Thursday, November 19, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Neat! Look what my Iphone can do! It's amazing what you can do with a camera without really knowing how to use it (well). Anyway, I suppose most people wouldn't call a crow pretty but I think they're kind of magnificent. They're so smart and brave and to watch them fly, especially when they're close to you, it's like having little airplanes flying around you. Oh, this I know because I feed them in the morning and then send them back to their own little world.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
There are so many directions and possibilities in life. Stuff you truly want but might be totally impractical. Wild dreams. Sensible choices. Achievable in theory but not quite attainable. The first step is to decide what you want. But is that really such an easy question?
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I'm so fascinated with these guys. There are litterally hundreds born each spring but only a handful make it to adulthood. They start out so teeny tiny and here it is September and this one is about 5 inches long and still growing. Occasionally they leave me butterfly wings for my artwork. Nice.
Look at my sweet, honey-dog Tucker. I just love him. He's 6 now. I think sometimes we stop taking photos of our dogs after puppy hood. I definitely have tons of puppy pictures but I don't want to forget my loving dog in his adulthood. Definitely my bestest friend.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Here's another effort at face painting. She is basically Prismacolor pencil, acrylic paints, acrylic inks, collage, and stamping. OH and modeling paste which is stamped into. I'd love to know what you think!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
By god, I think I've started a new tradition! Sister Day. The date: anytime your husband is out of town. The atmosphere: totally casual, comfy clothes, super easy food, but lots of it. No kids, (or at least send them upstairs and forbid them to come down.) This is the holiday I've created for just my sisters and me!Of course, being me, I had to infuse art into the situation somehow so I put them all to work. I brought out my hefty supply of rubber stamps and we made these wonderful banners.
My sisters are all very creative in all different ways so I don't think it was a big stretch for them to send a little creative energy to the paper, and, indeed, they created some great artwork! My sister, Cari is a musician and singer of her own band The Black Rose Band. My sister Teresa is a very talented writer and equestrian chic, and also likes to make stuff with polymer clay. And my sister Tomoko makes jewelry, draws, is a superb cook, and all around creative soul. I have one more sister who couldn't make it to Sister Day.
There is nothing quite as fun and relaxing as just talking with my girls without worrying about anything else. Eating without guilt for one day, going on garden tours in my backyard. We even stayed up and watched a great sister flick, Practical Magic (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman).
All around a fun day, fun art, and a great retreat from our stressed out lives. I'm sure we will make Sister Day an annual thing, or maybe monthly!! ha. Who knows!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
And these sparrows and doves, titmice, nuthatches, and goldfinches are all regulars. To me there's just nothing better than being trusted by a wild thing. I love my cats and dogs of course, they're family, but it's so nice to spend some time with my outside friends.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
But this week there was only one. And two days ago I stopped hearing him, too. I'd like to think that they just found better food than I had to offer, but I have to acknowledge that this is a popular strike zone by the local hawks, and I did see one just the other day. Sad, they were fun to watch every day.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
then late in the day I'll be teaching a collage class at Storojev Fine Arts,John Storojev - Home
Looking forward to that, although I have no idea what the intentions of my new student are. So we'll do some playing, gluing, drawing, painting and have fun.
BUT FIRST. tonight at midnight, my son and I will be seeing Harry Potter!!! I HOPE I can stay awake!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Here's a little book I made for a workshop and then decided to keep it for some other purpose. For this book I carved out the curvy lines for the copper wire and then covered it with this beautiful handmade paper and then glued in the copper in the grooves. I have no idea if this is truly the best way to do this but it seemed to work.
It's a coptic stitch and signatures are various papers, drawing paper and watercolor paper.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
One of the people that was in the Michael De Meng class was Joe Carrion, whom you may know from his beautiful rubber stamps and even more beautiful artwork, collages, and assemblages. Here is a little page in my journal using one of his fab stamps. Color is done with Sennelier pastels.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I made the polymer clay head, and have saved the tiny soldiers that guard "Little One" since my days in the Berkshires. The dominoes are really, really old, maybe bakelite, And I'm sorry that you can't peer thru the big round metal finding to see the transparency of a face in side. The whole piece was overpainted with Michael's secret ingredient called "uszhh"---you'll have to take the class to find out what that consists of! ha . But it does magical things!
I had so much fun creating this piece. And even though I was a bit slow to get going in class, once I got going I knew just where I was headed and finished it quickly at home. I love it not only for the accomplishment of doing it but for the memory of a wonderful day.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Here is my favorite part of the summer garden!! My friends. Here's one of many teensy weensy teeny tiny baby preying mantis!! Oh, they are so cute. If you don't already know, this guy will get to be as big as half my hand. Welcome little ones!This beautiful pom pom of a flower is, believe it or not, an onion! I don't eat onions. But I grow them for their beautiful blooms. Please click on the photos for a larger view, these little pictures don't do justice to the subject.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I've been doing a little journaling but haven't gotten to the journaling part yet. As my friend in one of my groups said, I seem to be a "backgrounder". I love doing the backgrounds of pages and then get totally stifled when it comes to what to write. I'm getting better but still love this step of the process. So here are a couple that I've done. One of them is from a journaling class I'm taking with Pam Carriker , who is a wonderful teacher.. http://creativeworkshops.ning.com/