Wednesday Writer’s Projects: Time to Sit a Spell

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday Workshops begin October 30th, 2013, at ACIU Studio, here on Thunder Mountain! Now that writing and painting is getting more detailed and taking longer, and while I’m rewriting some of my older stories, I need to ‘sit a spell’ and tell you about what’s going on in the studio! My wonderful friend, Becky and I have been sorting, re-sorting and I’m slowly thinning out some of the pieces I don’t need anymore to sculpture my life. And soon I will be announcing upcoming StudioProjects/Workshops. Here’s one I’m looking forward to sharing soon!  LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO GET on the LIST! I’m taking a limited number of people, so that we can have a ‘good gathering number’ and plenty of fun workspace for each/all!

Refurbishing Old Chair Bottoms! Bring your old ‘cane less chairs, old belts, old ties, and we’ll have a good ole time creating something fun for your house or for a gift for someone special. Here’s an example of one I did, and what an ’empty chair bottom might look like before you start. This is not traditional chair caning. Instead we are using things on hand to make strong woven or quilted/covered bottoms.

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From now on, the drawings/paintings might take me two days instead of one! Lots more detail coming up!  Since these scenes are actual places at The Hillock down in the meadow, they are very fresh in my mind and I find it hard to leave some of the details out! When I later go back and try writing this in prose, it’ll be interesting how it goes!


The Writer’s House and Preena’s Spa

I spent a good part of today working on drawings of two places, The Writer’s House and Preena’s Spa. Here are photos of ‘the real places’ but the paintings aren’t finished yet. More tomorrow!

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They’ve finally made it to the Potter’s Tree! So the search  for the lost shoe has begun for Slab and Martha Julia Agnes Adele! Now we’ll get to go around The Hillock with them on their search. Today was an intense day of working on text and this painting. Need to go get a few more painting supplies as they are running out! I’m realizing that for me to keep up this posting pace I really need to work from morning ’til night! I do love it, though! I guess since learning to read for children is such a reciprocal process of learning from both reading and writing, that learning to paint, draw, and write at the same time could be that way for me! I had to post it in a small form because it looks distorted when it’s big.



So Martha Julia Agnes Adele

Helps Slap pull his load unusually well.

“Here’s my home at Potter’s Tree.”

“Let’s plan our route and have some tea.”


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I’m realizing so many things I want to learn. I want to learn how to make my characters look like they are talking, and be able to have them move more freely on the page to express themselves, not just their poses but also their mouths, fingers, and facial expressions! And I want the rhyme to let loose of me a little bit! We’ll see!


“I’m Slab, the potter of this Hillock Town.”

“I search for clay underneath the ground.”

“What brings you here to our mountain peak?”

“Have you lost your way? “What is it you seek?”


“I lost my shoe and stubbed my toe.”

“Surely I’ll find it before I go.

“For I am Martha Julia Agnes Adele.”

“Shoes and adventures I find quite well.”



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I’ve been away for a few days on my OWN adventure! Left my hiking boots (which I don’t  always tie quite well!) at home. And stepped back in time to go to my 45th High School Reunion! Takes a lot for me to break away from projects and push through any leftover teenage issues to go, but it was so wonderful! And also spent time with my 93 year-wise mom and 96 year-wise dad. A precious weekend! I wish one of my high school friends, who’s an amazing artist, lived nearby and  could ‘coach me’ on getting my paintings to express what’s really in my head! I also may go back after I finish this and rewrite it also in prose….Books take years to grow, just like children! Though years go by in a blink of an eye these days!


She spies someone trudging up the road,

A funny old many with a heavy load.

“I’m Martha Julia Agnes Adele,

“Please sit a while and rest a spell.”

More Studio

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Entering My Studio!

I’ve been so busy writing and painting that I haven’t taken much time to work on my studio, ACIU. I named it ACIU because that’s my favorite Lithuanian word.  Unfortunately, it’s been so full these last few years, that I haven’t had many times (or especially SPACE!) to create in it! So I’ve brought my $3.oo goodwill light table and paints and supplies into the house and set up ‘camp studio’ on the living room sofa and coffee table bench! Now it’s time to RECLAIM this Studio Space!  

ACIU: Aciu means “thank you”…and to me “it’s thank you every moment!”

It’s quite a menagerie! and I’ll let you in on a big secret, if it won’t scare anyone! It’s a lot like my mind! Actually, may even be better-sorted than my mind, but I’m sure my mind is a little more dynamic!

The drawers are the most organized in sorted. We’ll open them some time later!


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There’s so much to write about and the day is already over! I want to share all I’m learning and yet first I want to integrate it into my writing/painting. Not quite enough hours in the days, but I guess that’s the best way to grow patience! I really want to break away from this rhyme a bit, but that will take time for me to retrain parts of my brain! So for now, I’m posting what’s been written, knowing that it all will be so ready for tweaks and rewrites, and changes in the paintings. So for now, even I will need to let the inaction be okay for now.


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