Saturday, November 2, 2019

Checking in...


Hi there! I just wanted to drop in and say that I'm still here. Working full-time really has not allowed me much time for blogging and even my art! However, we've done some traveling since I last wrote. During the summer we went to Germany and a couple of weeks ago to Washington, DC (that's where this photo was taken).
I'm going to get my photos organized and post them soon. Especially those from Germany - we visited some new and beautiful places!

For now, I've committed to getting my studio set up to make more art. I've been at my job now for a year and LOVE it! I've also become familiar with it enough to free up mental space to get back to my art. Luckily I work in an art and design university, which has me surrounded by art and creativity all day long. Still, I miss my own art!

I hope you have all been doing well!

Silke

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Big Changes

Friends, I have not blogged in soooo long. The reason is that I started working full-time again. A position opened up at the same art school (Savannah College of Art and Design), where Daniel teaches and it sounded too perfect for me to not go for it. I'm now an academic adviser for graduate students and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute so far.
Poster-sized color pencil drawing for Norm's, a restaurant  in Yakima, WA. 
I work with a fantastic team of women, am surrounded by art and get to work with students, administrators and professors. I feel like I'm completely in my element!
24 x 30 inch painting, commissioned by a client in France
At the same time when I started working last fall, I had a solo exhibit for which I created some bigger piece of art. It was a very busy time!

The bear painting is older, but I changed it some for the exhibit and like it much better now.  During the opening, I sold quite a few pieces, so I created these three to take their place.

During the months of November and December, Daniel and I had three deaths in the family, all in our generation, which was very hard on both of us and our families. Two of them had been seriously ill for a short period of time and the third death was completely unexpected. It derailed both of us for some time, always waiting for more bad news, but the arrival of spring with it's new growth has helped put life in perspective again.
Because of all of this change, I haven't spent a lot of time in my studio, nor have I blogged at all. I've thought about deleting my blog, but somehow that doesn't feel right at all. So, I'll just go with the flow and see where life, my art and my connection to you takes me.

I hope you are all doing well, my friends!

With love and gratitude,

Silke

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

May and June

It's been so long since I last wrote that I thought I'd break things up into months to let you know what we've been up to!
May was all about the end of the school year for Daniel and me working on commissions, some of which I can't show yet. 
However, Lola growing up was a big part of our summer. We all graduated from puppy school (and by now have forgotten much of what we learned). Lola is such a good dog - she loves to play with her toys, she doesn't chew on anything she isn't supposed to and she is the snuggliest dog we've ever had.
By now, she and Winslow are best buddies and love to hang out together. We have to make sure she doesn't get too wild with old Winslow, but other than that they get along wonderfully!
Other than that, May was all about the garden being at its most beautiful! 






Our fruit trees were coming along nicely as well. The kumquat tree has been blooming all summer and is full of fruit that will be ripe in the winter. 
Our quince tree, which had two quince last year, is full of slowly ripening fruit. We are looking forward to the winter when we can hopefully make a good bit of quince jam.
Which brings me to our fig tree and the month of June. 
In June, the figs started to ripen and we picked several pounds of figs every day, which had to be processed immediately. Luckily, they don't all get ripe at once!

We dried many pounds of them and made jam to last all year. My favorite jam from this batch was with added orange blossom water. So good! The dried figs we use in Muesli and a rye sourdough bread I make that is amazing!
We also gave many figs to friends and I baked a few of these gorgeous fig frangipani tarts. By the end of the month - and about 90 pounds of figs later - we were glad it would be a whole year before the next harvest!
And of course, there has to be some art in my post. These were two commissioned paintings I finished and sent off to France at the end of June.
I'm working on one more large one for this client, which should be done in the next few days. 
I hope you have all been well this summer and have enjoyed a slower pace, the joys of longer days and maybe a vacation. I visited Germany in July and will tell you all about that in my next post!


Silke

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Life keeps on moving...

I'm not sure anyone even looks at my blog anymore - it's been so neglected! I was going to post all the photos from the cruise, but it seems so long ago. Life just keeps on moving at great speed, doesn't it?

In the meantime, I finished another dog portrait using watercolor pencils, colored pencils and soft pastels. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out!
Lola keeps growing at warp speed. Just six weeks ago she was still a tiny puppy.
Now she's at least twice the size and is starting to lose her very sharp puppy teeth, which we are grateful for! 
Also, my sister, her husband and their two fantastic boys (12 and 13 years old) came to visit during their spring break. We had so much fun together and it was wonderful to spend so much quality time with all of them. When we visit them in Germany, our time is always so limited because we are trying to see everyone, so when they visit here it's quite different!
It's been a strange spring - much cooler than normal, which we are grateful for. The cats (peabody in this picture) are happy though that its finally warming up some. They love to just lounge around in the garden.
So now that taxes are behind me and my time is my own again, I am hoping to spend much more time in my studio again (if Lola lets me...). I have several commissioned paintings and drawings to work on and hope to show you progress as I go along. I hope you are all doing well!! 


Silke

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cruise 2017 - San Juan, Puerto Rico (Part 1)

We have so many photos from San Juan that I'm showing them in two blog posts. Our arrival started with a cloudy and very windy morning. It looked like we might have to take the umbrellas.
Can you see me by the railing? I was holding on because the wind was unreal. 
As we got closer, the weather improved and we were eager to get a good look at San Juan. 
It had been hit so hard by Hurricane Maria (who also hit us as a strong tropical storm) that it devastated parts of the island. And they still haven't fully recovered.
However, San Juan was ready for tourists again, which is great for the revenue of the island. 

A view of the beautiful fort El Morro. 

Once off the ship, we just walked around town and took in the sights. 
There were places we could see some of the effects of the hurricane, but in general the town was as  beautiful as I remember it from last time!




Another big cruise ship that was in town that day. I think there were three altogether. 




Finally it was time for a libation and for cooling down in the beautiful Convento, an old convent turned into a gorgeous hotel. 
After this, we wandered some more and had lunch in a local restaurant. Daniel then went on to explore El Morro and I went back to the ship with the rest of our party. I don't do well with heat and humidity, so often Daniel explores more then I do. I'll show the photos he took in my next post! 

Silke