March 30, 2010

The energy of art

"I believe in the energy of art, and through the use of that energy, the artist's ability to transform his or her life, and by example, the lives of others." ---Audrey Flack

March 29, 2010


Because my condo is on the market,  it must always be in perfect condition.  The call came in notifying that there would be a showing of my condo between 3:00 and 5:00.  It was 2:47.  Normally, I would just take a quick look, tidy up a bit, and leave the condo.  No, not today.  You see I had my working table covered with newspaper, tubes and tubes of paint, brushes, paper, paper get the picture.  On the floor, I had newspapers with painted papers drying.  Oh, but that is not all.  On the kitchen table downstairs, I had newspapers covering the table with painted papers drying.  I didn't have time to take a picture of the chaos.  It wasn't actually chaos before the call; I had it under control.  When I was cleaning up, I felt like a chicken without a head.  I managed to get everything cleaned up by 3:15 and they had not arrived yet.  They probably would not have shown up right then, but I didn't want the potential buyers to show up to see all my paints, etc. spread out everywhere. 

So I left the house with my laptop and headed for the bookstore.  I started playing with some photos and the above photo was created.  So there is my afternoon.

The original photo.

March 27, 2010

From my journal

The first page of this journal. Who knows what is on the other side of the doors.  So many possibilities. 

March 26, 2010

I am singing. Can you hear me?

All my creative energy is being used for learning new binding techniques for journal making and bookmaking.  This is the journal I made in this class.  The class has also given me the added bonus of learning new techniques for page backgrounds.  Although it will be a bit scary to use this journal for a self-portrait exploration, I believe that I need to pursue it.  Let's see what I discover about myself.  It will also allow me to practice and experiment different techniques.  You can imagine how satisfying making this journal has been.  La la la la.

March 23, 2010

A Writer

As far as I can remember, my brother has kept a journal.  A journal of thoughts which might eventually become the lyrics to one of his songs.  A journal of random thoughts and ideas.  A journal of places visited and people he has met. I made this journal for him from an old school Spanish Grammar book.   I stitched some squares of a painted background and attached it to the cover.  My brother is no stranger to binding books.  He spent several years repairing library books.  He could certainly teach me a thing or two.  Enjoy the journal, Louie.

March 22, 2010

March 19, 2010

Sources of Inspiration

We are so fortunate to have access to so much information.  Sometimes a good thing can be a bit too much.  Escaping to places where we can be one with  nature is a necessity.  I need to spend some time exploring where I live by becoming a local tourist.  I might be surprised what I find in my surroundings.  The sea will have to wait for a while. 

March 18, 2010

Feels Right

Although I haven't been posting daily, I have been creating.  And boy does it feel good.  I just completed my Urban Journal.  Are you ever doing something that just feel right? This is is it.  I certainly learned some more techniques to bind pages and I just love that.  The title of my journal is "The Art of...."  Still working on the title because I am not sure how I will use the journal. 

March 16, 2010

Urban Journal In Progress

Creating daily has been so important for me this month.  Although clean up is necessary after each session, I don't mind it at all. 

My creative table is currently reserved for my Urban Journal class with Roben Marie.  I am adding my own spin to it, but the technique is the same. Check it out.  Ah, my pillow is calling.

March 12, 2010


Something I look forward to when I move to my new house is gardening.  Gardening does not come naturally to me.  However, thinking about waking up to flowers every morning, placing them in a vase, and brightening up a day is sufficient to motivate me.  How about pulling vegetables from the ground and eating home grown vegetables?    This was so inspiring as well.  I have much to learn about gardening, but look forward to the challenge.  Oh, I am so happy that Spring is here.

March 11, 2010

Pink, Green Apples, and Coffee

Since last Friday, it has been all about floor installations, painting (walls), repairs, get the picture. Squeezing in a bit of time to sketch and paint has been glorious (and drinking a bit too much coffee if you ask me). 

March 4, 2010

Walking Picnic Table

Sometimes a smell can spark a memory.  Sometimes colors, food, or sometimes.....picnic tables.

When I worked at a medical library during my college years, once I wore a flannel shirt that resembled a typical red and white checkered picnic tablecloth.  A librarian gave me this nickname:  A Walking Picnic Table.  I never forgot it; it's quite humorous actually.  Is it time for picnics yet?

March 3, 2010

Mix It Up

Lots of layers of paper, paint, charcoal, color wash, and oil pastels.  It is simply enjoyable to play like this. 

March 1, 2010

By My Side

I created this tiny book from leftover painted canvas.  It's a book created while thinking about my son and husband. You can see my son's little hands holding the book.  They love me, make me cry, teach me, smile at me, tickle me, make me laugh (hysterically many times), and so much more.   And always "By My Side."   It reads "With You By My Side Life Is Brand New."

Phrase from Next to You by Louis Orozco.