Manatees came to visit!

Manatees came to visit!

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 . . .

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Moleskine Magic

Moleskine Magic

After a couple of weeks of not working in my journal, I got started with a page of leaf prints I made on deli paper last week. I really wanted to add some of these prints to my small moleskine journal, sized 3.5" x 5.5". It is really quite small . . . . 

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at home in my studio at last!


Home at last : ) my dear friend Linda Kunsman made this ornament for my husband Steven and I a few homes ago . . . I cannot even remember which one, maybe Deercliff Road? Anyway I love it and have continued to move it with me and give it a new place of honor. Now it is hanging on the armoire in the dining room that holds many of my art supplies.

Today, I have finally unpacked and found a home for all of my supplies in my art studio/office!!! Phew. It is not perfect, but IT IS DONE! I struggled this time with moving into a smaller art room and not having the same "containers" to put things in. It took me six months to unpack and set up, but I have done it and I am so proud and happy.

I took a quick video when I finished today and you can find it here via this link or watch it below if you are reading on my blog. Steven is taking me out to dinner tonight to celebrate, hee hee! I am so looking forward to creating more art. Yes, I have done some, but the last few boxes have been taking up space on my counter and I have not been able to work. It was getting depressing! Now I look forward to trying out the gelli plate I bought a month ago! I hope you enjoy the video with me doing the commentary. I'll be back!



Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
   ~ Amelia Earhart

Bill Buchman demos the Big Gesture

I have a very short video demo I took of my instructor Bill Buchman showing us the "big gesture" with sumi-E brush and ink. The direct link is HERE if you do not see the video displayed below. Enjoy!



More on this class is in my previous blog post, scroll down or go here!


It's never too late -in fiction or in life- to revise. ~ Nancy Thayer

I've been inserting quotes from my very large list of quotes via a 'sigmonster' program my oldest son Decklin created for me many years ago. I click on the desktop icon and one of my many quotes is randomly copied from my file to my clipboard. Then I paste it in! I have been trying to use the first quote that comes up (instead of asking again) and it has worked very well so far.


The adventure project

Another Art House Co-op project is done and sent. I had a blast! Do you think perhaps I am hooked on their creative projects? Maybe?? This one is a 30 second video made from subsequent photos I took one day last week for their Adventure project. I will embed it in the post, but if you cannot see it, click here.



Still trying to catch up a bit . . . I saw a orthopedic sports medicine doctor today after 2 months of shoulder/arm pain. I thought it was tendinitis that would get better . . . but in fact, I have a frozen right shoulder joint -yikes. I had a shot of cortisone and will be going to physical therapy as soon as it is scheduled. Anything to bring on more movement, less pain and more mobility, I'd say! In a few days I will return to my Nia dance classes which I have surely missed. I thought the exercise was making my arm and shoulder worse, so I stopped going about a month ago. The doctor said we want to get the joint moving again within reason -don't tweak it too much. I think I can handle that, so I am looking forward to Nia on the beach on friday. 

Thanks for listening! Tomorrow you will find one of my projects up on the gauche alchemy blog as I am the Guest Designer for the month of April! It is so lovely for me to be there on gauche alchemy with my friend Jo Urbani who is also a designer for them : ) 



Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.
  ~ Marc Chagall



Creative breakout class with Bill Buchman

Last week in class with Bill Buchman, we learned more about color theory. He started with a lecture about color, showed us what he meant by color temperature and opposite/complimentary as well as nuetral colors and we also talked about our "bad painting" exercise the week before.



Then, we had a short amount of time to do an exercise based on his talk. For structure, Bill asked us to draw some letters using oil pastel which would resist the watercolor media we would paint over the letters. The letters should overlap to make it interesting. Bill did the one below while we worked on our own.

Color chart above is in Bill's book, Expressive Figure drawing
Close up of Bill's try - I just love the colors!! You can tell he is quite practiced at color theory.
Below, you will see some student work and different approaches to Bill's color exercise. I did not note whose work was whose while photographing but would be happy to add your name to your piece if you email me.



caught Bill Buchman by surprise here . . .
I have been having a great time learning from him and painting in his class. 
I will certainly miss it when class ends April 23.




(above) This is mine and I do not like it one bit!
I find solace in the remark that Bill made in an earlier class. He said,
"An artist is someone who can make something he does not like but goes on
to make more pieces, does not give up."
I know this one above is Barbara's, it is beautiful!

Another view of Bill Buchman's piece. 
Bill has made some great instructional DVDs should you want to learn from him yourself. Watching them is like being in a class with him. I have watched Zen Breakthrough: Making Contemporary Experimental Art with Sumi-e Brushes, reed pens and Mixed media and will go back again and again to learn more. My friend Frieda Oxenham in Scotland, purchased Bill's video Creative Breakout, The Art of Freedom and loved it! There are more DVDs available too - I just got his new one: Keeping the Melody: Making Contemporary Abstracts with Inspiring Materials and Techniques. I know this will keep me busy practicing his ideas and techniques till the next time I can take class in person with him again. There are a few more weeks to go of classes at the Longboat Key Center for the arts, so I am sure to be back with more.


I do like this part of my exercise a bit . . . click to view

: ) lenna 

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

Thanks to my friend Ann Medlin Hall for pointing out this really interesting talk on video I hope you'll enjoy too, from TED Talks: "Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity." View this talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/janet_echelman.html 

an example of her art:

Tsunami 1.26, 2011 - Sydney, Australia

Go here: http://www.echelman.com/site/portfolio.html to see more of her imaginative work.

every single moment you are . . . .





. . . . writing the story of your life.

I just realized, watching this animoto video I made, that it was actually about healing. The art you see, the Nia/dance, the beach, the sun, water and shells, taking these photographs, my dogs and my family, especially my husband, have been my way to heal after the loss of my father. I am so grateful for all I have and I hope you enjoy the sand and sea.






*I suggest watching this in full screen by clicking in the bottom right corner!
If you cannot see the video here, use this link.

p.s. this is the first time I have ever tried using video clips and I think it worked well!
To view more of my videos, visit my YouTube channel.

: ) lenna

*flashmob*dance*fun*holidays*

I am not doing much for the holidays this year except hanging with my family, but I must say this video Terrie Lightfoot shared on Facebook was oh, so much fun and had me singing along. I hope you enjoy. if you don't see the video below, click here to view.



happy holidays - dance, sing & have fun with the ones you love.
xo lenna