Friday, October 31, 2014

acrylic, pencil, oil pastel, wip

one of my first painting teachers was jesse reno.  he 

starts paintings with colors you love, applying with his hands.

then looking for any images or visions within the paint

i have been revisiting this style of painting in preparation 

for an upcoming show in december.

the palos verdes art center currently has on display

photo by the palos verdes art center

the creations of mark newport.  he hand knitted these 

super hero costumes, extra large in size.  very dramatic.

also showing are these mixed media costumes by

photo by the palos verdes art center

kerelle levy.

photo by the palos verdes art center

and an interactive living room.  i wish i had time that day to

sit and reminisce all of the hours of holding knitting needles 

in my hands.  i will return for sure!

a note to visitors,  
blogger deleted this post which i had posted earlier.
my apologies if you commented earlier.

posting today along with hostesses eva and kristin 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

a wee packet of papers

stuffed to the brim

with unique papers, each a delight.

a perfect gift for a mixed media artist sent to me from

my friend jacki long, collage artist extraordinaire. 

 i can only imagine how long it took to compile these treasures.  

i take this packet to coffee shops when i collage 

in my journal.  each time i use a paper i think of her.

“It's not how much we give 
but how much love we put into giving.”

Monday, October 27, 2014

coffee shop journaling takes some chutzpah

(pronounced hoots-pah...yiddish for brazen).

unless you find the perfect shop.  this happens to be in manhattan beach

and is managed by a long time friend.  and you need to have the perfect

journaling friend,  in this case my friend lorraine.  

i visited a local show at the palos verdes art center, 

acquired objects

on display were textiles 

and  accoutrements which has been collected over the years and 

from many distant lands.

i loved the button collection set between 

plexiglass, like a ornamental garment. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

pixie one

'to me art is all about observing what is before us,

seeing what isn't there, and feeling, hearing, tasting, touching

what we cannot see,. then

describing what we saw and felt with our marks,

be it with a pencil, brush, clay, movement,

however we can express it.

art is

a way to make the mundane wonderful, 

the unknown visible, and 

to shape a relationship between

the work and the viewer.'

~misty mawn

Friday, October 24, 2014

bird quality

one day a dove perched on the ledge

of my fountain.  he balanced

trying over and over to get

a sip of water, never realizing

the water line was too low to reach.

but he didn't seem to mind.

it's a bird quality: try again.

i'll remember that as i write:

perch on the ledge,

bend over, fall in.

published in onthebus

my friend lorraine said that the clearing and 

decluttering process i have been into these last

two weeks is like a cleansing.  it has also been an opportunity

to remember and revisit dusty former parts of myself.

i found this poem i wrote.  i could substitute paint for write.

so i have wandered into another medium utilizing the same process.  

i took an afternoon off to paint.

i was delighted with what came to me.

posting with paint party friday
and weekly hostesses kristin and eva

sending you best wishes for a lovely weekend.

X O X O 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

sidewalk message, redondo beach

sending hugs


Saturday, October 18, 2014

journaling regularly gives you a place

to record thoughts

experiment and juxtapose diverse images together

mark an event

write out thoughts that would normally float through

your mind and leave

sketch a scene.

i thumbed through a little journal on my shelf today

remembering who i was at that moment.  also noticing

how the format of my journals have changed immensely 

from the use of magazine images to original painted images

i miss the simple cut and paste and appreciate both ways of expression.

a few photos from the power of art opening of the 

redondo beach art group.  two of my blue monoprints 

are shown in the first photo.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

mixed media, 19 x 24 on bristol paper

with a quick change of settings a my mac

this results and you can have a look

at the values in a piece.

and with a slight chance in the saturation

this results.

ps  i continue to perge and declutter by collecting at least a bag

filled to give away, recycle or throw away.  i say that but look at 

my desk....just saying...i have a long way to go.  and of course,

in the process after a birthday lunch i found a chandelier at anthropologie

 that i was jus that i was looking for...if you can't see the details,

it is wrapped with text paper.   had to have it.  what do you think?

i think i am a consumer/collector at heart.

happy paint party friday.  thanking kristin and eva for this weekly

gather and welcoming all familiar and new friends. 

thank you for sopping by today.


start out wandering

looking for the light

destination unknown

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

journal spread

'and your very flesh

shall be a great


sabrina ward harrison

Sunday, October 12, 2014

acrylic,  gesso

When I Am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees, 
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
   but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."
Mary Oliver

Saturday, October 11, 2014

it's your journal.  

it does not have to be finished.

it does not have to be pretty.

it does not have to be perfect.

it is yours.  

as my yoga teacher, christopher, says 

at the end  of each session,

this is who you are

right now.

Friday, October 10, 2014

while i could never be an official minimalist,

i am finding the clearing out, passing on of stuff

to be quite satisfying.  the one drawback is that i have not spent

as much time as usual painting.   here i did a bright journal page. 

this week the local print museum in torrance had a fair.  

i have wanted to visit the museum, so what better time than an early 

saturday morning under tents.  come along for a tour...

there was a smorgasbord including sumptuous color

antique and new print machines

posters and other examples of printed material

handmade books



hands on


when i got to my car,  it was not even noon

but look at the temp!!!  mother nature has been out in full

force the  week from the blistering heat wave to the stunning moon

display.  life is good. 


happy friday you.

posting today with paint party friday friends