Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Friends and artistic stimulation

You may remember this red Ganesh I bought in Brattleboro at Adivasi, the Indian store. A friend on Cape Cod saw it on my blog and bought one on-line. She wanted to visit the store in person so she and another friend drove up the Friday before the hurricane.

I joined them in Brattleboro and we had lunch at Amy's Bakery and visited a few shops. It is so heartwarming to reconnect with old friends. And they kindly asked me about my life and house search. My spirit was refreshed a hundred times ten by our fun afternoon.


On Saturday I went to Keene to an art fair. My long-time friend F. had a booth as she does every year. I also met a couple of new to me artists whose work I really liked. Erika Radich is a print maker. She took some of her prints and made books out of them. I love the prints and this book style which I have never tried.

You fold a rectangular page into fourths, then cut the middle three squares in the center and the accordion fold it, sort of. Anyway I want to try this style of a book from one sheet of paper. Of course these are extra-special because they have the beautiful prints on them.


I also met a collage/acrylic painter from Maine, Katie Wilson. She does landscapes and figurative paintings. I was most taken by the figuratives. On her website she has a tutorial that shows how she melds the collage and the figures.

A woman came in and asked Katie if she would like to be in a gallery as she was a gallery owner. I thought this was so amazing and something many artists would love to happen to them!

I was highly stimulated by the art fair and returned home bursting with ideas. It doesnt take much to stimulate a hermit like me. I am so grateful to have dear friends like K and G who drove all the way (3 hours) to visit. And to live in an area with so many talented artists. I feel re-energized and loved anew.

21 comments:

Teri C said...

It sounds like a wonderful and inspiring time.

Lynn said...

I'm so happy for you to have had this terrific time with dear friends and seeing all the wonderful art! I can't wait to see where the inspiration takes you and what wonderful creations come out of that!

Annie said...

Suki, you sound happy and inspired!
I am off to look at the links.
Have a wonderful week. xoxo

Mystic Meandering said...

Suki - You sound so inspired! It inspires me too! I can hardly wait to see what you create now. Have fun!
Christine

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Friends inspire each other.. Its nice to have those kinds. I hope they were safe from Irene when they got home as that area got battered big time. Look forward to the fruitation of the ideas you gleaned.

marianne said...

I am so happy for you you had such a good time with your friend and did some inspiring activities. Sometimes you just need that!
let's see whatr this day will bring for wonderful creations.
Couldn't open the link from Katie, will try later maybe

Keep this positive feeling with you Suki♥

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

I smiled the whole time reading your post...special friends indeed and stimulating in more ways than one!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Your title is perfect description of a fun weekend. I love the folds and the printing of this book...always nice to feel jazzed about a new project...enjoy your week into fall!

Katiejane said...

Goody, goody! This was just what you needed! Sounds like such a wonderful time. I just love weekends like this! Thanks for sharing yours.

Teri said...

I have that same Ganesh! A friend from Conn. sent it to me. I love it and it sits in a place of honor when I do my meditations. Art fairs are so wonderful!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are mightly blessed Suki. I am so glad you had such a inspirational weekend. I can't wait to see what comes of it.

patti said...

The book idea is terrific Suki! Nothing beats times with friends~

~Babs said...

Great post. We can feel your happiness oooooozing out between your words.
Those are beautiful prints, I loved the monotypes on the first link, but I couldn't get the Katie one to work.
I'm very glad you had this time!

Mim said...

Excellent day!

louciao said...

Nothing like an excursion with good friends to get the energies flowing, unless it's an excursion to go look at some art. Thanks for pointing the way to your newly discovered artists' websites.

kj said...

more more more more more of this suki!

beyond the swirls and maybes, i think you've found the answer:

put yourself where you want to be!

and make sure there are friends to share some of it with. (dangling modifier? hee)

sincerely
dr. knowitall

Tess Kincaid said...

WT brought me back a lovely wooden Ganesh from India last month...

studio lolo said...

Suki, your new header is so captivating and mysterious! Are you at the well?

I love both of these artists work and I'm thrilled you came away inspired. I can't wait to see what wonderful things you will create!

xo
Lo♥

Robin said...

It looks to me like you are full of fire - and ready to continue of your creative journey!!!! Friends who inspire and encourage are the best!

I'm curious about the Vita Sackville-West film....she has always been a favourite poet of mine!

Love,

♥ Robin ♥

p.s. Watched "State of Play".... I liked it a lot - thanks for the recommendation!

Kelly M said...

Yay! I am also so happy for you.

soulbrush said...

my heart soared when I read this, you were meant to meet up with them.