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Monday, July 18, 2011

A New Week Full of New Possibilities

I'm working in the studio in fits and starts these days, as I continue the Fragments pieces at a slower pace, as well as mull over what is next. Still playing with those little wooden discs, all yet unfinished, as it remains unclear just where they want to go and what they want to be.  For someone who thinks through their hands, as I do, I must constantly remind myself that not much of value will happen for me staring off into space....I just have to keep at it, even when the energy and the will are at a low point.  It will happen when I least expect it...it always does.  It's like keeping your eyes glued to the front window waiting for the visitor to arrive, but you almost always get surprised when they come in the back door....good thing it was left open!  Here are a few of the latest Fragments pieces I've not yet posted here.  

Took advantage of Johntimothy being home today and on a whim, we did a bit of rearranging in the studio.  It's been quite a mess lately (could be part of my low motivation!) and since it was time to regroup anyway, I was suddenly moved to do a little shifting here and there....that's always a bit of an energy boost to come into a fresh looking space, with all the cluttered bits tucked safely back in their places....until tomorrow when it will probably be a mess again!

A neighbor reported the other day the river is down a few inches...which may not sound like a big deal, but at this point, every inch means something!  Another couple of weeks and they'll slowly begin backing off on the releases from the dam.  Should see some changes after that.  

Hope you all have a great week...see you in a few days, if not before!



  1. That you are in the studio is a good thing. Wishing you and the river a good week!

  2. Love these fragment pieces, they are like little snippets of a conversation. Glad to here that the river situation is improving slightly.

  3. I'm so glad your week has started on a positive note, P! These new fragment pieces are lovely, such simplicity and confidence to them. They make me think that every little thing has its place eventually, is joined or reunited with some other thing meant to be its counterpart or companion. Patience is all!

  4. Always such quiet beauty in your collages, Patti!

    So glad the river is finally moving in the right direction -- down instead of up!

  5. Kim....thanks so much for your support! Yes, any productive time in the studio is a good thing. The trauma seems to be subsiding....great to hear from you!

  6. Carrie....wonderful to hear from you! I love the analogy of the conversation with these pieces....as I've been thinking in hte back of my mind about pieces having to do with conversation....maybe I'm already making them?!?! Hope you are well!

  7. Gabriella...patience is all....if only our lives could go on long enough to do it all, explore it all, understand it all! For now, things are stable and there is light at the end of the tunnel....we are within sight of life returning to normal...whatever that is! Hope you are well and feeling productive. Cheers, dear!

  8. Martha...hope you are doing well and enjoying your garden this summer. So glad you like these collages...as yours are wonderful. Yes, we are glad the river will soon be going down in a real way...we'll take it inch by inch! Thanks for your comment!

  9. At last I can leave a comment! For some reason Blogger wouldn't allow me to comment a few days ago.

    Your fragment pieces are lovely Patti. Pushing forward each day definitely pays off.

    Glad the river is dropping inch by inch. An inch is actually a lot of water when you think about it

  10. Robyn....yes, even an inch of water is a lot of water and when we remember how it was slowly creeping up inch by inch day after day, we know there is a tremendous amount of water coming through the dams!
    I hope soon the anxiety of this summer of flooding will be a distant memory, although it won't be for many folks more affected than we are.

    Thank you so much for your comment on the Fragments pieces...so glad you like them!


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