Bees and things…

Life has sped ahead of me. I feel like I am still in the beginning of June, but the calendar says it’s the middle of July! How does this happen to me? Does it happen to you?

I do take time to stop. I just stop and notice the blooming plumeria or the new orchid…and the big skies at dusk stop me in my tracks…

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…and these skies are inspiration to paint or journal or collage…

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I’ve been working in my Creative+Practice sketchbook, experimenting with gouache paints, I’ve been making some zippered canvas pouches (that aren’t done yet) and I’ve been working on my SAVE THE BEES project:

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… and that has involved painting flowers, sewing, writing and making little books!

SO… I guess that’s where June into July went. Now to get back on track! It shouldn’t be too hard. The days are so hot (94F) that I really just want to stay inside in the cool AC and hang out in the studio making things, reading and writing. What are you doing this summer?

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Art for appetizers – And letting go

Although I love painting, making collages can be very relaxing and revealing if you just go with the flow. I’ve been wanting to work with fabric and stitch too. So I finally, thanks to a dear friend’s support, was able to let go of a beautiful patchwork jacket from the old days when I worked. It was very stylish back when, but not so anymore. It needed a new life. However I couldn’t just give it away. It was made of old Japanese kimono fabrics. I cut it up! YES, I cut it up! Into all the beautiful little pieces it was made of… and have started a new series of small collages using the fabric from the jacket. Now I have a small box of beautiful little jewell-like pieces that will find there way into small collages…  It feels so freeing of my past life as a workaholic… and so far, I am loving this “jacket” even more. Letting go is hard to do, but so renewing, releasing and wonderful.

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Art for Appetizers – In the studio

Ahh… took time to clean the studio table and get a little more organized. It feels good, as if I swept the cobwebs from my brain! I am sticking to my sketch/watercolor-a-day and started some new 8″x10″ paintings. The “Remembering” collages linger along with me as I go. I feel somewhat more motivated since I am contemplating selling at some Art Festivals next year. I haven’t done that in years and years. It can be a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding on many levels.

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From my journal – Wild * Magical * Creative

When I am not working on my daily journal or my Mandala painting series, I am doing some fun creative projects from SPECTRUM 2015 with Hali Karla and friends. I went wild with this one… Aladdin’s Magical Journal made from a large sheet of brown wrapping paper. BUT I am trying to manifest my wilder side, so my new brown paper journal is My Wild Creative Magical Woman Book. As thoughts come to me I am writing them on the blank pages… it’s like finding my gypsy side! Nice way to spend a Memorial Day Weekend. What FUN are you up to? SPECTRUMjournalpainting1Untitled-2