Awakening the Soul

I’m enjoying sketching tiny.  Perhaps I’ll do a daily journal of tiny, although I’ve never been good at daily sketching.  It’s more like when the idea hits me.  But I’ll give it a try.


Also having lots of fun with my “accumulated stuff” collages.




Our September has been feeling like October.  September is usually stifling.  I remember going back to school as a child, and the non air conditioned classrooms would be unbearable.  But a few days ago we actually had overcast conditions.


The cooler air is very pleasant for walking.  Since returning from the Camino, I really have a need to walk each day.  The weather has also given me some good photo opportunities while I walk, with the sun poking out from the clouds in a subtle way.






The kitty is going through all the changes the internet says she would from week to week. She weighs a pound, but RUNS across a room.  She is getting a lot of socialization from Lucy and Charlie.  Maggie is indifferent, but then she’s the one that went through mothering her own puppies not too long ago.  She’s sitting this out.




“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”       Anatole France    poet, author

Enjoy your week.







How Does Your Garden Grow?

Celia Thaxter was a poet and short story writer, but also created a garden on a tiny island off the New Hampshire coast that became the subject of her book, “An Island Garden.”  The book was written in 1894, and after Celia’s death the garden went through many changes, but in 1978 was restored using the detailed plan in her book.  “An Island Garden” is filled with delicate Impressionistic paintings of the garden’s old fashioned flowers by the artist Childe Hassam.  Many years ago I picked up the daybook that accompanies it.  There is space for diary type entries as well as quotes from Celia on flowers and some of Hassam’s paintings.  I have used it to write descriptions of particular days when the sky, clouds, air, and sun have come together to produce exceptionally gorgeous days.  It causes me to take special note of those moments by putting them into words


Flowers are a popular subject for artists.  I have used a variety of mediums in attempts to reproduce their colors and shapes.

Here I used acrylic paint with stamps I made on recycled cupboard doors.  I got the doors from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.  It is a great place to find recycled anything for your house or yard, and you are contributing to Habitat.


Fabric applique of flowers in vases.


Acrylic on canvas.



I went to a local painting exhibit today.  The friends that I went with and I are in a book club/art club.  Once a month we go to an art exhibit and once a month we get together to discuss a book or short story we have selected.  We choose a lot of classical literature which introduces us to authors that we haven’t read before.  Since this post is about flowers, I took some pictures with flower themes at the exhibit, along with a few others I liked.

The painting below is titled Vence Roses by Pat Wooley.  Mixed media.


Voice of Spring by Dawn Quiones.  Mixed media with collage.


The Old Lace by Nino Neiman.  Watercolor.


Mountain Horse Returns Home by Julia Chu.  (I picked up some reflections in this, but the collage work was wonderful).


Under the El by Jan Godachy.  Watercolor.


Palisades by Eve Pericich.  Collage.


I had to include this one because I had three shelties who have passed away.  I think of them often.  Bailey by Veronica Sin.  Watercolor.


Even if you don’t paint, looking at people’s ideas expressed through their work is so inspiring. Painters use a wordless language that makes you feel something very personal, remembering an experience you’ve had or reminding you of an experience you would like to have.  Go and look when you get the chance.









Mixing it Up

I like paint, paper, canvas, fabric and sewing by hand.  And sometimes I like to mix them up together.  Here, I collected leaves from my yard to use as stamps and then added hand stitching.






The bright colors in a book titled “Living in Morrocco” by Lisl Dennis and Landt Dennis inspired me to make a stencil for a row of pitchers embellished with gold thread.




While browsing through the fabric at a local store, I was drawn to designs that resembled water color paintings.  I bought some and cut it into strips.  Then I got out my water colors, painted on paper, cut more strips, and sewed them all together.



Sometimes I don’t like a painting when I’m finished with it, so I cut it up and save the small sections that I like.  Recently I put some of those together in a collage.  It’s like using up your scraps of fabric for a quilt.




One of the most incredible mixed media art exhibits I’ve ever seen was the work of El Anatsui Gawu at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.  Pieces of recycled aluminum from the tops of beverage bottles were sewn together in a pattern using copper wire.  The finished work covered an entire wall (a huge wall) and hung draped like a massive piece of cloth.  It was jaw droppingly beautiful.



You can be creative using anything around you, whatever your environment provides.  Just play and have fun.


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