Wednesday, December 29, 2010

koru #9

word spiral

Word spiral created using's free online text layout tool.

koru #8 and 8.5


Sometimes something that seems like a good idea in your head just doesn't translate to the plate. Luckily, it tasted good.

Berkeley Farms whipped light cream atop Namaste Foods gluten-free spice cake from mix (taken December 28, 2010 at 9:11 p.m.).

Still, I wasn't really happy with the way it turned out, so I decided to try out another idea.

Red and black Hanson lumber crayon on bathroom mirror (taken December 28, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.).

koru #7


Green Pentel R.S.V.P., Medium point on hand. Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS using macro setting (taken December 27, 2010 at 5:27 p.m.), shot number 9 of 9.

And because the progression was fun:

koru #6


Free Country Athletix Series jacket (size medium) twisted into koru spiral. Photographed in a chair at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Sebastopol, CA. Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS (taken December 26, 2010 at 10:37 a.m.).

I came up with the spiral idea after trying other koru shapes.

koru #5

misty morning tree fern

cyathia cooperii, Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, through window using flash (taken December 25, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.). And no, it wasn't misty at all, but I love the way the window flash makes it look all foggy.

koru #4

front yard fern

Unknown fern, Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, using macro setting and flash (taken December 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm).

catching up

Between my sudden apartment move and the holidays, I managed to miss only four days. The rest are neatly recorded inside my camera. Expect an influx soon.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

behind in posting but not making/taking

Thanks to a flood in my apartment Saturday evening, I am behind in posting my daily korus, but I'm still up to date on the challenge. It may take a few days for me to get everything online, but hope to be caught up again soon.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

koru #3

dicksonia antarctica

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, using macro setting and flash.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

koru #2

koru haiku

clenched tight as a fist
a new, green frond trembles
dreaming of water

Friday, December 17, 2010

koru #1


Zebra F-301 fine-line black ballpoint pen on Moleskine lined paper.

And so it begins...

I have been thinking about the 365: Make Something Every Day project ever since I saw it come up on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. I love a good project. Especially one that helps get my stagnant creativity moving again.

Now, I'm not much of an artist. I'm a writer by trade. But that just felt like all the more reason to try and exercise a different part of my brain -- and body actually, as art, even more than writing, is a physical act. All I had to do was figure out what I wanted to commit the next 365 days to. A medium like photography or quilting? A topic like sustainability or love? A theme like skulls or clouds? I even made idea lists because that's the kind of girl I am (too bad there isn't a 365: list something every day project). At any rate, it was all starting to stress me out, so I figured the right idea would come to me and when it did, I'd get started. And it did, the night before last at 3:30 or so a.m. when I woke up, looked across the dark room and saw my glass koru statue sitting on the dresser.

Since that moment my head has been spilling ideas like waterfalls: sketches, photos, embroidery, sculpture... a whole world in a few spare lines. Which brings us to now: Day One.