Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I'm back working on the snow book - along with the latest Kittykee book.
Going to design the snow book 2 different ways. One for my grandkids, writing a Kittykee story and another with snow words and images connected & flowing across the pages.
Lots of ways to do this when designing a book on blurb.
• page from snow book.
• snow book pages on the work table.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
It's been working out that once a year my friends join me for a week of art-making in studio.
Going through aperture, I'm remembering our creative week back in the spring.
Pat from Atlanta, Marcia from Seattle & Martha from Hartford, all working on different projects.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I am back in CT now. Brought the little artist's newest Kittykee book home to get it into Blurb.
Our grandson was a bit distracted by his siblings at the end of the book. Those final pages are not as filled up as his favorite page in the beginning of the book.
But no matter! The book looks great!
Scroll back to see more of the creative process, making this book.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
My grandson began his 2nd Kittykee book. This time we are working at his house. Here are the first couple of pages.
Will the story continue where the last book left off?
Will there finally be a kitty party?
Thursday, October 27, 2011
STILL RIVER EDITIONS
Fine Art Printing at Connecticut Photographics
The great people who do my prints. came up with a very good idea for an exhibit. My print, Painted Dye Vats*, is in the show. All prints are 16"x20" & will be available for sale at 100.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Our grandson's picture book, Kittykee.
1st published hardback edition. Story and illustrations are all his.
Zach's copy arrived in the mail on Friday. We hear he's very proud of it & has been carrying it around ever since!
Click here to see the process of Zach creating Kittykee in his grandma's art studio.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
There's Marcia in Cambodia teaching the story ropes this past week!
Amazing seeing what started in Rwanda, is now going to the nations!
Once I get the stories I'll be posting Marcia's Cambodian experience on Our Stories, my other blog.
Click Our Stories for 'why' and 'how' of story ropes.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
My friend, AJ Picard, exhibited 2 of his beautiful pear pastels in an open house art exhibit we had a few years ago.
I enjoyed his work so much that week, hanging in my kitchen.
During the week I noted that 3 'real' pears I had in a basket, had ripened to the same coloring as those in the painting. I could not resist setting up this shot.
This summer AJ had the honor of demonstrating portraiture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This past year Marcia came for a week to study with me. I taught her every story-telling technique I know. She made a story rope, accordion books, collages & gospel tags.
I invested a week in Marcia, confident that God would use her life story, shared in creative ways.
From here she went to Nicaragua & Hungary doing storying techniques with multiple groups.
Now she's in Cambodia. Her pictures are streaming in on FB. I do see Gospel tags. The stories will come later. (photos)
YES! She has taken everything she's learned & run with it & she does it all better than me!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
You see so much on these cross-cultural trips. I'm thinking about that as my friend, Marcia, sends pictures back from S.E. Asia, where she is multiplying over and over what she learned in my art studio.
I was remembering something I saw on one of my own trips.
The orphanage was filled with throw away children. I will never forget the small boy, laying on his back, staring at the ceiling, with two tears running down his cheek. I felt so helpless standing beside him. My friend said, "Their little bodies are like prisons."
Silent Tears Silent Suffering m.malwitz
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Sometimes it's good to get out of the studio & go someplace inspiring - a time to refresh body & spirit.
Storm King is that kind of place. An amazing sculpture park about an hour from where we live.
It's pretty mind-bending to see monumental sculptures generously spaced out over 500 acres - artists' work living in the Creators' world.
I took these photos a couple fall seasons ago.
2 pics: sculptures by
Mark di Suvero
lower pic: sculpture wall by
Click for Storm King & go on video tour of the sculpture park.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
After the little artist completed his book, it was time to tell us the story.
We took 2 videos (photo/1 frame) & wrote down a hard copy as he told his story 3x, pointing page to page.
I've edited the story, combining all three stories (slight variations) into one. It is totally our grandson's wording and story. I resisted making any changes. I am wowed by how his book pages look & story reads in Blurb's SmartBook program.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
On from Abuja, we traveled to Ibadan where I would do the story ropes on Saturday at my friend, Bisi's church. (top photo)
But the flow was not in the meeting as it always is. Why was that? Just a few made story ropes & shared, like the young woman in the bottom photo.
As I had some distance from the event, I realized why. I failed to send the guidelines that I set up for venues in Rwanda that worked wonderfully. I never thought about it being a large group.
So here is a teaching moment:
1. Limit the group to 12-15 women.
2. Seat everyone in a circle or around a table.
3. No taping or videoing of the session.
I learned something else on this trip. When using highly patterned African fabrics, it's good to add in colored ribbons. Also make a story rope of my life using the same materials I am providing for them.
Once again, my experience was a learning experience. There is always something to learn.
The joyful woman in this photo, came up to me after the story rope session,
"This was meant just for me.
You are here because of the Holy Spirit."
Maybe she was right.
Flow or no flow,
I was there for just for her.