Thursday, 12 January 2017

What do you do...

...when you're in the artistic doldrums?

I turn to pages in my journals, adding, covering, deleting and generally messing about.  Since this time of the year usually slows down my passion for creating (I'm a sunshine-craving creator), I've been poking about in a journal gifted to me by my friend Meg.  An oblong shape, it appeals to my sense of quirkiness.


 Some of the pages are complete,


 many of them are filled with stolen items (salvaged from greeting cards and found ephemera),


some are in progress,

and some have a looooooong way to go.


This journal spread is looking for a fortune cookie saying that complements the flowers,


 and many of the pages have already found one.


Whatever the stage, they're a great place to play, and play small, which is always an appeal when the Muse is occupied elsewhere.  

What calls you when the creativity slows down?  Is it journals, small paintings, card-making, tags, or something else entirely?  I'd love to hear in your comments, and if you've got a link to it, all the better!

Friday, 30 December 2016

As we await...

...the arrival of 2017 it's a time of quiet reflection, and what better colour to accompany that than the peaceful ease of the colour blue.

From journal pages


 to Gelli prints,


blue peeks out everywhere in the studio.


 I've turned hand-painted papers into blue flowers,


 and created Wingdings with it.


 It shows up in heavily textured pieces


 and in those that are quietly behaving themselves.


 Blue philosophizes

 and plays well with green and a host of other colours.


What a perfect colour with which to end a chaotic year, don't you think?

Here's hoping that all your wishes for 2017 come true, in a big way.  xo

Thursday, 22 December 2016

You're probably wondering...

...what my focus word is for 2017, right?

These reminders are  going to be EVERYWHERE!

Each one sports a feather, so the lesson is light and easy.

Rich, isn't it?

I love the beauty of this organic leaf and feather combination.

Orange and red has a LOT of punch.

Like a flower, opening is filled with grace.

It's possible books might be involved.

I love the word opening; it speaks to me of new possibilities, travel, creativity, abundance, gifts and gratitude flowing into and through my life.  It is filled with the awareness, understanding and discernment I welcome for 2017.

Have you chosen your 2017 focus word yet?  I'd love to see it in the comments below.




Thursday, 15 December 2016

I'm baaaaaaak,

exhilarated, confounded, exhausted jet-lagged and even educated, so you know it was a wonderful China tour.  

You asked for photos, and since I've just started to edit the first 200 of 1275 in total, I'll give you some teasers from day one in Beijing:

Temple of Heaven dome;
 the Temple is constructed using no nails, apart from the tiles on the roof to ensure the roof stays on!

Brother Neal and I in front of one of the Temple outbuildings; note our colour coordination, both with each other and with the building signage.

Ornamental roofing area on Temple outbuilding

I'm pretty sure this script says 'Thank you Neal and Judith'

The promenade as we headed back from the Temple area

The promenade is lined with knitters, weavers, card-players, and gamesters of all kinds, and even in the cold weather it's a crowd!

Note the ornamental pieces on the corner of the roof  in the Forbidden City - the number of pieces indicates the level of  importance of the occupants or building use.

I think this is Falkor the Dragon from The Neverending Story, forever frozen in stone in the Forbidden City's courtyard.

You can see I paid attention to this sign

The rich colours everywhere had me totally captivated

And what would ancient buildings be without some artsy craquelure?
I was mesmerized by all the intense colour and the opulent patterning on every building.  Colour in China is deep with meaning.  Yellow is the most prestigious colour, being associated with emperors. Red is the colour of luck, joy and good fortune and is to be found everywhere, in all its permutations. Green means good health and connection to the earth, while blue is indicative of the heavens.  You'll note the tiles on the roof of the Temple of Heaven are all blue.  White is a colour representative of gold (and much less costly to paint), so many houses, particularly in the countryside, are painted white.  

As I move back into my Creston, BC life, I suspect this trip will keep showing up in whatever creativity is to come.  In the meantime, please catch me up in your comments below.  What have you been up to while I was away?!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

It's a small world...

and I'm still on the other side of it.  In the meantime, you can check out this post from 2015 about repurposing bottle caps -  beer, wine and liqueurs, for upcycling.  It's surprising what can be done with them.

They make fabulous flowers with the addition of buttons or brads.


Of course, the bottles can be used as well, after removal of the labels,

a thorough scrubbing




and a coat or two of gesso.


In fact, there's hardly any part I don't use.

As long as I have my trusty hammer, some round nosed pliers, tins snips and acrylic medium, my garden blooms all year round.


I don't want you to think, however, that I am totally responsible for emptying all these bottles - the staff at Jimmy's Pub here in town graciously saves them for me, although I have been known to have a glass or two of wine occasionally to assist them.

Let's talk about recycling, upcycling, art reduction and reuse.  How do you turn 'throw-aways' into art?
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