Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
A miracle, according to the true meaning of the word, is something admirable; and agreeable to this, all is miracle. The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred millions of worlds around a million of suns, the activity of light, the life of animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles.
So says Voltaire, and I agree "all is a grand and perpetual Miracle."
Breathe them in. Let them sink into your skin. See them and believe the words of Voltaire.
Coming soon to your life. A Miracle. Starring: YOU! (he he he, Congrats!)
And this is me, with one of my own little miracles. (Travel safe, Miss Muffet!)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I have illustrations coming out of my ears. Goodness gracious it feels good. Life has been moving SUPER FAST or now they say UBER fast. Whatever, my head is spinning from all of the movement.
A have a creativity/life coach now, she is fabulous. Janet Whitehead is her name and you can catch her at www.musingsandmud.com (my hyperlink thingy-ma-bob) isn't working. I am reading Nine Modern Day Muses and a Body Guard by Jill Badonsky. This is an interesting way to stay creative. I am painting. Sketching. Writing. Typing. Organizing. Photographing. And basically trying to prepare myself for 200
For those of you who love astrology and are fellow Virgos then you had one-hell-of-a-year, too. It's slated to get better, so hang in there.
In the meantime I'm loving my destiny. For now, I'm off and running to my latest venture. More later.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I have been a busy little beaver painting and writing and doing the school thing. Life is good, not neccessarily smooth, but good just the same. Autumn's color is so invigorating. I find myself amazed by the vibrant oranges, reds, yellows and pinks. My camera is full of photos I'd love you to see but no thanks to Blogger it isn't going to happen.
Here's hoping fall is treating you all well. More on another day when I can wrap my head around this computer issue.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Whatever your joy immerse yourself in it.
Take a warm bath of happiness. Soak in the waters of contentment as you immerse yourself in whatever it is that makes you happiest. When we truly feel joy from a deep level we attract more joy. So go ahead and do as much as you can of whatever it is that makes you want to sing. I dare you to immerse yourself today.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
This mixed media piece is titled "You OTTO be in pictures". My grandpuppy is a beautiful blue weimeraner who always wears the goofiest look. Acrylic and pastels on watercolor paper was a comfortable fit.
This old apple tree and I are fast friends. I sat under her so many times. I find her spellbinding, the greens in this photo really capture her beauty. I am anxious to see her change of clothes for fall. Will she go yellow, orange, red? I can only guess.
- I ordered a new camera, it should arrive today as a matter of fact. It's a Sony DSC-H50 10 megapixel beauty. I worked hard all summer, this was a treat to myself. I can't wait to get going with this.
- Art openings galore. Last weekend I attended the opening of "Critters Revisited" at the Gallery at Chase Hill, the sister shop of the Maine Art Gallery. The entire show was, well, critters (okay, animals). I find myself attracted to the really bold art and the more unusual pieces. Dorrie Koeller and Laura Balombini really interest me, find their links at the Maine-art.com site.
- I picked up Miss Muffet from California. She's here for the next 8 weeks or so. I couldn't be happier.
- Bandaloop is rockin. This is one busy place. I highly recommend that if you ever make it to Kennebunkport you try this organic, all natural eatery. Amazing atmosphere and phenomenal food. I am one tired waitress. Apparently we got written up in Downeast Magazine and it has had a huge effect on the restaurant.
- I discovered, with the help of a kind friend, Pandora.com Design your own radio station, I am in heaven.
- I bought four new art books and am having a blast digging in to some new concepts. I am becoming a fanatic sketcher. Here is one of many...
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The old inspiration board is pouring over with ideas. It's colorful, bright and bold. My paper palette is revealing interesting images, too.
Recent pieces include the tree you see here, the tree you see below. These are among mermaids, sketches of my feet, my coffee cup, my roommate sleeping random palette knife backgrounds and bold marker sketches abound. Go with the flow, right?
Wedding plans are near complete even though the date is July of 2009. Old Miss Muffet is on her way home from California tomorrow. I am near tears with delight. My darlin' boy is working hard and enjoying the benefits of his own apartment. The Handsome One is, well, still handsome. (*sigh*)
This beautiful coastal town still amazes and delights me. It takes my breath away and fills me to the gills with joy.
Chat soon. Got a new book to read. A day late and a dollar short I just got: Acrylic Revolution.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
- Shy Jack the book I wrote is almost 50% illustrated. I say that loosely. My teacher, Wade Zahares, will be so proud of me when he sees the effort I put in. Well, I hope so anyway. It's been quite time consuming.
- I cut out a queen sized quilt and am in the process of piecing it.
- I sketch a few times a week.
- I stitched a dress.
- I put together some found object jewelry.
- I am helping with wedding plans for Miss Muffet
- I'm finally cooking at home more.
- I have a beautiful, full garden that I am now harvesting.
- I signed up for Heartwoods fall semester, two classes this time.
- I've been to two art openings and have visited approximately eight galleries in the area with more to go.
- Does drinking daiquiris at a dockside restaurant count as creative inspiration? I hope so, done that once or twice this summer.
Oh yes, it's been a plum dandy adventure.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
And hey, that's me in the middle. Repeat after me: middle child syndrome. Do I look like I'm complaining? No way.
In other news:
- Roommate is having a birthday
- My mother is having her birthday
- My father & friend are traveling home from across the US. He's now officially one of those people who leaves the state for the winter and comes home only during golf season. Bless you, Dad and Doris!!
- Dan and Hill are enjoying spring and are living life high off the hog (What does that mean, anyway?)
- I am enjoying my job at the local farm center but am brewing other things in my head....I'm just trying to roll with the punches.
- Heartwood is done for the school year.
- I have been to three amazing art openings. That has been a real blast about this area. It is filled with galleries! I'm seeing some great work, it is so inspirational.
Happy Mother's Day to all and to all a good night! ...MUAH!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
- I went without Internet service for nearly four weeks so have been VERY out of touch with blogging and emails. My apologies
- I am still attending Heartwood and the last class was today.
- I have been sewing and painting and drawing quite a lot. There is inspiration APLENTY.
- I've been to the flea market already. Got some GREAT sterling silver earrings that are absolutely hilarious.
- I have a roommate who is adorable and young, like a daughter to me except I can't send her to room if she misbehaves
- I started some lovely tomatoes and basil seedlings that are thriving
- I'm painting the living room tangerine color
- And this has kept me busy.
I'm coming back to life, slowly but surely. It has been a rough ride and of all things my mother-in-law that I adored suffered a heart attack and passed. My heart is aching.
I promise to post art and pix soon and I promise to come back to my laughing silly self. Hang in there with me, will you?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I feel fortunate to have been able to adjust my shutter speed quickly enough to catch this slow-mo picture of the bunny before he hopped off into the wild blue yonder. Sorta brings tears to your eyes, doesn't it.
In other news. I truly have been busy in the art studio. I haven't posted the CED 08 stuff because, well, because I've been *slack* in posting. I have done something daily, that's for certain, if you want to prove it I'll mail you my journal where I list all the things I'm doing. :)
Here is a short list:
- fimo clay buttons...I really like Fimo. I just do.
- new recipe testing...a great and exciting thing to do and who doesn't love eating?
- sewing. Yes, my old love is resurfacing. I decided to challenge myself and found a lovely trench coat pattern by McCalls. I dug through the discount fabric bins and found some lovely sky blue stretch twill with electric lime green satin and then a teaser print fabric with a floral/leaf motif that I used for the under collar and such.. Gadzooks, what stitching fun!
- I read the Chuck Close Portraits book and was completely smitten. Smitten enough to do a picture in this style. Now mind you, his works are GINORMOUS in size 4' x 6' with 4-6" grids. But I, being the nutcase I am, did an 8 x 11 using a 1/2" grid. I literally couldn't see straight after working on my painting for three hours straight. I looked up and almost fell. He he. The dangers of digging into your own work.
- Music by Dave Mallet, Maine singer/songwriter has pleased me along with American Idols Beatles music night. Can I just say that David Archulatta, the 17 year old, looks almost exactly like Miss Muffett's boyfriend, Lyle. Since Lyle is now serving in the US Air Force and I haven't seen him since October each time David Archulatta sings I well up with tears. But I digress, the point is the Beatles music is amazing to me, even if David A forgot the words to his song. Back to art...
- Mixed Media small works 4 x 6": The next pix is of "An Easy Flower" The ant swinging from a flower stem is an idea from my sketch book that I decided was time to bring out.
- Grocery Shopping as a creative endeavor?? Why yes!! The colors and textures and shapes really inspire me to cook at a whole new level. I bought broccoli slaw, fresh organic asparagus, organic beets with attached greens. Color and flavor, yum.
- Planning the walls of my new apartment. My roommate and I are planning the color scheme in the new digs. I'm thinking raspberry, chocolate and tangerine. She's thinking red. HA! We'll work it out. Interior Design is a passion of mine. I will be taking photos for you to see.
- Sewing. Did I mention I love sewing? I made a new colorful backpack, pink and green.
- Sewing. Did I mention I love sewing? I found some amazing tie dyed cotton eyelet for a great new sundress. This is my next project.
- Weaving. I have a school project that calls for "found objects" and "environmental issues" so I wove plastic bags together and am in the process of making a wallet from it. Along with that will be a bubble wrap backpack. Let it be, just don't ask.
- Garden planning. This is all in my head at this point, but planning a garden is a creative endeavor, I'm sure of it.
- My book for illustration class. Shy Jack is in its early stages, but it is a labor of love for my sweet five year old nephew.
There, that's the bulk of my creativity for the last month. Of course I still write almost daily and doodle on everything that is flat. Next week I am moving to Kennebunkport (Maine), I have also moved my 20 year old into his new apartment. I am planning a graduation party, a going away party and a special something for a special someone that I especially can't discuss.
Beyond that I tried on my bathing suit to see if it still fits. Do you think the ribbon in my hair is too much?? Be honest, I can take it.Last but not least, the Weaster Bunny picture from earlier in the post isn't really the Weaster Bunny. It was only me PRETENDING to be the bunny. I didn't want all you moms running to get your kids and show them a photo of the EB when it was really only me. It would be wrong to try to pull the wool over their eyes. In the photo below you can actually see my arm and hand holding the camera. Yes, I tried to trick you. However, the photo above is really of me in my swimsuit and ballet slippers.
*Here's wishing you and your family a warm and heartfelt Easter Sunday. God bless.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I promise to post the gazillions of artsy-craftsy stuff later when my patience isn't so thin.
Who said "A clean house is the sign of a boring person." ? Now I must go shampoo my cat.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
More on the way. Okay, so enough about that.
This Chuck Close love I have right now forced me to grid some 130 lb watercolor paper the other day. I let it sit, now quite sure what to do with it but knowing somehow I needed to make these grids work. I finally was inspired by Buddah's soft face and I got busy.
In this you can see the Chuck Close book and the start of my line drawing. This should be interesting.So here I go working out the nose shadows.Here I put a little distance between myself and the piece so I could see how it was coming from afar. Sometimes it's easy to forget to step back. We all get so involved in the piece it's easy to get lost in the work.
Okay, I'm gaining. No cramps in the hands, just a few hunger pangs to deal with. No lunch for me until this is over.
Did I say no lunch? Who am I fooling besides myself? I noshed on tuna sandwiches with Dan while he played some tunes. Think to yourself: Nellie, Tim McGraw, Eminem, Puff Daddy, Brooks and Dunn....I'm singing along, I'm bouncing along, I'm swearing along. It's all in good fun, just Dan's style, not mine. Back to business...Voila. One finished piece. I gridded and then used fine point Zig marker to draw diagonal lines in each of the boxes. Interesting result. It looks really good from a distance. I'm not so thrilled about how it's represented here. I see it matted in red and framed in a thin black metal frame. This will sit well near my altar. I am contemplating doing one of these of the face of Jesus, too.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
There is always a lot going on and there are so many posts that I don't write that I should write. There is so much that I leave out that I want to share. Tonight as American Idol decides who's getting cut I am going to tell you What's on my mind...
- The sale of the restaurant and hotel, tomorrow it's official. This means more breathing room in my life
- Green Man...the male equivalent to Mother Earth. I feel some art coming up around this and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I think thoughts of Spring are creeping up on me and I seem to hear him whispering...
- Chuck Close, the artist. I am blown away by his self portraits and can't stop looking at the volume lent me by my artist/teacher. Please take a moment to Google this man and see what you get, I couldn't decide which of the sites had the best information on him. His work is fascinating. Gridding and painting.
- Moving...I have found new digs and am working out the kinks. I can't wait to relocate to a place where I can truly spread my wings and start anew. The one year anniversary of my big D (and I don't mean Dallas) has somehow freed me.
- Painting...finding my groove. This isn't easy. Fine art at school is different than the mixed media approach that I love. I am being challenged and ultimately that is good. I am enjoying the process even though it has been excruciating at times. I feel willing to make mistakes in order to learn and can I say this: I AM MAKING MISTAKES. Teacher says that if you like one in ten paintings or if one in ten paintings really work then you've done well. So there! See, I didn't know that. I thought they would all just fall together. Uh-uh. NO! I kind of struggle with embarrassment because in my circles I am the artistic "go-to" girl and now...well, I'm just secondary. I am learning to be okay with secondary because I know it is temporary. I am still trying to figure out my style. Bear with me, because it could get really ugly! (No pity, friends, I am okay with all of this. I think it is helping my personal growth quite a lot).
- Personal growth...I am reading "Conversations With God....Book 3" by Neale Donald Walsh. I am moved to tears with hope. Even if you don't believe that God came and spoke through NDW every word you read is beautiful and uplifting. There are times in this book that I have had to put the book down and laugh out loud. God is hilarious.
- Love...the slow but sure mending of my inner world...the constant and reassuring love of my baby brother, mother, father, former in-laws, children and friends old and new has brought me a feeling of support and community. This was much needed.
- Happiness...it's inevitable. I write A LOT. I draw and paint A LOT. I think A LOT. I pray A LOT. I believe & it's all good.
Ride the wave, friends. Just ride the wave.
P.S. That isn't really me in the photo above.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Roof # 10, acrylic on 8 x 10 canvas board
Roof #11 acrylic on 8 x 10 canvas board
And oh, Happy Valenetine's Day! I hope you got something sweet from someone sweet. I had fun making some greeting cards for the special folks in my life, and who doesn't love Dove chocolates?