wings of the wind

 |  January 25, 2009

wings of the wind
mixed media, 5×7 inches

This journal and the Heart of the Land journal are now both available at You can read more about this panel over at the amanobooks blog

On Friday, book artist Geraldine Newfry stopped by to pick up an encaustic painting that she purchased from me. I had just finished framing it for her. We talked shop and I showed her my studio. Our talk gave me a lot to think about. Thanks Gerri, if you’re reading this!

Then on Saturday I met up again with her and another book artist, Debb of The Forgotten Toy Box, and Francine who does mixed media art. We did a show and tell and chatted about this,that and the other. I think the next time we meet we are supposed to bring something to work on, while chatting about this, that and the other.

What a treat it was to go into Gerri’s studio! It was like going into a dwelling of special secret places with art, art, everywhere. She also is an organization nut and I think she has me beat in the number of labeled bins and drawers. You just have to be that way when you do mixed media, I think. There’s just too much Stuff!

It’s nice to be around other like-minded creative people and I hope to meet with them once a month. It is hard coordinating it at times as my weeks are full with family things. And when I am not doing “famiy things” then I am in my studio painting. I am very possessive of My Time as I don’t get too much of it. But I am also realizing how important community is. Balance.


  1. by Meri Arnett-Kremian on January 25, 2009  3:33 pm Reply

    This knocks me flat! I held my breath when I saw it, and let it escape in a big sigh of recognition. Yes!

  2. by Wild Somerset Child on January 25, 2009  4:21 pm Reply

    I first looked at this new piece on your other blog, Bridgette, and couldn't find anywhere to say it is so so so so BEAUTIFUL, it had me in tears.

    Balance: the hardest thing in the world I believe when you have family and work (earning a living) and yet need that little bit of space and time to follow your own creative spirit. Stay in there, and thankyou yet again for sharing your astonishingly perceptive art. Ann

  3. by tangled sky studio on January 25, 2009  6:03 pm Reply

    wow...this is an amzing piece. the wood showing thru gives it an old time worn feel that makes it comforting to look at...hope all is well.

  4. by Rosemoo on January 26, 2009  8:54 am Reply

    I understand the need for community. Glad you're finding it!

  5. by bridgette on January 26, 2009  3:43 pm Reply

    Thank you Meri, Ann, Beth for your comments. Your responses to this piece...thank you! words escape me at times. :)

    Thanks rosemoo. It's taken me a long time to come to the realization as well as making it happen.

  6. by Shayla on January 27, 2009  9:33 am Reply

    It's such an empowering piece, Bridgette.

    I have a 'wind' quote that's different in mood, but I thought you might like:
    "A wind has wrapped her up in its wings."

  7. by Sylvie Van Hulle on January 27, 2009  2:09 pm Reply

    This is a very lovely work!
    And indeed balance is very important. Me too I have to watch over it, that I don't spend too much time in my studio...

  8. by Tina on January 28, 2009  12:39 am Reply

    Daily I wish for more time. Now that I'm trying to do something creative daily I just can't get enough time.

  9. by Jo Horswill on January 31, 2009  5:43 am Reply

    Hi Bridgette, yes can be a juggling game.
    Community is important, it's high on my can motivate and inspire you and others, to no end.
    Your piece is beautiful (as always) :)

  10. by Tanya Gwen Minnick on February 1, 2009  9:14 pm Reply

    This is so beautiful! I love the birds! must be something in the air as I've been drawing birds lately too- I am working on a canvas that has 3 birds on it too..neat.
    I think finding like minded and creative friends is a must! All that creative energy is sure to spark inspiration! and balance..ah so true- difficult but very much needed.
    Be well

  11. by Genie on February 3, 2009  4:31 am Reply

    lovely work Bridgette.
    looks like Noah is taking after his mum

  12. by Geraldine on February 11, 2009  9:57 am Reply

    hi bridgette!

    i'm reading (although later than you posted). it's good to hear that you enjoyed looking at the studio. it's such a flurry of activity sometimes that it might be called one big messy space!


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