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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Art Blogs to Swoon Over






blog hopping 
is my one weakness...

wink..

as you know..
and here are a few that I frequent..

enjoy!






Fiona Dempster












Maya Mathews

































see you next week,
dear reader...



xo




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Garden Concertinas




What a lovely post
day...


 to find
my 
mini
Garden Concertinas
back from their visit to 



Poetique (Sunflowers), Fleurs, Books on Gardening, mini concertinas, Caterina Giglio 


the
Stampington
offices in California...


in case you have not see the latest issue of 
Sew Somerset...



Back cover of Fleurs


I wanted to share my books 

with you all..
dear readers..





front cover of Fleurs, mini concertina



in the article I share the techniques 
I used to make my ribbon hinged books..




The inside of Poetique (Sunflowers) the inside reads, Sunflowers...




as always, I am grateful to 
have a platform to teach others
to stretch out 
creatively...



The back and front cover of the mini concertina, Poetique 




The substrate is 
heavy watercolor paper,
papered with antique French book pages
and sanded back and then painted...






the floral drawings are
all hand sketched with pen and ink
on 
tracing paper
to allow the background to come through..






peeking inside a garden...






 to find a treasure...



Inside view of Books on Gardening






"I have a garden all my own, but so with roses overgrown... 
that you might deem it such mess, but truly it's my
wilderness"
anon





it is always nice to have finished work to share with you...

in the studio
I am working on
my Carte Postale Series
that will
be 
featured 
this winter
at 142 Bis Gallerie..

and I have a few other things 
in process
including 
July Art Journal pages..

and I will be back next week..
on Tuesday
as usual..
until then...

ciao, ciao!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

June Journal Pages





It could have been July...
all month, 
I have been pondering the nature

of 

Freedom... 









examining my feelings on the nature of feeling free...








looking through a microscope
at
my beliefs ...









and finally 
rewriting some of my long held
beliefs about 
citizenship
health
and 

love..






there is a lot going on around us
these days, 
and we each of us
has to learn to 
change 
and grow..

or not....

ingredients: Antique ephemera, old book pages, acrylic paint, colored pencil, gel medium, wrapping paper, pen, pencil, mixed media paper.




what are you changing?


or not?

C4N..





Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Waiting for the Light






it seems
I am always waiting for the light..
to either photograph..
or paint, the light is so important...



but it doesn't matter whether you are an artist or not,
the light is important for us all..






"an awake heart is like a sky that pours light"
Hafiz












I have always been an early riser..
I love nothing more than than to be up with the birds
listening to their songs..
the mourning dove crying..
the crow reminding me to pay attention..








balancing my coffee cup
on the arm of my chair...






and marveling at the dew drops...



"I discovered the secrets of the seas in the meditation upon the dew drop"
Khalil Gibran












just breathing in the serenity of the early morning








and thinking that all things come to pass..
not just the hardships..
but in our organic world,
even the beautiful moments..
and our special people..








and so I have been charging myself 
with being willing to see it..
each morning with renewed appreciation..


a bittersweet surrender...







while I await the light...



xo

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Paper Stacks




Sometimes, 
literally
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
together

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 
zine

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







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

I am so honored to have my work chosen







by the 
in 
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!


xo


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

May Art Journal Pages





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


trusting the feminine 
within...






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









so...
documenting that visually
is sometimes 
challenging..







as you already know,
dear reader...
if you have
followed my blog for any length of time
relationships
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..
always
layers...



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..