Wednesday, December 22, 2010


One of my driving forces is looking for inspiration. I see it in words spilled upon the page, in watching the birds, in the splash of paint on canvas, in the rust of iron on the pier, in the way the clouds move across the face of the moon on a windy night. Subconsciously I look for it all around me. The creative force that cannot be turned off at will, but that can, upon occasion go into hibernation, always looking at the world without and within for the next thing that ignites it's spark. My task is simply to be open. I love the surprise when it comes to me from some obscure place or event. Hoping that in the unfolding of your day you find an unexpected source of inspiration.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hello . . . is anybody there?

Creakkkkly the door opens, (cough, cough!! as the dust goes up my nose!), I slowly open the door to my little place here. I look inside to find dust has settled on every flat surface. The windows are dirty. The sun is trying to come in and light the corners of the room with it's yellow warmth once again. When I last closed the door to this little art room in the back, I did not anticipate I would have been gone this long. My going was a necessary journey. I needed some time away. A time of not sharing every little thing going on. A time to create art just for me. A time to reflect on where I was and where I wanted to go. I return standing better on my feet when I am on the ground. I return more comfortable in my flying wings when I am skybound. The art chair feels familiar, the contours of my body still embedded in it. I have been anticipating my return here with hopefulness. I always knew I would come back here. I am not disappointed.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Birthday BFF!!!

Some good things going on, like my BFF's birthday - Love that you were born xx years ago today! An email from my neice, which made my day - love you Chelsea and you made an auntie's heart happy today - it was really good hearing from you. I am looking forward to following along on your blog! A new little one has joined our family, a big welcome to little Fiona!!! And yes, even the swarm of bees resting at our house while they look for a new place to live is a good thing in my book.

I have been away from here for so long, I almost feel like I should not be allowed to post here anymore. But moving beyond that, I am here and hoping to get comfortable back in the saddle again. I have been playing with a fun art group, making some cool art projects and really enjoying the altered book group I have been participating in lately - love doing those altered books! I have a new camera to replace my old one which took a dive off the mountain on one of J's last hiking adventures - will get some photos up of some of the newer projects, soon. Good to be back in familiar territory, I've missed my blogging friends!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Another good day . . .

Another good day! It was a wonderful day for teaching a PMC class at Stamping Details with two great women. This was the type of class where it felt more like play than work, and a good time was had by all! I am inspired to work on getting some more ideas out there and to put together a couple more classes that will bring some freshness to my teaching - I am ready for that (thank you Tamsie!). I am listening to the universe and my BFF - neither one of which has ever steered me wrong!! Looking forward to a relaxing weekend of reading, some more of Mystele's online art lessons and a couple of good movies I hope! See ya'll next week!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rambling around in a familar space . . .

I didn't want to write, "I can't believe it's been so long since I've been here!", but here I am writing that!! I don't want to explain why I have been away, I just want to jump back in and pick up with being in my blog space again. So that's what I am doing. I have been wondering about many things recently, one of which is how I want to spend my time. Isn't that a huge luxury, actually getting to chose how to spend it instead of  not having any choice in the matter?! Reading, writing, creating little art pieces, all are wonderful ways I choose to spend the gift of time. I have also been recently increasing my physical phitness (love the play on that word!!) to keep my health moving in a good direction. The funniest thing is I couldn't wait for my birthday this year so I would be able to join the Senior Center so I could use their gym!! That cracks me up about myself!! I have not been the most physical person I have known, but I am starting to appreciate the benefits of  moving my body around and finding a strength I didn't realize was there. I challenge you to get moving in the world today!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A shifting perspective . . .

Carolyn, I too, am saying, "A month!!" I thought for sure I would have been back here long before now. Where have I been?! Really, not very far away, just out of sight around the bend. I've been reassessing some priorities, some things I want to let go off that no longer work well for me. I have been looking at art making and the role that plays in my life, writing and the role that plays, people I know and people I want to know better, books I know I will never read and can release, and books I can't wait to devour and savor, always on the hunt for words that speak to my spirit. I am getting more comfortable with who I am and  trusting my instincts and searching out some new experiences. I am settling comfortably into my routine and trusting it is exactly where I am suppose to be right now, right here. The Universe has a way of letting you know when it's time for things to change. Oh and by the way, if you haven't seen Alice in Wonderland, run, don't walk to your nearest theatre!! The trip down the rabbit hole is so worth it!!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Stepping away for a few days. . .

Fantastic sunny day, birds chirping around the backyard feeders, a new book bag, pencil case and notebook to fill with the scribblings of my heart, yes, life is good. Checking in to say I am going to be visiting with my mom for a few days, playing Scrabble, helping her with some projects she wants help with, and enjoying the beautiful drive up the coast and back again. Catch up with you all when I get back.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Being aware of the potential . . .

The dramatic sky today reminds me of unrealized possibility. I wonder at the quality in my life that lets me look at things and visualize the potential in them, and then how many I never bring into being. They are like gems waiting their turn quietly on the shelf of my mind. Sometimes I think it is not about the actual creation itself, but it is more about the ability to imagine them in the first place. The spark that says, I see this and it makes me think about that. The quality of seeing with new eyes and appreciating with an inventor's heart. Connecting the outside with the inside.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Artist Support

What a fun afternoon I had! I signed up for Mystele Kirkeeng's Art Sentiments mini e-growth course and loved watching her videos this afternoon. She is such a warm artist, giving, talented and so down to earth! I am happy I signed up for this class and can't wait to go play after I am done chatting with you guys! Please stop by and check her out, I know you will love what you see on her site. She is offering an introductory price on the class so head over there before the window closes on that! She also has a blog  I stop by regularly and see what she is up to. I know this probably feels like and infomercial, but I really do get inspired by Mystele's art and I would just like to lend her some support from my blog. This was totally unsolicated, I just like it when we can all share the good things we know about on our blog sites. So go check her out and see if this is something you just to have do for yourself .

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Loving this rainy winter weather!

We are having some different weather here in SoCal. The rain is very welcomed by me as we have been experiencing a lack of water here in the south land and this is helping to replenish our reservoirs. So when it rains I get to sit and sip hot tea, have glowing candles lighting the shadowed corners, little kitties curl up and sleep deep slumbers, I get leisurely reading time with good books, and I get to draw in my sketch book. Lately I  have been interested in Zentangles and this is one I did last night. A meditative process with no purpose other than to just make marks on your paper and step into the left side of your brain. Hoping you stay dry and find a cozy place to sit out the storms.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rethinking the green . . .

Tonight I sit here with my fingers on the keys contemplating what I want to share with you. I find myself thinking of how I like to use my  rose colored glass to view the world. I like my Pollyanna view most of the time, but I may need to light up the dark dusty rose to a more pinkish hue on those lens.
I am finding that even though I am in my 50's, I still think like a five year old when it comes to matters of finance. Now, you may think, how the heck can she do that?! I have been surrounded by people who are financially responsible and have compensated for my lack of wanting to be "mature" about money. Money burns a hole in my pocket. If I have it, I must spend it. What else are your wants for but to be instantly gratified?!!! You can imagine how frustrating that may be for those around me that see the bigger picture and are actually trying make sure our future is secure!! Thank God he blessed me with people who can do that! So in the interest of, gulp, growing up a bit, I am working on matters of finance these days. Wondering what some of the things are you are working on these days . . .

Friday, January 8, 2010

Playing around . . .

Just stopping by to share a little playing around I did today. I created the bottom picture in a little journal I had made in December, but I never really liked it. So my adage is, if you don't like something, slap some gesso over it and work on it some more. I like this as a journal page much better. I have been an avid journaler, but not in art journals and this year I am hoping to transition more into the art journal world. I also want to let you know that La Fourchette is offering us some wonderful vistas of France to warm our hearts and minds as we start into the New Year. Check out the beautiful calendars Leslie is offering at the link on the right. The eye candy is worth the time!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Still of the optomistic mind set . . .

My heart is feeling very full at the moment. An overwhelming feeling of well being and gratitude is coloring my perceptions and experiences. In the ebb and flow of life, I love this grounded feeling. I wish I could remember that it is always available to me, but for today, I am thoroughly enjoying it! On those days I am kvetching and ranting, will one of you please kindly point me back to this post?!!
The New Year is bringing with it a feeling of wanting to do some new things. Known to a few near and dear to my heart, I struggle in ugly ways with doing art shows. I have decided to listen to that small voice that has been my constant companion which says, I am destined to teach and to give up doing art shows. So this year, my actions will be more geared in that direction. I totally trust the teaching experience and how it unfolds, a more engaging fit for all of us! I am going to take a yoga class. I found one being offered at the local junior college and the timing is perfect. I have also researched finding a book group, and am happy to say I have found a potential one I will be checking out at the end of the month. These are a few things I am doing to not change who I am, but rather letting who I am unfold more fully. I am learning to make peace with my decisions and make the best of this journey called my life. Wishing lightness of spirit to you today.