Who out there doesn't crave joy-filled and thoughtful inspiration? Judy Wise's new mixed media journal online workshop is proving to be the jumpstart I have been looking for, for a long time. Daily videos demonstrating techniques old and new, along with daily writing prompts make for an exciting way to start each day. A soft and gentle soul, Judy is guiding us along a new creative path that is helping me to see my world with fresh eyes.
Come visit Sweet Chestnut Studio for more!
of tea and come visit me at my new home at:
See you there!
"Hey Mags! Come meet my friends!"
"Hey Maggie May! Pretty girl!"
Miss Maggie is a 3 year old Great Pyreneees who has had a difficult start to her life. When she was a puppy in Tennessee, she jumped out of an open moving van on a highway (WHAT were her owners thinking????), resulting in the loss of one of her hind legs. She was surrendered to a 3 day kill shelter and thankfully saved by Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, who paid for her amputation and care. Once healed, she was adopted by a family in California, where she lived for 2 years. Unfortunately the family was unable to care for her and she was surrendered once again back to BFD Rescue and sent to a foster family in Connecticut. This is where she lived, with a wonderful woman for a month... until....
Mr. Vintage Moon and I have been discussing adding to our "Wild Kingdom" and occassionally look at the rescue sites online. One recent evening I came across the sweetest picture of a furry white baby and knew instantly that this was the one for us. Within the week we had her secured in our car for the (final!!!) trip home.
We are still in the "getting to know you" stage... Sophie and Moose have been very accepting of their new sister (and she of them) but she seems to be settling in to her forever home even better than we could have hoped for. A sweeter dog you will never find. A snuggler and becoming a bit of a ham. One perfect fit.
If you find you have room in your heart, home and life - please consider adopting a new lifelong friend from your local rescue league. There are literally hundreds of thousands of wonderful dogs and cats looking for a safe and secure home. The love you will get in return will be priceless.
xo ~Keep your heart open~ ox
Still awaiting the arrival of my long-disappeared muse... My art space is getting organized - my favorite space is warming with the morning sun and I am hopeful that with the renewal of all things green this Spring, my creative side will find inspiration in this wonderful life I live.
This is beginning to feel like the Weather Channel... 5 storms this month with at least 2 more predicted this weekend and next week. The snow is ruling the lives of everyone in and around New England.
This is the view out onto my sun porch - note that the snow is now 1/2 way up the windows...
Hope that all of you dealing with extreme weather stay warm, dry and safe. xo
Yes... I have been:
On the road again ~ we are in the midsts of planning a Spring vacation (complete with adult children) to Mexico and Honduras. A great excuse to make another travel journal for myself and 2 others for the boys. The cover is from a 1942 information booklet about the steamship Mauritania (sister ship of the doomed Lucitania). As you can see I had quite the time trying out my new sewing machine, discovering all of the different decorative stitches.
and a few of the pages....
On to other matters....
if you will - as cute as he is...
That is exactly what I have done (figuratively of course) for several years. With the help of a wonderful hypnotherapy session, daily exercise and a new-found store of self-discipline, I have shed some of the unwanted pounds. To date, the same amount as what Mr. Moose weighs... and counting. Yay!
So you see - I have not been quite the slackard as it would appear. Cannot promise daily blog updates but will try to keep a bit more current. That's the plan anyway!
Oh - and hardly an afterthought - but this:
is what awaited me this morning. 30" and still going strong. And not a snowplow in sight. Mexico is looking might fine right about now.
Hoping all of you have begun the new year with a clean slate and renewed creativity ~
Shiva oil sticks on primed muslim
(now in the loving care of the west coast posse...)
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." Albert Schweitzer
Such wonderful things are happening in my mailbox lately...
A package lovingly wrapped by Lynne... who generously sent me two of her awesome 3-eyed beings. "My guys" are thrilled to be hanging with "her guys" ~
Then from the creative studio of good friend and traveling companion, Melissa comes this lovely ledger paper with one of her very pretty transfers ~
And yet more! Carol, a most talented artist and friend is always picking up little presents for me for my collections... on her recent trip to Brimfield she spied this amazing book and told me she was certain that I would do something wonderful with it. I already have ideas!
I know... these are unlike anything I have done before. But Katie inspired a new kind of freedom to play and express those "darker" corners. She and Cindy laughingly called these my "angry men" series. The question was: why men and why angry?? Something to explore...
All paintings are oil Shiva sticks on textured, gessoed fabric and measure about 8x10.
I would love to hear your comments!
Something old is new again:
It is always fun to revisit past artwork. This latest Stampington publication is chock full of wonderful articles, including a reprint of an article I wrote a few years ago, "Development of a Doodle".
The bags are packed - art supplies taking up most of the space. Am off to sunny California for a few days of exploring Big Sur with a friend and then on to Los Gatos for An Artful Journey retreat. The most wonderful Katie Kendrick will be leading a 3 day workshop, submerging us as a group into the creative flow of intuitive art. I just finshed constructing a journal to chronicle my days and will share when I return - along with lots of photos!
summer paradise ...
A little bit of heaven on earth...
A most lovely woman, Renee, and her family are in need of your thoughts and prayers as she prepares to travel her final journey in this life. Her battle with cancer and her grace amidst great pain and suffering leaves me in awe of the strength of the human spirit. She has experienced more loss and tragedy in the past year than most of us struggle with in a lifetime. Throughout it all she holds each day as a miracle, showing us all that the only moment we can rely on is the here and now. Her story can be read on her blog Circling My Head... please find a quiet minute to embrace her and her loved ones.