hello again

So we finally found a house we liked enough to buy, started the long process of fixing it up, and moved in this past weekend. We don’t have a functional kitchen or master bath, but they are going to look great once they are finished. I’ve had to put my art on hold, but I’ve been spending my creative juices on making our house feel right for us. I had no idea how many decisions we would have to make for every little thing.

My apologies for taking so long to start blogging again. I’ve lost count of how many very long days and nights have gone into becoming a homeowner. I really hope it’s worth it in the long run. I believe it will be, if only because we can finally make the spaces we live in fit us and our lifestyle.

Over the next few posts, I’ll share the bits of art I’ve been able to make and a few thoughts/ideas/photos of how the house is turning out.

I’ll leave you with a question…If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? For myself, I’d love to live alongside a mountain river so I could fall asleep to the sound of water rushing over smooth stones and gurgling in pools.



life gets busy

Good morning!
My husband and I have been house-hunting and visiting family and finding that time flies by when you are so focused on everyday life. It’s hard to find time for art or reflection when you’ve got list after list of houses to go through. True, when you’re in a car for hours while traveling across two states, there’s lots of time to think, but I tend to fall asleep with the rhythm of the tires on the pavement. When I am awake, we’ve talked through all the things we want to have in our first house and finding that we still have a lot of compromise to consider.

I would say that all this precludes art. For instance, Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” thus separating everyday life from art. I certainly feel separated from my studio when I’m on a long-travel trip. And I find it hard to feel inspired after looking at the fiftieth house online. It is far too easy to exhaust yourself with the minutiae of everyday life.


Art has to come from somewhere, right? Why not look for it in the countryside you travel through? I love the marshes in coastal South Carolina. Every trip we make to visit my mom, I say “Hello, marsh!” as we drive over that first bridge. Somewhere in the back of my brain’s art compartment, I’ve stored these images and feelings and can use them in my art. I just need to find a way to express the interminable feel of driving on the interstate to get there. So, inspiration isn’t hard to find even on trips you’ve made often.

I must admit, however, that I’m stuck when it comes to the house-hunting, though. I am exhausted after hours of searching online or a day of touring possibilities. Other than fantasies of castle life or large black pits that suck up all our money, I find it impossible to be inspired.

So, tell me how you find inspiration in your everyday life tasks. And if you have any suggestions for how to pull art out of house-hunting, I would love to hear them.



seeing what’s really there

I remember walking around an art gallery/store with my parents decades ago. And I remember that store specifically because it was the first place I saw work by Brian Andreas. His simple and colorful StoryPeople drew me over to them. I loved the stories and I loved the color and I loved the simplicity of his work. But most of all, I loved how his words painted a whole world of seeing and understanding with the heart. Some folks, at the time, called his work childish or too simplistic, but I knew he spoke to my soul. Two of his books were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and he has an unbelievably large following all around the world. His art hangs on my walls, his books grace my bookshelves, his calendar hangs by my desk, and my most favorite of his stories live in my head to be pulled out again when I need a hug. Since my goal with this blog is to share my art with the world, what better way to start that process than with one of the strongest artistic influences in my life.

So, from his 2013 StoryPeople calendar, from the Secret Bonus Month at the end of the calendar, the one that ends with “It’s wide open from here”, I give you:


I can’t think of better advice for an artist or a human being.



PS: you can explore more of Brian’s work at www.storypeople.com

Artist Trading Cards are a lot of fun!

For our February meeting, the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild (referred to from now on as CMMAG) decided to have an Artist Trading Card swap. What are ATCs? Well, they are small pieces of art on various papers or boards and using any media as long as they fit the size of a trading card. Here’s the Wikipedia info for them.

I worked on a number of card types including bristol and illustration board and acrylic and kraft. I played with new-to-me glues and paints and hole-punching techniques. I used stencils, stamps, stickers and other paper ephemera as well as a bit of bling here and there. I wanted to have enough cards so that everyone at the meeting could have one. Besides which, I really enjoyed the creative play!

Feb ATCs 2 ©Linda Poche2014

However, unusual winter precipitation made travel that night too treacherous and changed our plans. Which means you reap the benefit of getting a first view of my first ever round of ATCs. And I’ll be trading them out at our March meeting. Of course I’m excited to give my art friends a piece of my creativity, but I’m even more excited to get tiny works of art from them. I’ll be displaying those works in my studio as both inspiration and encouragement.

Feb ATCs 1 ©Linda Poche 2014

Next post, I’ll show you a couple of folded book ATCs. What are folded books you ask? Tune in next time and I’ll show you!



back to creating

Okay, I’ve fiddled with settings and read about 50 pages of information on how to set up my blog and make it user friendly. I’m still trying to figure out parts of this, but at least I’m here. Now, I need to get back to the artwork and let the left side of my brain take a break. But if something doesn’t work, or you have suggestions or ideas, please let me know.

While I’m off creating, here’s a piece I made recently for a Secret Santa gift exchange with Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild:

Never Enough Time

Many thanks to Shannon Binkowski for the initial idea of turning an old record into a clock. There are still some kinks to work out in the process, but don’t be surprised if I post more of these in the future.

Now to go forth and create!

Here goes something…

Yay! My first blog post! Or maybe I should be trembling like the cowardly lion in front of the Great and Terrible Oz? Seriously, this is something I should have done a long time ago and I’m both excited and nervous. I’ve got lots to say and lots of art to share. I can’t promise that the looks of this blog won’t change, especially since there’s reams of information to go through to set up a page. But, I can promise to give you a view of the world from a unique perspective. I hope you’ll join me for this adventure.