Sunday, July 20, 2008

I'm Moving

Waiting for marching ordersYes, I'm moving. I'm moving my blog to Typepad and I'm also moving, as in moving to a new house. But first things first.

I have switched to Typepad so that I can use their Photo Album feature. I just returned from my 2-week beach vacation and have many images to share, so please hop (or click) on over to Lesley Riley.typepad.com and be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the new blog's feed so you won't miss all the art, wisdom, insight, books, trinkets and family fun I have to share from my most perfect vacation....as well as details about the upcoming move. See ya there!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Studio Relocation

Starting tomorrow, this artist is relocating her studio at the edge of the ocean. Temporarily. It's our annual family vacation and this year we are going to Bethany Beach, Delaware for 2 weeks. Bliss. Rain or shine, I'll be in heaven, surrounded by my 6 children, 5 granddaughters, father, sister, the sons-daughter and brother-in-law, and one serious girlfriend. At peak, when all the guys are in residence (you know, the men have to go back and actually WORK for a while), there will be 18 of us spread over 2 houses. This year I've graduated to the quiet house with the other adults and singles. All the young moms have taken over my usual duties of planning meals, bringing sheets and towels, setting up the house, etc and I think I may actually have time to kick back, think deep thoughts and relax. And I'm not working on a book this summer for a change.

Of course, in my mind, a vacation would not be complete without my art. I will be working on my samples for next years classes. I like working at the beach because the usual distractions of home are not present. Beach or art? Both!

Yesterday, while cleaning out yet another large closet, I chanced upon several buried, unfinished projects. It's always a hard decision whether to keep them intact in the hope of someday finishing them (I know, who am I kidding?) or dismantling them. There was one I easily knew I would not finish and as I unpinned the fabric I started creating Fragments again ~ little piles of fabric that begged for a photo and a quote. It's been about a year since I have created any. I have always considered them to be excellent sketchbook-type exercises in color, proportion, composition. I can't resist the call of fabric. And now I am ready to create my own. I know there will be a struggle to produce what I envision - and at this point I'm not even sure I know what my vision is. But I do know this: the vision will not come to light unless I am actively working to create it.

So kick back, relax, soak up the summer sun (or for you readers Down Under, snuggle up) and enjoy your July. Make this the month to try something new. Mine will start off with a bang...literally, as the fireworks reign overhead tonite.

I love people. I love my family, my children...but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.
~ Pearl S. Buck

Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation if discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy.
~ Jerry Uelsmann

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I Meant to Do My Work Today


I meant to do my work today,
But a little girl came by to play,
And another wee one found her way,
And all the granddaughters were calling me.
And my heart went sighing over the land,
Tossing my art plans to and fro,
And a child held out her shining hand,
So what could I do but laugh and go?

after Richard LeGallienne