Spring Cleaning and Gelli Piles

It's March and Spring has sprung in my neighborhood...evidenced by higher pollen counts, radiant sunshine and green leaves bursting forth, plus a healthy desire to CLEAN HOUSE....metaphorically and literally. So on this day, I did a bit of both. I sneak rounds of creative play into my list of household chores to break things up.

My newfound Gelli Plate addiction is the perfect antidote to laundry, dusting, and kitchen duty. After a spell of brayering and layering, I have plenty of collage material amassed. This is one pile that I don't mind adding to.....Gelli on!

And here's a sample of what I do with all those painterly bits and pieces: this journal page was inspired by the dictionary entry for a vesper sparrow, a bird who is most active in the evenings. I have been struggling lately with getting into the studio at night, lured by the insidious television and a comfortable chair. So I need all the motivation this little vesper sparrow can lend me.

How do you motivate yourself to march into your studio?

The Joy of Sorting

Sometimes ya gotta love the mindless tasks of folding laundry, washing dishes, or sorting paper. 

Paper sorting?! Yep. Paper sorting. 

For me, sorting is this artist's version of "chop wood, carry water" for Zen-o-philes out there. I'm referring to the mundane tasks that some dismiss as boring, but that actually have incredible value. 

When I take the time to sort through all the paper bits and pieces that have accumulated on and around my art table, I am amazed at the bountiful store of stuff I have. The fodder for future projects is all right under my nose, if I would just take some time to discover it, fondle it, and put it in its proper place. 

Sorting makes me happy, makes me feel productive, and always gives me tangible results. Pray tell, why don't I do it more often?

Tell me if you have a special relationship with sorting...