Gratitude

“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
~Rabindranath Tagore


What you need: a 20-30 minute space in which to creatively respond, paper and art supplies, a candle, fellowship should you choose to gather, light the flame, and cultivate gratitude collectively.

Where have you had your fill, indulged to that saturation point of inebriation whence the respite of sobriety is welcome remedy?
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Leafing through Autumn

What you need:: Curiousity, magazines, and art supplies (read about them here).

Candles, music, tea, and company, as well as any other additions you dream up to setting your space, to be with creative practice are optionally limitless!

Rustling leaves dancing with breezes gently landing in ones, twos, and threes. Clear night skies. Early evening moonlit walks. Shooting stars, firelight, oranges and lemons, treetops brightly glowing. Continue reading “Leafing through Autumn”

Odes to Nature

About a month ago I went to the opening of my first solo art show on Friday the 5th at The Blue Phoenix Cafe. Downtown galleries open their doors till about 8:30 every first Friday of the month, celebrating the opening evening of new exhibits and the streets are busy with people getting together, chittering and chattering, around paintings, wine, cheese, fruit, and in the case of The Blue Phoenix, superb vegetarian fare like sushi, brown rice burgers (delicious), and hummus. Continue reading “Odes to Nature”

Art of The Moon

“Bamboo shadows sweep the stairs,
But no dust is stirred.
Moonlight penetrates the depths of the pool,
But no trace is left in the water.”

–Nyogen Senzaki

One of my favorite lunar tales from India is about Soma, the Moon God. He was married to King Daksha’s 27 daughters, each living within a small portion of the twelve astrological constellations in their own lunar mansions. Continue reading “Art of The Moon”

Basic Materials

Supplies to begin an art practice are paper, coloring implements, a notebook, gesso, glue and old credit cards, pen, pencils, and scissors.

Paper

Depending on how limited or limitless your time and resources are, paper can be as simple as a Canson 9 x 12 heavyweight watercolor paper pad, which holds multiple applications of paint, collage, and media quite well. Continue reading “Basic Materials”

Repurposing:: cookbook into paintbook

Making an art journal with a very old, much loved and used cookbook starts with one cookbook that has well-stitched pages and a tub of glue::I use mod podge and glue three pages together, then three more, then another three and leave them open to dry before moving on to the next lot. Before gluing, I’ll tear out pages then go to the corresponding side and tear out the set that’s on that side of the stitchery, thinning the book this way as it tends to get bulky with time and collaging. I like to get all my pages glued before beginning arting in books, but it’s not necessary and I know folks who glue as they go along instead. I work on our dining table, which I keep covered with an old shower curtain.

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Winter Art & Craft Bazaar

A little taste of our first showing, came completely by surprise through the local newspaper . . . which Layla reads with a comb most thorough.  She saw the call for artists for the bazaar hosted by the Buena Vista Arts Council, first I’d heard of it!  Followed through by calling the number and next thing we were toting boxes with all our makings to set up a table, which was super fun to do up a little nook in a big space amongst other artists.  When we were done it looked like so:
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