Thursday, May 31, 2007

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

She listened...

She listened with polite interest,
but her thoughts strayed...
I am playing with a new medium - soft pastels. As I don't have a lot of time right now, I wanted something that doesn't take too much to set up and work. For this I don't need water or glue or a ton of bottles/tubes of paint - just a pad of paper and a box of pastels. Simple. I add the stamped/collaged bits later. Pastels are new to me and very different than anything else I tried... they are messy and wonderful and I love to get the pigment all over my fingers and smudge it around. I am in the mood to paint faces, and even if I'm not good at them - it feels like the right thing to do now, so I think I'll keep on and hopefully get better.
Other than that - we've visited Aquarium of the Bay today. It was a treat to go on a working day (no crowds around... plenty of time to explore). I love how this picture of my father in law turned out! I'm very proud of myself for catching just the right moment :-)

Monday, May 28, 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

She wondered....

She wondered is she the only one?
The only one that enjoys solitude... even if it comes only at 1 a.m.
I had to make some time to create... I miss it so much. Who needs to sleep anyway...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Let's support Bernie Berlin!!!

I am constantly amazed at what this woman does! She is the author of one of my all time favorite books "Artist Trading Card Workshop" and an amazing animal rescuer. The love and devotion she has to animals shine from each and every of her blog posts. Claudine Hellmuth wrote a warm and informative post about her. You can read it here.

One last bird...

.... at least for a while. My in laws will arrive tomorrow for a five week stay. It has been too long since we've seen them and I'm looking forward to the visit. But... I am not prepared at all. Too many things to do, too little time... I'll have transform into a FlyLady to organize and clean everything (and keep it that way). Not an easy task.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Art exchange with my Mom

I don't see my Mom often, but when I do I always look forward to the time when we can sit together and show each other what we are working on. After that we usually visit the art store and play with old and new supplies. This time there was not enough time to create, but we had fun looking at each others projects. These are my pieces that are right now packed in my Mom's suitcase and traveling across the ocean.
The blue canvas is a present for a newborn baby girl. This one is for my sister.
And much to my surprise, of all things I created, my Mom wanted my first and only (and probably last) abstract piece. I kept telling her that it is not a finished piece, that I used a piece of wood to clean my brushes (which is pretty much what I did) - but she was persistent in telling me that she likes it and would like to have it.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to keep any of her pieces. Why? Because she says that they are unfinished scribbles. And because I like every bit of her "scribbles" I scanned them and can enjoy them whenever I want.

Monday, May 14, 2007

"Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky"

If what I say resonates with you,
it is merely
because we are both branches on the same tree.
- W.. B . Yeats
What could be more magical than spending a day
under a circle of trees?Feeling small and safe and deeply connected with nature...
Amazed by shapes, textures, colors...
One thing made it even better - sharing it with people
that I love so much. No art; just hugs and smiles, fresh air and unbelievably beautiful trees shared with my Mom, Dad, DH and Hana in Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Slowing down...

After several years of non-stop creating and regular selling I decided to slow down. I will have wonderful, dear, often missed guests for the next two months and I want to be free to be a good hostess and enjoy the time we have together. I will spent much less time on the internet and at my work table.... which probably means that I will not be blogging as much. It's not easy, I believe that I am addicted to our friendly web-world... but I know that I have to live in the real world too.So, I have been a busy Martha girl.... cleaning and organizing everything. I pulled out all of my supplies, decided to send them into the world and make place for new things. I listed a BIG box of 'stuff' on eBay.
There is a ton of paper, collage bits, collage sheets, transparencies, some hand painted roses, a little clay pencil holder that I made, this and that....
I won't disappear completely. I'll still be visiting blogs, and posting when I have something... but not as often as I used to. Don't forget meeeeeeeeeeee......... :-(

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Normal Day

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.
I finished my 10-day master cleanse program and I feel better than in very long time. I have not been feeling quite like myself for a while now... This was just what I needed, something to 'restart' me... like when you restart the computer and it works well again. My energy levels are up, and so is my mood. The words I used on this canvas have a special meaning to me once again. I hope you treasured this day too.