Monday, March 22, 2010

Lisa's Heart Journal

A little over a year ago, I started a Round Robin Journal Adventure and invited many of my calligraphy friends to join in the fun.  There are about 15 of us on this what is seeming to be a long journey and  it's almost at the end.  This is my entry in my friend Lisa's journal.  There is one more entry needed in this journal and it will be the first one to be completed.

We mostly live in California except for Bill, our only guy to participate, and he lives in Albuquerque.  We plan to get together at the end to meet and celebrate this victory of completion and accomplishment.  I've only met a hand full of the people and it will so much fun to meet everyone else and share the experience.  I'm looking forward to it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Place to Bark

Today I made a decision to do something to help raise money for A Place to Bark, Bernie Berlin's animal rescue retreat.  What I am planning to do is ask other artists to create one page in the medium of their choice to be bound into a book and auctioned off, I think, on Ebay.   All proceeds to go to A Place to Bark.  

I woke yesterday at 4 A.M. with this thought pounding in my head.  I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but have been so busy with other endeavors that I kept putting it on the back burner.  I now have a window of opportunity and made the decision at once to go forward with it.  I felt my idea was quickly validated when I received a call from Kathleen Dayvolt, a well known clairvoyant, just after contacting Bernie about my idea.  After speaking with Kathleen for quite some time and sharing my intentions, I felt a serge of passion stir in me and received instant positive feedback.  I am now very excited to proceed and think I know in what format to create it in.

After I make a prototype of the book to make sure the format will work, I will put out a call for art to help and pass on all the particulars and a deadline date.  I believe Bernie is at capacity right now and needs some publicity and extra financial help.  I'm sure the need is dire.

My heart is very full right now just knowing that I will be helping this cause.  I have a very strong passion and sensitivity for the animals and my tithing is always towards the animals and children.  I have 2 kitties and have been pining for a dog.  I will definitely be adopting from Bernie in the near future.

If you are reading this and are interested in participating, please let me know.  The more the merrier!  And, please pass it on.
My email address is renee.troy@gmail.com if you want to contact me directly.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Earth Angel

This piece called Earth Angel was inspired by JoAnna Pierotti a wonderful artist and a dear, dear person. 

For the month of March at Ten Women we are allowed to bring in any art to sell.  So I brought in some jewelry, this piece, and some other items that I've experimented with to see how they are received by the public.

The gallery is going thru some growing pains and change over in artists.  Some feel restricted because they have been there for awhile and the art they are creating now is inspired differently which I can totally understand because I want to try everything.  However, the gallery's policy says you can only sell the art that you were juried in with.  If you want to bring something new in it has to be presented at a board meeting and voted on.  Most times it's not a problem but with how many artist feel inclined to leave we are experimenting with new options and changes in our policy.  It will be interesting to see where my art goes if this piece sells.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New and Old

I'm so into birds and nature right now.  Especially since it's been selling at Ten Women.  It's what the audience is buying so I have to accommodate.  This is a 6x6 canvas original, mixed media with 3 diemnsional elements of  nature.  Some pieces are hard to let go of and this is one of them.

 
This is Jilly...so named by my husband and his granddaughter Jillian.  

 
  
Jilly's about 5" tall and is made from polymer clay, fiber, ribbon trim  and lace.  Since taking an online class with Misty Mawn on self portraits my faces have changed.  I also love art dolls and will probably always create one or two intermingled among my repertoire of art.  These dolls I learned from Nancye Williams 
whom I admire and who is going thru a challenging time right now.  I keep her close in my prayers.
I'm always reaching and creating anew...that's just who I am.

Monday, March 1, 2010

My 64th with the kids

 
We have a family tradition that was started a few years ago.  For Gramma and Grampa's birthdays we have a brunch celebration at a restaurant called Hugo's in Studio City.  It's centrally located for the 3 families to come together and sing Happy Birthday, eat and be merry.  These photos are from yesterday...my 64th.

 
James and Izabella, 7 (almost 8) and 5 years old.

 
  
  
My beautiful grand children...how blessed am I!