Wednesday, August 20, 2014

the things that matter


melodie stacy sent me this portrait spoon and mini fabric bunny doll. the past two weeks i have been showered with gifts, my mail box has been packed with little boxes and packages gifted to me by so many of my online friends.
you see, they know it's not all about me.....i draw from them way more than from my small imaginative world. so, i finally get to share with you some of the work by my favorite contemporary artists that i have slowly collected over time.
first and foremost
lynne hoppe! she literally lives in wonderland with little escapades into the east and many an escapade into the garden of eden. i love everything she does and finally asked her for one of her mini paintings.
molly meng
julie ippoliti
susan buchanan
my sudio at night, quite abandoned at the moment since i have been mainly stitching
ellen benson
me

more me
guatemala
bobi & bobi
more of my studio with work by mary stanley, ruth harris, syd mccutcheon and myself
a piece i bought long long ago from canada i believe
one of my son's first pencil drawings
i have yet to own one of dana's
nola hart
a bunny from england
quite eclectic in my tastes but all spell outsider, handmade, homemade
and ofcourse there are the hundreds if books on my bookshelfs, illustrated mainly
so the days rush by
imbued with beauty
touched by friendship
as i, too, reach for the stars
and the things that truly matter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

of late, it has been all about finishing projects that have been set aside, many times with just a tiny corner to be stitched or painted.
and framing some of the work i want to display in our home.
and listing a few others in my much-neglected etsy shop.
you see i have so many varied artistic interests that i sometimes get sidetracked launching new projects.
so i have started a pad with a list of the things i REALLY want to make. ofcourse, i continue to stray once in a while, as when i stopped one night to sew this indigo beaded moth.
it ultimately went on to win an award on flickr's explore with over 12 thousand views worldwide.
or when i stopped to paint this sympathy note for the tragedy of MH 17 for my dutch friend Hans Peter.
i have also been putting together some packages to thank a number of friends who have sent me some wonderful handmade gifts, such as lynne hoppe who sent me a couple of originals
and rebecca brooks who sent me the most gorgeous saughtered double-sided shrine ro hang from my ceiling fan
in turn, her gifted prompted me to stitch these scapulars
but i've also been catching up with the garden




and walks on the beach
and still hanging up pictures in the house
and tidying up the studio

i need more time. lots more time because
just love love to create.

what do you think of this new technique i ventured into? my daughter and son are both modernists and i wanted to make tatiana something for her apartment. what a contrast to what i usually paint huh?
i leave you with this beautiful creation from my friend Julie Ippoliti
proof once again that we are all a gift to each other. 
as my friend hans peter so wisely write to me the other day
"This 'us & them' finds its roots, i believe, in the illusion that there is a separate 'me'. The older I get, the more i realuze: i am you, i am this bird, i am this tree, i am this stone."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I DID it

                       SOLD
two weeks....that is all i had between a visit from my creative friend Nola to the actual event. before i knew it, i had said yes to what SHE believed to be shareable about me. during those two weeks preparing i had doubts more than anything due to the time pressure but something told me this was a challenge and i went full throttle. And I DID IT. 
i had a friend build me two display walls to hang my art on, much like an art gallery. and i took a thing of live green with me in the form of lemon balm to show my respect for the Life force that ultimately motivates all I do.
so there i was, pushing myself to reveal through my available work, who i was, what i meant to share, what i meant to say and i worked night and day, amidst the chaos of daily life until i was able to put a decent display together.

the above are two pieces that sold
we spent many an hour sifting through my previous work for printable material but, surprisingly, it was my originals that sold, one woman in particular by the name of rachel buying four of them

i am going through a house form phase
as you can see both in my painting and my stitching
and the flowers in my garden

i stitched, i pasted, i painted, i collaged, i printed and packed, framed and boxed everything right in the nick of time.
all for the
of Art and spreading culture.



courageous me!