Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Too Many Time Zones

Did you think I had gotten on the wrong plane to like Singapore? Won't go through the sordid details of what was for me a 21 hour flight (glad you got home safe Robbi and thanks for the comments on the Melbourne tour). To say the least, I was toast when I got home. Adjusted fairly quickly to the daytime but want to sleep at about 5 p.m. CST.....which means I am painting at 1 a.m.....and it shows.
Ten days out of the studio can really mess with your flow so what am I about to do...go on a 7 day quilting cruise to the Bahamas. Some day I will make quilts again. I feel as if I am just packing, unpacking, washing clothes, packing again.
However, I am still working with Eric and want to get the most out of it I can so here is the work I did last night at 1 a.m. Our session is tomorrow at noon....yikes. Oh well, it's is our job to work through this harried time. On top of everything else, I got my first distributor order for dvd's so am printing and packaging like mad in "my spare time."
I may have mentioned this before but it struck me like a lightening bolt in Melbourne that an artist really needs to consider working in more than one media. For some odd reason, I think I brings more strength to both. Not to compare myself to anyone but look at all DaVinci did, Michaelangelo. I wonder if I have been limiting myself by working exclusively in fiber? Thoughts to ponder another day.
Glad you all enjoyed Melbourne. I would soooo live there. Will take camera on cruise but might be off line for awhile not sure if I can find wi-fi and then there are all those cords to pack which might get in the way of shoes. Missed you all...glad to be home if only until Friday. Posted by Picasa

10 comments:

Debra said...

Thank Goodness. I was just about to email you and ask if the timezone change had killed you!


I like the paintings, especially the work on the bottom.

Now you get to cruise?? I am jealous.

Teri said...

Welcome home Gabrielle, I missed you!!

Karoda said...

Yes! I was excited to read a new post from you! You're working at top speed, just remember to take care of yourself! Have fun on the cruise and congrats on the distributor order.

teri springer said...

Like Debra, I was getting a tad concerned. So happy you are back, abliet, temporarily.

I am leaving Friday too...for 10 days in Florida which would be great except my dad and I tend to butt heads after about 3.....

Love the paintings....

teri

Caitlin said...

Was startng to worry, dear, wondered if perhaps you'd flown over the Bermuda Triangle! (ahhh, curses, now I have a Barry Manilow earworm!)

Guess what? That awesome Margaret Preston exhibition is coming to Brisbane, so should I grab you a catalogue when I go see it?

Your paintings are gorgeous - love the fluid swoopy lines in three out of the four you showed. Interesting idea about working in more than one media - my best friend here paints and sculpts and says she often gets sparks of ideas from one jumping to the other.

Hey, have fun cruising, don't eat too much!

Scrapmaker said...

Glad to see you back, I didn't know if it was pure exhaustion or a fried computer. It is only obvious you are meant to paint (as well as work in fiber.) I love the motion and color in these.
Have fun on the cruise.
Jen

Sharon said...

I too, was wondering what had happened to you... Glad to see you are home safe and sound - if only for a short time...

Valeri said...

I so missed your sane outlook on the world and I'm glad you're back. Jet lag sucks! At least you are staying in the same hemisphere this time. Have fun and enjoy!

jenclair said...

Even if the trip to Melbourne kept you from quilting directly, it is simmering in your experience and will find its way into art. So enjoy the Bahamas and the cruise knowing that experience transforms artistic endeavors.

DAVE CONSULTING DAVE said...

On your cruise be sure to get a foot massage or better yet a whole body rub a dub rub.