Friday, December 18

An Artful Day

Kiran is not a boy who's content to sit around. He likes to be doing something every minute.
This morning I was ready for him with Play-Doh, colored pencils and two trays of watercolors.
That and a craft apron armed with paintbrushes.
Oh yes, we made art today!
This is only going to become more fun!

Wednesday, December 9

eARTh

In September, I was fortunate to attend Squam Art Workshops with three good friends. The experience was amazing, and sharing it with these ladies made it perfect.
As we left New Hampshire, we vowed to extend the magical feeling of shared wonder in a Round Robin book exchange.
Four books are currently flying around the East Coast.
Above are some photos of my book - eARTh. Just today Karen's book landed on my doorstep and I can't wait to work in it -- the first manifestation (I've seen) of my friends' work. It's awesome and inspiring.

Check back.

Tuesday, December 1

The boys are back . . .

It's been two months since Kiran spent the entire day here.And we've missed those days.

Today was an exception. Kiran was here all day while his mom enjoyed some girl time with his sister and ran some errands.Clearly these guys were happy to see each other!

To celebrate, we made dog cookies.
Kiran enjoyed the stirring and the cutting, but he kept looking around and commenting, "Mess!"

Yes, indeed. Mess.
But it was fun.
And the fruits of our mess were very much appreciated by 'Aa' and 'Cout.'

Saturday, November 28

A RR book project and toddler soccer

This morning I had the pleasure of watching Kiran's last soccer practice of the session.
He and his dad have been doing this on Saturday mornings for several weeks.
But when he was done, he was done.
I've been working on a round robin book this weekend too. This is just the front cover. I have miles to go before I send it out on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 25

Blessings and Four Freedoms


I had thought I'd like to create a Thanksgiving post, but this one is just so perfect.

Thanks Pat!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19

From one book . . .

I have a good friend who goes nuts when I tear apart a book for an art project.
I won't say that I was driven by that fact, but I did hope she'd be pleased that I used the elements from this one book in three projects.

They are for a gift.
Except they're not for her.

They're for my friend and step mom who is a wonderful cook and is always copying a recipe.
There's a hand-written recipe under the green glass that was on one of the blank pages of the original book. Glued between the glass and cover and surrounded by a leather cord, it may dry (revealing the printing) in . . . oh, say . . . FIVE years.

Sunday, November 15

Make Believe

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing my friend Terry Stone again, catching a glimpse of her creative process and viewing her most recent work.
You may remember when I first featured Terry's work -- almost two years ago.

All of the Santas, elves and fairies in those photos were created by Terry.
While her work has always been driven by fantasy and her wonderful imagination,
these days she's working from fairy-tale characters as well.
Just imagine the negotiations between the frog and this princess.
I love the character she gives her dolls' clay faces, but she doesn't stop there. Each of her figures is dressed either in antique clothing and shoes or clothing made from vintage fabric.

Every little detail is thought out.
Sweet Puck's face.
Alice's dismay.
Gosh, I love her face.
Cinderella.
We came home with two of Terry's figures. Carolyn adopted this precious fairy -- her first doll, even though she introduced me to this incredible artist years ago . . .
and my fairy godmother, based on Terry's own grandmother.

While I'm no fairy godmother, I am thrilled to be a memaw and delighted to add Terry's likeness of her own grandmother to my growing collection of her work!
This is the beginning stage of something I'm working on.

Wednesday, November 11

Queen for a Day!

Today we celebrate the art and heart of Susanna. Her Winged Messengers have traveled all over the world, because she had a vision and she made it happen. Yes, Susanna, you are a work of art.
I took one of her Winged Messengers with me to Italy. From my room in Cortona, I was reminded to "Call her." I brought my messenger home where it sits in my studio, because I may need to see this message again.
But Susanna generously leaves her messages here and there, no doubt bringing smiles to those who see her creations.
And yes, they may just change lives.
Thanks Susanna!

Thanks to Angie for organizing this tribute (visit her for more) and to Shin for designing our invitation/button.

Saturday, November 7

Autumn's Arboreally Cool Falling Leaves

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~John Muir
When I shared this tree with you in September, I thought I was showing you one tree, but a closer look tells me that this is two -- perhaps three -- trees after all.Several trees that have been growing side by side for years in Valley Forge. Through sunlight and snow. Providing shade for walker after walker . . . Covered in leaves . . . and covered in no leaves at all.

November finds my tree(s) nearly bare of leaves. But beautiful still.Especially in the early Autumn dusk.

Check with Julie, for more cool trees.