I have spent the past two afternoons sorting through a couple of boxes of my daughter Lisbeth's cut paper designs. They are so amazing. I have hundreds of them and they are all different. One of my new year's resolutions is to make a new Etsy shop, separate from mine, where we will offer products using Lisbeth's designs. I am at the beginning stages of this project, so almost hesitate to write about it here, but then remember that this blog is all about process! I won't go into great detail yet, but will just say that these images will eventually show up on a variety of products in a multitude of ways!
Looking ahead to the new year, seeking clarity and direction in my creative pursuits. I have so many ideas, and being a true blue ENFP, my challenge is to see these ideas through to completion. I am easily distracted, so I need to choose carefully where I channel my energies, and commit, commit, commit.
(And remember not to give myself away!)
Happy New Year!
We are moving out of the aughts, into the double digits of the 21st century! Wow!!!
Home fires have been burning, indoors and out. Some pics from our Christmas celebration on Miller Mountain in Woolwich this past weekend. Good times! I hope that you are all enjoying the holidays with family and friends! God Bless!
One day last week I was home in Woolwich and did not need to go out for any reason, so I decided to give myself the challenge of making Christmas cards from materials that I had on hand. All my printing and art supplies were at my studio in Portland, so I put on my thinking cap and looked around. I've always loved the image on this vintage Cromwell aluminum tray that I inherited from my Mom, and I figured, ooh, I could make rubbings from that...
I found a stick of graphite in the crayon box, and tucked away in a drawer, I found a stack of Miller's Falls onion skin writing paper that had been my Aunt Carolyn's. Some greens from the back yard pines, a little felt, ribbon and thread, my pinking sheers, hot glue gun, and trusty old singer sewing machine all helped me to pull together these simple, fragrant greeting cards. Oh, and I need to give credit where credit is due: I could not have accomplished this feat without the invaluable support of my feline studio assistants, Jasper and Sal...
I am an artist, an art teacher, a mother of five children, and a grandmother of four, and I live with my husband and our two cats in the woods of Woolwich, Maine. I teach drawing classes through the Continuing Studies Department at Maine College of Art in Portland, and now privately in my new (!) studio @ 72 Front Street, Bath. My blog 'Martha Miller' shares my art, my process, and my inspirations, and my blog 'Not Bad Thing' showcases my daughter Lisbeth's artwork and process. It is also where I share my experience as a mother of an adult child with special needs. You can see more of my artwork on my website @ www.marthamiller.com