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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Beginnings


I've been playing with some of the images I've captured lately. Here was a moth that landed on my (dirty) window. No, the window wasn't THIS dirty. ;0) I've transposed him onto a digital background from my files. I love this image and will probably use him in other pieces as well.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Slowing Down


Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow cycles of nature,
is a help.
~ May Sarton

I've been spending a lot of time at our local nature preserve. It's a marsh, a wetlands ... started out decades ago as a celery bog. It's so peaceful and there are many forms of wildlife to be found. Lately I've been trying to get there earlier and earlier; partly for the light (for photography) and also because I'm the only one in that vast space at least for awhile.

I captured some nice photos of this beautiful creature during my last visit. The rest are posted on my other blog here. Taking time to refresh, observe my surroundings and soak it all in. Loving the silence!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Mind Is...


My Mind Is

my mind is
a big hunk of irrevocable nothing which touch and
taste and smell and hearing and sight keep hitting and
chipping with sharp fatal tools
in an agony of sensual chisels i perform squirms of
chrome and execute strides of cobalt
nevertheless i
feel that i cleverly am being altered that i slightly am
becoming something a little different, in fact
myself
Hereupon helpless i utter lilac shrieks and scarlet
bellowings.

~ ee cummings

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Soar


Hubby and I visited a nature preserve this weekend. I took over a hundred photos and am still going through them. I LOVED seeing all the wildlife. I'll have the rest of the photos on my other blog, In the Stillness, as I process them. Have a great weekend everybody!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Wandering Muse


"I have a promiscuous Muse.
My Muse wants to own every color,
work in many media, and in
numerous genre."
-- Mary Klotz

This is so true! *sigh* My current obsessions (just off the top of my head): art journaling, photography, doll making, abstract painting... 

I'm taking a year long photography course from Kim Klassen called Be Still 52. It's a wonderful, gorgeous course. It has definitely motivated me to explore my camera a lot more. The class started January 1 but I have plenty of time to catch up. There is one class a week. I have created another blog just for the photos I take for this course. It can be found here.

I do NOT consider myself a photographer by any stretch of the imagination. But I am learning and enjoying the process. The class is designed to get you to stop, breathe and enjoy the still moments. Here are a few photos I've taken from the course:




And speaking of new blogs, I ALSO started another blog just for my art journal pages. That can be found here. The image at the top of this post is my newest journal card. See? I TOLD you my Muse was promiscuous!

These various places to post also help me keep this blog mainly for my artwork. Each blog has an option to subscribe by email if desired. I don't post to any of these blogs every day but it helps keep me motivated to CREATE!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Rainy Day


April Rain Song
by Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

I love quiet rainy afternoons like today. Great atmosphere for sketching, coffee, and being still. Happy Monday, everybody!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Magic Moments



"And every magic moment brought
her closer to her dreams."
--Robert M. Drake

My hummingbirds are back! Yay! They make me so happy. They truly are magical little creatures. I love to sit and watch them flitter in and out of the feeders. So far they are behaving but every year there will be one who wants to claim all the feeders for itself and the fighting begins. *sigh*

I thought this scene could use a little creature so I added one in digitally:


I'm also excited about this new book of poetry I picked up the other day. I confess, the cover is what got me. But the verses inside are truly beautiful and inspirational. There will be many journal pages and paintings inspired by these verses. 


Isn't that a cool cover? :) I will be entering this in Paint Party Friday when the link opens. Have a great weekend everybody. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fragments


"Sometimes only a bridge
through the clouds
Sometimes to be silent."
-- Matthew Zapruder
from "What I Need"

I am linking this to Paint Party Friday. Have a great weekend everybody! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Studio Assistants


This is Pip. She loves to live in her own little fantasy world and she insisted I photograph her with all her favorite books. ;)  I'm not sure why there is a green tint at the bottom of the photo. It should be all white... :/

I am taking a wonderful "dolls for big girls" class from Judy Wise. We are having a blast creating these little people. As someone who absolutely LOVED playing with dolls when I was a little girl, I am definitely re-discovering my inner child.


And one more to add to the comic relief today:


This is Trixie. She loves to play in her art journal. I had to make a little one for her, complete with paintbrush.

These two have front row seats at my art table and both offer suggestions while I try to make my own art. I'm not sure how much help they'll be but I'll allow them to stay if they can get along. Stay tuned...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

End of Winter

8" x 8", Mixed Media

"On winter's margin, see the small birds now
With half-forged memories come flocking home..."
--Mary Oliver
from her poem, "On Winter's Margin"

This is a small painting I started a few weeks ago while playing with my oil paints. I'm really attracted to working with the oils again. I finished it using oil pastels. It makes me happy. 

I will link this to Paint Party Friday when it goes live. Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sister Love, Missing Mom

"Paula", 12 x 12, oil

This is another project from the class I am taking with Misty Mawn. It's an oil painting of my sister. The oil was still wet when I photographed it. I am hoping this will dry by the time her birthday rolls around in June. I LOVE oil paints but that is the drawback. They take forever to dry. 

This is a flat style of painting (something Misty taught us). I love the effects and will do more with it. 

Also, I want to acknowledge that today is my Mom's birthday. She's been gone 11 years now and I miss her so much. I still think about her every single day. Happy Birthday, Mom.


Have a great weekend everybody!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Haven't Got Time For The Pain

5" x 7", Graphite and Charcoal

This is another exercise from class: drawing emotion. It's also how I feel whenever I get my migraine headaches. Ugh! They have been more frequent lately. Mine are due to pressure changes in the weather. It's crazy weather here this week. I hope you all have a better weekend! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Reflection

7" x 5", Oil

"In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost...
And what you had...
And what you lost..."

from "Dreams", by Fleetwood Mac


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Haiku for Mom


Another year gone
My tears bring forth a garden
Your spirit lives on

                        -- Pam Tucker

This is another exercise from Misty's class.