Archive for May, 2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I have been working on my preening Whooping Crane piece the past few days.  I’m happy to be back in the studio and motivated, however, progress has been one step forward and two steps back.  

I did quite a lot of work on the wings, but it started looking like some weird bird angel.  Obviously, the shape of the wings is off.  I cut things apart last night and hopefully when I piece the bird back together it will look like something from the avian family, rather than the Great Holy Whooping Crane.  

I will post pictures when I have something done that I don’t find embarrassing:-) 

In the meantime, Christine Kane has posted a video of Simon Sinek from the fabulous TED series.  It’s about marketing directly from your passion.  It’s really about presenting what you do in life in an authentic way, rather than “selling’.  I can definitely see applications in my own life, especially in art marketing.  It’s pretty long, but if you have 18 minutes to spare, it’s worth the watch.  

In the meantime, a daily moment of Zen.  This is a shot I took from a flight I took to Knoxville, TN.  I don’t know what the body of water was, but it snaked around all over the place.  I loved the organic shape of the river system obscured by clouds: 

Over Knoxville (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart


I think I’ll be thinking about how to apply the content for a while.  I would love to hear your thoughts on art and marketing-or anything else!

Great Blue Heron Visit

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

We have had a Great Blue Heron either living, or at least perching frequently, in a tree behind our house.  We are about 2 blocks from a pretty big lake; I’m sure it’s good feeding.  We have a pond with goldfish in our back yard, but with large dogs running in and out all the time, I don’t think the heron ever felt safe to fish our pond. 

I had the dogs with me in my work room this morning and looked out my window to see a really large swoop of wings headed for the pond.  The blue heron decided to risk the dogs.  He flew off before actually fishing, but I’m betting he’ll be back.  The goldfish have to look like a mighty easy lunch.  I had to take these pictures through the screen, so forgive the quality.

Heron invasion!

Travel Bug Continued

Monday, May 17th, 2010

In my current urge to travel, I have been visiting some interesting sites.  There’s a great site called Daily Bute featuring a daily picture of the Isle of Bute, Scotland as well as pictures from some other locations in Scotland.  I’ve posted about the Isle of Bute before (look at my Scotland posts);  it’s where I got married and one of my favorite places to visit.

Click on the link above to see some lovely shots.

Here’s one of mine:

Rothesay Castle (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

Travel Bug

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Linville Falls (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

I am usually someone who goes on a trip and doesn’t want to travel again for months.  This time, I found myself starting to have an itch to travel again about 10 days after leaving Japan.  I am unusually restless.  The good news is that I have some travel coming up in the near future.  In the next month or so, I will be traveling to one of my favorite places on earth:  Asheville, North Carolina.  It’s been a while since I’ve made it down that way.  I couldn’t be more excited.  Here’s some pictures from previous visits:

Blue Ridge Mountains (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart


Rhododendron Tunnel in Craggy Gardens (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

More rhododendron formations (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

Spring fern (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

Reasons to be grateful

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I am still not inspired to do any creative stuff.  I keep looking at the piece I started before leaving for Japan and I just don’t feel compelled to work on it.  Oh well. I might need to start a new project and let that one sit for a while.

I am thinking about Scotland today.  I am hoping I can get back there this year.  Here’s a picture of Urquhart Castle.  My personal moment of zen today.

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

Anyway, I am still reading other people’s blogs.  One of my all time favorite blogs is Crazy Aunt Purl.  It’s sort of a knitting blog (I don’t knit), but mostly it’s Laurie Perry’s goofy adventures through life.  Anyway, she has a routine of listing three things she’s grateful for each day.  She wrote about it on her blog yesterday and it felt like a good thing to do myself today.

So here are three things I am grateful for today:

1) The sun is shining in Chicago!!!!!!  It has been so rainy lately.  I am SO happy to be out in the sunshine.

2) My daughter has just returned from an 8 1/2 month study program in Japan.  I get to see her tonight.

3)  I am having my favorite Mexican food tonight; shrimp tacos and a margarita  from Rancho Grande. Yum!

I am also really grateful that anyone actually reads my blog.  I actually have subscribers.  Whoohoo!  Thanks, whoever you are!

I would really love to hear things you are grateful for.  Leave a comment!

Sandhill Cranes!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I know I’ve been quiet about posting lately.  I got back from Japan and almost immediately had surgery (I’m fine).  I have been hunkered down recuperating.  I hope to get back to something creative next week.

Just to remind me of the bird series I’m working on,I have had some sandhill cranes making a stop by my house for the past few nights.  I knew I had heard the call before; they sound like pterodactyls from the movies, but something about hearing it in the dead of night threw me off and I couldn’t identify them right away.   I didn’t know they caused such a ruckus at night, either.  Here’s what they sound like.

Lucy, the Wonder Dog (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart

My Great Dane, Lucy saw one on the other side of the fence at about 5 this morning and flipped:  barking and all her hair standing up.  I don’t think she’d ever seen a bird that big-they are about 4 feet tall.  It was all I could do to get her in the house again before she woke the whole neighborhood.