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    Friday
    Jul262013

    My new superhero friend: Jane the very un-plain

    This is Jane the very un-plain. She has recently come into my life, showing up in my sketch book and taking me on all sorts of adventures of the heart. Jane often appears out of no where with her heeled boots and impeccably tailored frocks to work her magic. She is part super hero part Beatrix Potter, a simple girl with a cape who is set on beholding the world lovingly. She's not one to fly down out of the sky with shinny tights and fireworks, she just seems to be present whenever she is needed. Her power is in her uncanny ability to infuse every situation, dilemma, conundrum with a kind of heart-full beholding that seems to warp time and shift things to the benefit of all. Then off she goes, back to her cottage in the woods to make tea and have a biscuit of two. I'm thrilled that she decided to befriend me and I hope you will come along and join us for her next adventures. 

    cheers,

    Jani and Jane

    Saturday
    May282011

    a table and some hanging lamps...

     

    hello everybody,

    I thought I'd post a drawing I did. Here, in my imagination I have a great big farm table and an amazingly beautiful and plentiferous garden that offers up some fabulous blooms to be arranged in fabulous containers on this fabulous farm table...and of course there would be an eclectic and delightful collection of hanging lamps hanging from the rafters creating an atmosphere of celebration and beauty...and it seems only fair to invite some people over for some good food and put on some good tunes and dance around the flower bouquets on the big farm table which is now laden with food and plates and napkins...and the sun would eventually go down and the lamps would cast a wonderful spell on the darkness and people would find themselves quite happy and content and they would return home refreshed and satisfied and happy that they'd stopped by to say hello. 

     

    three cheers to the creative spirits, farm tables, and flowers,

    Jani 

     

     

    Wednesday
    Apr132011

    home

    Hello,

    I am thinking about home, not in a 'so where did you grow up kind of way' but in a 'this is the place I can't wait to come back to everyday, the place that I love and that loves me kind of way'. So here are some words about what that home might feel like.

    Home...dear place of mine...the place I sleep, sing, eat, talk, sit, love, laugh, sob, listen.........the place that holds me in a local space....the place that can at any moment disappear, burn or crumble to the ground...the place that inspires me to create....the place that I want to be with, that I want to love and care for and make beautiful...the place that cares for me...this is home...a silly space, full of wonder...reflecting my insides...rooted to the earth...gorgeous and ever changing...needing paint, or a new fixture...creeking and sqeeking under the feet of family and friends....holding parties and dinners and conversations...embracing and enclosing...inviting in and keeping out...standing with grace and warmth...my place, our space, no where, beautiful here...home home home...yes yes yes...

     

    hope you are all well,

    Jani

     

     

     

    Monday
    Apr112011

    daily life...

    Hello daily life...

    wake up...hello sun...drink water...make tea...run...shower......fill in the blank...

    cheers,

    Jani

    Monday
    Apr042011

    finding inspiration on a Sunday...

     

     

    Hello lovely people,

    So I'm reading the Sunday paper and run across an article about Bill Cunningham. Being a West Coast gal I am meeting him for the first time. He's a New York Times photographer, who has been shooting fashion on the streets of New York for close to 50 years.  This article talks about a film, opening soon, that documents Bill biking the streets with his camera, doing his thing. I find the trailer online and I'm astonished. I am listening to him speak about the fashion he see's on the street and on the catwalk and there is an infectious curiosty about him. His commentary has such joy, and enthusiasm and humor about it. It's like he just can't wait to see what he'll find, what people will put together, or what designers will create. No talk about do's and don'ts, or polarizing commentas about this trend or that. Witnessing him witness fashion on the street is like experiencing a genuine 'Wow'.

    I'm writing about this because I am so moved by this man and how he lives. I find myself wanting to be in the world in this way. So badly it kind of hurts. To feel such love for what I am doing that it literally feeds me, that I can't wait to get up every day and see what it has to show me...this is the kind of relationship I want with my work. Maybe I experienced some of this when I fell in love with the house on Rose St. or when I fell in love with my sweetheart for that matter. The house and it's beautiful little yard inspired me in a big way, and still does. It belongs to someone else now, but I still feel it's pull on me like the moon's gravity.

    Thank you Bill Cunningham for unapologetically being who you are every day, and to Richard Press for directed the film about him. Wow!

     

    cheers,

    Jani