Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Dave and I are in Maine as I write, hanging out with my dad. No new painting painted in Maine this weekend. But I want to post anyway, with a few parting 2016 thoughts.

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First, Nana May—named in yesterday's post—was my great grandmother, my father's father's mother. She was born around the time of the Civil War. Here is one of her quilts, a quilt which helped keep me warm last night as I slept. No idea when she might have made it.

Don'tcha wonder who designed the polka dot fabrics? Don'tcha wonder who wore those polka dots?

one of Nana May's quilts
as photographed in 2016

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Second, I keep thinking about abstract painting and what pulls me to it. I quote some of Natalie Goldberg from Living Color again. She writes about her shift from representational to abstract:

I wanted to know something I didn't know and I wasn't sure how to get to know it. I intuited it wasn't as simple as taking painting lessons. And the fear I felt told me it wasn't all about painting. (p. 124)

Nope.

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Third, I want to express my gratitude to all who purchase my paintings, treat me to supplies, follow my blog, and/or comment here. You provide encouragement, support, enthusiasm, thoughtful provocative questions, feedback, insights, critiques, challenges, and camaraderie—every bit of it nourishment to me. 

Thank you!

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*¡happy new year!*



6 comments:

  1. What absolutely beautiful stitching.. how great is that to sleep with a quilt your gr-grandmother made. Have a great time in Maine, envious a bit!!! HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR

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    1. I love looking at the stitching also. I've done a bit of quilting over the years and my favorite part is actually the hand stitching. Very meditative while also beautiful and practical. Time in Maine was totally lovely. Home now. New year now! HAPPY HAPPY to you too!

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  2. As always, loved reading what you wrote, and loved seeing a snippet of Nana May's quilt. I know the quilt you mean but never stopped to think about whose hands made it. Thanks for opening my eyes to the gift of one of our relatives. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks, Joje. Whenever I see/use those quilts, I am transported immediately to the first bed in the front upstairs bedroom in Cranford. That's where I remember fingering those fabrics and thinking about them. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours also!

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  3. How lovely to have these treasures passed down through the generations. How sweet to have the memories brought to life again. Happy New Year to you Dotty. :) Your encouragement means bunches to me too.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila, and thank you again!

      Re quilts and generations: Shutterfly does this thing now where they send me an email saying, here's what you were doing 8 years ago. I start scrolling through old photos and, yesterday, I ended up bumping into photos of a quilt I made for my granddaughter Emmy when she was born. I may have to write a post.

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