Friday, March 31, 2006

San Francisco Sets Record For Rainy March

Twenty five days of rain this month!!!! The record was 23 days of rain in March of 1904!!! WOW!!! Is weather like that a good excuse for feeling blue? Can't wait to see the sun... I had no energy today, not even for the gym.
At least my lemon tree looks happy....

Thursday, March 30, 2006


I'm not in a very happy mood so this ACEO fits right into it...If I had my life to live over...
I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Playing with beeswax

My beeswax has been hidden in a drawer for a long time. Finally got to play with it... and enjoyed it. I love everything about it - color, texture, smell.... it's like art therapy. Also, had another "happy mistake"... my ink splattered on one of the cards. I liked the effect... maybe someone else will like it too. They are listed on eBay.

Inspire Me Thursday - Monochromatic ART

"This weeks challenge is to create a work of art using only one color! So find your favorite color and shades of it and get started." I have never done that before... but it didn't scare me as the "big" challenge did. For some reason a limited palette is much less daunting than a great big piece of white canvas. I started with no direction and just had fun with it.
The funny thing is that it almost turned to be very colorful... thanks to my clumsiness. As I was painting this, my daughter Hana was painting her masterpiece:
She finished and left a palette with big juicy globs of fresh acrylics on. You know Murphy's law... I was holding my canvas and painting the edges (trying not to get too much paint on my fingers) and my canvas fell - face down - right on the palette. The funny thing is that I didn't start panicking - I was looking for my camera to get a quick picture of it. Here it is - bright magenta, yellow, blue, green and even white on my monochromatic piece:
I was able to wash the paint of, and with it some of the painting. Interestingly enough - I liked the washed out pieces more, so I continued to sand the rest of the canvas, added some more details and called it a 'happy mistake'.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Updated website

I spent most of the day working on the 'shop' part of my website. I plan on adding more items, but this is what I managed to do for now. I hope that links work well.... I'll double check them.
- click here if you want to check it out -

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Illustration Friday - Monster

First thing that came to my mind was that real monsters are usually not the ones that look like monsters.

"Cruelty has a Human Heart
And Jealousy a Human Face
Terror, the Human Form Divine
And Secrecy, the Human Dress"

Friday, March 24, 2006

Altered Board Book (in progress)

I never altered a board book and this rainy day it seemed like the right time for it. I striped the shiny printed layer and gessoed over the pages. They were not as strong as I thought they would be so I glued two by two together (and added a little 'something' between). I decided to play with my transparencies sayings printed on vellum and everything else that I find. This is it for now. The glue and paint take long to dry... and I don't where to proceed from here, so for now this book is going to a "project in progress" bag. I'm posting it here so that I don't forget about it completely....

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday - Think BIG! - PART 1

I am stuck....... I don't know if I can do this one. What - you mean to say that art squared (4" x 4") is not BIG? Everything that's not ACEO format is big for me. And I pulled out this 14" x 18" canvas thing, looked at it for days.... and nothing came to me. For some reason I'm stubborn with 'Inspire Me Thursday" and I want to challenge myself. So right now I'm listening to James Blunt, drinking my coffee and playing with the background.

Inspire Me Thursday - Think BIG! - PART 3

There it is! I decided to play with some other techniques and colors. I have to call it finished because Wednesday is almost over. This is the biggest piece I ever did and I'm so proud of myself for trying it. There are so many wonderful things other people created for this challenge. Click on the "Inspire Me Thursday" link to see them.

Inspire Me Thursday - Think BIG! - PART 2

Not done yet.... To add words or not? To do a scary 'paint peeling' technique over or not? To glaze with darker colors to tone down the too cheery yellow? I'm so not ready for big formats... but it's fun (in a way) to play big.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Morning inspiration

I woke up this morning very early (well not that early but before 8 a.m.) and headed right for the gym. To my surprise and disappointment there were people working out on all treadmills and ellipticals! As the music from my 'gym playlist' was already blasting in my ears I was not ready to go home, so I decided to take a long brisk walk on the beach. I am so lucky to live across the beach and it's a shame that I don't go there very often. We had a beautiful, sunny morning and I enjoyed every minute of my walk. I even had that wonderful, very rare feeling that at this exact moment EVERYTHING is just fine.... and that there is no need to stress out or worry about anything. I found some 'treasures' on my way and couldn't wait to use them.

So - the little art dolls were born.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Butterfly fairies

My little nieces have their birthdays soon. I was feeling guilty of never sending any cards so I decided to play and create some unusual birthday cards this year. I used their photos:
and made this:

Happy Birthday wishes will be on the back. Will they like them?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

eBay 10¢ day

Three days ago I decided no t to list anything on eBay for a while. I need time.... time to finish some commissioned things, time to clean everything, time to organize my thoughts, time to exercise more, time to create freely, time to "torture" my daughter with math... time for everything. It was not an easy decision as eBay is quite addictive (not to mention that it helps pay for the fun of creating). Anyway - today they had a 10¢ fixed price item day and I just couldn't miss it. I don't know why.... It surely isn't because of the 25¢ I'll "save".... it's the addiction...

I listed my journals, transparencies, fun packs of bamboo beads and other stuff. And as I type this three have sold already. YAY!!!

Here is the LINK. In case you need any of those shipping is free if you mention that you read it here.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Illustration Friday - Tattoo

Meet my friend - the Blue Rose. A really goody good girl, shy, very fearful of any kind of pain, one that you would never guess that wanted a tattoo. And yet - she did, much to my surprise. The blue rose tattoo was her way of celebrating her thirtieth birthday.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

"Happy" journal

We were supposed to go to Lake Tahoe for a skiing weekend. Most people would probably be very happy... not me. I don't ski; I would love to love it because the rest of my family does, but I'm too afraid of the ski lifts, gondolas, speed, mountains... everything.

So, instead of packing winter clothes, I was preparing my art material and getting ready to sketch, journal and read while others have fun. I even decided to start a new journal, small enough to fit in my bag. Should the cover be cheery, white, snowy? Noooooooooo....... It turned out very dark, sad, hopeless... just the way I was feeling.

Dragonflies are flying away from me... weary eyes are looking at me... the crackle I guess shows the way I feel (old and crackled). Interesting how our art comes from the soul when we let it. Should I turn this into a journal about my fears? Scary.
We decided not to go because the weather changed for the worst. That didn't change the way I feel. Is there a magic pill to help me to become more adventurous? It seems so easy for so many people.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday - Sense - less ART

I wanted to try "Touch Drawing" for a long time... and obviously needed a challenge to finally do it. The girls from Inspire me Thursday say: This weeks challenge is to create a piece of art without using your senses." The first thing I thought was touch drawing. You should try it (even if my first pieces don't inspire you) because it's fascinating! You don't see what you are doing, you don't feel much (although you are using your fingers), oil paints have a smell but it's not that important) and you don't need sounds because everything comes from within. In a way - sense-less becomes a very sense-full experience.
The whole process is explained and demonstrated on the website ("Touch Drawing"). I used a piece of mylar, several colors of oil paint, roller and paper.... that's it! You roll the paint, cover it with paper and than use your tips of your fingers, nails, hands.... to draw on the paper. When it's finish you lift the paper and are surprised with the results.
The whole experience was wonderful and I wish I had more time to play. I had absolutely no expectations - you don't really know what's happening on the other side of the paper before you lift it. I was not creating it for sale (which is refreshing) and my inner critic had no reason to yell at me how untalented I was because I had an excuse for not doing it right. And I actually like the way some of it turned out. YAY!!! Thanks Misty & Melanie for the challenge!

My daughter Hana also loved the technique.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

In the kitchen...

Few months ago I saw a post in Misty's blog for a Miso Happy Soup. I loved the way she showed the cooking process and I loved the recipe (made that soup many times - thanks Misty). Well, I was thinking about that today while preparing these mushroom rolls.
  • Chop a big batch of button and shiitake mushrooms. Sauté in olive oil.
  • Same thing with two yellow onions and garlic. Combine them with cooked brown rice, chopped parsley, salt, pepper and thyme.
  • Layer three sheets of phyllo dough (brushing them lightly with a mixture of oil and water); spread part of the mushroom/rice mixture and roll them.
  • Carefully transfer it to prepared baking sheet. Brush with oil and bake in a hot (400 degrees) oven.
  • Cut in small pieces when cool enough to handle. Serve warm or cold with a lovely garden salad. Bon Appétit!

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Comments... and butterflies

Thank you Cinda for telling me that you could not leave a comment in my blog. I was getting extra sad.... waiting for a comment, any kind.... almost not caring if someone would write that I was the most boring person in the world. Never thought that my settings were wrong. Apparently the comments needed my approval... I have no idea how that works and I never saw anything that I should approve. I really feel bad if people though that I was rude. I'm not! I'm the happiest when I see the little number under my post. So - thank you if you were reading and taking time to leave comments and SORRY SORRY that they didn't show up...

Monday, March 6, 2006

Illustration Friday - Insect

I'm fascinated by insects and scared of most of them... I don't think that butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs count as "real" insects and I love using their images in my art. This is a mixed media 6" x 6" canvas. I just finished it today for the "illustration Friday".
"I follow the butterfly's cascading flight of
freedom toward the flossy green meadow where it
meets with another.

They flutter together playfully
as I marvel at the pure blue sky."

Checkerboard book

Sunday, March 5, 2006

ZNE theme week - Crowns

This time I have three entries.... and all three have bids (much better than the last month when - sadly - my 4x4 didn't sell). Is this the right place to whisper that I made a spelling mistake in two of my cards? When did I notice it? When I finished scanning, taking photos, editing photos and uploading them to the internet... Very embarrassing, but as it seems that nobody is reading my blog :-( I can be honest and admit my mistake. I did correct the mistake before I listed them (but I'm sure that you can see where they were now that you know).

What else happened today? I was watching the Oscars... my husband recorded himself playing the guitar so he is in my iPod now and can gently play in my ear whenever I wish... Internet was down most of the day - that's extra frustrating... my daughter cooked with me - that was fun... So, that's it. I have big plans for tomorrow - to start going to the gym again and to make a journal in a new, fun format.

Be sure to click here to see wonderful items with the theme "Crowns" from many different artists.

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday - Five Senses

"This week's challenge involves some sensory exploration: Can you use all five of your senses in your creative process?"

This was fun! Texture is easy... I love to mix different things in my work... but smell, taste, hear... I had to think about those.

See. - She's upside down...
I think I'll try my luck with "Five senses" on eBay. I wrote about "Inspire me Thursday" in my auction. Too bad we are not allowed to put links in our auctions. I'll have to change my "about me" page to include the link.

Collage Wandering

This was one of those rare days when you find a beautiful surprise in the mail. Tony Watson creates “collage wanderings” and I was the lucky receiver of one of them. I love both sides so I had to post both pictures (unfortunately the scans don’t do them justice).

Thank you so much! I'll think of you whenever I look at it.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday - Self Portrait

I wanted to sleep through this challenge... or run from it... but decided to be brave and give it a try.

Click HERE to see all the wonderful self potraits many artists did this week.