Saturday, November 29, 2014

holiday where abouts


'Tis the season. 
And if you are looking for a little extra something, possibly hand made, most likely one of a kind for someone special on your list.
(hey, maybe even for yourself!
Just wanted to pop over here and let you know the
whereabouts of my creations.

Swell Gallery in West Dundee ~ fun vintage and handmade finds. 
This is where you can find my mixed media canvases and my limited edition hand-printed/painted cards. Like shown in the image above.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center ~ artist made textiles, jewelry and gifts. 
where I'll be showing my jewelry. Be sure to check out the class schedule, also. 
A Precious Metal Clay Class might be just the right size for your loved one. 

Okay, back to the workshop. Can't expect the elves to take up all the slack. 
Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

art guitar collaboration ~ community and pride

An interesting set of circumstances and a referral from Tricia of Artistocology has brought me to an opportunity to work a few hours a week with the special needs adults at the Douglas Center as part of their Art from the Heart Program. At the Douglas Center the work program clients create art to sell at various venues. Part of the proceeds go back into the program, but the artist also gets a portion, too. There is a great sense of pride to make money from their sold art pieces. Besides the day to day creating of cards, mosaic mirror and planters, candle holders and jewelry, I’m especially proud of their most recent efforts on a collaboration I initiated and helped design along with artist, Chris Zonta.

I haven’t been here very long but this group has melted my heart. At any given moment you’ll hear a serenade from a client, who never fails to call you “beautiful” or “my friend”. Listening to their good news, helping work out frustration or just receiving a hug ~ very fulfilling.

As we work with some very basic tasks, such as placing paper and tile, gluing deliberately, painting ~ I try to convey simply about elements of design. By using a specific color ways, we create unity. Showing how placement and size create balance and focus.
Each person has their own qualities and personality to add. Working with this group has reminded me to enjoy the process, communicate simply and just relish in the little victories.

This guitar has been tenderly attended to.
From sanding and painting the base coats
to placing the mosaic design on the front 
to the painting mandalas and the collaging the back and sides
Pride has patience has been put into every step. 
Some of the participants are extremely talented, others are enthusiastic but struggle to hold even a paint brush. But each has contributed themselves in the best possible way.

As much as the art guitar has help create pride and collaboration among the clients ~ we are reaching out to the community. This beautiful piece of art was just unveiled at the Holiday Show at the Liquid Lounge and this weekend will be visiting Ivy’s at 5419 W. Devon Avenue in Chicago, IL 
{UPDATE:Bidding is over}
Place a bid to owning a heARTful piece and give back to this wonderful group!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

radiant lucky star

Indeed I was Lucky to have traveled to Hunt, TX for my first Art Camp. Waldemar really has a way of making you feel like a kid again, but the food, staff and grounds welcomed you like an honored guest. 
Three lovely meals a day, each out doing the other in ingenuity and deliciousness. Lovely creatures fluttering and scampering. Of course hearts appeared. Plenty of breathtaking views to ignite my creative juices and make me put my traveling watercolor palate to good use ~ what a treat.

Mindy Lacefield’s post last Spring enticed me to sign up for Lucky Star. Learning and practicing her mixed media techniques, walking, enjoying nature and jotting down our “field notes” in our journals. Under the protection of the creeping myrtles, I sketched, wrote in my journal and enjoyed the beautiful quiet. Complete bliss.
Then there was the Moon - a full moon on Thursday barely visible but on Friday the cirrus clouds highlighted something I’ve never seen before, a prism rainbow halo around the moon. Violet, red, pink to orche. I was so moved, I went up to the cabin and painted much to my patient cabin mates amusement.
Cowboy Clutch was such a fun way to start and get my hands dirty. 
Soul searching, meditating and grounding then creative play with the beautiful soul of Elizabeth Quigg.
A reading of my natal astrological chart reaffirming my need for balance and insight of some pivotal areas in my life from the apothecary expert, yogastrology instructor and energetic spirit of Stacy Wooster.
  I do believe I picked the perfect balance of creating, learning, spirituality and reflecting.
But, I must admit a few days before going Lucky Star, I was wondering if I signed up for the wrong classes. Signing up back in Spring, a serious case of MOS (missing out syndrome) came over me,  making me question my schedule. With so many excellent artists to learn from, Juliette Crane’s magical class, Vivienne’s beloved photography, screen printing with the talented Becky Dawson and omg stitch a folk dress with Cal Patch, bright and endearing Katherine Center, among the talents ~ how can one choose!?
Guess, I'll just have to go next year.
Truly an amazing time. 
One of the lasting encounters was at the bright of day... a sun shower falling gently from a seemingly blue sky. Creating beautiful ripples at the river. 
Each drop ~ a person, starting from the center,
radiating, intersecting and converging.
In grateful harmony.
Each drop
a connection ~  a sign ~ a direction ~  a start
Time to radiate, Lucky Stars.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

slow & steady

Remember crossing a stream when you were young? Seeing the rocks just under the surface, not sure of how deep they are, if they are slippery, sharp or a bit deeper than expected. Tentatively you step anyway, knowing that at any moment you might slip, fall and in less than a second soaked, but not caring. I was reminded of this sensation when hiking Little River Canyon in Alabama this Spring and again while rock mining/sluicing in North Carolina this summer. It’s an unsettling feeling, not always know what lies beneath. But the anticipation of finding potential gems in my path far out way the concern I may fall in.
I’ve been taking chances lately ~ gratefully have only stumbled, not fallen.
Just adjusting... slow and steady.