Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday is my day: Strangewoodart

Hello Hello! Have a great December everyone! Today, while we are still spending one more week in beautiful Italy, we will have the chance to meet talented Linda from Strangewoodart. Enjoy the ride!

My name is Linda and I live in North Italy with my partner and my son, Nicola. We live in a pretty village, where you can still find an authentic magical atmosphere, very different from a town, from which I have ran away many years ago. Working from home allows me to spend as much time as possible with my family and look after my son. I consider myself very lucky. And now, here is my typical Friday:

Sculpture Art Doll from Strangewoodart

I wake up before everybody else, because I like to have breakfast by myself with a large mug of "Latte" and biscuits. I love listening to a relaxing CD and write my list of priorities for the day, even if by the evening I have accomplished only half of what I was meant to do. The trouble is that I always expect too much from myself.

Federico and Nicola wake up and have breakfast. My son takes always a long time, because he listens to fairy tales, he plays and tries to delay going to pre-school.  It would be nice to stay home and play, but only for today though...

As quick as thunder, we manage to go out, before the school’s doors close. Nicola begins a day of play and activities with his friends. The village is small and we all know each other. He has known his school mates since birth. 

Now I have a few things to do. In the village we have everything we need: shops, chemist, postal office, council office and a famous museum: the Museum of the Mask, where you can discover traditions and cultures from most of the countries in the world with ethnical costumes for every ancient festivity. I like to stroll along the village streets, where you can see very old houses with religious frescos painted on the walls: the atmosphere is enchanted.

Finally at home: I check my on-line shop, emails, blog and all activities relating to the web. If I did not have a precise plan, I would risk to spend all day in front of my PC.  My house is on 4 levels and my laboratory is in the attic: this is a very important place for me.  When everybody is in the kitchen, I can work in peace. I try to be organized, but it is really difficult for me.  I can’t help it, this is the way I am... Therefore every couple of days, when I start to struggle finding things, I decide to sort everything out.

I start working with air drying clay. My work is divided in different phases: modeling, drying, sanding, hand painting, finishing. Today I will shape a few sculptures, which will take at least 3 days to dry.  I prefer to make as many as possible, even in the small breaks during the day. 

I prepare lunch for myself. Sometimes I meet up my partner for lunch, but today I have many things to finish, so I have decided to stay home. During my meal, I watch the news to know what happens out there in the world, even if I can see that these are difficult times for everyone. Often, I can’t wait to get back to my colorful sculptures or relax half an hour changing channels. 

If I am lucky and it’s a sunny day, I can take pictures of my items. I always have to take pictures of myself and it is really hard, because I have to try over and over until I am fully satisfied. For Christmas I hope that Santa will bring me a camera stand.

It is time to go to school to pick up Nicola, because today is a sunny day and we can go for a walk.  Near our house there is a large square with a view and a play area, but today is too cold for that and no one else is there.

We decided to go to Ovada, the nearest town, for a walk in the city centre.  There the atmosphere is quite different, closer to a city lifestyle, but it is important not to lose touch with “civilation”, as we say jokingly here in the village.

Back home, Nicola falls asleep for an hour and I can spend time drawing. I have registered to the Sketchbookproject and, before starting, I try to practice the techniques to find inspiration and study.  I’ve always loved drawing and I happy that I am managing to find a way to keep my passion alive.  It is important to find time to do what you like, even if it is only a hobby, rather than work.  I think that this is a good opportunity to get stimulated to achieve the best I can even in this field!

Dinner time is getting closer; I start preparing the meal. I love cooking, but today I have little time.  I prefer to cook at weekends, when my two boys spend their time wondering around together on their bicycle.  I prefer to cook pasta dishes and puddings, obviously Italian style. While we are dining, we talk about ourselves and how we have spent our day and we enjoy planning for the weekend.

While I prepare the evening coffee, Nicola and his dad play happily.  Their games are always boisterous: trains, cars, fighting... And I used to dream of dolls and fairy tale castles...! Sigh!

Nicola sleeps already.  It is time for the evening rituals: relaxing, reading a book, before switching the light off.  It was definitely a busy Friday... And from tomorrow a relaxing weekend with my family!

Thank you Linda! As for all of you lovely readers stay tunned for our next week's guest!
Until then, have a great weekend and be creative :)


  1. but,,,I LOVE this story, it's a fairytale thank you so much, Linda go go go!!!!! you rock

  2. what a beautiful atmosphere you've just pictured!
    I felt I was there with you!:)
    Very nice interview,congrats :)

  3. A beautiful woman, mom, wife and artist!
    Great Linda!!

  4. sweet atmosphere! great and beautiful artist!

  5. Nice to meet you, Linda! I love your work and it's been nice to follow you in your daily life! And... I loooove little Piedmontese villages, they are enchanting and so beautiful!

    Thank you Tatiana and Linda from another Piedmontese girl! :)

  6. Thank you all,I'm so happy of your comments :-)

  7. I love your work! congrats for this beautiful interview!

  8. What a beautiful day of Linda, your kids are adorable too :)

  9. Loved this !! What a talent you have .. that bunny painting is beautiful!!

  10. Thanks for sharing your day! Love your work and the pictures you took. I sure hope Santa will come with a camera stand for you ;)
    Enjoy your weekend!

  11. Linda, I love your art and I'm grateful for your friendship. Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with this great interview! Keep up the good work! PS Both you and Nico are beautiful!!! ^_^

  12. Stunning interview! I love your work Linda!

  13. I'm so happy to drop a peek to your every day, Linda! Thank you for sharing with us!

    I love your sculptures and your paintings look very beautiful!