Masonic apron that I did.

hand embroidery

That job would come to a close when the company closed in 2001.

In our present time now computers are a main essential tool.   Many artist have taken up creating art work using the computer.  It’s changed up.

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Pen and Ink

We have quite a variety of tools to pick from in our age.  It can seem mind boggling.

Yet we should remember we are creators at the core, no matter what medium we choose.

Best,
Lisa G.

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Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

“50”

Happy Birthday

“50”

Feb 7th is my birthday and it happens to be a milestone birthday , 50.

wow.
“…how did I get here.” (line from Talking Heads song)

I’ve had mixed thoughts about this approaching age.
Though I know it’s just a number, I can’t help the many thoughts that come through.

What stands out at this point in my life?

What’s been coming up is remembering to Surrender.
Surrender… to allow life to ebb and flow.
Don’t count on an intricate plan, for I have learned how that doesn’t pan out.

One of my favorite quotes is from “Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.
“Best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry”.

“Ah, yes”, I say to myself when I think about that quote.  I have experienced that and have gained that wisdom, even though I may need an occassional reminder.

I can remember when I graduated college, back when, and how there was a stirring Big feeling of “Taking on the world”.
Hmmmm.
Well it didn’t pan out as I had expected and planned.  No surprise there.
There were challenges that I faced off and met.  Yet  there were also some wonderful and amazing things that happened to me that I couldn’t have even imagined.
Rather rich and fulfilling.
Things to learn. And things to embrace with wonder.

To allow.

My experiences has been that as much as I use my head to figure things out, and even use my heart in conjunction,  I will at times go with my gut feeling on things.

Maybe it’s because I’m an artist.
My sensitivity, awareness and observing levels are pretty acute.

That gut feeling has felt like an inner compass to me and has faired me well, I must say.
That gut feeling has proven to be right so many times…  spot on in fact.

With all that said, I must then continue my my journey with all I have to guide me.

Feel free to email me about your own experiences of “going with your gut” or what came up when you hit a Milestone birthday.

Warmly,
Lisa G.

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Art  News

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.