Polymer cat ornament

Incorporating “influences” in my art

In “How to Steal Like an Artist”, there is a statement about wanting to learn to SEE like an artist we admire rather than learning to create art like that is a copy of the other artist. The former, for me, represents harvesting something we admire or are moved by to expand on my own expressive abilities. The latter feels…

Inspiration: Laura Tabakman

I find Laura’s installations and vessels just as entrancing as her jewelry. Her jewelry has lush colors and wonderful abstractions of natural materials that I would love to find my own version of. I love her use of Skinner blends and her incorporation of structural support into her designs. The simplicity of her shapes shows off her mastery of various…

Studio learning: Slowing Down

As I go through my first week as a full time artist, I have been doing a lot of journaling and reflection. Yesterday, I found myself realizing that I seem to be doing things more slowly, in a very good way. Part of this is being more intentional about each decision (yes, Sherpa, I hear you!), but the more surprising…

Inspiration: Loretta Lam

Loretta makes pieces that I wish I could conceive of, since the minute I see them I fall in love with her colors and design aesthetic. I also admire her concern for wearability since I think making something big and bold is made much more interesting when it can actually be comfortably worn. Some day I hope to catch her,…

Changing is easier than Change

Changes tend to be the focus of celebrations or ceremonies that help us make the transition to some new state or place. There are weddings, graduations, christenings, funerals, wakes, and parties where we gather friends and family around  for support. But what about the months that follow, after the newness has worn off and things are “back to normal”?  That…

Inspiration: Greg Dunn

Greg Dunn’s work extends his neuroscience PhD in to his art by using images of neurons as the basis for exquisite paintings in a spare Asian style. My sister-in-law saw his exhibit at the NSF and pointed me to his site. This image is one of my favorites of his. I love the elegance and peace inherent in the images.…

Heather’s Got Wings!

As I have told people about this new focus on my art in my life, I have heard some really interesting comments. One of the ones that struck me the most was “Heather’s got wings!”, so of course I had to try to figure out why that hit me so strongly. My first reaction was to smile and laugh as…

Sunrise over Lake Superior

Reflections of my life in my work

As I have been going through some of the exercises that Tory has set for me in the past few weeks, part of this process has involved looking back over my work to analyze what I am succeeding with and where I need to do more work. This has ended up not only in my seeing the seeds of my…

Turning the Page

Tomorrow is my last day as a full time IT consultant and at my current client. I am excited about what lies ahead for me and am happy with the progress I have been able to make in laying a solid foundation for this tremendous move. At the same time, it is sad to reflect on what I will not…