Monday, October 5, 2015

Mary Beth's Monday Musings...October 2015 Edition

Do you ever feel like you are a small rodent on a wheel? 
Yep, that has been me as this year whirls by at an ever increasing speed......I imagine a fluffy Mary Beth guinea pig running ever and ever faster until............stop! 
Yes, let's take a break, shall we?
I stepped back from teaching gigs this year in order to be more involved with our growing company. StencilGirl is a real deal, to the point I need to manage things (aaaack, perish the thought, I'm not a manager, I'm an artist!). I find that my days are filled with a variety of activities, some which are freeform brainstorming things (yay, I am good at that stuff) some that are mind numbing computer things (boo hiss, I whine the whole time). It all must be done. There are days when making my art seems more remote than ever. 
Have you been like that too? 
It is easy to become derailed from your calling.  
Thus, perfect timing for Life Book 2016. Today is the sign up. This is a great opportunity for students and teachers alike; we all need more contemplative time. Life Book will offer that. There is a very thoughtful lineup of people and topics planned; this is going to be good. I would sign up even if I weren't part of it. Yeah, it's that good. 
It's the first time I've been involved in one of these year-long classes and I am jazzed beyond belief (honored really). You can find out lots of details here. I am looking forward to it and hope to see you all there. 
You know how I see stencils everywhere?
Ahem. Yes, I realize it might be an illness. Here are two pics I took recently. 
Paper, I think?
Wine crate
And finally, in the words of Mary Oliver, 
"Tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?" 
I'm going to go make some art. 
How about you?
Tell me in the comment section below.


  1. I plan to sign up hopefully there will be spots left. So that is my intent for 2016, better art. Love your stencils . Funny about seeing stencils everywhere. I was stopped at an intersection and the white painted part had cracked. The cracks were blackened and I thought the design would make a great stencil. I have to go back and get a picture.

  2. I am going to make some art too! And explore every art supply I have to the fullest! And hopefully convince MaryBeth to make a stencil I've envisioned for a couple of years now! And LifeBook 2016 - LifeBook is awesome sauce for artists!


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