Their Message: Not Enough Cardboard!

We stopped off in Seattle, on our way to Eric’s Tidal Twinings’ workshop in Oregon. There, we came across some ‘Occupy Protestors.’ Of course, like most everyone else, we saw the protests occurring across the country, on the news. And how nobody precisely knew what they were protesting. Since we were at a protest in person, we decided to read all the signs for ourselves, and figure out what their whole movement message was. I came across this lovely gentleman whose sign, I feel, probably sums it up perfectly!

(Sorry for the quality. It was taken with my cell phone. If you cannot read his sign, it says: “I’m Pissed At Everything… Not Enough Cardboard!)

Shout out to Tony!

I’m dedicating today’s post to Tony Stubblefield of Jaskets. For well over a year (maybe more) I suggested that Eric (he will say I ‘nagged’ him) get a Facebook account and start updating people on his workshops and what he’s been up to. If you know Eric, then you know he is somewhat private and the last thing he wants to do is talk about himself! A good trait. However, when you work for yourself, you have to sell yourself. I could not convince him.

However, last May, Eric and I were at Tony’s in St. Louis for a workshop. Throughout the day, Tony was uploading pics to Facebook and then reading out loud responses from his many friends. I believe Eric made a comment about how cool that was and then Tony said “You should get on Facebook.” Shortly after, Eric walked over to me and said “Lynne, we should open a facebook account.” I could not believe it! Especially since he acted like he had an epiphany and it was not of my doing. When we got home, I happily got him online. And within a few months he had over 200 friends. I think I had 30 friends and I’ve had my account for a couple years!

So Tony, all I can say is you’ve created a monster! He reminds me often how many ‘friends’ he has!

*You can find Tony at his blog: http://jaskets.blogspot.com

Back to work.

Another thing I miss while traveling with Eric is that I’m not home to paint. On many occasions an idea sparked (usually in the middle of the night) and I wanted to run to my easel — but I was hundreds of miles away held up in a hotel room. A couple years ago, I lost my desire to paint so when I get the motivation, it’s important to jump on it before it fades. I do not want to experience another creative block like that again (that experience is a long, frustrating story in itself). What has helped me stay enthusiastic is having about 5 paintings going on at once. This is one of them, a small painting, I had to leave in the middle of for basket workshops in New Jersey and Georgia. Doesn’t visually say anything yet since only the background layers are in. Need to work on the little details next. I have about a few more hours left. I am looking forward to finishing it. When I’m done, I’ll post the photo of the scene I took out West for the inspiration.