Monday, April 21, 2008

And, then I received a message

A few weeks ago my mosaic piece entitled "Gratitude" was noticed by a woman named Joyce Schwarz who is having a book published called "The Vision Board" by Harper Collins Publishers. The Vision Board has been mentioned over many years but recently in "The Secret" and on Oprah.
The concept is fascinating and helps you see the big picture for your dreams and desires.
I'm humbled to say that Joyce seemed excited to acquire my piece to add to a chapter of her book called "Visions of Gratitude". It will be a coffee table book, available on Amazon and in big book stores around town. I am so thrilled and honored to be part of this important project.

Joyce's call came at a time when I was beginning to have doubts about my work. I have days when I'm driven and can't seem to stop the flow and others days when I just don't think any of it is worth the amount of my time and energy I put into each piece. When I'm tired I become discouraged and desperate about how to stay focused on all my blessings and to have confidence that I am a worthy artist.

When I received Joyce's call it was like the loudest message I think I've ever gotten to keep creating my pieces and to be grateful for my life, talent and my belief in a higher power among so many other things. I was jumping up and down like a little kid and couldn't believe my good fortune.

Being a calligrapher, words are my motivational background. Each of my creations has a meaningful word connected to it. It gives me direction for the over all visual design I want to project.
The word gratitude is one of my favorite words. Each day the word has new meaning for me and I use it a lot to stimulate my art in many ways. So it really wasn't a surprise that a "Gratitude" piece was the choice to kick my butt and wake me up. I have made several pieces about gratitude but this one in particular will always be a reminder that I am a worthy artist, to not doubt that and to believe in myself.

I have also submitted a call for entry to Somerset Studio another piece that I am wanting to be published. I'm hoping that this is my year to get my art out there. It's kind of scary but I believe worth all the effort. I will just stay in gratitude and listen for all the messages that I know will come along the way.

So...I say thank you to Joyce for connecting and liking my mosaic, one of a kind creation "Gratitude". and making it a part of her book, "The Vision Board". I hope that my art touches and inspires many who see it in this wonderful book.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

La Jolla

Jon and I left very early last Friday morning and spent the weekend in La Jolla. Jon had a conference to attend during Friday and Saturday and I got to do whatever I wanted. That doesn't happen very often and I was thoroughly excited at the prospects.
After we arrived, Jon went to his conference and I headed to Carlsbad to meet my friend Denise. She lives in Temecula so Carlsbad was an almost half way meeting place. The weather was superb, I've never been to Carlsbad, I haven't seen Denise in a few years so all the elements proved to be an ideal afternoon. We walked up and down State Street, in and out of stores, antique shops and stopped for lunch at a charming bistro that served us a delicious meal. The company, conversation, atmosphere, meal and entire experience was delightful. Oh, I did get a fabulous large printers drawer at one of the antique shops in great condition. I plan to put jewelry stuff in all the little compartments. That should make my life a bit easier when making jewelry.

Friday night Jon and I eat, talked about our day and went to sleep early. Saturday, after Jon left, I lounged around, caught up on some neglected reading, showered and headed into town. Again, the weather was gorgeous and I took advantage of being outdoors by just walking and window shopping. Went back to the hotel and took my magazines down to the pool to relax. Met up with Jon for dinner, and had a casual evening before turning in.

Sunday before heading home, Jon and I went into town, had a great brunch and walked all thru the village. La Jolla is so pretty, clean and casual, I didn't want to return home for another few days. But hence, work was awaiting me. Got home around 5:00, unpacked and discussed when and where we were going on our next little weekend get away. The possibilities sounded very exciting.

Okay, now back to the drawing board...literally.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Awhile back, I excitedly signed up for a class that Lisa Engelbrecht was teaching..."Bali Lantern's".
This was not the first time I've taken one of Lisa's classes as I've known her for many years thru the Society for Calligraphy. She's not only a fabulous calligrapher, but awesomely talented and universally appealing. Her techniques are amazing, her color sense exciting and her design ability eye candy. She's extremely admired among her peers, myself included, so I was once again looking forward to her class.

I live in an apartment so I wasn't sure I wanted to make a bali lantern for lack of space to hang it. But after I heard Lisa's suggestion to hang it over my work space for inspirational energy I was sorry I didn't complete one. I was interested in the techniques and the opportunity to paint on fabric in a collage format. Being a mixed media artist, used to working with paper, paint and the such in an altered fashion I am not used to layering onto fabric. Lisa is a master at it so I knew I would be happy no matter what.

I was not disappointed...I was stumped after the first layer of paint and adding some letters and words. But once we moved onto "the Stuff" as I love to call the ribbons, fibers, fabric, charms, etc., I personally was in my element and felt finally comfortable.

After living with it now for a few days and tweaking it here and there I'm liking it more and more. There is a point with collage that one can go over board so I may stop at this point and decide what to do with it. It would make a fabulous cover to my personal journal/photo album I'm planning to create soon, but I think I'll live with it a while longer.
I very grateful to have had the opportunity to take this wonderful class.