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Whatever Happened to the Multi-tasker in ME?

It used to be that I could do 14 things at once. And actually know what was going on.
Well...That was then and this is now. Rather than multi-tasking I should maybe call it dual-tasking. I can handle a few things at a time and that's about it.
Currently I have been focusing mainly on painting, sewing and more sewing and more painting. So forget about blogging, forget about laundry, forget about dishes that need washing, doctor appointments that need to be made and my poor dog barely gets to go outside because I'm so caught up in my feverish frenzy of art-making.

I'm patiently waiting for my daughter to arrive home from college right now. She is gracing us with her presence for 2 nights, then she's off to Florida for spring break. Once upon a time I used to get to go on spring break with her...
Oh well, I've got art to make!
Anyhoo, since I've got a minute or 2 to spare while waiting for her, I thought I would update my poor old blog.
These photos are way overdue in posting.
First up, is Somerset Studio's Jan/Feb issue which a piece of my artwork landed in.
I sent it as a response to Girl Gone Thread Wild's blog back last spring. It was to create a piece to call attention to the devastating murders in Juarez Mexico. So many young girls have been murdered in the past few years and now they are making news again with more senseless murders. The challenge that Monica proposed was called "AdDRESSing the situation". The piece had to incorporate a dress of some sort.
I'm sure I posted a photo of my piece back in the summer before I shipped it off, but here it is again.
I didn't even know it was going to be in that issue. I used to receive a letter or postcard from them telling me my artwork was going to be in a particular issue.
I was so surprised when I opened up the magazine and saw my piece featured prominently on the first page of the article titled "Without Words:AdDRESSing the Situation". WOW! I did the Snoopy dance of joy. It's been a while since I submitted anything for publication and this was pretty cool. Also pretty cool that Somerset
did the article to call attention to the victims in Juarez. Thank you to Monica and to Somerset Studio.

Next items up are the art doll swap that my friend Sandy and I did recently. We usually do a swap once a year or so. We come up with a medium to work in and a theme usually. This time there was no theme, just an art doll that began as a muslin
bendi doll. She sent me the blank doll last year. We changed the deadline a few times I think and then just said 'send it when you finish it'. Her doll arrived at my doorstep in early Jan. just after the Christmas holiday and I was so excited with the outcome that I got busy working to finish my doll for her.
Here is the doll Sandy sent me.
He/she is so wonderful. Lots of textures and I love the bird face she added. The individual feathers are just gorgeous!
I had already started my doll for her, but was stuck on trying to figure out what to do with the head.
It took a while to get all the coats of paperclay on this doll's head, but finally I got it right and was able to paint it and ship it off to Sandy.  Here is the doll I sent her--'Little Miss Susie Sunshine'

Daughter should be here any minute now. I will post many more creations in the next week or so. I've got lots to share.
In the meantime, live your life creatively~
cathy

Comments

Janine said…
I like your artdoll, it´s very cool, or better it is hot ;0)
Cheers
Janine
Terri Kahrs said…
It's been quite a while since I've stopped in to say hello. Love the "new look" Cathy! And congratulations on having your piece published. I DO remember the original post. Can't believe those awesome dolls began with a plain bendi! Can't wait to see more of your work. Hugs, Terri xoxo
thanks so much Janine & Terri!
hugs to you both!

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