Tuesday, August 18, 2009

studio remake

While I was feeling quite enthused about getting back to my sewing machine after all of the fabric purchases I had made last week:

some new and some old fabric

faux fur

fabric for bags

fabric for some kind of quilting or piecing

I decided that I must get to work on the studio remake of my small upstairs space:

how the floor was

The above is how the floor looked until about 7:30 pm yesterday. I have wanted to do more of our floors to look like this one

wood floor effect painted

which a friend of mine had done in Kat's bedroom a few years ago.

I want to paint the walls as well, into some warm and bright colours, maybe put some unique effects there. I want more about the room to be appealing than this inspiration board

inspiration board

and atop the filing cabinet.

atop filing cabinet

Sunday, August 9, 2009

"the risk to blossom"

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

There was a day I never would have dreamed of calling myself an artist. While I was growing up I loved to do art. Yet because of my intelligence I placed the expectation on my self of the need to further my education. The idea of becoming an artist was not really something viewed as desirable. I thought. Remember that I am 51 years old. Even today, for a younger person, the idea of becoming an artist might still be "far fetched", unfortunately.

My choices led to a career in the health care field. While that career was somewhat fulfilling, the stress involved was tremendous. More recently, I have chosen to return to the pursuit of art. I can identify myself as an artist. I feel comfortable about it. I love to paint on canvases. Even that was threatening in the past couple of years. NOW, that risk to create on a canvas is much more comfortable than "the risk to remain tight in a bud."

This is the beginning of a canvas I completed last week. You can tell from this image started in June of 2008 that the finished story has many layers, much texturing.

canvas WIP

Following are a couple of views of the 16 x 20 inch canvas completed only a couple of days ago. This first one I modified to black and white.

"holding you safely" in black and white

This is closer to the original.

"holding you safely"

"holding you safely"

Please note the tiny little critter in the crook of her neck. Also understand that the reddish light just above the head of the girl was only the way the sun was shining on the picture. It is not a part of the actual painting, though - I do believe in angels.

Please note I will be away for a couple of days so will take some time for your comments to be moderated. Do not let that prevent you from sharing your thoughts.

Angels be with you.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


While there is something about the colour purple which I love

purple bells

and shades of blue make my heart feel aflutter

back garden - kind of wild & wonderful

the cheeriness of oranges and pinks

orange & pink brightness

allow my spirit to sing

reds and foliage

So what "about green"?

GREEN the choice

Besides my everyday "green way of life", I have found some fabulous art books which have been created with 100% recycled paper and cardboard.

eco-jotter books

This is very exciting to me. The fact that ecojot is also Canadian excites me even further. Check out ecojotter's blog and find the products at these locations in Canada, Island Blue Art Store, grassroots and in the United States at Journals and Books. I purchase my own ecojot products in Saskatoon at Art Placement.

The following picture is of an art journal page which I did in the 9 x 12 inch "drawing book" on the bottom left of the above picture. These books are fabulous to work in.

eco-jotter journal pages

AND, especially if you are from Canada, please take a moment to look at the blackout day site where you can enter daily to win the sweepstakes.
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