Friday, 9 January 2015
This is my personal jar of Awesome! It makes my heart smile whenever I look at it. And, it was super easy and super fast to make too. I have been wanting to create a jar like this for more than a year when I saw the Happy Memories Jar idea on Pinterest. Why oh why did it take Tamara Laporte’s Life Book assignment to finally give myself the time, space and permission to do it?
Even before I started the jar, I knew I wanted to use the fun and funky feather accessory I got from my sister for Christmas. I started the project with tissue papers collaged onto the jar and lid using gloss gel medium. Because I knew the jar would have feathers, I decided it naturally needed some birds on it and what better excuse to use the adorable IKEA napkins I had purchased a couple years ago for the purpose of collaging. I cut around 3 birds and carefully collaged them to the jar. I painted around the white edges on each bird so it blended in better with it’s surroundings. Then I used acrylics to paint the birds and my black oil-based sharpie paint pen (fine tip) to outline each bird. I attached the feathers to the lid with crazy glue and there you have it. A jar of Awesome!!
I feel like there are times, especially when I am really busy that I don't take enough time to pause and really celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful things happening in my life. Both the things I've made happen as well as the gifts from the Universe! So, my plan is to use my jar as a way to slow down and acknowledge life’s happy moments and personal victories both big and small. At the end of each month I’ll take them out of the jar and collage them into my art journal as a way to celebrate the awesome memories each month. By the end of the year I'll have 12 personal collages filled with happy memories and accomplishments throughout 2015.
Now, as I wait for my next Life Book assignment, I think I’ll go peruse my “Artsty Stuff to Make” Pinterest board to see what other fun projects I can find! Stay tuned.
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
- First, I lit a candle and burned some sage (one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing).
- I put some water into a small bowl and added a drop of valor essential oil (courage in a bottle).
- I wrote the things I want to release from my life onto strips of paper with purple non-permanent ink.
- I read aloud what I had written and then coiled each piece of paper.
- Next I put each piece of coiled paper into the water individually and watched as it uncoiled and turned the water a beautiful purple hue as the ink released from the paper.
- My Beacon of Light presided over the ceremony.
For me, this was a meaningful way to ground myself in what I want to release in a visual and symbolic way. This will help me to physically transform and let go of those things that no longer serve me.
This quote from Sheryl Paul seemed to fit the occasion so well "When a woman slows down, she drops into the original nature of her womanhood. Lulled on the gentle waves of her inner waters, she finds her essence, her instincts, and she knows all that she needs to know. In these hidden, quieter regions, she allows herself to grieve the ending of an aspect of herself and welcome the new beginning. In this place of deep knowing she realizes that within the frantic search for 'perfect' ... another search is taking place. It is through this second, quieter quest that the true transformation... occurs."
If you haven't done a releasing ritual, I encourage you to try it. There is no right or wrong way; just do what feels right to you.
Monday, 5 January 2015
My representation of her glows - all shiny and sparkly with lots of gold paint, ink and gold dust and a few iridescent sparkles thrown in for good measure. Her dress is an aged map and her headband has 9 pearls of wisdom. Her main message is "Love and be loved."
I really enjoyed the process of creating her and knowing that thousands of other people all over the world were also creating similar Beacons of Light including two dear friends who are sharing Life Book with me this year Rosann and Dara!
Somewhere along the line, my ego told me that making whimsical art was frivolous. Not so! I want to make more whimsical art because it is FUN! Creating her was also a reminder that when I slow down and take time to pay attention to the shading and little details on faces, or anything for that matter, it really does make a huge difference - thanks Tam! And, that I like painting on paper; mixing watercolors and acrylics. I'm also happy with NOT outlining everything in black like I usually do.
I found this poem by Ron Orcutt that brought me to tears when I read it because it touched my heart with a resounding "YES!"
When I'm lost in the darkness of night
When I'm adrift on a sea of doubt
You are my guiding light
You are the one who hears my voice
When my words are held within
You are the one that calms me
When my world is crashing in
You are the one I talk to
When no one can understand
You are the one that walks with me
You hold my trembling hand
You are the one who sees me
For what I hope to be
You are the one that lifts me up
To be all that I can be.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
My travel companions for the return trip were two new friends, Cindy and Amy, a mother and daughter, both of them kindred spirits that also attended the training. None of us were in any kind of hurry and we spent the remainder of the day following our whims with a mission to find adventures along the way. And what adventures we had!
Each stop was a unique, full and rich experience in itself. We made stops in Bonny Doon, Davenport, and Half Moon Bay. We took pictures at beaches and walked on forest trails. We were even lucky enough to stumble upon some world class live Blues music at the Highway 1 Brewery. It took us seven memorable hours to arrive in Daly City where Cindy and Amy were staying and I wouldn’t trade the memories made on that road trip for anything in the world. Thinking about it now fills me with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
Here I am, testing out a beautiful vintage scarf I found to use for expressive arts workshops at a yard sale in Davenport, California. I love my job! These pictures bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes because they capture the true and authentic soul-essence of ME. It’s an uninhibited, spontaneous, dramatic, silly, joyful, expressive moment in time and I cherish these photos because they show me a side of myself that isn’t often, if ever, captured in images. The entire day was magical and surreal and not one I will soon forget.
Friday, 5 September 2014
Friday, 15 November 2013
I also learned that my heart truly speaks in the language of abstraction. I very much enjoy building up layers of colors, shape and textures. I love the intricate richness that evolves through abstraction. I can look at and marvel at an intricate abstract painting for hours. It speaks to me.
These are the three 30"x30" paintings I completed for the class.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
I also received a lot of great comments on my paintings as well.
|Even my dog Chachi had fun hanging out with Jake!|
Friday, 13 August 2010
... imagine watching artists at work ... imagine live music, food, beer and wine, and more on the beautiful grounds of the Coast Collective in Colwood. It's actually happening this Sunday, August 15th from 10am - 4pm ... I hope you can make it.
Photo: Coast Collective website
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Just tip me over and pour me out!" ...
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Pretty as a picture ... an old frame and an oversized daisy make for great photo props!! Even the dogs Cody and Keiko wanted to join the fun.
Giselle the horse was wondering what on earth we were doing!?
We had some laughs trying to master the art of 'poi'.
Later in the afternoon we rolled up our sleeves and got to work on a collaborative project (below are details of the one painting) ... it was a magical mix of artists and media. Such FUN!
We are truly outstanding in our field!
As the sun was setting, we captured one last memory of a most-memorable day. We'll be keeping our eyes open for that white rabbit ... you just never know when he might show up again to take us all on another artventure. i can't wait!!!!
Monday, 4 May 2009
In the middle of painting this piece, i began working with Deborah Russell, a Creativity Coach. i enjoyed a few weekly coaching sessions with Deborah by phone and email. At the time, i wrote about the progression of "Rebirth" in my journal. i thought it might be fun to share some of those ramblings now (if you just want to see the final painting ... scroll all the way to the bottom of the post now!). It's a long post, so thanks for reading! LOL! i hope it gives you a sense of how the painting evolved over a period of about two weeks (from middle to end stages) as well as insights into my ideas and feelings behind its creation. The following are excerpts taken from my journal and emails with Deborah, as well as pictures (i wish i had taken more!) of the painting in progress ...
the figure is still there, just beneath the surface, waiting to be painted
mouth open wide
arms/wings reaching for the sky
a black and white striped neck
a clock under/as part of the left arm of the figure
a map in the background behind the figure
May 24, 2007 email to Creativity Coach (excerpts):
a crow flying above the figures head
red and orange flames trying to engulf the crow and the nest
the crow will not leave the nest, because it is protecting an egg (it's creation)
the flames are 'licking' and 'swirling' dangerously close to the flowers
the spririt is rising up like a 'Phoenix', transcending the flames
Thursday, 2 April 2009
p.s., The girl in the first video reminds me of an illustration i did a while back of a red headed girl with hair flying in the wind. These days, red headed girl actually hangs out on my dryer ... it makes doing laundry slightly more interesting. Here's "Dryer Girl"
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Friday, 11 April 2008
Friday, 4 April 2008
Last night, I was up late working on this painting. I started experimenting with inks, liquid acrylics and oil pastels on transparency film. This is the *Luminous* result of that experimentation (click on the picture for a larger view). It is even more luminous when you hold it up to the light!! I roughly sketched the outline of the heart onto the transparency using several different colors of oil pastels. Then I used a combination of magenta and gold acrylic inks as well as indigo and burnt sienna drawing inks to blend the colors. I couldn't resist adding some glitter too and a smidge of black fine line marker.
I can't wait to do more "experimenting" :0 )
Recently, I attended a two-day weekend workshop on Abstract Painting. One of the coolest techniques I learned was painting with acrylics on raw canvas. I started the painting above during the last hour of the workshop and then proceeded to obsess over it for the next three days until it was completed. To prepare the canvas to accept the paint, water with a little dish detergent added was brushed all over the canvas and then allowed to dry. Next, I began painting with watered down acrylics. First, it was all about the color and blending, then the shapes began to emerge. I developed the shapes further by drawing directly onto the canvas with a white pastel pencil and emphasizing the forms with color and line. The image reminds of a an intense summer afternoon when the sun is blazing and the air is filled with possibilities and *Abundance*
Saturday, 5 May 2007
I began this painting just over a year ago. Since that time it has sat dormant. Tonight I was inspired to pick it up once again. It is titled "Renewal", which is appropriate for Spring. The seven boxes represent this year. 2007 is all about change, renewal and re-inventing yourself. I am pleased with the way it has turned out. I hope you like it too. Any and all feedback is appreciated.
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
OH CANADA ... and yes, the beaver is a PROUD and NOBLE anmial!
Digital montage created as part of a slideshow for
dears friends from China. They lived in Canada briefly and returned home with
many sweet memories. I incoroporated their favorite colors and beloved maple leaf. It made me proud when they said that they felt there was nothing better than having Canadian friends.
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
After each posting, you will notice the words "Labels:". When you post something new, you have the option of adding labels. Labels are like keywords that you choose to describe your post. I have added labels such as "Abstracts", "Acrylic Paintings", etc. Each of these keywords is a link or a 'Label'. If you click on "Acrylic Painting" for instance, the link will take you to all of my artwork that is done in acrylics.
Of course, me being the supreme (okay, some may call it 'obsessive') organizer that I am ... I LOVE this feature!!!
Monday, 19 March 2007
This abstract is called "Coasting" because for me it conjures up the thrill of riding a roller coaster. The blur of colors and shapes as you spiral at break-neck speeds around the track
... clickety-clack, clickety-clack!
What kind if feeling does it inspire in you?