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100 Blogs Today – But Who’s Counting?

October 17, 2011

I take a lot of photographs to look for the elements of design in nature. It is a little game I play and often share with students. Then I look and relook, crop and recrop the pictures on the computer to analyze some of the elements that come to light. I always find so much after the photography itself.

The Blog – A Sense of Community

I started writing the blog in April 2010 and wondered how we would keep it up. It takes about one to 11/2 hours per blog to prepare text and pictures. Lisa, Sabrina and others join in but all in all that’s a lot of hours. Okay, I’m getting a little faster now and every once in a while, it may take 30 minutes. It is a place for students, past and present to inspire others or be inspired themselves. As of today, we have had 14,053 viewers. People can subscribe or just discreetly read it and look at the pictures. It is my hope that it gives a sense of community not just to our past and present students but to anyone with the same common purpose of art and stitch. Drop me a line if you have a comment or a suggestion. Gail

Looking for a Common Purpose

Our Studies Center is situated halfway between Seattle,Washington and Vancouver, B.C. in La Conner, Washington.  It is such a beautiful part of the world and is so inspiring for artists. Many of our courses are ongoing over a 1 to 2 year time period. Students attend 5 day classes anywhere from once to six times or many more times. When students are here, they work in a supportive, friendly, relaxed and inspiring environment. Our students, men and women are wonderful people and they live all over the United States, Canada and even from Great Britain and other parts of Europe. Many tell me that they feel isolated in their home environment, not for a lack of people but for people with a common purpose such as theirs.

Finding Time

Remembering my own Manitoba history, women were often in isolation when they lived even a few miles from other families. I’m speaking of women here because I know more about them than I do of men. Women had to be strong physically and mentally to survive the rigours of Pioneer life. Often just a glimpse of beauty or finding a little time to make something beautiful was enough to keep the spirit going. I believe that the spirit needs to be nurtured especially in today’s world. Finding a little bit of time has a certain ring to it even in today’s society.

A Common Purpose of Art and Stitch

In class we continually talk about our common purpose of art and stitch but how could that be translated to a blog? Like anything when you start, it has a way of telling you, what needs to happen next. And so it did!


15 Comments leave one →
  1. fibreisle permalink
    October 17, 2011 4:16 am

    Congratulations on your milestone! Who’d have thought 100 posts would have come so quickly?

    • October 17, 2011 4:25 am

      Well Lisa, You were the one to help with many of our early blogs and to help us figure it all out. Thank you. Gail

  2. October 17, 2011 4:27 am

    How very exciting! Thanks for being there, and here.. and for being a place we can share and grow and be inspired.

  3. Leslie B. permalink
    October 17, 2011 3:44 pm

    Gail, congratulations on your 100th blog entry.
    I never fail to be inspired by your topics and accompanying photos. Your blog keeps me virtually connected to the studio and helps to re-charge my creative batteries!!

  4. Nancy Piepenbring permalink
    October 17, 2011 4:05 pm

    I love your blog! Every day when I’m in the midst of the details of archival work, I stop for a few minutes and relax, breathing in the inspiration-the appreciation of the beauty in nature and the creative interpretations that come with your guidance. You are a truly gifted teacher Gail. Thanks so much!

  5. Lexa permalink
    October 17, 2011 4:50 pm

    Way to go!! I am thankful that you started and take the time to send out words. It does serve as a thread between where I am and your studio. This is very grounding and keeps the lessons learned real and present. The photos are inspirational.

  6. Penny Peters permalink
    October 17, 2011 5:22 pm

    What lovely reflections and photography. Thank you for sharing them and for including us in your growing community. Penny

  7. October 17, 2011 10:21 pm

    Great job on the blog and your 100th post. I love seeing what other students are working on and what’s going on at the center. I don’t get to come over very often for a class so I love the photos and discussion about what’s going on with you. Thanks!

    • October 17, 2011 10:35 pm

      Thanks Ruth, Good to hear from you. I imagine Montana is looking autumnal as well as Washington. Gail

  8. Barbara Fox permalink
    October 17, 2011 11:53 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th blog post, Gail! It has been my joy and delight to be part of this inspiring and creative community. The photos are beautiful; thanks for posting them.

  9. Susan Paul Sasnett permalink
    October 18, 2011 3:27 am

    Your pictures and words are so inspiring! I always enjoy drinking in the colors and shapes of your photos. Thanks and congratulations for your 100th blog. See you soon. susan

  10. Anne Elrod permalink
    October 18, 2011 4:39 pm

    Hi Gail: I enjoyed reading your blog and thank you for all the updates regarding your new studio and programs. I continually use what I learned in C&G in my design work. Design and color are my passions! I look forward to seeing your new studio and taking a class with you again. Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

  11. Lorraine Ross permalink
    October 18, 2011 5:21 pm

    I love your blog Gail. I always look forward to seeing what has been posted.

  12. Ann Rogers permalink
    October 19, 2011 3:58 am

    100 already? It seems like just awhile ago. Love all the words of wisdom in your blog. The new photos are so inspirational for this time of year. The apples are pretty good too!

  13. Margaret Joseph permalink
    October 20, 2011 2:58 am

    More Congratulations Gail! Reaching 100 is great. The photos are just so inspirational. So on to the 200th!!!
    Thank you. Margaret Joseph

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