Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

I am nearly always behind in my postings. What I worked on tonight has nothing to do with this post. What I am currently working on is drying, needing stitchery, etc…

This batch are some of my first art journal entries. I am so so about journaling. It is scary and tiring pushing your inner critic aside. I was thinking that if I could keep the process up, journals would be a great place to experiment. And since I am me, I must commit myself to exercises that will supposedly help me understand the craft.

I chose Juliana Coles’ “Extreme Journalism” as my introduction, in part because sparkleface references her and I have a huge flickr favorite crush on sparkleface.

I feel that it is important that I share my blach creations along with my favorites. Hopefully, it will help others tell their inner critic to leave them be. I know that my failures help me with the next step in my creative process and there are moments when I see my shit pieces influence future amazingness. That’s how it goes.

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My mother gave me this hippie skirt a few years back. I love it and generally wear it all summer when in creative mode. As you can see it has developed a bit of a rip. Not sure what I am going to do yet. Tear it up for collage making or play with the fissure and create a patch underneath. We shall see. For the time being, E took a picture of my eye looking through it.

I love eye symbols. The following is of a tree in Leavenworth, WA that has evil eye protectors hanging from it. I need to do this.

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I have a plastic chandelier that I bought at IKEA a few years ago. I love it. So much so, that I saved the instruction manual that came with it and every once and a while return to the scanned image I made of it. I can’t say exactly why I love the chandelier image so. I am by no means the type of person who has or wants lots of luxuries. But while my little plastic chandelier may not be considered a luxury to most, it is for me.

Many of these have reached their destinations or are on their way, others have not been sent yet or will be mailed right back to me (I love postmarks.)

While I was making them the words “whimsy” and “wonder” kept on popping up in my mind.

What symbol pops into your mind when you hear those two words?

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I love this busy series. These are a sampling. I upload all onto my flickr page. I’ve been loving going to the thrift store down the street and picking up lace curtains and such. I am still experimenting with all of lace’s potential. Not to mention my continued love for the sewing machine despite my still limited stitch vocabulary. And that deep blue that embeds itself into my psyche.

Create your own beauty (by your own terms).


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visual surprises

I have been neglecting this blog. The truth be known, I started a Flickr account a few months ago and I like the instant visual stimulation and the flow of comments that I give and receive. If you want to see my Flickr photos, they are here. I will warn you though that often pictures make it onto my Flickr account much faster than on this blog. But, I still want to keep this blog up because it gives me a chance to write and reflect which I can’t really do on Flickr.

E and I went to to Lopez Island on the Washington coast this past weekend. It was so nice to get away and I just love the rugged coast. No smooth sandy beaches here! I took lots of photos and made rolos out of a bag of scraps that I brought with me. I’ll share the rolos in a future post. Today, I want to share some of the images that caught my eye:


There was something so eerie about this oil refinery and ship delivering oil in the fog.

One of the things I love about beaches here is that you often see driftwood shelters like this one along the beach perhaps to provide temporary respite from the wind.

You also sometimes see what I call “Detritus Castles” as opposed to “Sand Castles.” I love running across these pieces of ephemeral human creativity on the beach. They are special little surprises.

This small arrangement left on a piece of driftwood is in a category all of its own.

May we all be open to visual surprises…

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I thought I’d share how my postcards evolve within a two week period.

It’s nice out, and so I load up a bunch of supplies one Saturday and head out to the backyard where I start cutting up photos from garden magazines and the like and mixing them with tissue paper.


Somewhere along the way, I bought a lace curtain at a thrift store and began cutting it up:

A Gee’s Bend quilt by Annie Mae Young was also a loose influence on the last four.

After receiving a Gee’s Bend postage stamp from Jill French which I added to postcard/collage #3 in this grouping, I was so inspired that I also bought a book of postcards. I love the simplicity of the Gee’s Bend quilts. I might explore their designs more through my collages.

OK. I’m off to fiddle some more with paint, postage stamps, lace and collage!



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My short and shy partner who looks barely twenty is leaning against some sort of elevated counter element with her black James Dean inspired non-leather jacket waiting for me to appear out of a small crowd of people coming out of an auditorium. She is barely a foot away from the artist presenter and star of the evening. I come up, lean down towards her, put my arms widely around her, and kiss her. As we look up, we see Swoon and she is smiling at us.

This is a conclusion to a one hour presentation that I have been talking about for weeks. At this point in my life, I find that it takes a bit of effort to leave the comfort of my home. But when I heard that Swoon was coming to town and was speaking, I had to go.

It was nice to hear her speak about her work and the values behind it. I can appreciate her love of creating ephemeral work and her commitment to social justice. In case you are unfamiliar with her work, here are a few of my favorites:

If you want to learn more about Swoon and her work, the Wikipedia entry is here.

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