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Happy Thanksgiving and some thoughts for the holiday season

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!! i'm sure many of you are travelling to visit families or getting your homes ready for visiting families.  we are staying put this year and getting together with some friends.  i won't be cooking the turkey!! mixed feelings there, since i enjoy eating turkey and sort of like the leftovers, but it's also a treat to eat someone else's cooking. :)

there have been so many changes and transitions, i feel like i've been running to keep up.  i'm looking forward to this long weekend to relax and enjoy some time with my family.  i am thankful for our new life here in MA.  i am thankful for all my new friends here and my friends who keep up with me here on the blog and facebook.

i want to share with you a snapshot of a big project i've been busy working on.  i'm not sure when it will be completed, but i have a feeling it will be a long term project:

and here is the poem that inspired it:


"Hope" is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -


And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -


I've heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet, never, in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of Me.


Emily Dickinson


i've quoted this poem in a previous post, but it has been meaningful to me again lately.  the installation i am working on is partly inspired by it, along with this mixed media piece:


i've been thinking a lot about hope, especially as we head into the holiday season.  as we celebrate thanksgiving in the US, we are naturally encouraged to think about what we are thankful for and that always leads me to "hope."  i associate being thankful with looking back on the past and seeing all the goodness we have to be thankful for.  "hope" is that same thankful attitude, except we are looking forward into the future, into the unknown, the things that haven't happened yet.  it is the song the bird sings even in the storm.

i tend to be rather pessimistic about my future, but lately, i've been hearing that bird's song even "on the strangest Sea."

with that, i'd like to share that i've opened up a sort of holiday shop through Etsy where i will be offering some miniature original art (sized 6 x 4 inches) and some holiday garlands.  you can find the shop here.  you will also find an "etsy" tab at the top of my website which will send you directly to my shop MadeBySLK.  i would really really appreciate it if you would spread the word about my holiday shop.  the miniature artworks will make great gifts for art lovers and the star garlands will appeal to those with minimalist tastes for their holiday decor. thanks so much!!

here are some photos of the works in progress and the finished products:


have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend, friends. 

Fall is coming and new art

the air is brisk this week - fall seems to be upon us.  my youngest daughter and i discovered a chestnut tree on our way to her preschool this morning, so we collected some.  i love the smooth shiny feel of the chestnut.  we also love to collect acorns, but right now, we are excited about the chestnuts. :) i am already seeing colours of fall around us and am looking forward to the time when all the trees will be vibrant.

there are so many changes, almost every day, and it's hard to digest everything, but we are getting there.  this past weekend, several sections of Boston had their annual artists' open studios.  a friend and i went to Jamaica Plain's open studios.  it was great to see so much art and to see some of the spaces the artists work in. 

while unpacking, i have been working too and have completed a new mixed media piece which is up on my Saatchi gallery.  it is called, "The Beach" and it was inspired by our visit to Wingaersheek Beach which is close to Gloucester, MA.  the girls and i had a great time not only swimming in the ocean, but also climbing the great big rocks that sit on the beach.

i'm hoping to share a couple of other projects with you soon.  in the mean time, have a wonderful week!


Red, scarlet, vermilion, magenta, crimson, maroon, burgundy, carmine, ruby…so many words to describe the varying shades of red.  Some other names from my paint box: cadmium red medium, quinacridone magenta.  Red is such a strong color, you can never be undecided about it.

My mother dressed me mostly in red when I was young. Here is the earliest photo of me in red.


There were many more later: red dresses, red boots, red swimsuits.  Red seeps into my childhood memories.  Until I turned six.  Then we made the big move from Korea to Kenya and there were no more red dresses for me.  Instead, there was the red dirt, the red bougainvilleas, the red cloaks of the Maasai.  Red was no longer on me, but it was everywhere else.

When I made the Girl In Red pieces (you can see all four of them if you click on the Mixed Media tab), I was inspired by my three daughters.  The four pieces hang in my girls' room and my girls always ask me, am I in this one? and this one?  I answer yes to them all.  My memories of my three girls have become tightly woven into this single girl that appears in each piece.  But the red also snuck in there, reminding me how much of my own memories get tangled up with the new memories my girls create.  

Girl In Red, No. 3-8x10.jpg

For those of you who are local, a 8x10 print of Girl In Red, No. 3 (shown above) will be part of the silent auction at New Morning Nursery School.  This year's auction will raise funds for a new classroom which will be added in the fall.  My youngest daughter will be a part of this new room!   If anyone is interested in prints of any of the Girl In Red series (or all four of them!), please contact me at: madebyslk@gmail.com.  Thanks!