A post for Friday the 13th

i couldn't NOT write a post about "13" on a Friday the 13th, now, could i? ;)

we've had some BEAUTIFUL weather here this past week. lots of sunshine and almost summer-like temperatures. i have really enjoyed my bike rides to the studio. my girls and i have been spending time outside after school, climbing trees, sitting in the sun, playing in the park. and i think all of this has translated into the pieces i've been working on this past week. so here's a shot of what i've been looking at this week and glimpses of the pieces i will release next week for Week 3 of Limited Edition series 13:

have a fabulous weekend, friends! join me here next monday!

There's something special about performing...

i'd known that, ever since i first set foot on a stage as a child, but it's been a LONG time since then.  this past saturday, i had the wonderful opportunity to share my shadow puppet piece on the stage along with some really wonderful, talented, creative puppeteers.  and what can i say?  i was nervous, excited and had so much fun, all at the same time!!  it was a great experience to be able to share my work (and many many thanks to those of you who came out to see my work!! xoxo) but it was equally wonderful to be backstage with all the other performers and to feel everyone's creative energy.  i felt so inspired, esp as i got to sit in the audience for the second half of the show.  there were so many diverse voices and so many different ways of presenting the work.  and then the overall atmosphere was so special - because the puppet theater is rather small, the evening felt very intimate and special.  thank you to Puppet Showplace Theater and everyone involved in putting the Slam together!

unfortunately, i was too distracted to take any photos at the Slam - sorry!  however, i would like to share some photos of the beautiful spring we have been having here in Boston.  trees are exploding with flowers everywhere! it's hard to believe we had so much snow not that long ago.


spring always makes me a little restless, but more so this year.  with a big move ahead of us, i've been busy clearing out *stuff* in the hopes of making our house look less cluttered.  i've been spending an inordinate amount of time online looking for a home in Boston.  my mind feels rather frenetic, and i think the lack of focus and direction in my recent sketches and paintings clearly reflect the state my mind is in.

i rather wish i was like this tulip, tightly closed and still, waiting for the sun to come out.

but life must go on. i wish i could wave a magic wand over everything in the house and have all the stuff magically shrink and pack itself into a tiny suitcase, but all the stuff is evidence of life lived and in many ways, it is good to sort and be reminded of that.

i leave you with a photo of the beautiful poppies my husband bought for me from the past weekend's farmer's market.  yes, the poppies are indeed beautiful, but for some reason, i was drawn to the stems. :)

Good Friday

A Light exists in Spring

Not present on the Year

At any other period -

When March is scarcely here


A Color stands abroad

On Solitary Fields

That Science cannot overtake

But Human Nature feels.


It waits upon the Lawn,

It shows the furthest Tree

Upon the furthest Slope you know

It almost speaks to you.


Then as Horizons step

Or Noons report away

Without the Formula of sound

It passes and we stay -


A quality of loss

Affecting our Content

As Trade had suddenly encroached

Upon a Sacrament.


Emily Dickinson