Archive for January, 2011

Thing-A-Day February Creative Sprint

January 24, 2011

My recent project for the Dolled Up show made me realize that it helps sometimes to have a short, intense time devoted to creating to get you sort of jump-started. This looks to be just that kind of thing. It is a communal commitment to create a thing (or piece of a bigger thing) every day during the month of February and post it on the site. Most likely I’ll be posting mine here also. Do it. It will be fun.

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Doodling as a Coping Skill

January 19, 2011

Doodling is a major coping skill for me. It helps me deal with anxiety and allows me to bring humor into situations that are difficult for me. In almost every circumstance there is a way to doodle. I have “doodled” in sand with my toe, in grass with piles of grass “clippings”, on fogged up windows. Anywhere or anyway that you can make a mark you can doodle. This was done on the back of a receipt with a pen I had with me.


There are many approaches to doodling. Mine tend to be freeform with lots of creatures, text snippets and personal patterns developed over the years. I would definitely have done math doodling like this if I’d known about it (and maybe would have even learned a thing or two in my math classes). There are also more structured approaches like Zentangles. These are good to get non-doodlers started and add to doodling vocabulary for those who already doodle. They try to get people to buy kits but most of the information is available for free in their newsletters.

Pics from Dolled Up Show

January 17, 2011

I still haven’t uploaded the other pics I have, but here are some of my dolls/prints from the Gualala Arts Center facebook page.

Artist: Stephanie Metz

January 11, 2011

My friend, Nan, mentioned this artist and I thought I had seen her work but upon going to her website I realized I hadn’t seen any of the recent stuff. I love the abstractions series; I am very attracted to the combination of the wool and hair and the abstract figures that reference animal aspects.

I’m sorry

January 10, 2011

I treated you shabby. You gave me this lovely container for thoughts and I treated you like a casual, disposable whim that I no longer had time for. Well, all that has changed. Starting with this post I am joining the challenge and I am going to commit to post at least once a week here. To show you I mean it, I have posted about my new project in the Dolls section under Damaged Goods.

Blog, please find it in your heart to forgive me.