three books

three books

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Drawing challenge

I decided I absolutely needed some sense of normality to start happening around here so I am grateful to Stefanie http://stefanieseltner.blogspot.nl/ for proposing a fun drawing challenge. The theme is "Crown" and here is my beauty queen:
See Stefanie's blog for more entries to this week's challenge.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Conversations

I just downloaded Nelleke's Verhoeff's free wallpaper http://blog.redcheeksfactory.com/ which is fabulous (thank you Nelleke) and could not possibly come at a more perfect time. As the tiny Woolfe has gone off to hibernate it set the husband and I to talking, as we often do, about the difficulty and the necessity of maintaining balance in life. I'm a bad one for fussing about the past, what I could have or should have said, done, thought...blah, blah..as if history could be changed by the wishing. He worry's more about the future, projecting a zillion possible outcomes for things he has little or no control over. We both sometimes forget to enjoy the present. Of course plans must be made and history ruminated over just a little (so we don't have to repeat it) but we too, are going to renew our efforts to live a little more in the present. My new red cheeks wallpaper makes me smile and will remind me every morning to  "just go with the flow".

Having said that here I am rummaging around in the past and resurrecting some old stories I wrote years ago. I don't know who originated the idea of  postcard stories (stories literally short enough to fit on a post card)  but I love the concept because it is the perfect format to capture the intriguing little random snippets of  conversation that drift into my ear and sometimes lodge there as if they hold some personal significance. Usually I am only conscious of a line or two but often they conjure up an image that sticks and so I have to make up the rest of the story. I like the idea of them getting "stuck" in wax.

the skies were blue that day - 12x12 - encaustic

it never occurred to her that he might leave - 22 x 10 - encaustic 

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Happy New Year!!!

The month of December flew on by as it always does and this one even more so with family in town to celebrate with us this year. Today is the first lazy day on my own to catch up on my favorite art blogs and ponder the year gone by online.
Last year there were several "daily" projects that I followed with interest such as Carole's lovely circle journal  http://carolereidartist.blogspot.ca/ and Mano's wonderful box series http://manoswelt.blogspot.ca/. I do admire such tenacity in others and considered adopting the concept. Ha, Ha, this from a person who almost needs a sign on the bathroom mirror to remember daily tooth brushing. So then I started wondering what kind of "resolutions" I would like to aspire to in the upcoming year.
The year ending was a marvelous time of change and new beginnings for me. I had some much needed rest and nest time which makes my apartment feel more like a home and my studio more workable so I was able to explore a wide variety of artistic endeavors. I learned new things, visited interesting places... I really feel that it was a time of rapid growth and expansion.  So this year I'd like to do...MORE! Yes, more please. I've really only just begun.
Starting off my launch into 2013 with two pieces from the Hand Made Home series.

8 x 22 Encaustic on Board - Home  Sweet Home

Another Cup of Tea - Encaustic (and teabag)  on Cradle-board 6x6 inches