on the needles

Posted on Jan 21, 2018 | No Comments

my family was here for the holidays and that was really special – comfort food, hugs and sweet conversation.

at the same time we were reminded how intensely precious life is. there are times when things seem to make no sense. when then happens for me i retreat into quiet. i stepped away from social media. not by choice, but because i had no words, and all the fun, beauty and sharing seemed superficial. i took some time and kept my world small. while i was tending to my aching heart, a dear friend posted a box – a hug from away, and the love and light i needed.

one of the treasures was tide pool – a silk / merino blend by the dye project. i mean if you’ve seen my oil pastels, you’ll understand how perfect this yarn was for me. i knew i wanted to knit it up right away. i decided on a very basic cowl – cozy and close.

every time i wear it i’m wrapped in her friendship and support. don’t you love when those positive associations happen? and those colors… she totally gets me!

i’ve been sketching daily. some charcoal in what i’m calling sketchbook365. i continue to do some color work in oil pastels, though i haven’t updated yet. i still hope to list things a few things for sale, but haven’t figured the best venue for that – website or other site.  that’s when having the girls here was a plus. they could so easily manage these things and i didn’t need to give it a thought. suppose i should learn.

there are a few other things on and off the needles.

a few years ago i began knitting some baby items to set aside for next generation family-babies. i keep adding to it, and think that maybe one day they will be passed along to grand-babies, or my nieces little ones. hats, booties, mittens, and tiny sweaters.

this baby bonnet pattern can be found here.   i think i read the book is no longer printed. i plan to make a few more. i used malabrigo, and love how soft and squishy it is. ps. it still needs a button.

and finally, i’ve jumped into using our own wool for this project.

it’s chunky and soft and just right for feeling wrapped up and cozy. great for maine winters. but once i got going i realized i like the back side better than the front, so i plan on wearing it that way! also, there are still bits of straw and twiggy things in it, and that makes me smile.

easy to knit – just a bit bulky to take with me, so it’s been my wood stove companion.

i’m also participating in a secret valentine swap. i’m trying something new with wool and will post my finished surprise after 14 february.

keeping art and handwork a priority when i’m not working seems to be what i need right now. cheers friends xo

sketchbook 365

Posted on Jan 6, 2018 | No Comments

quick notes, shapes and sketches. one a day. sketchbook 365.

finding a balance between work and art.

posted @slbrundage_art

one word: create

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 | No Comments

a new year – a new word.

nope. i’m going to stay with last year’s.

i’m not done. rather, i’m just getting started. with support from friends near and far, i’ve learned and listened.  pretty excited to see what’s next.


pastel work

Posted on Oct 20, 2017 | No Comments

so i’ve been working on moving the outside studio space indoors – to a brand new space. that requires some priming, painting, and floor work. i’m looking forward to its completion in a few weeks. in the meantime, i’ve got paints and work in multiple places. not the most convenient, but i am putting some things to paper – or, board! most are small and may be added to a site for sale sometime next month. watch for updates.

this weekend i am donating a larger piece to a company silent auction to benefit maineshare. its an oil pastel measuring 16 x 16″.

our weather has been beautiful this month. i’ve taken a little time by the water. but this weekend i’m heading out to do some exploring in the city! bonus: i’ll see one of my girls! check my instagram for updates! have a great weekend, friends. xo

gift knitting – ’tis the season

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 | No Comments

i’m filling small pockets of time with knitting. gift knitting.

mittens are still on the needles, along with fingerless mitts. but, then there is gift / holiday knitting – things i won’t be able to show for a while.

and more making.

i will forever be a fan of lopi and have a design in mind for some punch needle.

the sewing machine(s) are stored while renovations continue, so yarn work it is!

What are you working on?

the weekend is here

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 | No Comments

what are your plans? i’m working tomorrow – local town lobsterfest.  but, i’m going to keep sunday open for some art time by the water. this will be the third week in a row. i explore some ideas, usually with oil pastels, and then use them as inspiration during the work week.

rocks seem to be a theme, plus the colorful seaweed floating around them – moving, lazily waving back and forth as the tide changes. there’s a rhythmic peace, and i neglect to notice the passage of time. i ran a bit over last week. a bad thing? not sure!

there will also be knitting. i continue to work on a pair or two of mittens each month, but lately i’ve been whipping up some hats for kids. have a great weekend! xo

detail. tide 8.11.17 • oil pastel

everyday oil pastel

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 | No Comments

oil pastels, tortillions, stumps and a palette knife. i can’t seem to move away from these four things right now.

lots of small sketches on paper. after a daily 4″ x 4″ paint exercise each day for 100 days straight, i find i still practice daily. i said i wanted to get away from small images, but find i keep going back to them. most recently this practice has given me ideas of some larger images i want to create.

more to come…

Week Twenty-one

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 | No Comments
it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.   e.e. cummings


Week Twenty

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 | No Comments
it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.   e.e. cummings


holding some of my dearest people in my heart. in the quiet i say their names.

in the quiet i move paint around, my hands work yarn together, and there is comfort in the repetition. hold fast, friends.


Week Nineteen

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 | No Comments
it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.   e.e. cummings



cre•ate : to bring into existence

create more;
create for me.
create to share.

word • 2017