Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Happy

This Holiday Season is filled with so many things to be grateful for.  When I look back on the year I can reflect on lots opportunities that presented itself to me and that altered my life for challenging myself.  Change is hard sometimes, especially at my age but worth the effort all around. 
I made so many wonderful friends and contacts and have broadened my world just by reaching out.  I will forever be grateful. 
I also made changes on a personal level by trying to look at life, family and friends in a different way and accepting them just the way they are.  I realized that I can be judgmental and self righteous but where does that serve me...I get to be right in my own mind.  It is after all, a judgment on myself.  That reflection doesn't make me feel very right.  And, I don't have control over anyone and anything other than the way I think.

This coming new year, I will work on Acceptance on a broader scale.  I truly want to know what the word means and how I can adapt to its meaning.  I'm hoping that the outcome will help me accept myself with all my flaws, imperfections and bring more peace into my life.  I believe that, for me, will bring me more happiness.

May Peace on Earth prevail, Enlightenment unfold, and may we all realize that what we focus on is what will present itself.  All it takes is a little courage to take a step for change if only in a thought.

Happy Holidays and a Healthy and Prosperous 2010.

With Love,

Monday, December 21, 2009

Inspirational Retreat ad in January Somerset Studios

I'm so excited that the Inspirational Retreat ad we posted in Somerset Studios has finally arrived at my door step today.  I could hardly wait to get the publication inside and find the ad along with all the classes posted in the Gatherings section.

We have such a fabulous line up of artists all the way through August.  I know that once the classes begin and the word gets out what a wonderful experience it was, it will be the place to come to for inspiration from a favorite artist teachers.

Patience has never been a strong part of my personality and this takes patience as with anything new.  It's been a dream of mine since it's conception to make each workshop a unique, comfortable, inspiring, and a personally rewarding experience.

I've been to many workshops over the years and have felt intimidated, closed up creatively, cramped for personal space and rushed among other things.  Knowing what I would want at a workshop gives me opportunity to prepare a weekend where teacher and student feel that the exchange of give and take is genuine and complete and that each person is getting everything they signed up for and more.  I see so many possibilities and can only hope that the dream becomes a reality.  As they say..."Build it and they will come".

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fairies by Renee

I've been making these fairies for a number of years now and I've decided to make a video on how to create them.

These whimsical little ones are about 5" tall and are fun and easy to make.  The hard part will be making the video and finding the time.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My submission to Holiday Window

I chose a natural theme with birds. I adore bird art which is a popular theme for a lot of artist these days. It always amazes me how different each artist work is.
I used the 6x6 canvas that will keep the window display uniform and did my usual mixed media collage work on them working with all 3 at once.
I then added the birds from 2 different sources. One was a napkin that displayed 2 different birds and one was a photo that I cut out. I added natural and purchased ephemera to each canvas keeping them similar but not the same. I'm pleased with the results and now I hope someone else will think so too.

I have a double shift at the gallery on Thursday and will take photos of how the window looks and post soon.

Holiday window at Ten Women

We just changed the window at Ten Women Gallery and of course, it has a Holiday theme. We decided that each artist do as many 6x6" canvas' as they liked in their own medium. I submitted my canvases along with 3 that had this to say. These are mixed media collage with my calligraphy written with acrylic ink and broad edge pen.

Because we are a co-op, each artist has individual jobs to contribute to the gallery's up keep. Being a calligrapher, I get all the signs, tags, and announcements. It's nice to use my skills to make it all look professional.

I will post my submissions next...