Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Keys Keys ...

Remember these?

Well here's one of the things I decided to do with a few of them
for Glitterfest Fall!
More to come...

Ciao for now :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Lighter side of Yellow (part II)

So yes, today was more yellow...but in the most beautiful way yellow can be. As I gazed through the photos I posted yesterday, I thought today about how each yellow moment carried with it a truth for why that picture was taken in the first place. A story the picture was able to tell about a moment of joy or laughter, wonder or remembrance. So as a sort of part 2 of that post I thought that tonight I could give you a little more about the truth and beauty of a few of them.
Thanks for indulging me .

This first one with the daisy was taken by my
12 yr old son , who was 11 at the time. We were at the Fullerton Arboretum a place the kids & I go often. He had my camera and took an amazing set of flower shots, this one was one of his happy mistakes. He was so proud when I asked his permission to use his work.

Finneus had just enjoyed a romp in the Big Sur River with my kids and their cousin. He then then proceeded to shake, roll in the dirt and repeat. Good times indeed. :)

The Banana slug was fabulous! I'd never seen a banana slug up close and in person. This guy was at least seven inches long! It was so wild looking, with it's black spots contrasting against it's beautiful textured yellow. He was a lot brighter in person, as often we all are. :)

I think I've mentioned this Lemon cake before. I made that one for my Mom's B-day. I feel so blessed to have her.

Ernie took this great picture of her in Big Sur.

He also made me the wonderful breakfast of bacon and poached eggs.
Thanks sweetie!

I love them both.

Again on our way either to or from Healdsburg, I noticed the piggy crossing sign. Everyone in the car cracked up when we saw it, so my husband turned back around so I could get a quick pict. Still came out a bit blurry, but you get the idea. Loved that it showed a Mama pig and her baby. Someone added the red dot, I like it, reminds me of Christmas!

I absolutely love this artist. We saw this painting by Alma -Tadema at the Getty about a week ago. Talk about an overwhelming sense of truth and beauty...I almost always sort of loose it a little at museums. It's that too much, too good feeling that sends me reeling, almost unable to focus. This day was no different but I loved it.

This a picture of a a picture of
my BFF Annie and her husband who live far, far away from me. I miss her terribly, but this picture reminds me of our last visit together a few years back. I took it the day before I left. The little Mexican dolls remind me of another wonderful time we shared with our families all together in Mexico, eating grilled lobster and drinking beer perched up on the roof over looking the ocean.

So I guess yellow's not that bad after all. Thanks again, for sticking with me through this, I'll post some art stuff soon, I promise. :)

Love, peace and yellow,


Yellow has never been my favorite color. Don't get me wrong, I do like it, it's just too bright and happy for me sometimes, but I think I need some bright and happy today,

because I feel...


and tired

unable to fly as I wish.

I think I need to visit the ocean.

Or the trees

Or see people I miss...

Maybe, buy more beads? (just kidding)

But instead I just glide along...

Looking for something pretty to eat.

And well...the results are obvious.

But I have....

that not all is lost

And tomorrow will be more...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Back again, from a long time gone...

Well, it's been forever since I last posted, and so much has happened...some with my art, much with my family, and many things that certainly intersect between the two. It's hard to figure out where to begin, so I think I'll just go back to where my last post left off and hopefully at some point we'll catch what's going on today... or not, we'll see I suppose :)

In my last post I mentioned I was going to the Welburn Gourd Festival in Fallbrook Ca. Well I did go, and what a tremendous experience it was!

Not only was my friend
Barbara Hallman's gourd work fantastic as always, selling like crazy, the day in general was just beautiful. It can sometimes be pretty hot and dusty there, but the weather was
mild, the energy relaxed and I found loads of beautiful gourds to work with this Fall. Is she not amazing?

She makes these huge animal masks, but this was a set of
small ones I loved. Check out their sweet eyes.
Danny loved these little fish she made!

Another wonder of the day was a chance meeting with the wonderful artist that taught me knottless netting so many years ago! Leigh Adams is as cool as I remember. I think it's easily been over 11 years ago that I took her class. Here's the little creation I proudly brought home that day. Notice those lovely uneven hitches, sagging off the bottom?( and that's actually it's 'good' side:) Eeeek!
But I sooo loved it then, and I still do today.
Today Leigh is the artist in residence at the
Los Angeles Arboretum and has done some absolutely fantastic work in sculpture, mosaic and glass. She told me a little bit about a fairly recent work I can't wait to see in person known as the serpent trail. This gigantic glass tiled"Dream snake" sculpture created for the children's garden at the LA Arboretum is actually, visible from the sky! If you get the chance you've got to check out her work.

So now after all these years of knottless netting myself, I'm back to teaching as well. My class this past July at my sweet store Gilding the Lily in Fullerton was great. (It's been such a blessing to be able to "work" there on Sundays surrounded by a constant flow of beauty and inspiration thank you Nancy!) My students were so fun and so talented!

Here's a picture of the little kits I put together.

My lovely students... and a few of their projects...

What a wonderful day it was, to share art, laughter and fun. Well, I feel like I could go on and on , but for now I think this is plenty and hopefully my next post will be sooner than a month from now.
Love and light,