Welcome to my blog

My Daughter in law says I have too much “stuff” in my computer. She is right! I think my pc is a reflection of the busy,  little creative muse inside of me. Especially since my recent retirement.  My muse was dormant for a long time so it woke gradually, like an awakening cat taking a good slow stretch!

The first week of my retirement was spent vacationing….a nice relaxing Caribbean cruise with the Hubs. Then the post vacation unpacking, laundry and general “catching up” around the house. I cleaned closets and drawers that had not seen the light of day for a while during my career busyness. I helped my husband in the garden with the weeding and pruning. I dug out and transplanted, literally, wheel barrels full of hostas and really got the dirt under my nails, something I used to do on a regular basis before work took over my life. I read even more books than I usually do….and I usually read many! I organized and cleaned and did some redecorating, giving a few rooms a lighter look for summer. I think that’s what unleashed the sleeping monster in me,  since decorating is one of my creative passions….that and the “art magazines” I discovered in the book and craft stores! Hmmmmmnnnn….I could do that!

Hey, I even had the perfect place to do that….my studio! Created by my Hubby when we first built this house about 13 years ago, my studio is a brightly lit and wonderfully designed space of chaotic organization! (I know right where those green glass beads are and I can put my hands on my stash of antique ephemera in seconds). When someone first lays eyes on that room, their mouth drops open as their eyes dance around taking in the colorful and diverse plethora of art and art supplies. Even more so now that there are always plenty of projects, in various stages of completion, at the different work stations.

This is definately the studio of a person with ADHAD….attention deficit hyperactive art disorder! And although I believe all artists are like this to some degree, I do try to clean up before leaving the studio for the day (or night) so as not to “confuse the muse” with disarray upon my return!

Since I started doing my art again on a regular basis, I am like a cartoon character who starts off in one direction and gets waylaid when she sees something that needs her attention along the way, going from one project to another as the mood dictates. I am usually doing two or more things at once because the fixative on one has to dry or the pattern on another is puzzling my brain and I need to step away until I figure out how to design the next piece.

Sometimes it feels as if my head will explode with all of the ideas vying for my full attention. But that’s okay. This explosion of creativity has been locked inside long enough. It feels good to unleash it….to give it a voice!

I was so blocked as an artist while I was working at my career in Real Estate. It was a profession that engaged me 24/7 by it’s very nature. Always in the back of my conciousness and distracting my every waking moment. It took a while to shake that monkey off my back but now that it’s gone, the creativity just flows.

This is the art journal that is presently consuming my time (happily)

This is the art journal that is presently consuming my time (happily)

My dear, dear family and friends have had to look at doll clothing (my very first creative “outflow” which included crochet and sewing, two skills I had not used in decades), collages, art journal pages, poetry, sculpting, art dolls, paintings….well, you get the picture! I just needed to share what was “coming to the surface” for me. Thank goodness I have supportive people around me and a good many artists as friends!

And so I come to my blog….The Artful Codger (please keep in mind that I’m a young codger)….with a renewed spirit, an awakened muse and a desire to share my artful life with a wider circle of folks who love the musings and eye candy created by the artist in all of us….welcome!



  1. Gloria Rizzo Said:

    Maron – I am very Happy for you in that you are finding your inner muse. I also – someday look forward to that retirement stage in my life …..where I can relax and just say Today I can do whatever I want at any given moment! Till then – I will just try to help you enjoy yours 😉 Love ~Gloria~ your friend and co- Mah Jongg partner

    • theartfulcodger Said:

      Thank you so much for your kind words of support and for being my good Mah Jongg buddy too! Hope I can keep up with the blog world and hope you will share this blog with your friends. I will expand it into other areas of everyday life that may be of interest to your other friends!
      Artfully yours,

  2. As a REALTOR/artist I totally understand the 24/7 brain freeze that keeps all but real estate from surfacing with any level of regularity. I don’t want to wish my life away but do look forward to the “slow” times when art can swim to the surface and fly free for a day or week. Maron you are one lucky Codger! Keep up the art and the blog. I LOVE IT!! You do have a writer in your soul.

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