Saturday, December 22, 2007

Season Greetings

There are two ways of spreading light; to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it. -Edith Wharton

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.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Guardian Angels

At the end of the year when I count my blessings, I feel expecially touched by several guardian angels in my life. Laurie Mika made this wonderful icon that looks over my desk. Her colors and mosaics intrigue, captivate and warm my heart.

To my delight, Suzanne made this great little box for me. What little treasures will go inside? Something special for sure.

The top sings with color, texture and hope of future travels. Maybe a seafaring adventure awaits for 2008?

Patricia made this inro pendant. The Japanese used inro to hold small objects becuase traditional clothing lacked pockets. Inside she tucked these cute little snowmen earrings.

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

Portland Art Collective Show Great Success

Our Portland Art Collective Show was a great success. In three hours, we transformed the Multnomah Arts Center gym into a winter wonderland of open doors. All of our hard work paid off with great art, attendance and response. Everyone enjoyed the hands-on demonstrations and sharing of creative energy.

I showed my monotype prints and three shrines. Below is detail of the shrine window on the right.Showing and selling my art is a new adventure- especially on this scale. I feel so fortunate to have the support of family, friends, and all the members of the Portland Art Collective. Thanks to all of you who came, said hello, bought art and enjoyed the show. A big thank you to Scott Jones for taking the photos.