I am very blessed to be able to witness this so often . . . .Read More
I just wanted to share these photos that I took on October 17, 2018. I did a quick run down to the dock with my Google Pixel 2 phone and used no processing or filters. Only pure enjoyment and peace to look at! Enjoy . . .Read More
an example of . . .
a double exposure (layered) photo
I’ve finally gone through my double exposure photos and made a Gallery on my website to share them with you. Many people have told me how much they like these layered photos and I find them so interesting and such creative fun to make! I’ve used Photoshop . . . .Read More
This is what I saw yesterday in one of my front gardens . . . a very large and colorful grasshopper!Read More
Early this morning it was raining lightly and I noticed there was a manatee swimming in our canal. I just listened and watched for a while . . .Read More
Yes! Steve was approved to come home today. He needs to use a walker for stability, but he is already walking around, just 2 and 1/2 days after . . .Read More
Our cats seemed to think that a long nap was 'just the ticket' today! For some reason they always like to sleep on our piles of clean laundry!Read More
A visit usually starts with one of us hearing the sound of breathing from one of the manatees coming up for air in the canal, and/or seeing a large circle of rings in the water in front of our dock . . . maybe some splashing! We listen & watch to see if manatees are visiting us again . . .Read More
A step-by-step of my latest pocket journal page. I used an old business card I made on the left side. It has a multiple exposure photo I did . . .Read More
Recently, I found I have not been working in my art journal on a daily basis, but still dive in a few times a month. Instead, I take photographs every day (fairly consistently) and journal about my favorite one for that particular day on my blipfoto journal. This habit has become a wonderful creative outlet for me - obviously, as I just celebrated 4 years of keeping a daily, or almost daily photo journal . . .Read More
Jupiter Artland is a wonderful place, an outdoor gallery that Frieda took me to when I visited her in Scotland in September. She just knew I would like it . . . and she was right! I have taken some of the photos I took and added them to my art journal as a way of keeping those memories alive. Jupiter Artland is an estate outside of Edinburgh where the grounds have been turned into a public art display. You can use a map provided to discover the pieces. I kept my map and brought it home with me. When I went to create this spread I scanned the map onto a transparency sheet and used my xyron to attach it to the page . . .Read More
I like using my art journal to play and experiment. I thought, why not sponge a background? I used Dye-Na-Flow paint (very thin) and some spray dye in sunshine yellow . . .Read More
Even though I have not been posting too often on my blog, I'm still working away in the background on my life & art!Read More
Here's the story of my long absence! Even though the blog has been quiet for 3 months, I've actually still been here. If you kept this space bookmarked and are reading this post, I'm both amazed and grateful. Truth be told, the work of moving to a new home in November coupled with a health issue kept me away from my blog. The move left my art supplies boxed up for months. The rest of the house got unpacked but the studio space required so many decisions. I was just not up to making them. And since my creative art making process is what I really enjoy sharing here, I found I was not blogging either.
Fortunately, the health issue has been sorted and . . . the studio is almost all unpacked! I have a new Doctor, one that listens, who recently told me he was not worried about me, but would continue testing my liver every six months. I have a chronic liver disease called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH, which is a common and often “silent” liver disease. There are no specific treatments yet, but losing weight has been found to be helpful to shrink the fat cells that aggravate the liver. I'm happy to say I'm down 15 lbs since September and my cholesterol is down too. I had to give away a huge bag of clothes (too baggy) and I'm now fitting easily into clothes that used to be too tight! I have another 15 pounds to shed but I'm not worried about it. Removing wine or any alcohol from my diet has been a huge help in losing weight - plus that is best for my liver. When I have bloodwork and another ultrasound in June, I'm anticipating an improvement in the health of my liver.
Now, in regards to the Mail Art, which is what I really want to talk about most here . . . this is what happened. Knowing how I work, I thought a deadline would be most helpful to get me to started creating again. I've continued being creative through photography during my absence (see my photo journal at blipfoto) but I instinctively knew that to get myself doing collage or mail art I would need a deadline. This is where two of my art buddies, Joanna Urbani and Jewels Welch stepped in to help me (follow those links to see their mail art). They have been exchanging mail art with a theme every month. I have been enjoying their creations! So I slyly asked them if I could join in their exchange . . . . well, they both enthusiastically wrote back that they'd be more than happy (VERY happy!!) for me to join in with their Mail Art/postcard fun. Whoo hoo -in like Flynn!
|Queen Victoria in her wedding dress -note the headpiece|
Jewels gave us the theme of the Language of Flowers. Choose a flower, look up the meaning, decorate a postcard and an envelope to share the meaning of the flower without using the name. Then the mail art recipients could have fun guessing the flower. My friend Cheryl who lives near me in Sarasota gave me the idea for my flower. I told her what I was doing and she reminisced about planning her parents wedding anniversary. Cheryl had looked up the meanings of the flowers that were in her mom's original bouquet, as she was reproducing it for the occasion. One flower in particular she told me about, I already had growing in my yard!
|my card above|
|attached to the back of the card|
I researched on the internet (fun!) and created an information sheet about the history of the orange blossom, then enclosed it inside a small envelope attached to my card.
|one of the envelopes|
|back of the envelope|
Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
~ John Lennon