Monday, October 26, 2009

my dream is in the post...

Mondays after my medications are always tricky so Ken mailed my entry into the juried FAVA exhibit for May of 2010. I will have to wait until November to see what will be is in the hands of the juror and installation committee now but I would truly love to make it to this somewhat prestigious celebration of fiber arts. This biennial exhibit runs the years when Quilt National is in the traveling phase so I will let you know later if the Higher beings are pleased with my art marks. I do feel the joy rising in my spirit as I await the final outcome.

Several of you have now admitted you love to dance around to loud vibrant music with only your loyal pets to testify against you and our secret is safe with the universe. It is not really an official workout session... Jane Fonda had to start somewhere... but dancing and housework do tend to burn up some of tummy. At least this is the lie I tell myself. The Black Eyed Peas are so inspirational in so many ways and the vitality they give their audience is a gift that keeps on giving!

Paul Klee once said...I think it was Paul Klee, "Despite it smallness, a seed is an energy center charged to the highest degree...each seed is a spin off of s certain species and a talisman for the regeneration of that species." My art process begins with a small seed of ideas and inspiration and the time I take to process is a journey that I choose to share with others. One work goes out the door and then I realize my work continues here at home. My blog shares intimate thoughts and loves in my life and I do attempt to keep it simple . I have learned from other generous artists how to do somethings but to be honest their digital prowess is superior to what you read when you arrive here. I thank you all for your kindness and support with both public and private email comments. I want to only be on the computer for an hour so I can find the time and energy needed to be an artist and a grandmother. We all have to have our priorities . I love the word "talisman" to describe what happens when the work becomes visible to myself and my patrons. The exhibit next May is keeping me on track and hopefully in focus; then when I am asked what do I do now it is so hard to express my satisfaction when it does not bring in financial support to my family. This is the first year that I have not worked outside the home since I was thirteen and yes many times there is a "no can this be work? attitudes?" that shake a person's self confidence. Making Art is a way for me to leave a prayful legacy to my children and the little seeds blooming in my heart as I speak. Our children amaze me with their dedication and hard work they daily nurture their little children each day. I am often reminded that the times are a changing ...Thank you Dylan... and in many ways it is very difficult to balance the tugs and pulls on a young family's heart and energies. I am here when you might need me but always know you are so loved!!!

Next week I am heading to Mom Stewart's 89th birthday celebration in Marion. She still amazes me and has set the bar high for all her beloved children and the many, many, many, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I will listen closely to her words and witness her dedication and prayerful life she has modeled for us all in our lives. Nine children and too many children to know the actual number up to date. She will be circled in love and admiration for the memorable hours shared with her pride and joy...her beloved family.

I need to get back to work now. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. Mary Helen, just out of curiosity, the Stewarts in Marion; did they have any kin in Kokomo or Galveston?
    My mother's maiden name was Stewart....that exact spelling.
    Just curious.
    And you are soooo smart to limit computer time.
    I often think my blog *is* my art (especially with the way this year is going)and sometimes the fact that the line is blurred is okay.
    Odd, but okay.
    Be well!!! :)


  2. I will keep my fingers crossed for your entry.
    I am so grateful that you have an hour to spend on your computer. We, who read your blog, are grateful.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and becomming a follower.
    89 what she has lived through. So much history. Have a joyous time. :)Bea

  3. Hurrah, can't wait to see it in person. Fabulous pictures, by the way, and I especially love the one of you and Ken. It really captures your spirit, the lovely, kind, gentle spirit you share with us in this post. Love hearing about your process, too. Makes me realize I am not alone in the world. Thank you.