wordless wednesday

mandalaforblogwell… almost wordless.

Mandala. Boats for movement and freedom. Leaves for love of nature. Goldfish for prosperity. Stars for outer space curiosity/obsession. Hummingbirds to represent intuition and the red thread that connects us all.

**I’m taking a free Cousera class on Astrobiology. It’s pretty awesome and though I don’t get the material 100%, I am giving it my all and loving every second. Join me. Lots of free classes offered there. Check it out.**

it’s table tuesday!

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portfolio

Table Tuesday: sharing whatever is in progress on your art table, desk, or easel. This piece is the front of a journal/portfolio and still has a bit more work needed before I can call it done. It was inspired by this quote:

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo has it just about right…add to that a healthy bunch of family and friends, a pot of tea, a good book, a cat or two or three, some paints and I would wholeheartedly agree. What do you think? Would you add anything?

I’ve signed up for Misty Mawn’s fabulous full circle workshop. It’s only Day 2 so not too late to join in on the fun, to learn something new and meet some soulful and talented artists. Find out more about it here.

look what just arrived!

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geographyofloss

Can’t wait to read wise woman Patti Digh’s newest book, The Geography of Loss. I’m deeply honored to have two pieces of art included. I have all of Patti’s books (one traveled with me to Mexico and back to Virginia when I was doing the cancer treatments. It felt like a lifeline.) and have connected with and learned much from them. Are you familiar with Patti? I giggled when I read this about her on Amazon: “If the Buddha had two kids, a dog named Blue, a Southern accent, and a huge crush on Johnny Depp, his name would be Patti Digh.” Don’t you just love that! You can check out her fantastic blog here.

Better photos and a bit more about the inspiration behind each piece coming soon.

Thank you for visiting. xo

a work in progress

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11863270155_4cd6a1bcbc_oI’m just getting over a mild case of the flu and though it was not fun at all, I say “mild” after reading accounts of how bad some others have had it. The worse part was that I wasn’t able to get into the art room for a bit. The night before getting ill I started this photo transfer piece and can’t wait to get back to it. Did you know that there’s a new book out on transferring images? It’s “Playing with Image Transfers” by Courtney Cerruti and it’s wonderfully inspiring.

Transfers and Play

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11840015824_9c0709e01e_oWorking on a photo transfer while Olivia is doing her science lesson. I really haven’t but the tiniest glimmer where this piece is headed and that’s ok with me. I’m just enjoying the process. I’ve decided that I want to work more with my own photos in my artwork. Now to figure out the rest.

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Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It’s crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it? ~ Frank Gehry

Get in the studio and play. Put on some fabulous music and tell yourself you ‘get’ to paint. It is amazing how our mind shifts when we change that little word ‘got’ to ‘get’… change your ‘o’ to an ‘e’… it works every time. ~ Gwen Fox

Hoping and Working

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11669969733_f4bc672dcd“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” ~ Rita Mae Brown
Carrying this wisdom into my art space today.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in that space. But I have been busy daydreaming paintings and photography anything and all things that catch my eye (like the saucer of black-eyed peas on New Year’s turning), looking for beauty in simple, everyday objects and finding it. Art in all parts of life! That’s what it’s all about. Just writing that makes me smile.

Happy New Year to YOU! Thank you for visiting. xo