This was the scene in the spare room of my parents home this time last year... I set this up to be like an alter right next to where I'd be art journaling for the month.. Mum had one of my prints hanging on the wall... and a picture of Mary.. or more than one in every room actually. I felt somewhat comforted by this Mary picture with her bunch of angels hanging out... so I gave her pride of place overlooking my artful adventure... little did I know... I would be joining the likes of Shiloh Sophia McCloud and Jenafer Joy, and Stella Mac and Effy Wild... and be part of a wild and wonderful bunch called the Cosmic Cowgirls ... and just over one year later I will be meeting many of them in California!
and Helllloooo... running a "Paint Mary with me" retreat/workshop this month too
Today... my Muse must have been with me.. along with my daughter.. I found this gorgeous luggage tag that has so many visual messages that have meaning for me...
The colour 'limoncello' is a favourite of my dear mentor/teacher/inspirer Shiloh... I feel like I'm flying from a cage... that's metaphorical.. I did a mixed media piece a couple of years ago..and it's been profound the many layers of crappola I've been leaving behind sometimes daily.. but you know.. on the whole.. I'm in a much better place :)... and the crown!!! well Sovereign.. and I painted Queen of My Own Heart this year.. so that's a gorgeous little addition... this trip is an adventure... a loooong adventure.. and the crossing of the San Francisco... Golden Gate Bridge is part of it too.
That's about it..a short sweet post for tonight.. there are only 2 spaces left for the Paint Mary with Me retreat.. so if you are wanting to come... register at your earliest convenience.
bye for now,
It's already a month! Since I last blogged, I can't believe it, all that facebooking makes you feel like you're doing more. I don't know why I often find myself feeling guilty over using facebook... it actually keeps me in touch with some dear friends who are overseas, but I have to admit... it keeps me very busy doing not much as well!
Facebook also keeps me up to date with news... sadly today I learned of the death of a wonderful man, Steve Jobs, I own an iMac and iPhone and iPod... one of the cutest and most apt things I saw today was the word iSad. I am grateful for the passion and dedication Steve gifted the world in his lifetime, what an inspiration! RIP Steve Jobs.
Right now, I'm working on 4 little canvas's... they were bound for Italy to be included in a very exciting group exhibition, but with things being as they are it became a little upstream for me to go that way, (I hope to sometime in the future though). I've taken inspiration from the very popular book/movie 'Eat, Pray, Love' .... it was an easy little thought ramble that brought that about once I started thinking about Italy, and food and fun... .. so I added in another making my subjects for the four; eat, pray, play, love. I'll be submitting them into the Amberley Art Show in Melbourne next month.
They're not all complete ... but here is a sneak preview of them sketched up :
I love using one of my iphone apps to take quick pics of my paintings, the nifty effects they have give them all kinds of new looks. This is how the scooter one turned out. I think I'll call it : "The wind in our hair" (Inspiration = play)
I'll let you know when the others are finished.... I'm thinking they will make an excellent little card collection... so once they're photographed I can feature them on my red bubble page. That way, you can order cards of your favourites.
Oh... that's another thing that happened this month, a substantial order via my redbubble account, and two paintings ('Skippity Hop' and 'Tea & Butterfly Cakes') sold from Tiffany Jones Fine Art Gallery... it's given me a lovely boost.
bye for now,
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“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.”