Winter Newsletter 2022 – The Mother of Ideas

Pocket XX: Reflection of Clouds – 25.5” x 35.5” x 3.75”, 2022, $2,500
Rhyolitic tuff; malachite and azurite crystals, botryoidal calcite, azurite crystal

In The Studio

Out of the thousands of thoughts we have every day, apparently 90% are repeated over and over. They are usually mundane nagging thoughts like, “call the insurance company,” or “change the furnace filter.” David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, would say you need a place for those things to clear out your head.  Hence, the never ending To-Do List ;-).  There are also conversations loops that go around and around in our heads, “Why did I say that?”…

But every so often, a brand new exciting idea pops into your head! In my case, it is usually a picture of a new piece of art, not necessarily fully formed, but a snippet.  “Hmmm, what if I cut stone padlock shackles to bridge a channel?” or, “Oooh, I could turn those pyrite concretions on their sides to change the texture.” That’s when I pull out a scrap of paper and make a quick sketch.  Scraps of paper an art piece do not make, but they are the start of an incubation period.

I often wonder where these ideas come from.  Writer Elizabeth Gilbert believes they are floating around in the ethers looking for their “mother”, i.e., someone who will make them manifest.  I have mothered hundreds of ideas over the years, but many of them have gotten neglected or even lost. (Please do not call Idea Protection Services and have me arrested!)  The challenge is dealing with the 5 or 10 new ideas I get daily, or even worse, dealing with the scraps of paper 😉

Wherever these thoughts come from, I am inundated with them.  My idea wave starts first thing in the morning. Apparently my subconscious has been in high gear all night.  Thomas Edison said, he too, received most of his best ideas following a good night’s sleep.  He intentionally went after new ideas in his sleep and recommended, “Never going to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”

Every morning, if I’m not careful, I could be chasing down a new idea when there are half-finished projects waiting for me in the studio! “These quartz and apophylite specimens will be a perfect complement to that print stone slab. Just let me lay it out on that table and have a look.” Luckily I have only sooo many tables – ha!

While I am intrigued with where these ideas come from, I realize my main goal is to figure out what to do with them. Textile artist, Lois Ericson, knowingly said, “Use your best ideas and best material first!” While I admit I have hoarded some materials over the years ;-), I am now intentionally opening my cabinets and letting them see the light of day.  My new pocket (above) with amazing malachite/azurite crystals from the Savannakhet Province of Laos is on a rare slab of rhyolitic tuff that measures 26 x 36 inches. I have another even larger sandstone slice that will be seeing the light of day, soon. Just need to find that scrap of paper…

Cleavage IV: On the Shoulders of Giants – 10.5” x 10.5” x 1.5”, 2022, $1,500
Banded iron, slate, onyx, silver cabochons

Pocket XIX: Vitreous Varnish – 7” x 16” x 2”, 2021, $1,000
Liesegang banded (Kanab) sandstone; epidote

In The “Field”
These last few months we did not get out in the field, but I did get out of town for a very special event.  My son invited me to the Marine Corps Ball in Baltimore. It was an honor to be with him, his fiancé, and to meet such a dedicated group of Marines.

Susan with her son and his fiancé at the Marine Corps Ball

In Tucson – Two Venues
Next week we will be at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and exhibiting work at two venues.  I will be in and out of Tucson from January 30th until Feb 7th. Call me if you want to see something in particular. The reception at the private trunk show with be a Swashbuckling Affair with catered food, drink, and live music. We are hoping you come and enjoy the party!!

Private Trunk Show
7501 N. Ellison Dr.
February 4th – February 6th
Reception: Friday Feb 4th, 5pm to 8pm
Show:   Friday Feb 4th, 10am – 5pm
Saturday Feb 5th, 10am – 6pm
Sunday Feb 6th, 10am – 3pm

Anna’s Rock Shop
1820 Oracle Show
1825 N. 11th Ave., Unit 13
Monday Feb 7th – Sunday February 13th
10am – 5pm

Flower Vignette I – 12” x 8.5” x 1.5”, 2022, $750               Drusy Diamond – 15.75” x 9.75” x 1.75”, 2022, $1,100

Marble, spider web rhodonite, anyolite, rhodonite sphere     Gabbro, anyolite, quartz drusy, amethyst drusy

All the best,

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