• Carol Wiebe

A Time For Gratitude

I just read Tammy’s Never-a-Bah Humbug post, Jeane’s Thank You, Blue Sky Dreaming’s determination and gratitude during Winter Solstice, Bridgette’s encouragement to eat lots of cookies, Leah’s suggestion to make like a butterfly and let your life metamorphose, caught a glimpse of Dale’s new book, Portrait of the Artist (it’s handbound!!!), Diane’s amazing gestation, Elena’s reflection on impermanence, Flora’s fulfilled grandparental urges, Gloria’s digital card, Courtney’s celebration of the return of light, Katie is listening to a sun song (Here’s my choice), Julianne is looking for signs (that are ALWAYS there), Katherine Tyrrell is once again Making Her Mark by her astute observations and predictions, Katherine Treffinger offers this amazing image, and Mary Ann Wakeley makes an observation about her way of working that is so close to mine: I am discovering that the more humble the materials, the more in tune I feel with the work (wait until you see what she paints on Kraft paper!).

Jude offers a little solstice cloth, KathyAnne has a Mariposa Grove piece printed on her own amate bark paper (pounded in her bathtub), Kelli is bragging about her new studio (can’t blame her), Leslie is farting around (as only Leslie can), Maggie is giving away Silly Birds, Sharon has created a slide show of her works and encourages artists to avoid complacency and always keep growing. Susan is composting (her mind) and Rima is white-ivied.

Sue has started a Sketch Book Challenge with a chorus of amazing artists, and Jane  is creating some stunning tea bag art (inspired by Judy, who is thinking about making a rare New Year’s resolution), and Ricë is helping everyone carve out creative time and space for themselves.

My sister, Barb Pearson (photographer and painter after her life as a lawyer ~now there’s a metamorphosis) has started a blog called urban-snapshot, along with her son, Joel Bergen. My nephew, Dan Wiebe (incredible composer, singer, musician and conductor) has created his first music video, Hall of Snarky Ghosts.

I have just spent a few hours looking up these fabulous artists, to see what they are up to this holiday season, and sharing what I saw with you. That’s what a holiday is for: pouring a cup of something delicious and giving yourself such a gift.

This post simply passes it on. Enjoy!

Art book page ~ by Carol Wiebe

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