Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pintervention

Are you addicted to Pinterest? I found myself spending way too much time there, so last Spring I decided to take a break. I don't pin much anymore, lest I get swept away in a shame spiral comparing myself to other moms. So I had to laugh when my crazy, ahem... I mean creative cousins made this video about staging a Pintervention. Enjoy. And get off Pinterest if it makes you feel bad. As my good friend says, "If it's not fun, don't do it."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Slow Down!

Slow down, you move to fast. You gotta make the morning last! 

This song has been in my head all morning and I just slowed down enough to actually listen to it.
How can we live a mindful life if we never slow down? "Don't just do something, Sit There!!"

If I hadn't slowed down, I might have missed this Giant Leaopard Moth Caterpillar!!
One thing I know I want for my children is for them to know  how to enjoy the moment. I think he's getting the hang of it. (But sometimes I think he's really just teaching me. Children are like that. )
Mr. A, saying Goodnight to the sun as it set behind the mountains.



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Inspired


Last night my husband and I went to some galleries here in Asheville. The River Arts District is a fabulous collection of studios and galleries with a few breweries and restaurants thrown in for good measure. I was so inspired to see new work and artists working in their studios... so much that I finally finished unpacking my own studio and got to work on a new piece!

Big News... for the first time ever, I'm selling an original yoga painting in my shop! This painting has never offered been as a print, though it is reproduced in the yoga 5-pack variety notecards.  It's from the very first year that I started painting them, in 2002. Back then I used the name "elle" to sign my work because I was still developing as an artist and hadn't yet found my voice. It's matted in white and ready to put in an 8x10 frame. Isn't she lovely?
Head on over to my shop and take a look. Wouldn't you love to own an original? 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bluebird Video

Finally!  I have been trying to finish this for months. I started last spring, and then the summer got away from me. Then we found out we were moving, then the move overtook everything and we're just now getting settled.

Then yesterday, I was browsing around the interwebs and found this lovely blog, Falling Ladies, and saw her fun videos. And I thought, "Hey! Whatever happened to that Bluebird Painting video I was working on months ago?!  You know, the one where I took video of the whole process of painting and drawing it?" You've seen the end result:

So I put a few finishing touches on, and here you go.  Almost perfect, except for some audio issues at the end. Oh well... Wabi sabi, my friend. Perfection in Imperfection.  Enjoy!

 Bluebird YouTube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjGxgYt4FHs&feature=plcp

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Instagram Me


I know I'm late to the party, but I just joined Instagram. I was against it for a long time because overuse of filters annoys me. It seems so false and I don't like things that aren't genuine. Plus it lowers appreciation for true photographic skill and technique.

However... I am really working on being less judgmental and accepting things I don't like. It's the Buddhist in me, striving for equanimity.

So I started an account under the name lindsaysatchellart. I don't know how to invite you, yet. But I'm active. Does anyone else use it? Got any tips??

Monday, October 1, 2012

When the Pupa is ready...

Remember this post ? Well, I forgot to tell you the rest of the story! I was so lucky to witness one of nature's most beautiful and amazing transformations. And to share it with Alistair was so much fun. It was pretty adorable when he would wake up and say "Mama, can we go look at the chrysalis?"

So... Mr. Caterpillar was eating like crazy until one day, he kept leaving the plant and ending up in weird places. I kept putting him back on the plant (because I like to interfere with nature, silly human that I am!) not realizing that he was searching for a good place to set up camp. He finally found the right spot and got all set and hung upside down. Then his body started blistering and puffing up. It was insane. This whole process happened within an hour. I kept running back to see what was happening next! Here are a few pics during the process.

Pupa state, blistering, bubbling, finally a chrysalis.
Then he was in his chrysalis for about 9 days. In those nine days, we moved to North Carolina. I checked whether or not a Gulf Fritillary could survive in Asheville, and it looked good. So I packed him up and drove 3 hours to our new home.
Me driving with all my plants and critters. I had a
 chrysalis, 2 caterpillars and a fish in the car with me. 

We were so excited for him to emerge!  On the ninth day, it started to turn a bit dark, and I was afraid he hadn't made it. It was getting colder in the evenings here in the mountains, so I put it in the garage overnight in case he was still alive and needed to stay warm. But I had pretty much given up all hope.

The next morning my husband was in the garage going through boxes when he suddenly yelled, "Lindsay! Get out here right now!!" He had caught the butterfly emerging! It was amazing. It's a slower process that I had expected. Apparently they have to let their wings unfold and dry off before they can fly. It also seemed to me that he needed to get his sea legs.
Just emerged, wings still folded.
Wings stretching out, happy to be free! 
I watched him toddle around on the branches of his passionflower for a bit, then he was gone. Hopefully he found a mate and lived happily ever after! Such a cool process.
The beautiful Gulf Fritillary next to a caterpillar about to undergo his own transformation.
I'm so glad I transplanted that passionflower when I found it growing wild. I had NO IDEA what was in store!! It made me want to sing "The Circle of Life" or something. Maybe get a passionflower and Gulf frit tattoo?? We'll see...