"Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours." –– Jane Kenyon (1947-1995, American poet and translator
* I found this in Dani Shapiro's Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, 2013. One day I'll track down this poem and read it directly. Dani Shapiro quotes Kenyon's opening line "Be a good steward to your gifts." Several online sources quote "Be a good steward of your gifts."
After a very busy summer, I am following Kenyon's advice by working in silence and limiting my internet usage and movie watching (despite the fact that I do most of my stitching while watching movies on the computer). Silence and solitude are drawing me back into the much-missed rhythm of my work.
Friday, September 26, 2014
|Toronto Graffiti; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
|Sanko Trading Mural; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
|Sanko Trading Mural detail; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
|Toronto shop sign; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I spotted this shirt and it gave me an idea of how to use some of my subtler intuitive mark-making drawings as backgrounds for bold repeat patterns. Pardon the blur, the woman was walking as I photographed the shirt.Not only do I love the shirt's half-drop repeat pattern, I also admire the woman's look.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
|An accumulation of Lent drawings © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
|Lent drawing & triangles quilt square © Karen Thiessen, 2014|
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
|Brother's Grave Ampersand; Photo © Karen Thiessen, 2014|