Saturday, July 30, 2011

Journal pages

Having been inspired by being with my sister I've been working on journal pages. My sister is a source of great creative energy full of multiply ideas and concepts, one walks away from her with their head reeling. I had to jump into work when I returned home and have found little time to play. I'm looking forward to this week-end to get out my paints, paper, glue and go to town. I hope you all are having a good week-end. The summer is flying by, I can't believe that July is nearly over!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bisbee 2

I'm visiting my sister this week-end in the delightful little mining town of Bisbee AZ. She owns a little boutique called "Blissbee" Check out her blog and web site. I flew down this week end and helped her teach a journaling workshop. I flew into Phoenix picked up my mother and drove down to Bisbee, it has been a fun busy week-end. Between teaching a class, unpacking supplies for the store, walking the dogs, eating out, photographing merchandise, staying up too late, and going going, going. I am very tired. I admire my sister's determination and dedication. It is hard work to own ones own business.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Blue oblivion

"BLUE OBLIVION LARGELY LIT, SMILED AND SMILED AT ME." william benet. I plan to lose myself in shades of blues, yellows, oranges, reds and greens as I paint and journal my way through this weekend. I'm excited to doodle and try out my new pen a "Rotring ArtPen."The weekend may even include a trip to Dick Blick for more Golden paint. I hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Highway One

As part of our week-end trip to LA, we drove home up the coastal highway of 1. It is a narrow two lane highway hugging steep cliffs, with beautiful ocean views. It is a gamble when you travel along the California coast that you will get sunny skies, and this time I lost. It was foggy and cold. Many of the dramatic views were socked in with fog and misty clouds, I was frustrated and hopeful that around every corner the mist would have burned off. Just the same the peaks of views were wonderful and I felt lucky to live in such a beautiful state. We did the 17 mile drive around Pebble Beach (the famous golf club) to look at the lone cypress tree, it has been years since we've done that. It now cost money to take the drive!!! How times do change, it was worth it to see the tree, although I doubt I'll ever see it again. I hope you are all having a good week.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pam Garrison

This past week-end I was lucky enough to spend some time in the company of Pam Garrison. I attended a journaling workshop taught by Pam in LA, hosted by Jenny Doh. What a lovely experience, I walked away full of inspiration and ideas, wanting to sit down and work in my journal. Jenny Dohs studio is full of art work that is fun and makes one want to create. Pam brought a lot of vintage supplies and it was like a mini flea market, full of books, wall paper, fabric, frames, ect. The dinning room table was covered with her numerous journals and it was like heaven looking through them and touching them. With her permission I took a lot of photos for ideas and future reference. Pam does a lot of doodling and pen work. I want to add that to my journals so her class was right up my ally. I don't have any art work to show from the day spent in the class because I've not been home to practice but I'll post some as soon as I do.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Deck views

Where I spent my 4th of July. On my patio reading, relaxing. Away from the frenzied crowds of parks, beaches, shopping malls and parade grounds. These were my quiet views. Grapes hanging overhead. Reflections of green. A curious dog. The fragile bloom of a passion flower. Simple joys. My life is good.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer day

The long hot days of summer are finally here. Linen, short sleeves, and flipflops-oh the joy! I spent a pre 4th of July sitting on my deck listening to the occasional errant fire cracker, lawn mowers, birds and the distant sound of blue grass music (my neighbors have a band). Sitting under a grape arbor with gentle breeze blowing, I sipped a cool drink, read a novel and would infrequently pick up my current crochet piece and hook a stitch or two. I plan to repeat this tomorrow. I hope you all have a happy holiday.

Friday, July 1, 2011


"LET THE RAIN KISS YOU. LET THE RAIN BEAT UPON YOUR HEAD WITH SILVER LIQUID DROPS. LET THE RAIN SING YOU A LULLABY". langston hughes. An unusual late spring/early summer shower came to visit us this past week. It truly sang me a lullaby all day long, softly watering the garden and plants. Starting with the dusty smell when the earth is first getting that cleansing wash. To ending with a soft lulling to sleep that night. I hope you are all getting ready for a good week-end.