Monday, November 19, 2018

Carbo Loading

What's possessed me?  Instead of cleaning the house, putting extra toilet paper in the bathrooms, clearing out closet space, -- you know, all the things you should do when lots of people descend on your house for a week long visit.... I've been spending days trying to make rolls and bread.

I've gone a bit off the deep end.

Still, it's been kind of fun.  Now there are multigrain dinner rolls that will be warmed up for Thanksgiving dinner.

The yeast in the cranberry nut breakfast rolls (complete with the dusting of raw sugar) was most definitely ALIVE!  The balls of dough went from these polite little things

to these monsters, that had no sense of personal space. 

And then, they baked into these beauties.

The wild rice and chive batardes baked nicely too, though we'll have to see how they taste at dinnertime.  They browned quickly and I'm wondering if I should have covered them with foil to keep baking.  Instead, I took them out of the oven, sooner than might have been wise.  They look lovely, but they might be a bit raw inside.   Ah, the adventure.

Well, if it doesn't work, we can all chow down on oatmeal butterscotch cookies.  The cookie jar is packed with them, with extras on the side.

While I wait for dough to rise, or when I'm tired of cleaning, I turn to my pup for a little break.  She's been keeping me in stitches with her antics.

This dog just oozes love.

Now back to cleaning the house.  It got a bit dusty while I was working.  But maybe it's flour.....

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Picking Up Where I Left Off

It's 11PM and I've finally found the time to sit and write. Life, filled with all sorts of good stuff, took precedence over blogging this last month.  No complaints, though it may have seemed to you that I fell off the face of the Earth.

Here's the summary version of what's been going on:

1) OUTRAGEOUS ORNAMENT: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century at the Katonah Museum of Art
I've practically been living at the museum.  Powerpoint presentations, lectures, sample tours, educator previews, opening night and other public tours have occupied my time... and I've loved it!  The exhibition is eye-opening on many levels.  So many guests have been surprised by how much content and conversation a show about body ornamentation can generate.  I know I was, when I was first introduced to the material.

Marjorie Schick, Spiraling Over the Line, 2008
I'm taking a tour-leading hiatus this month, but will be back at it in December and January.  I'll keep you posted about my schedule.  I'd love to see you there.

It's been a horribly wet fall.  I guess it's just an extension of our horribly wet summer.  Luckily I've been able to dash between the storms to get my garden winter-ready and to snap pictures. A recent frost made me pine for winter.  Too soon, I know.

Hmmm... I've just realized I've done a lousy job of posting pictures if I can't find the time to write.  I'll have to work on that some more.

I traveled with my daughter for fall break.  I spent time celebrating milestone birthdays with dear friends.  I hunkered down for a peaceful Saturday night with my husband after he'd been gone for 11 days on business.  All precious.

And now, the clocks have turned back.  The shorter, grayer days seem to push me to the studio.  But, that'll come in when it can. Right now, I'm prepping the house and the refrigerator for Thanksgiving.   My parents will be visiting, along with three of my son's college friends.  It's going to be fun!  Time to start the biscuits!  (If I think of it, and if they turn out, I'll post a picture of my first attempt at homemade biscuits.)

Now it's off to sleep.  Big day tomorrow.  VOTE!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

I'm on the D@8 Blog

Detail of my quilt, Daily Bar Code, that's part of the upcoming Dinner@8 exhibition

Every year, the Dinner@8 team asks participating artists a few questions and the answers  are then posted on the D@8 blog.  Today's my day!

You can find my answers here.

There will NOT be a test later on.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Outrageous Ornament at the Katonah Museum of Art

I'm very excited about the upcoming KMA exhibit, Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century.
Robert Baines, Yellow Giraffe, ca. 2012
Sterling silver, powder coat, electroplate, paint

I'm the docent trainer once again, so I've had the privilege of getting sneak peeks at the checklist and working with Jane Adlin, the curator and former Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Modern and Contemporary Art Department.  As usual, I've fallen down the rabbit hole, amassing more research than I can use.  This topic is fascinating because, until now, I hadn't considered jewelry an art form like painting.  But it most certainly is.  This is art  that can operate at a variety of scales and has the added intimacy of including the body (actually or implied).

This is art that demands to be considered, just like any other fine art, for its ideas, inventions and content.  Wearability, the use of precious metals, and adherence to traditional expectations are not required.

I hope you'll be able to come to the exhibit and see for yourself what I'm talking about.   Outrageous Ornament opens October 21st  and will run through January 27th.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Beautifying the Hospital

I'm pleased to report that seven of my photographs from my Noir Cactus series and Cactus Abstract series will be hanging in an area hospital for the next six months.  I hope they'll brighten someone's day. Here's an image from each of the series.

Cactus Abstract 9, ©Vivien Zepf, 2018

Noir Agave, ©Vivien Zepf, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Getting Bigger

Mishmash in the works
The scrap beast is growing.  The question is, do I make it finished as a square or a rectangular quilt?  If it's a square, how can I make it big enough to snuggle under?  If I make it a rectangle, will the pattern feel incomplete?

I think there's some rearranging work in my future, but I suppose I have a few more blocks to make before that happens.  As of this morning, I had to make some new half square triangles. I've used up all the ones I'd stitched years ago.   Now progress will probably move a bit more slowly.  Given the weather, I'm glad to have the project.  Yes, we're getting more rain...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Out Exploring

I'm out exploring the natural world and here are a few photos of things I've seen.  There will be more later; I'm off again shortly.

The pelican rookery
 A striped crab in a tide pool
A horbor seal coming right for us. See the water just slicking off its back?
An orca coming at us, too.  Magnificent!
Always fun to watch dolphins off the bow.  They'd just eaten their fill at an anchovy bait ball.