Saturday, July 9, 2011

moved blog to new website

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Love is Shining Down on Me

May Gray is Away and June Gloom is gone and I'm in Love-

The only thing to do with this kind of exuberance and energetic joy is to paint my bright flowers-

I admit it - I've been in a funk the last couple of months.  the weather, the coming down from the high of India, the healthy move toward independence Casey and I needed in our relationship after that intense bonding during our trip,  the confusion over the change in my yoga practice that felt dry here,  plus health issues for both Casey and me.  It's been a struggle but we made it through the dark, back in to the light, and Love is Shining down on Me now-

Today i started this painting which is huge- 40 x 60.  It will have peonies, tulips, godetia and a pair of nightingales.  I also enjoyed a long summer walk on the beach with the dogs who frolicked in the ocean-  they feel it too.  The change in to summer,  ahhhhhh.

Yesterday I wore one of my new dresses to the beach show.  You can see some of my patterns and even order some yardage at spoonflower which is an on-line shop and they print all kinds of beautiful fabrics.
I  had 3 dresses made from the same pattern- each a little different.  This one has a double skirt and is made with the Helibore design.

I am so happy to have sundress weather and vibes in the air.  This feeling I have is of falling in love and it's strong coming out of that flat period I just went through.  I feel like I'm on the edge of something big and exciting and it's a magical feeling to know I am still peaking at this stage in the game. I don't know what's coming but it is something magnificent.  I think it is pure joy of creativity~

Friday, June 24, 2011

Apron, Pillows and Empty Walls

I had some pretty dresses and an apron made from ny own fabric designs by a sweet seamstress in Goleta named Eileen Ray and got them this week.  F U N  i took a few pics of the apron and will show The dresses as i wear them and get Casey to take pictures.  I love to cook and I really needed an apron-

It has a V neck, pockets and a cute ruffle on the bottom- very femie

It's from my Poppies ans Sweet Peas collection- actually a painting I did about 15 years ago in Oregon where I grew those flowers in my garden.  I dreamed about that garden last night>

                                            Georgie loves it of course

You know him.  He likes to be included in my blog as much as possible.  Hi Georgie~

Here are some pillows in the same fabric.  My lovely licensing agent Laurie sent me these this week.  I had sent her some fabric and she made them into pillow coverings for her booth at the Surtex trade show in NY last month and she was kind enough to gift them back to me.  What goes around comes around.- she is a true gem, always advising me when I'm at a loss in the business of art.

 These pillows are from my Fertile Rising collection with daffodils and pansies, also done from that same garden in oregon during that fertile period in my life, raising my adored young children and angora rabbits-  BLISS
Love the look of all my designs mixed together- the tv covering is from my Heavenly Divine collection

You will see all my pattern collections on my upcoming new web site with info on ordering fabric, hopefully pretty soon-
In the meantime I was left with some bare walls this week-
Three of my large paintings found a new home at a lovely beachy place in Hope Ranch
 They are happy here and bring the family much cheer~
 I changed out the glass to non- glare so it's not so reflective.  they also replaced the plant on the table with blocks that read  L O V E.  It looks so warm and good.

This is the daughters bedroom- notice the 3 figures on the dresser she placed to look at the birds-

So now it's time to paint more big ones- Yay.  i got these peonies today at Trader Joes to start with and will shop for more flowers at our weekly trip to the farmers market in the morning.  I am hungry to paint again as I've spent all week on more mundane chores such as mounting, coating and framing pieces.

Like this one in the garage I poured resin on yesterday and is curing before I frame it. I have pieces of art in all stages of completion in various rooms in my house. I'm a little elf in the workshop doing what I love.  makes me so happy~

Apron, Pillows and Empty Walls

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fun Stuff


I got 3 dresses made with fabric from my art and wore this one to the beach show yesterday.  more about this later.  Georgie loves me in roses, my lover boy~

This was my set up yesterday.  It's different every week.

This was a painting I cut up into 4, added words, mounted on a cradled wooden panel and coated in thick, glossy resin.  A whole new look~

Lots of oohs and ahhs over these~

here are some close ups of my others, adding words-

This is what I wrote while sitting in my booth at the beach show yesterday-

I learned my bodily contentment from the nurturing energy surrounding me.  Nature fills me with loving goodness in every moment.  From this pleasurable serenity I radiate joy and emanate golden light which protects me from negative energy and magnetizes more joy to me.

my new mantra~

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Taming the Inner Beast

I have a pretty fierce inner beast that can only be described as a restlessness of spirit.  It is the legacy a sexual predator left behind in me when he abused me as a 5 year old girl, still in my formative years.  The 3 incidents of molestation were so traumatic that I disassociated from my body, creating a split and vivid memories from the heightened experience of fear that have left an indelible impression on my very being. A lifetime of healing has helped me learn how to cope and thankfully I have learned tools to help me manage this beast (after some unhealthy responses like addiction) but I recognize he will always be a part of me.  Basically when he takes over I lose my connection to my own divinity and grace.  The quickest, most reliable way for me to reconnect to my goodness is to paint the beauty of nature-

In this regard drawing and painting has been a survival technique and one that I established early on in life, as a child~

 Art has been my true, loving partner through a lifetime of changing relationships

Nothing calms my spirit quite like painting Mother Nature's beautiful blossoms.  I become one with them and I once again feel beautiful and whole~

It is a magical transportation to another realm and I lose all sense of self~

It's as if divinity has flooded my being and I become a channel for Her Love.

It brings me great Peace and is the blessing from the beast who never leaves entirely but is tamed for the time being.

Monday, June 6, 2011

New Bed for Indian Elephant Quilt

Casey and i bought this patchwork quilt at a shop in India and it goes in our bedroom perfectly with the colors and elephant theme.  We have a collection of elephants on the dresser.  The quilt is pieced together from old antique jeweled dresses and is absolutely exquisite.

only thing is we didn't realize til we brought it home that it was absolutely filthy and those antique dresses had never been washed

i think it was being held together by loose stitching and mostly dirt

these pictures were taken before i washed it in the tub.  it took 6 rinsing to get it clean.  the water was black and full of sand.  So Indian~

of course  about half the stitching came apart so that is my evening meditation for awhile to stitch it back together.

i'm actually enjoying the handwork, it's so visually delightful and easy to sew.  We decided it's too fragile to keep on the bed so we'll hang it on the wall above the bed and will be a fabulous headboard.

In the meantime our old bed was giving me a back ache so sweet Casey splurged on a new beauty rest which is really super firm underneath a soft memory foam- it is heavenly.  I look forward to bedtime even more than I used to and anyone who knows me well knows how much I value my sleep.
I think this elephant quilt on my beauty rest bed has been giving me unusually vivid dreams.  I've been recording my dreams in a journal for 30 years and they have never been this fantastic- am loving it!
Sweet dreams everyone~