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The Apiary Studio

Explorations & Inspirations | Emily Utz

I realize things have been quiet here at The Apiary Studio tumblr.  I’ve been a busy bee, but am working on an art journal that I don’t want to share with the world.  I have been, from time to time, collecting inspirations over at my other tumblr, Emily’s Reblog, where I don’t post original content, just amass the wonderful images floating around out there.

I been crafty.

I been crafty.

#365grateful for friends who play with my son while I have a coffee date with my journal!

#365grateful for friends who play with my son while I have a coffee date with my journal!

All you have to do is say “yes.” Don’t make some big project out of it. Don’t make some big deal out of it. Just say “yes.” You don’t even know what it means to say “yes,” but you say it anyway. You’ll never know what it means to say “yes,” but you do it anyway. Freedom and Love arise when you die into the unknown mystery of being.

—Adyashanti (via ashramof1)

(via wordhaven)

#365grateful for a weekend of playtime with Odin, born 1 week after N!

#365grateful for a weekend of playtime with Odin, born 1 week after N!

#365grateful for Nathaniel’s feet.

#365grateful for Nathaniel’s feet.

Oh my god.

Oh my god.

(Source: sonrisadeungramo, via wordhaven)

#365grateful for this man who makes me breakfast while I get a few more sweet minutes in bed.

#365grateful for this man who makes me breakfast while I get a few more sweet minutes in bed.

Kuba cloth patterns.  I have been utterly taken by these since I first encountered them in an outdoor market in Nairobi.  I went through the somewhat painful process of haggling in order to take one home.  I never know what to do with the one I have - it’s roughly 6’ x 2’, but I sometimes can’t stop thinking about it, the shapes have such power in them.

tar-feathers:

Hannah Lamb - postcards from Saltaire


I love these.  Love the word “cyanotype,” too.

tar-feathers:

Hannah Lamb - postcards from Saltaire

I love these. Love the word “cyanotype,” too.

(Source: plumes-feathers, via thepoetryofmaterialthings)

Working on a new series: Being Seen.  These are inspirations from my friend Jamie Emerick.

Distant relations.  (Estelle Thompson & Cy Twombly).

Oh, Estelle.  How did you know?

And suddenly, I was on to watercolor …

These inspirations are the work of Sean Scully.  Bless his overcast Irish heart.

The first two are by contemporary British artist Anish Kapoor. They stopped my mind when I came across them on the De Young museum’s website. The third photo is of an exercise I did in Joan’s class a year ago or more: we were instructed to draw a single shape - any shape - onto a large piece of canvas hung on the wall. Once the line was irrevocably committed to the space, we were told to re-draw over it non-stop for 30 minutes.

Something happened to my mind and my hand-arm-body in that relaxing, repetitive vortex. I’m not sure I can say what, especially with just the memory to go on, but it was instantly triggered again by the appearance of Kapoor’s drawings on my screen last night. Whatever it is lives in me now, forever, and is also apparently part of the shared experience of many fellow humans across time and space.

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