Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Musings on Creativity

Like many creative people I have been making 'stuff' since childhood.  From Halloween costumes to pants to handbags to hooked rugs I made it all. The scrap bag in the closet was my go to place.

So why then has it taken me more than 40 years to realize that 'making' was food for my soul? I am so much happier when I am stitching or painting or writing. And when I consider the times when I wasn't it explains the drab nature of those days. And all this time I thought I was just not cut out to be a mother.

On that note, why not pick up your pencil and jot down the top 3 creative things you would like to work on this weekend? You might want to try a new recipe, or sketch a cardinal at the bird feeder, or doodle. The key is to write it down and then begin.

Yes begin. And that might mean buy the ingredients for that new recipe, or just photograph the birds. Getting started is often the hardest part for many people.

Have a good weekend.
-Live a Simple Creative Life

Saturday, February 4, 2017

New on the Dance Floor

Here is one of my new projects, spread out on my studio floor. I made the stars during a weekend snowstorm several weeks ago. The small nine patches (based on 1.5 inch squares) have been in a shoe box waiting for the right time.

I made more stars and squares at a quilt retreat two weekends ago but still need a few more. This project is entirely scrappy. I will share additional details on making the blocks soon.

Star Studded by Mary Lachman 2017

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Healing Art of Pathology

Thrilled to share the news that 'Mermaid's Tale' was chosen as the cover art for a new book published by the College of American Pathologists titled The Healing Art of Pathology.

This link will allow you to see the cover and order it if you wish.

The Healing Art of Pathology features the artwork of patients and pathologists and celebrates the creative process as a connection for the well-being of mind and body.  Artwork includes painting, prose, poetry and fabric art.

'Pesce Pesce' (below) is also included in the book as well as 'Water Spout'.

Pesce Pesce by Mary Lachman
Copyright 2016

Live a Splendid Creative Life

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Inspiration at Dia Beacon

Dia Beacon is an amazing modern art museum in Beacon, NY that I visited last Saturday.
The sheer size of the massive installations was breath taking. An the unusual display of one-of-a-kind ideas was awe inspiring. 
Here are a few pictures.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flower Power to a Friend

Karen Belsky Loprete died two weeks ago, on August 1st. She was a creative woman with an incredible zest and flair for art. I cannot believe she is gone.

To all who knew her, let us embrace her spirit and joy. Let us sing higher, quilt vividly and stitch with abandon. Rest in peace dear friend.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Shake and Shuffle

New at the Arts Council of New Haven is the exhibit "Shake and Shuffle" which continues through September 8th.

My artworks are there for the remainder of this week so there is still time to stop by.

Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery
70 Audubon Street
Second Floor
New Haven,  CT 06510
Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm