Life just seems to be passing by so quickly lately and my days are filled to the brim with work, family, friends and art. I'm also trying to look for a new place to live that will be affordable, accommodate my working at home, having everything that I love around me, entertaining and having room for my grandchildren to come and visit. Not an easy task living on the westside of Los Angeles where housing is very expensive even in this weak economy. There are lots of places available but they are either too small for what I can afford or too expensive for what would be comfortable. Patience and trust is the key in this situation...neither of which I possess readily.
On the bright side, work is abundant and I am humbly grateful. I'm feeling good, could stand to loose a few pounds and excercise more, but at my age, who cares.
At Ten Women Gallery, I get the window for the month of June. It will be my first so I'm a bit nervous about setting it up and leaving my space almost empty. My space is pretty full right now which is how I like it and it will take a bit of ingenuity to have both looking good and appealing. A challenge I'm not quite prepared to take on but will do my best under the circumstances.
I did a video about how I created the 40 tags for my friends bridal shower. I've put it up on YouTube. Here's the link so I hope you will take a look. Please leave your feedback as I need lots of encouragement. Big hugs in advance for watching....
These are photos from the actual bridal shower...The packages of cards on the table are from my original paintings that I sell at the gallery. It was an added take home gift for the bridal shower guests. I do have wonderful friends indeed.
Today we celebrated my grandson, James' 7th birthday. OMG, how time flies.
First, let me say that it seems like a long time since I've blogged. I am very blessed to have an abundance of work and after a shaky April, May seems like the flowers are in full bloom indeed. I've had no time to do much of anything but work full time for which I can only repeat "thank you, God". In this economy, I am truly blessed. To think that a calligrapher can earn a good living in this economy is truly amazing. But, then again, I live in Hollywood. Need I say more?
Included in my blessings was celebrating my grandson's 7th birthday at a party where my granddaugther, Izabella and Jon's granddaughter, Jillian attended. It's like the world for us has come together, finally. A long story that expands almost 40 years...for another day perhaps.
My grandchildren are adopted by 2 incredibly wonderful couples that have been gracious enough to include me and my husband in their lives as normal grandparents. It has worked out beautifully. I try to create something for each of my grandchildren on their birthdays and Christmas that they could take with them as a family keepsake throughout life...a hand me down so to speak. Since I am an artist, I feel an obligation to myself and them to do this given the circumstances. My close uncle just passed away and I'm feeling a bit vulnerable right now, so family ties are ringing loud for me. For James, I created "Lewie Lew I., Private Eye"...don't mess with him, cause he always gets the bad guy.
At seven years old, I'm sure he won't appreciate this soft sculpture doll. However, what's in Lewie's pockets, now that's the gift for him. I filled the pockets with lots of cash so that his mom can hold the money for him when they go to Toys R Us and he can choose a gift that he wants. This for me is a Win Win situation.
I had so much fun creating this character. It's the second monster doll and it won't be my last. Booger was my first...I took a class with my friend Lisa at Zinnia in Pasadena with Joe. We had a blast creating a sock monster and I knew it wouldn't be my last.
Mother's Day... Spent the morning with my 2 sons, which I haven't done in a very long time, and my best guy, Jon who isn't feeling his best these days (Shingles, discovered yesterday).
My sons are adults and lead unusual lives so to coral them into my otherwise cramp environment is a challenge under any circumstance. And, they actually hung around for several hours which I was pleasantly surprised.
After several stacks of pancakes, orange juice, good coffee and lots of load chatter, we moved onto guitar playing, cell phone/blue tooth fixing, computer photo sharing and reminiscing, the crowd disbursed and life returned to normal.
Last night was an artist reception at Zinnia in Pasadena which I participated in. This is the second exhibit at this gallery that I have been accepted. Angela Cartwright was there signing her new book with Sarah Fishburn, "In this Garden" and there was a wonderful turnout.
Before arriving at the reception, I had dinner with some friend who came to support my efforts and it turned out to be a fun and fabulous evening filled with lots of laughter...just what I needed after a stressful and blue week.
I'm learning that...if you stay in the solution, most things can be remedied. I was focusing on the problem and couldn't find the answer. When there's two people involved, it takes two people to discover the solution. I think I learned a big lesson these past few days: thinking I was in the dark alone, reaching out, I found a source of light. Being strong doesn't necessarily mean that all the strength comes from you. At my age, this is huge. Relinquishing power doesn't have to mean giving up strength...it sometimes means gaining additional strength by collaborating with another. Also, God has a plan...I need to listen. When it doesn't work out the way I want it to, I have to look at the blessing in the big picture. I am not in control over anything but how I choose to think about things. At 63, I am still a babe in the woods and have a lot of growing up to do.
The result...I am feeling better and have a renewed outlook on my immediate life challenges. I also have a partner to share in the solution. I'm a happy camper right now.
For the last few days I've been sad and irritated and just down right blue. Tears are forever on the edge of streaming from my eyes and my mouth feels like there are little weights on the ends pulling them down to my chin in a perpetual frown. I truly don't know what's going on except that I feel like I'm suffocating in my environment.
Today, the very smallest incident occurred sending me curled up on my couch crying uncontrollably until I forced myself up and into my car to drive to the beach for the sunset. I ended up in the sand curled up in my sweatshirt, shoe for a pillow, crying again until I could not shed another ounce of fluid from my eyes realizing that the moon was ridiculously full and I had very little reason to be so out of control. Yes, there are things going on in my life but it's not terminal cancer: no physical pain or anything disastrous going on in mine or my family's life: I have a roof over my head, work waiting to be done for a reasonable wage and all is well with my sons, grandchildren, most of my friends and so on. What in the world could be driving me to such a state?????? Off to Whole foods I go to purchase a pint of this ice cream and that ice cream, whipped cream, muffins for breakfast, blueberries and a bag of gourmet coffee for peek into my evening and tomorrow's breakfast. I hope I don't regret these purchases as it feels so right at the moment.
I'm hoping that the full moon decides to decease and delete the negative energy that I'm experiencing and release me from it's pull so that I can pick up the pieces and move on to a better day and weekend. Being a woman who is sensitive to the moon's energy I feel tired of being so out of control. A little bit ain't bad but this is ridiculous. I have so much to do to catch up from this week...I feel overwhelmed. I'm also experiencing a bit of disappointment. But, that's for another post. My eyes are dry so I'll say good night. I'm off for another bowl of ice cream no matter how sick my tummy aches from it. Oye!
My dear friend Roe is having a birthday in a few days. Mizuri will be her gift from me. The coral piece that adorns her kimono was among several beautiful pieces she had given me to use in my art. It's a stunning piece, originally a pin, so I thought I give it back in a new way.
I'll be posting 2 more originals in my Etsy Shop this week end. These can also be purchased thru me by emailing me or at Ten Women Gallery Venice. Most of my other originals (dolls busts) are being sold in Etsy Shop as well. It's time to let go....
They are both very textured, 3-dimensional, mixed media collage on canvas. Original images and one of a kind paintings. "Hurt Not the Earth" is about our planet being our home and where we came from so take precious care of it. "Live Our Loud", I think, speaks for itself. The bird is doing it's thing by seeing an opportunity to build his nest with golden strands of hair. We need to just go for the opportunities as well. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5613746
The bride's tag was the last one made. The Shower is this weekend and I will getting some photos of the event next week which I'm excited to receive. I'm hoping that they come out clear so I can post a few of how they all looked hanging from the Cherry Blossom branches that are the center pieces on each table.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully creative day.
Always in gratitude...
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