Monday, July 23, 2012

Lately...


I've been stitching and printing my butt off. 


So I thought I'd share.


Also, for good measure, this is how I soak my beans. It's been coming up a lot lately, people intrigued by my dry-bean-cooking. It's actually really easy once you get into the habit of it. I throw a couple handfuls of beans into some recycled pasta sauce jars, top 'em off with filtered water, soak for at least 8 hours, and then cook 'em for an hour and a half or so- depending on the bean. Then I rinse, dry, and freeze them for easy use later. Really, I do this 'bout once a month and always have beans on hand for nibbles. They make whole wheat pasta, salad, grains, eggs, pretty much everything that much better for you and that much more satisfying. Worth a try if you ask me. Plus they look cute soaking on the counter. :)



Thursday, July 19, 2012

remembering


This is a sketch I made many, many years ago of my childhood dog Fargo. He passed away earlier this year and I didn't have a chance for any goodbyes with the fluffy angel, so I put up this sketch that I found of him in my studio so I can look at him the way I remember him every day. I miss him dearly... and am sad that his smiling face won't be there to greet me the next time I'm in Montana. He was an amazing creature of the universe...

This makes me think about drawings and portraits... This quick, rough sketch is more powerful to me than any photograph I could have of Fargo, because that sketch captured not just what a moment looked like, but how it felt to me. And that feeling is there in the lines I drew with my hands... the feeling that that happy, loyal, silly mutt gave me. People say you can capture feeling with a camera, and I've seen it happen... but I think you capture a more intimate feeling, a much more personal feeling when you put an instrument to a page.

Just a thought.