Thursday, September 15, 2011

Getting in the Way of Art

The school year's started and though I hoped it would spell more time for art, that hasn't been the case. Sadly, I've been occupied with Goblin, our beloved black Lab.  He was suddenly lethargic and didn't care to eat much.  After trips to the vet, ultrasounds and x-rays, and discussions with oncologists, we've reached the conclusion that Goblin has a very aggressive form of cancer that won't be resolved with surgery and doesn't respond to chemotherapy.  As a family, we've decided to keep him spoil him for the time he has left with us.  I'm getting a little comfort in my belief he's sure that he's a much loved dog, but my heart still aches for the time I wish we still had.  I was counting on years and years; it's hard to realize it's likely only going to be a couple of months.  Still, I marvel that in the midst of his discomfort, he can be the silly, fun-loving dog just a short while after being strapped down and shaved for an ultrasound.  This dog has spirit.

On the art note, Goblin and some school snafu's have occupied my time and little has happened up in my studio.  I'm please to report that my article, Do I have to journal? is part of the Fall 2011 SAQA Journal.  I'm curious to see what hoopla it may generate since I take the tact that I haven't successfully integrated journaling into my art process .... sort of goes against the grain.  You can read the article on-line and read it again, when you get your copy.  I'm excited.  Also included in the issue is my interview with featured artist, Patty Hawkins.  Oh, does she make beautiful art!  I found it fascinating that she still felt she had so much to learn, even as successful as she is.  Wow.

And finally, this Saturday is the artists' reception for our FiberArt Northeast group.  The exhibition is called Fiber +Thread=Art III: A Colorful Show.  The exhibition will be up through the month of September at the Mahopac Library Gallery and showcases our monochromatic art (with an accent).  My piece, Rex Ray Gray,  is hanging in the exhibit, along with works by Natalya Aikens, Jane Davila, Cindy Green, and Norma Schlager to name just a few.  Here's the cover art of our postcard as a tease.  Stop by if you get a chance; I'm sure you'll see something that catches your eye.


Cindy said...

I am so sorry about Goblin! The unconditional love we get from pets as well as their complete joy in life are so awesome and it's so hard to say goodbye. I hope you have many more happy, healthy months together!

On a happier note, I'm looking forward to your articles!

norma said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your pup. It seems like you just got him and now you have to let him go. So sad!

I'm looking forward to your article in the Journal.

The post card looks great and thanks for the mention. I'll see you at the opening.

my croft said...

Sorry to hear Goblin's so ill. Dogs teach us so much about living fully.


MulticoloredPieces said...

Happened upon your blog while surfing the net a bit. Really enjoyed your articles and your textile work, and especially liked your "Rex Ray Gray" piece. Very lovely.
And dogs are such amazing beings--they bring so many blessings into our lives. It's hard to see them leave.
best from Tunisia,