Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In the Bone Yard






we recently happened upon a 
stunning bone yard,
dear reader...











it was early morning...and the beginning of a brilliant and sunny day...
and yet...







it had that wonderful creepy quality
that often resides in old bone yards...







many of the stones were broken like 
old teeth in disrepair..

words long ago worn from the stone...
and yet..
there was a definite presence...









as I walked thru..
I felt as though I was being watched..
 a hand on my shoulder..
was more than the spanish moss brushing my back
as I walked by...







there was also a pervasive sense of sadness...
as there were so many tiny
head stones..
lambs and angels...







some even had fresh flowers...






but it was more than sorrow..







Once we all knew that we would end up here..









we would find peace
and rest in a shady plot...





but now it seems even the bone yards..
are dying...








and soon ...
not even the stones will cast a shadow...



sending you blessings 
for 
All Hallows Eve
and Dia De Los Muertos..



xo





Thursday, October 23, 2014

Italian Collage Sneak Peeks








sneak peeks
are like cliff hangers..
half of a really good sandwich...
or a "taste" of wine...







they keep us
thirsty...
hungry for another morsel..
 desire is a very good thing...


I am delighted to share with you these
little snippets 
that are part of a larger piece of work...
a mixed media 
Italian collage piece
that I finished recently







that will be included in
Roxanne Evans Stout's 
new book

I am so thrilled to be a part of this book,
and to share this new painting...









if you have not seen Roxanne's 
work or visited her site
go to

she is an amazing artist,
and great teacher...
so check out her class schedule too..

I promise to have
 have October pages for you soon.. 
gentle reader



C4N!














Saturday, October 18, 2014

September Journal Pages






I missed journaling...

everything was packed away tightly in boxes...
we were busy getting the new house in order...
and visiting friends and family..










and I really did not realize how much I looked forward to writing
all my thoughts down on paper and 
then illustrating...

my month... 
my feelings and the events....

of course I knew that art journaling was important to me...
but it is the contrast isn't it
that makes one realize how much 
something really means...


so 
I made up for it with 
my 
September pages...










sometimes an abstract is the only way I feel that I
can express everything that is going on...
in and around me...
Chaos of creation.. 
of life...








only layers seem to capture
what goes on..
the depth of friendships...
of love...
desire...
hope... 








this month, I found my old pasta machine at the bottom of a large box..
dusted it off and made some new
Italian collages...
the three pieces below
came from that joyful day...




ingredients: paper, ephemera, fabric, acrylic paint, walnut ink, colored pencils, pen, pencil, Italian collages, cardboard, H2O's, wax encaustic...




and
dear reader...
I will have some sneak peeks
for you in my next post...
 news about a fabulous new book...



ciao, ciao!





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Home





I am beginning to think of this new house
as
home..
and although it has taken almost every waking moment...
and kept me from the studio...
it is starting to come together...





Heart shaped rocks in the flower beds..




I am still unpacking studio boxes...
and finding treasures..
and books packed away for over a year...







Rain soaked bark and wet juniper... smells so heavenly




they seem like old friends and it feels a bit like Christmas...
opening so many tissue wrapped gems..
all of the new furniture is assembled and I am still sorting and organizing..




Clouds moving out and blue sky moving in...



With all of 
 the furniture in place, 
 I have determined that I need a proper bookshelf
because I have a LOT of books..

and my junior bookshelf will not support my habit...

books are my one weakness after all... 





Crepe Myrtle tree...


and I am going to put shelves up on my painting wall..
instead of an easel, so I can lean the boards on the shelf and 
work on a whole series at one time...





The four Crepe Myrtles will have to be moved because they are struggling in the shade of the Live Oaks..



I feel that so many things have changed for me..
with this move..
and certainly art is moving and flowing in a different direction...
I can feel it, but I have not been able to discern where
exactly it is going...




Live Oaks are simply gorgeous.. lichen covered creatures..



I have been working in the chaos..
and I am putting the finishing touches to 
my September pages...




Part of the Live Oak forest in my side yard... there will be a bench here and pots of ferns



in my art journal...
woefully behind I know, 
but life happens....









So thankfully I will have some art to show you
in my next post
and then perhaps some studio vignettes...






Peeking thru the Crepe Myrtles..





and in closing, just a note of
gratitude for your kind remarks, they
have cheered me more than you know...
it is always so nice to have encouragement
from friends...



C4N!




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Secret Gardens




so, gentle reader...

we took a little detour
on our way back home from Oklahoma
visiting our family...
and stopped 
for the afternoon in
New Orleans...






I adored this fence, rusty, thick and chunky Fleurs, what is not to love about that?





it was a destination that I had always wanted to see...

Mr. La Dolce Vita had been there on business and promised to take me one day..
knowing that I am lover of crumbling splendor
and aged places..





Chained shut and definitely overgrown...



of antiques and good food...
it was a perfect little side trip...









I had imagined New Orleans as a 
romantic city of French Creole, filigree wrought iron balconies...

and of course there is that, and though I did shoot a few of those...




St. Louis Cathedral  in the French Quarter... spectacular old worlde architecture...




what really captured my curiosity were all the private gardens...
with fountains and lush with exotic plants and flowers...




Charming antique store with a lovely courtyard..




they beckon.. 
invite, and who can resist the notion
 of a 
secret garden?









living inside...
out...








sitting in the sun each morning with a cafe au lait?








Hurricane Katrina left her mark for sure, 
but the French Quarter was spared..
not unharmed 
but not completely devastated either...
there is a lot of new building and many businesses are 
still rebuilding but it is ever gorgeous...








and life will not be stopped...
it squirts from cracks in stones and takes over gardens...







I felt at home there,
the city of Fleur De Lys
in fact I was wearing my fleur charm as we
drove into town...






there were less tourists 
since we visited on a weekday..
and the weather was spectacular...

sunny and bright, but the sting removed from the sun
as summer gives way to fall, even here in the south...







and as a tree lover, I was stunned by the size and majesty of the 
Live Oaks...
sheltering and far reaching..









but ....dear reader, 
the secret gardens won my heart...

they are my one weakness...

wink..




xo




Friday, September 12, 2014

Autumn in the Bahamas





this time of year, 
I miss New Mexico...
you never forget the smell of hatch chiles 
roasting in the crisp cool air of autumn..
and the taste of green chile... on ... everything..

as well as the color blue... Taos blue is famous..
but...
 in my new home, I don't have to go too far to
find the color blue..








the gorgeous light creates the most fabulous shades of blue..

we had a short trip and only visited two islands, so we had a lot a lot of down time
which gave us time to read... reading which was a normal part of each day has now become a luxury
with all the things a new home requires...
I fall into bed each night exhausted and the list of to do's seems to grow..








so having time to just be and stroll and read and relax was very welcome...








this island was lovely...
called Coco Cay, it is a private island
used specifically for the cruise line passengers.. I love it because it is 
wooded and the grounds are very lovely...







palm trees, flowering bushes and Casuarina's are thick on the island...
there is a staff that lives on the island and it is very well maintained..








the Casuarina for those of you who do not live near one, is an evergreen and looks like a pine tree,
but it really isn't and the long needles are considered to be branches..







they provide amazing shade and look gorgeous..








blue is not just for skies and water in the Bahamas, 
you can find every shade on buildings too...
this one below was particularly stunning...








and I did not spend too much time in the water due
to these guys...
they look happy though don't they?
step on one and you will be anything but....







there is a lagoon on the island, which is home to large lizards, and I did not see one, since I was so busy shooting water...








when the clouds and the crowds rolled in, we were ready to leave to get back on board ship...
the tenders work all day long constantly bringing passengers back and forth...










I hate to leave you again, but we have another trip planned..
this one with family...

so you will have to wait for my travelogue to Nassau dear readers...

I am working on a small project in the studio, a tiny present, but alas, so much is still packed
 that I have nothing to show for myself...
the furniture is put together and I have more storage than I have had since Fort Collins...
just no time...


thank you so much for stopping by and understanding how hectic it all is...
I read all your comments and take each to heart... and 
I am grateful...

ciao, ciao!


xo