Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Full Circle

What an amazing day of final preparations for attending Art IS You in Stamford, Conn. this coming week. I had had clothes assembled early in the week but finally got them in my carryon bag. Had made a small batch of inspiration cards for my hostess. They went into my bag with no problem. Excitement built. It seemed I was nearly to come full circle with fulfillment of my dream of attending this grand event.

However, when I checked e-mail, I discovered an update about the coming retreat. An embedded message was a reminder that during one day, we will be able to collect Journals for Heroes, which will be added to a year long journal drive for heroes that are currently deployed or expected to deploy in coming months.

I remembered this idea was shared very early in the registration process and I had planned to take a contribution. So, to my clean studio I went.

First I gathered a Fabriano journal I had recently purchased, washi tape, Duck tape, quote stamps and many ink pads. I set about designing a cover and began to think about how I helped ready our son when he deployed. I thought about how important a journal had always been to him to capture thoughts and creative ideas. As I selected quotes and stamped them into the pages I felt as if I was making him smile. By the time I had stamped the last page and written a "Thanks for volunteering!" with my No. 2 pencil to insure that the message would not wash away, I felt as if I had spent an hour with him. It was wonderful. Here is a look at the front.

The back inside cover.....

The back and front spread flat.

I have good memories of the surprise boxes we sent to our son and his 173rd brothers several times. Eleven years seems a century ago, yet the circle has come back around. I do hope one of our volunteer service heroes takes momentary delight in filling their journal as they serve. It was with true joy I made it for them. It helped me realize that I have come full circle with grief.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


One of this weeks' doings included transforming this seven dollar thrifted party dress

into the beginnings of an Elsa costume. 

The week also kept me busy on some Shrinky Dink treasures for my exchange charms at the upcoming Stamford, Conn, Art IS You, 2014 event.

Hope to get this project done beckon.

However, so does coffee
 cards and correspondence
 bright eyes
 a last lilac blossom
 two final Easter lilly trumpets
and an urgent call to "bloom".

Think I shall choose the latter and get busy enjoying all of these morning beckonings.
How about you?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dawn's Early Light

During a few morning meanderings this week,  I have given wonder to a familiar phrase: "by the dawn's early light."  Friday morning a walk took me only a couple of blocks from our house, as I did my own version of a personal "sketch/paint crawl". I called it that because I chose to take along a sketch book, stop and make puddles of watercolors with a set of my travel paints and a water brush, add a few ink details and then walk on at a slow crawl speed to see what my eyes would notice next for subject interest in the early light. This brought my eyes to notice some less noticed beauty:  a stack of old flower pots, three pots of waning impatiens, old sneaker prints in a slab of sidewalk, last of season blossoms, an American flag and a beautifully rusted water main cover.

Saturday morning, I stood on the screened porch in early light and wondered at this rosebud stretching to near my waist height.

Then, I took a walk about the neighborhood, where light was cast on many of fall's colors and textures. I gathered samples of a few of the prettiest and headed for home with my pocketful of treasures thinking some of them can be made into new stains in my art journaling. 
Another joy of Saturday's walk was that the light woke up several hundred small, brown birds in a couple of crab apple trees that I walk under. I took pause there to enjoy their joyous ode. Such a special thing to have experienced. I shall ever onward refer to that place  as "my Chirping Trees". I am still smiling at the delight of it.

And Sunday morning brought me and my camera, a SONY Cyber-shot  DSC- H5,  to some early light moments.  First I was struck by the natural light that shone through a crystal bowl and sent wonders of heaven through my mind.

Then, the light on a book caught my eye.

a familiar silhouette came forth, 

curtains filtered early light and beckoned me to look outside.

Right there on the porch, a play of early light and shadows beckoned me to a soul dance of sorts. 

So, there you have it, my recent experiences with dawn's early light. 

I think I now have more appreciation for why I am a morning person.......

Thursday, September 4, 2014


For those of you who have been reading this blog from time to time, I am betting that you have wondered, "Where have all her blogposts gone?". Well, they have been trashed and I have begun the process of restarting.  Summer began to end and I realized that it was time to begin......again. So, I am back.

Here I am.    

And here are some of the things I played with today in my studio: homemade Washi tape made from medical paper tape or mailing labels, stamped images from my home carved stamps and a mix of Inktense watercolor pencils and Neocolor IIs. 

Yesterday's carving, a candy corn stamp, was first to be tried. I even effectively embellished it with some sparkles from a touch or two of matte gel medium and some "Snow White" L.A. COLORS shimmering loose eyeshadow that I purchased at Dollar Tree early this morning.  I had fun applying  strips of tape to postcards and a journal page. Tomorrow some of it will go on clothespins I use in my studio for clipping memos. 

Since school supply sales have been good this fall,  I have been experimenting with carving common pink school erasers rather than my usual choice of Speedball products. This m&m stamp was a fun challenge this afternoon. I felt I just had to have a candy design like this to put on cards, etc., since we now are living in the community that sports the huge and only m&m production plant in the USA.

My final studio project of the day came from an idea I had read about this morning in my new online HeArt Journal Magazine . Repurposing some Avery mailing labels with more of my  stamping, doodling and writing, proved to be great fun. Thanks to this great idea, several of my art tribe will be
receiving postcards by snail mail  next week! And I can foresee this being an activity that I will enjoy as I fly to ART IS You Stamford in early October, 2014. Can't wait!!!!!