Friday, September 16, 2011

Four-Shot Rob

Moving took a toll on my income.   It was clear that our family finances required me getting a part-time job of other sorts with actual money coming in.  I am very capable and intelligent, but my actual work experience is not going to get me serious money in the job market.  Having been an established yoga teacher for over a decade in MI, I am now unheard of with too few students and too few classes.  And who wants a 45-yr-old chorus gypsy if she can't really dance anymore?

Through my son's baseball team, I met Deb, the owner of a brand new local coffee shop.  As of two weeks ago, I became a barista at West Side Perk.  Back in June, when the shop was about to open, Deb informed me that the shop would be featuring local artists' work and if I had anything to display, I should let her know.  Which got me started working on small felt paintings this summer.

With my thoughts full of coffee, I made a brief sketch and then fleshed it out in detail in wool.

Then came the usual felting.  Wet, soap, roll, rub.  You know.  But what I ended up with was far from pleasing.  The wool wasn't evenly distributed so areas shrunk at different rates, the entire piece pulled awkwardly in different directions.  I had a completely different being on my hands.  Still vibrant and interesting, but not working as a single painting.  I cut apart the pieces.  I was thinking they could be a set of coasters, but the time and materials make them way too expensive even at wholesale pricing.  Now I'm working on figuring out how to mount them individually.  I'll keep them a set, but a set of four that can be rearranged however the lucky owner chooses.  I'm calling it Four-Shot Rob, in honor of one of the regulars at the coffee shop.  Guess why we call him that?


  1. How clever of you! I love these! It is hard to move from one area to another and have a business survive. I made a move 5 years ago from the mid-Atlantic to New England and have been struggling ever since. It's a long road establishing a loyal cutomer base especially when the ecomomy isn't doing so well.
    Good luck with your new coffee venue!

    Judy Jones

  2. Thank you, Judy. I appreciate all this support as I adjust. I've moved so many times in my life, but this one didn't include college or a job offer of my own or very young children and their built-in parental company. It has been good for me creatively as I push myself into new areas artistically. I wish better times and bigger pools of customers for both of us in the very near future.

    ~ Lynn