well, gentle readers, this is a long post...
I promised you this a couple of months ago...
my art journal is finished...
if you have been following the sweet life
for a while, you know that art journaling is
an important part of my life...
a necessary ingredient...
a cathartic process...
a way to deal with issues...
an opportunity to try out new techniques
products and make rough drafts for
so here you have
if you remember ... the cover looked very different from this
and to see the original cover
the old cover did not hold up to the wear and tear of
two years and so I fashioned this from an old book cover
and an antique metal scrap..
the fern piece was stitched and glued to the cover...
since the book cover was in poor shape,
I stitched the edges and covered it liberally with
working on the collaborative show at
Two Graces Gallery
writing my annual love letter to myself
planning my move to Michigan
rough drafts for the Two Graces show
packing up and moving away
To do lists, busy hands unpacking and painting..
digging in a new garden...
settling in and finding time to do slow stitches...
bricolage pages, lots of things going on...
Italian collage, working on art for my new home...
putting down roots...
illuminating the possibilities...
the woman who cried flowers, transforming pain
my annual love letter to myself..
the promise of spring, sowing seeds..
tribute to my mother in law
"unable are the loved to die for love is immortal"
a peaceful dream about my brother, who took his life..
the fires in Fort Collins, affected me deeply, destroying forest and homes..
a frayed heart, feeling the stress of death and change...
a wonderful visit to Fort Collins, a great response to my show at EsScentuals
The French Paper series...
enjoying the color of the season... but feeling weary..
"a wind has
blown the rain away and blown the sky away
and the trees stand,
I think I too have known autumn for too long.
the death of my brother in law, completely unexpected...
stitching my stable foundation back together...
the swirling snow reminds me that the future is unknown and I must
be resigned to uncertainty..
welcome it and get used to it...
December pages, writing on the page and covered with black gesso...
colored pencil snowflakes
detail below of
hand stitched tracing paper snowflake..
mindful of the time
ingredients: pencil, black gesso, acrylic paint, colored pencil, paper ephemera, tracing paper, thread
it is amazing to see all the work...
my life captured in my art...
the tears and deaths...
the hope and dreams
and the joy of the beauty of
this sweet life...
for stopping by
as always, your
kind comments are so appreciated..
and I will return
with a new journal and a new