Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Holy cow! I'm just branching out all over the place - thinking that it won't be long before I sprout leaves!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I'm back!! I went to camp for the first time, and it was great! It was Art Camp for Women in the Colorado Rockies, near Winter Park, CO. Six days of nothing but an occasional glimpse of a man or two, great, chef-prepared food, and art. Did I say art? Why, yes I did! What a great opportunity to meet other like-minded women and do nothing but make art. I could get used to this! Especially the chefs, Ellen and Emily. They were fabulous!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
So, invigorated by my success at publishing (almost published I think), I ventured into the realm of teaching.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Once again, I am guilty of ignoring my blog. I have good reasons for not being here, but none of them good enough to be away for almost two months. I'm not going to get anywhere like that...
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
So, the other day I'm in this really boring meeting and I decide to look at my iPad and check my email. In looking at my email, I saw a message from Pokey Bolton, the editor of Quilting Arts Magazine - one of my very favorite art magazines. After I closed my jaw, I opened the message, and found she was asking if I wanted to do an article for an upcoming issue of their specialty magazine, "International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene". Again, I closed my jaw, and tried to hide the huge grin on my face (I was still in a meeting). Really? Me? Perhaps she had the wrong Lou Haines? No, I think it was definitely me since she attached the picture of my felt beads that I had emailed to her several months ago begging for a look.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I am feeling pretty guilty these days. I have neglected my poor blog terribly, and I feel just awful. A blog must be nurtured and cared for in order to flourish, and my blog has sat forgotten for a while now.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Well, sort of ! My "calendar days" have been posted at "CreateMixedMedia", and there is a direct link to my blog if you click on one of the numbers. You absolutely MUST go take a look! The colors are a little different from my original artwork, but it's so completely cool to be on a page with so many other respected mixed media artists!
Monday, April 11, 2011
I have finally finished my artwork that was needed for the CreateMixedMedia.com site. I have had a few roadblocks thrown in this month, and I was just a little behind, but Tonia Davenport at North Light Craft was such a big help. My artwork will appear at the site from April 17th through April 23, 2011. I can't wait to see it, and I hope you will stop by to see the "calendar" on April 17th. Here's the website address: http://www.createmixedmedia.com/
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I finally picked up my watercolors tonight. I have been drawing recently, and signed up for an online watercolor class. I still haven't started the class, but I did open the colors and began messing around with my drawings. I would say that I am not totally disappointed. I have lots to learn, but I am happy that I am overcoming my fear of failure!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
So I have decided to devote more time to art this year and less time to being unproductive. I have made some pretty good inroads so far. I have found that making my colorful and fun felt beads is a good way to spend time and develop my sense of color. Putting the bracelets together with regular spacer beads is getting easier too. I will have my bracelets in a show/sale in April, and that's a first for me. This is a good thing.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Anne and I went to the "Intergalactic Bead Show" today. Starting early, we had breakfast at First Watch (unbelievably good). On to the show at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati. We found a good parking spot, which knowing how our feet would hurt by the time we left, was a good thing.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
While I was cruising the web trying to find a picture of little Rowan Hall, I found the most interesting article regarding protests at Miami University in April 1970. This was, as the article sets out, right before the Kent State University killings. I had no idea that Rowan Hall had once been the ROTC Hall. It sure has changed (and is about to be demolished for a new student center).
1970, Vietnam War Protests:
Anti-Vietnam War protests reached their zenith in the spring of 1970 when the ROTC offices and classrooms in Rowan Hall were occupied in a sit-in on April 15. After the Kent State shootings in May, 720 American universities closed. Miami was one of them. We closed for a week. When we reopened, it was with a plan for pass or fail grades to replace letter grades for students who opted for that alternative.
It was something you lived day by day, night by night. We had students from campuses that were closed coming to our campus, camping out in tent cities at the edge of campus, north and south. Many of them from Antioch College, and they were out to close other schools.
We had seven fires one night on campus. I received a number of death threats, and I even had a Molotov cocktail left on the front porch of Lewis Place.
It was a very difficult time, but I would say that we had a lot of cooperation from students and faculty. We closed and when we reopened, we had 930 students with the faculty standing guard in our buildings so if any fires did break out, we could get an almost instantaneous response.
Their objective at Miami was to close down the ROTC and the Air Force and the Navy as a military presence on the campus, and my argument was … far better to have the military on a civilian campus where they’re interacting with students with varying opinions day after day than to put them exclusively in a West Point or Annapolis or out in Colorado, the Air Force Academy, where all they do is talk to each other.
The flush-in was one of the events that spring. The flush-in was a terrible, terrible experience. Never forget Bill Beck calling when they had the flush-in. He said, “Dr. Shriver”… he always called me Phil, but this time Dr. Shriver … “the water in my basement is up to the piano keys.” That water was suddenly dumped on the town. When they all flushed, it had to go somewhere, pipes couldn’t carry it away. And the town immediately reacted. “This has gone far enough.” Enough is enough, so it boomeranged.
After that experience in the spring of ’70, we moved the ROTC down to Millett Hall. It was no longer in the center of the campus and not quite as visible as it had been before.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
So, I decided that I would start following some of my favorite artists on Facebook, and was pleased to discover that most of them are there, and that they are willing to accept "friend" requests from total strangers. Now I am connected with these pillars of mixed media art, and the information that they post on Fb. It's sort of surreal to be reading posts from these people, and then look on your bookshelf and see books with their names on them.