Saturday, January 6, 2018

How to Enjoy a Blizzard

Happy New Year Friends!

To start the New Year off, first a bit about the weather. This is the view out my window.

The beautiful thing about it is I didnot go in to work today. The 53 mile drive on the parkway is simply dangerous. And although I might have done it 10 years ago, times have changed and so have I. Now I don't take as many risks as I once did. The weatherman said 6-9 inches of snow with 40-50 mph winds and I decided to stay home.

This morning I did a little upgrading of my website and this blog. Check it out and tell me what you think. I am always trying to make it easier to read.

Now let me tell you about my knitting.  I am rediscovering my mojo after several months wearing a wrist brace for tendonitis. This is not what one wants when one enjoys knitting as much as I do. The experience made me wonder how would I be creative if I couldn't use of my hands. I will share my projects with you later this weekend.

I spent the day reading the rest of Wolf Kahn's "America", an artist's impressions of the landscape, making chili, and packing off the Shirtail quilt to my longarm quilter in Maine.

In the end we had 14" of snow and a big drift at the garage door. Many thanks go out to my dear husband for snowblowing so I could go to work Friday!

And now on to the weekend!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jane Peterson exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum

On Monday, after work, I drove to the Mattutuck Museum in Waterbury to retrieve my artwork, "Knight and Day" from the #IBelieveInWaterbury exhibit which just ended. The show's curator, Chelsea Garth, was a delight to work with and I hope you have the chance to meet her on day.

The new exhibit in the 2nd floor gallery is impressionist oil, pastel and gouache paintings by Jane Peterson. Below are a few examples of her work. She painted subjects in the United States and abroad, hence the show is titled, Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad.

Live a simple creative life!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Knitting as Meditation

Although friends and family have encouraged me to meditate I have not adopted the traditional practice with any consistency. This is despite acknowledging the benefits for the body and mind, attending a Buddhist meditation retreat (that the DH and I attended at my son's request following his college graduation) and having friends send me 'Calm' app links.

But I do something that is in itself a form of meditation. I knit.  People have knitted for centuries. While nowadays it is often considered a woman's craft, military men throughout history knit socks and hats and sweaters.

One stitch at a time. Remember you don't have to create anything big or serious. And it doesn't have to be perfect. Stitch by stitch. One at a time.

Five favorite times to knit:

  • as a passenger on a long road trip
  • rainy day (with or without a glowing fireplace)
  • watching Netflix series
  • sitting with someone in a nursing home or hospital
  • waiting for anything
Live a simple creative life

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pots and the Wheel

This summer the DH and I signed up for our first ceramics class at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown. It was a mixed level class and we required a lot more assistance learning to center on the wheel than others.

The DH hard a work 
Ready to fire

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mary Lachman @ Arts Center East and Mattatuck Museum

Let me be honest. This never happens, or at least it has never happened before. My artwork is juried into two juried shows, both of which have opening receptions on the same day but on opposite sides of the state.  Up until yesterday I thought I wouldn't make it to either one because I had plans to be in Florida but, then Hurricane Irma became a Category 5 hurricane and reservations will need to be cancelled. So....I am going to try to make it to both receptions! I hope you can join me.

"Water Spout" (on right above) will be at the Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) show at Arts Center East in Vernon,  September 1-29 (juror Nance Stula, Executive Director, The Benton, CT State Art Museum).

Arts Center East
709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT 06066
Opening Reception - Sunday, September 10th 2:00-4:00 p.m.

"Knight and Day" is debuting in the #IBelieveInWaterbury show at the Mattutuck Museum in Watebury, CT, September 10-December 3, 2017

Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Opening Reception - Sunday, September 10th  1:00-3:00 p.m., free and open to the public

Live a simple creative life

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fabric Collage - Shoreline Quilters

Eight amazing women from the Shoreline Quilt Guild joined me last month for a fabric collage workshop in Branford.  Below are some photos from the day.
Getting started

Works in progress

Clever triangulations

A spiral becomes a heart

This one reminds me of seagrass and ocean water

A bird on the wing

One amazing group of women - thank you!

Live a simple creative life

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mary Lachman... is excited about the CT Women Artist Show

'Water Spout' (on the right in the image below) was juried into the CT Women Artists show (CAW) at Arts Center East in Vernon, CT. I am thrilled and grateful to have my artwork included in this all media show!

Artsist reception: September 10th
Arts Center East
709 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT 06066

Juror: Nancy Stula, Executive Director of The Benton, CT State Museum