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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Paper Stacks

everything in the studio is 

simply in process...

and as 
I prefer to 
blog weekly 

to keep you informed 
on the studio work...
it becomes necessary to share 
works in process...

not that I am crazy about that..
but I do know you enjoy

the process...
sometimes as much as
the product.

The pieces here are paper stacks that 
I am hand stitching

and will be mounted on 
antique book covers...
foxed pages, black bean dyed antique lace, wrapping papers and black threads...

 for my latest submission to 
Sew Somerset
and I am 
stringing words together slowly
in the studio for the article as 
I work on the 
book covers...

While we sizzle in summer...
my thoughts have drifted to winter..
if they are chosen to make their 
debut appearance 
in the December 1st 

So I am
off to work...
so many loose ends to tie..
and as always...
thank you for stopping by..

ciao, ciao..

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Helson Gallery

gentle readers,
I thought you would want to know...

I am so honored to have my work chosen

by the 
Ontario, Canada

to be exhibited
in the show...

Transformation: An Exhibition of Altered Books

I want you to know
how much I appreciated your 

your outpouring of kind words..
and encouragement as I 
first showed you this
little concertina...

the show is scheduled 
September 14-November 27

thank you for good wishes and prayers!


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

May Art Journal Pages

that is a word that keeps
coming up for me...

trusting the feminine 

as I journal..
noting all the changes that 
I am making on the inside of me...

documenting that visually
is sometimes 

as you already know,
dear reader...
if you have
followed my blog for any length of time
are always key to my work...

and my journal 
is a visual account of my relationship
with myself...

my thoughts...

my loves..
my fears..
my desires...

so perhaps it looks a bit chaotic..
lots of things going on internally, 
and such texture..

Ingredients: Ink, walnut ink, acrylic paint, antique encyclopedia pages, antique ephemera, gelli prints on deli paper, pencil.

and I agree with Emily....
 "to live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else... "

ciao, ciao..

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Carte Postale-mini mixed media paintings

Did I ever tell you,
dear reader, that friends send me lovely
ephemera and treasures
by post...?

my friend 

sent me loads of beautiful old stamps..
and they inspired me to make some 

small collage tiles...

using a neutral color palette 

mini mixed media paintings  

they measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 

and I mounted them on mixed media board..

they feel so romantic to me, 
rich in drama..
and relationship..

I imagine them traveling far.. 
to distant places with hope and love,

news of congratulations, celebrations...

and  of sadness and tragedy..

a tiny geometric shape...

holding so much energy..

as it was fixed to the envelope...

I love the stories that I weave in my mind...

about all the people that touched just one of these
just imagine...
it is as if I can hear them whispering to me
from the past...

I don't know how many I will make, but I have a few more in the works..

may your week be beautiful
and all your letters filled with joy..


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gardening and Concertinas

Gardening in Florida
has been
nothing but
for me...

The tropicals all died the first year

in the cold...
and so I decided to go with hardier plants..
plants that I knew could tolerate
some chilly weather

The Mexican petunias above are like weeds
and invasive but they are so pretty... 
so I planted them in the pool cage

and in pots where they cannot escape and 
take over the world...

My Veggie garden was almost a complete failure..
my herbs grew well.. but we have very
different seasons here and I would have to 
make raised beds due to the sand, so I am not in a hurry to 
conquer that right now...

but as you know...

Gardens and flowers are always on my mind...
So I created
some concertinas
for the summer issue of 
Sew Somerset...

which will be available 

I just received my copy in the mail
which made my day...

The article includes the instructions to make
my little books..
and thoughts on peering through the garden
to find a treasure ..

to uncover the hidden beauty that lies
just beyond our sight....

and if that wasn't nice enough...
I learned that 
two of my art journal spreads in my

Antique Record Journal 

will be featured 
in Somerset Apprentice...

you can go here to
see the spreads and try to figure out which pages
they chose...

and so I have had some success
with gardening

and as you can see
they seem to like it here...

 Ciao for now
gentle reader..


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sanibel Inspiration

What a difference a beach day makes..

even the worst day at the beach 
is a welcome respite..

last week we were headed for 
Sanibel Island..

the weather was lovely...
a bit breezy as usual, but gorgeous...

it was a decent walk thru the park
and over a bridge...

across the 

lots of trees..
gorgeous forest..

and sea grapes..

and then the
beach appears...

"The tides are in our veins."
Robinson Jeffers

and the sun sparkles..

of course the first thing you have 
to do is drop all the luggage...
beach chairs and umbrella...
cooler and towels...

"Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war."
Loren Eiseley

and go down to the water...

putting feet in water..
jamming toes in sand..

and searching for shells...

the best shells are 

the sea weed of course...

That magical pull of the sea, 

doesn't every one feel it..?
it is as if....

a long lost love is 
whispering your name..

take off your shoes ..
 come be with me...