Monday, March 31, 2008

Cats in hats

I felt like painting cats in hats and because this is my journal I can do whatever I want... What a wonderful feeling! Painting silly cats, using crazy color combinations... Can't wait to play again. xo

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In awe

He to whom the emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe,
is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
~Albert Einstein
I was in awe when I saw Norah's latest posts. I couldn't resist stealing one of her photos and placing it in my journal. Look at the beautiful, fragile little bird! How I wish that I could hold it! As an added bonus I have the wingkeeper's hand in my journal (which makes me happy).

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Peace is not a thing, it is a way.
I may add some things to this page.... or not. I started with no idea in my head. Added textures, layered color over color over color, grabbed some papers and transparencies that were on my desk... just relaxed while moving my hands. Oh, the fun of creating with no expectation! I don't feel like going to work tomorrow.... Sunday evenings are always tough... but I'll try to change my mindset. Have a happy week!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Back in December I read somewhere that it is a Wish Day so I made a wish page in my journal. I am very happy to say that my very green wish was fulfilled! :-)
You wait for something many years and when it becomes true you don't know how to react... Deep joy is present, but I think that I'll need some time to process it and allow myself to jump up and down from delight.
Wish days are good. Let's make them up more often.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Sweet dreams...

Very soon my eyes will be closed and I hope I'll be dreaming sweet things. Before that I wanted to share something with you. I found a link for free books about drawing. Click here if you are interested. I didn't have much time to explore them, but I did manage to download a 197 pages long book. I didn't read anything, just looked at pictures..... which is a huge mistake because my first try at drawing (coloring) a woman looking up turned out as a disaster. Instead of wasting the paper and being discouraged I continued to draw other poses and came up with this:
Feel free to laugh at it. I know it's not good. I don't mind... I hope to make more bad art in the future, to step out of my comfort zone and experiment and try and just allow whatever wants to come from the end of my pencil/brush/crayon.
I hope that you're having sweet dreams and plans for a beautiful weekend! xoxoxo

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy again

I figured out what was wrong with me, why was I feeling sad. It seems that I really need to have an everyday creative outlet in order to feel 'normal'. As soon as I finished the sad girl painting yesterday I felt wonderful! Completely different! I even went to work smiling today. I guess I need to remember that no matter how tired or frustrated I feel it's better for me to grab some brushes than to stare at the TV and do nothing.
Truth to be said - I really, really don't like the girl I'm showing today... I was going for a 'happy face' but made droopy, sleepy, sad eyes and a smile that's not really a smile. It doesn't matter. I had my art fix for the day.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sad for no reason

I always paint the way I feel, and I've been feeling a bit down for a while. No special reason for it. Just kind of sad. It will pass.... At least in inspired me to find my soft pastels and create something. Tomorrow will be better.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Inspiring dessert

I wanted to change the words by Don Kardong "Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos." to "Without desserts there would be....". Somehow in my head the 'desserts' changed into 'sweets' and I noticed it when I finished stamping and it was too late to try and wash it off with water. Oh well.... I guess it doesn't matter. Sweets/dessert... basically the same thing. I don't eat desserts often, but last night we went out and I enjoyed a good piece of tiramisu. It is still making me smile!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Things he knew...

It feels very unusual to make a journal page only with paint. I had all my favorite stamps, papers and other things around, but for some reason they didn't want to play today...

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Happy March!

I have the best dh in the world. Many reasons for it... but I'll keep the list simple. First we went for a long, relaxing walk this morning. He took beautiful macro photographs of flowers commenting that beauty is all around us. It's hard to disagree when you look at the mosaic I made from the photos.
Then he planned a wonderful day for the two of us. Two weeks ago a mentioned that there is an exhibition that I wish I could see (I saw it on a blog). He didn't mind driving hour and a half to Santa Rosa to see the exhibition with me. We walked around, sat and soaked the afternoon sun, had a late lunch/early dinner in Bodega Bay and completely enjoyed our time together. After 20+ years he still knows exactly what I need and when. Have to adore the man!
Look how big is this painting! The drawings were contributed by hundreds of people, and the girl was painted over them. I think the artist is Tony Speirs. I wanted to stay a long time and look at every single drawing. You can see the detail if you click on the following photo:
Isn't this a beautiful way to start the month! I wish weekends would last longer...