Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One Truth

Here's a mixed media collage I did today.  I will be abandoning this soon as part of Michael deMeng's Art Abandonment movement.  Yes it is a movement!!  If you haven't seen the art, joy, love, camaraderie, and positive energy being shared by this group, it is well worth a look.

The size is about 6" x 9".  The blue paper in the background came from one of the bulletin boards in my classroom last year.  I am looking for a new school so have decided to incorporate this paper into my art.... 

Moving forward with the knowledge that there is one truth.  Thank goodness!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Magnificent Monday

In my humble opinion, Monday gets a bad rap.  There's a myriad of reasons for this.  So I'm attempting a series of posts in order to provide a different and positive perspective on a Monday.  Not sure what direction this will take each week, so we'll explore together.  The real goal for me is that you will feel better after reading this.....

So this week I have some links for you.

The Art Newspaper: Cool article here about an upcoming interactive art show in Philadelphia.  Goes along with other current exhibits as well as the recent opening of the Barnes collection.  By the way, have you watched The Art of the Steal?? Excellent documentary about the controversial move of the Barnes Foundation.

The Jessie Rees Foundation: Anytime I need a lift, need to quit feeling sorry for myself, need to do something for someone else, I look here.  This group is devoted to helping children that have cancer and they have lots of great stories along with a variety of ways to help.  The foundation gives these young fighters a universal message that's good for all of us:  NEVER EVER GIVE UP.

Here's a video with a nice mixed media painting, from start to finish:
Hope all of this makes your Monday Magnificent!!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sketchbook Stuff

On my list: DRAW.
I have a sketchbook and here are a couple of recent entries....

This is taken from a photograph.  I think the background is distracting.

Detail.  Background done in watercolor and Pitt pen; flower done in ink markers, Pitt pen, Sharpie paint markers.  Can't stop layering!!


Sometimes easier said than done, eh?

I'm currently mad about this here paint :)

Not much else going on here.  Lots of inspiration and ideas though.  

New feature premiering tomorrow, please come back for a look!!


Friday, July 13, 2012


I'm reorganizing and de-stashing the Salon.  Need more space there because I want a floor easel, as I have some larger sized canvases which I'm eager to cover.

It's hard to let go of some of stuff though.  I know i'm not the only one who feels this way.  So today I picked up my camera and started photographing some of my collections.  I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

We'll begin with these rose petals.  We have 24 bushes.  I can't bear to say good bye to any of these beauties.

So they stay with me, in various displays throughout the house.  Seeing them makes me smile, especially in winter.  You've all heard about our terrible winters here in southern Cali, right?

I was in the kitchen and saw my mugs.  Lots and lots and lots of mugs.  Special memories.

Happy.  Sad.  Bittersweet.  Funny!!  Friends.  Family.  The collection spans more than 40 years.

Everytime I pour my coffee or brew my tea in one of these, it always tastes better.

Then there are the books.....

Lots and lots of them.  There are still boxes in the garage.  And, over the years, the collection is regularly re-evaluated, thinned, and donated.

There are too many things to see and learn.

Too much beauty and wisdom.

I have a curious mind.  Always have.

My houseplants are dear to me.



Bringing a sense of nature

and beauty

and sweet simplicity

to our home.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Inspired by a blessing

I don't know if I've talked about starting yoga here. I have recently begun taking yoga classes at a nearby studio.  I love it!! I've wanted to do this for quite awhile but was WAITING for...more discretionary money to spend...losing 5 more pounds....having more time (??? directly DEFIES scientific law)....being ready to 'commit'......  Then I thought about my thinking and realized I should just LET GO and do it.  The studio offers a variety of practices, which I like.

Last Saturday I participated in a Kundalini class, which was very rigorous for me but I absolutely loved.  It was sacred. It was transforming. It helped me breathe. It helped me empty my mind, if only for moments at a time, and leave my body.  The blessing we sang at the end of the practice is this one ~

When preparing to work on a journal page yesterday I found this tag in my {extensive} stash. Karma. Fate. Inspiration.  I recently purchased some -OOPS- after seeing Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday video. She raves about using this medium to prep for both Pan Pastels and/or watercolor & gouache.  So I used it on this spread with a couple of stencils.  Sloppy but I'm ok with the results.  Need.More.Practice. 

Just like yoga.......

Have fun with your life and DON'T WAIT!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Art Abandonment Movement

 Michael DeMeng's Art Abandonment movement is underway, and if you have not heard about it you can find all the info needed by following the link.  It's a very cool thing, involving artists from all over the world, and encouraging each of us to pay it forward.  I heard about it through Facebook and signed up.  
The (voluntary) theme for July is related to The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and we have been encouraged to abandon our art by hanging the pieces in trees.  I have many chipboard blanks in different shapes, so I decided to paint and collage them, doodle them, and use painted music sheets stamped with messages from Donna Downey.  This is so much fun and really inspiring.  There are a lot of talented people participating, why not you??
Love ya!!