Let's celebrate the return of the Light at Winter Solstice. The ending of one season and the beginning of another offer a time for reflection and renewal. These thoughts come from Sarah Breathnach's book 'Simple Abundance' for this day. As I reflect on all the blessings received in 2007, life is rich and good, full of wonderful connections, love, opportunities and much happiness. Thank you to each of you who touched my life and continue to enrich it.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
To my delight, Suzanne made this great little box for me. What little treasures will go inside? Something special for sure.
My newest gaurdian angel is Fiona. She wants to dance with the stars. Darlene and her daughter, Cora, make these silly sock creatures. Their whimsy and funny, fat-lipped faces light up my day.
Yesterday, they had a booth at the Rebel Rabbit craft fair at Hipbone Studio on E. Burnside. After seeing Darlene and Cora, I waited in a long line to get into crafty wonderland at the Old Norse Hall. Over 100 venders and wall to wall buyers filled both downstairs and upstairs. Portland promotes handmade gifts in a big way. Tis the season to buy homemade and support cottage crafters and artists.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
The Clackamas County Arts & Craft Fair offered me the opportunity to share and sell some of my art. My Grandma Pearson made the beautiful quilt when she was in her 90's. I felt her presence with me all day. She taught me how to knit and crochet along with many other life lessons. I enjoyed the expereince, seeing former coworkers and meeting other artists. Plus, I met my goal in sales.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Kat challenged art group members to create a piece of art using haiku for inspiration. I loved this exercise and took one of my acylic painted and textured backgrounds from Misty Mawn's class as a base. Using Misty's techniques, I transfered my photos of trees and fall foilage, added some stamped ferns and drew water ripples of the tossed stone. The forest is alive with fall color. Here are some of her other haiku for inspiration.
- Utter aloneness, another great pleasure in autumn twilight Basho
- In my dream, my dog has a whistle only I can hear J. Stevenson
- This cold night, nothing moves but stars J. Brown
- Alone, learning stillness from the sandstone M. Farley
- Eating alone, my alphabet soup speaks to me B. Duster
- New in town, the scent of unknown flowers Y. Chang
- All along the road, not a single soul only autumn evening comes Basho
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Here's another nature journaling exercise with fall leaves. On my walk one morning last week, I picked up leaves, put them in a plastic bag, came home and marveled at all their variety in shape, size and color with pen and paint.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Another good book to read is Ricë Freeman-Zachery's Living the Creative Life- ideas and inspiration from working artists. She interviews fifteen artists and gleans their tips for becoming an artist and keeping at it.
Today, I also uploaded our Portland Art Collective Show card. Save the dates December 7th and 8th on your calendar to come and see the work of this wonderful group of artists. It's at the Multnomah Arts Center. It's a great way to find special gifts for the holidays.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
My goal this year is to improve my drawing skills. Barbara Roth taught the class 'U Can Draw'.
For fun Sunday night, I took Barbara Matthiessen's class. We drew blind self-portraits. We laughed at our picasso-esque renderings.
Yesterday, I took another workshop from Barbara Roth. We drew and painted postcards with watercolor. These will be great momentos to send home from future travel adventures. Life would not be the same without all of my wonderful art friends. Each one gives to me so much. Thank you to all!
Monday, September 24, 2007
I took beginning feltmaking and locker hooking classes from Una Walker. I love the feel of wool in my hands and will enjoy making more handfelted accessories.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
We selected plants to draw- with the mantra 'measure, measure, draw' to get an accurate rendering for scientific documentation. We copied the drawings in pen & ink and painted them with watercolor glazes. Now I want to learn more about bontanical science and illustrate more plants.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This weekend, a group of PAC friends headed up the Columbia River Gorge to the Maryhill Museum of Art to see the 'Gadzooks! Amazing Books' exhibit by Northwest Artists. I don't know which I liked better- the books or 'Le Théâtre de la Mode French Fashion Mannequin Collection'. Both run through November 15th.
We shared art and food and fed the peacocks in the shade .
Today, we visited the Japanese Garden
to sketch and see the High Fiber Diet Art show. Check out the Garden website for more information. The art quilts were inspired by wabi-sabi- "a sense of beauty of things that are simple, natural, sometimes rustic, and always quietly elegant". Karen Miller told us about the Japnaese stencil dye art of katazome. She gives a demo on her website.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Lissa Herschleb displayed two of her sketchbooks which really caught my attention. Her sketches of the organic, morphed shapes of plants and faces with weight and substance are transformed into her mixed media paintings.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Double anemones bloom along the path.