SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6

to celebrate the publication of my new book

CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.

Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Finding Focus

Focus. That word. It is so important for any artist, blogger, writer, whoever - to be able to find focus. Focus is so necessary to produce good work. 

That is what I have been trying to do since New Year's. Focus. 

There are so many distractions. Family, kittens, lambs, cooking meals, sick kid, washing dishes, snow, ice, sand and salt. So many things that draw me away from what needs to be done. 

When I have been able to, I've been sitting down alone with piles of books, magazines, post-it notes and my favorite yellow lined pads. I'm writing lists, jotting down ideas, putting stickies on pages with beautiful photos and ideas which might inspire a project. 

Everything seems possible in the New Year, doesn't it? It's a good feeling - thinking towards what is to come, to be made, to be done. I wish you lots of focus as you journey into your New Year too! 

If you have a free 8 minutes, watch this amazing short film about an artist who combines water, paint, photography, plaster and more. Stunning work. Learn more about Kim Keever here

Studio Visit: Kim Keever from Robert Knafo on Vimeo.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's so great! I'm laughing because you stress the ALONE part. It's exactly what I am in search of but is hard to come by with three kids and my goats and animals. Whenever I can sneak some alone time, I'm doing exactly what you are doing: trying to find focus, inspiration, and get my head organized. Good luck to us!

Auntie Shan said...

hmm... "focus"... I dunno, the "colours" all look so much more fuzzy and full when they're OUT of focus.
;-}
#BlameTheSnowBlindness

Hope Julia is feeling better. And, didn't end up "catching" something during your Boston visit..? Anyhoo, *squishy* "Auntie" HUGS to her!
:-D
#MissyMyoptic

Val said...

fascinating video thanks!

LannieK said...

My focus left for... some far away place! Seriously, I am having a terrible time! Thanks for the video :-)