Women who inspire: Female artists you’ve never heard of & late-bloomers who achieve their dreams.

I ran across a few interesting books today about art, women, history, and blooming later in life. I found them both inspirational for similar reasons. Lisa Congdon, an artist who began later in life herself, authored this book on “older women leading extraordinary lives.” It’s inspiring, indeed. In “A Glorious Freedom” Congdon writes about women from all walks of life including Betty Reid Soskin who, at 95, worked as the oldest national park ranger! She says, “My first eight decades were spent collecting dots, and now I’m connecting dots.” It’s a quick, inspirational read.

Contents include brief biographies of late bloomers such as a Cheryl Strayed, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Grandma Moses, and Sister Madonna Buber — examples spanning the ages.

The second book was all about overlooked or relatively unknown female artists spanning hundreds of years. This book was a bit edgier with a more feminist bent but it certainly was educational! I was thrilled to learn about Louise Bourgeois, whose mesmerizing spider sculpture is replicated at Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges’ entrance. Other featured artists include Adelaide Labille-Guiard, Lee Krasner, and Kara Walker, an amazing artist known for her “candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide” according to her website at karawalkerstudio.com.

For a more comprehensive look at those late bloomers who stand out in a culture that adores youth, check out Late Bloomers by Rich Karlgaard. Read more about each book at their Amazon links, or find them on Libby from your local library. Worth the read!

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Pottery Barn & Buttons

So many people are taking it on themselves to create some of Pottery Barn’s button art. It is beautiful but I say try something different with the same idea – check out these buttonified curtains. Beautiful! Embellish-away. Curtain idea from Better Homes & Gardens online.

Scandinavian Artist Louise Elliott

Beautiful art with a very scandinavian feel. Check out Louise Elliott’s website here.

A Little Something to Put You in the Christmas Mood!

I know, I know, it’s early for Christmas…but my fabulous artist friend Traci Osborn sent me this she has been working on and it’s beautiful! I wish I had her talent…but I know I don’t have the discipline necessary to get there. She even sent me the outlines I could have worked with on the computer to create something but, alas, I couldn’t have even envisioned it as well as this. Hope it puts you in the Christmas mood like it has for me. It’s coming up fast, you know.