Monday, March 29, 2010

A Rose is a Rose...

The picture does not do justice to how well this came out! One of my favorite journal pages from Orly Avineri's Art Journaling Lab. It was one of those classes that was a long process and I loved every single step. I knew from the start it was going to be a magical page. I love the vintage timeworn look it has. Yes, it is wrinkly, I have wrinkles too... I earned them. After we were finished I was sooo nervous about doing lettering and harming how beautifully it came out. The quote from Dale Carnagie says "One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden instead of enjoying the roses outside our window today."

As always click on any image for a larger view.
Left side.

I had a landscaping business for several years. I love climbing roses. I tend to love things that climb and cover, clambor over things. I love how after only a few years they look as if they have been there for ever. My wisteria & clematis are just about to bloom in my back yard. I love plants that are tucked in and you have to walk around and really look at. They are my little treasures. I will take a few pictures and post of my back yard soon. I love my backyard, it is completely enclosed and is like my own secret garden and sanctuary. I love my yard so.
Right side.
How does your garden grow?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Orly's House of Blues & Art Journaling:Shelf Life

Today at Orly's Art Journaling Lab we hand played some blues music and doodled and drew some still lifes. Who knew listening to the blues could be inspiration for art journaling? I was very inspired and had a lot of fun. Have a great weekend! I am going back to my art journal to continue doodling and drawing... click on any image for a larger view.
Close-up of the left side.
Close-up right side.

Friday, March 26, 2010

How Many Hats Do You Wear?

How many hats have do you wear? This spread for Orly Avineri's Art Journaling Lab about exploring the hats many we wear. Click on any image for a larger view.

Here is a close-up of the left side, my Public Social Interactive Hat.
This side is about two other hats I wear:

Top:My Natural Hat - the gardener, artist.

Bottom: The Warriror Hat - sometimes I feel like a warrior.

How many hats do you wear?

Sunday, March 7, 2010


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Thursday, March 4, 2010

My Roots...

My pages for Orly Avineri's Art Journaling Lab, she's changed the name of her weekly art journaling group because it really is more like a lab than a class. I love the new name. This last weeks class was about "Roots". I would have used more photos of family pictures but my printer ran out of ink and I did not have time before class to head out to Staples. At any rate I digress. This has me thinking about different kinds of roots. The roots of behaviors, behaviors we can change, and those that run deep. the roots of life. The roots of fun. The roots of creativity. The roots of excess. The roots of style or taste.

I showed my art journal to my friend Stormy this past week and she said I "defiantly have a style" and my "art tends to be a bit dark." I thought it was amusing and interesting. I've never really thought much about my art journal having a style. What are your "roots"?

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The right side with my ink "roots" of my tree of life. The "trunk" of my tree is made from vintage papers, collage papers, and scrapbook papers, found vintage photos this page courtesy of Orly.

Right hand side. The photo with the pumpkins is yes of me...