Sunday, November 23, 2008

Living in the past....


My past continues to creep up on me at the strangest moments. I ran into an old boyfriend this weekend. Maybe it was a good thing or a bad thing but the whole experience continues to monopolize my thoughts and pull me back to that time. I pulled out the pictures, reminisced about the good times with him and the bad. I was so young, so naive, so impressionable and totally and utterly taken with him. He made me crazy then and still has that ability as I rediscovered this weekend.
"There's no good in lookin' back on yesterday and wondering what could have happened then. You think you can give me what I want, you say, say. I think I'm better off alone these days, these days. Why should I put my trust in something that I never could believe so one day you can find something better just to pack your things and leave. Loneliness is a friend for the moment but she won't walk out on me." 3 Doors Down
If I didn't have to do homework, I'm sure a lot of good art could come out of all of this.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thinking about doors

After watching Ruth Rae's Soulful Doors DVD, I've been thinking a lot about doors...my doors. Her project is so adorable and I'm excited to make one of my own.

Yeah....the doors that I have walked through in my life. There are so many of them when you think about it. Which doors did I leave closed? Which ones did I pass by and which ones did I open? And Why? Maybe those are the doors that I need to create a portal to. It probably wouldn't be helpful to rediscover the doors I did walk through and wish I hadn't. Hindsight being 20/20 and all. No...I think I will create a door that I can open to all my potential opportunities still out there waiting for me. That's it! My opportunity door! Stay tuned......

Happy November

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Taking a break

I feel like I have been out of touch with my life completely due to the college courses I have been taking. I've never been a good student when it comes to school, of course, unless it centers around creativity! I figured it had been too long since I posted last and took some time this morning before jumping back into studies.

Leaves have been falling all around me as I watch the transition through fall. I took a nice long walk last weekend and collected numerous leaves that all had different shapes and textures hoping to use them for some gelatin printing that I still haven't got to. I'm sad when I stand on my deck and realize that within a few more weeks, the trees will be bare from the beautiful colors that mesmerize me every year. Maybe by this time next year I will be done with school and able to take my time exploring the creative process using elements from my favorite time of year.

Happy November!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Quilting Arts Magazine



IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! I'm so excited!!! See my work in the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine! I feel so lucky to be a part of this issue since it is loaded with fabulous artists and really creative ideas! Enjoy!!








Sunday, September 21, 2008

Waiting...


I can't contain my excitement as I wait for my issue of Quilting Arts Magazine to arrive in my mailbox!!! I've been counting down the days til they hit the newsstand. October 1st!!! I'm already feeling the pressure of creating something different and better than the last project. It's so easy to get frozen and to let those negative thoughts take over making me think twice about my creative abilities. I have to force myself to stay focused and to continue to play. Afterall, one successful project doesn't make the artist.
It's official...summer is over when fall rolls in tomorrow. The leaves won't change here in Massachusetts until late October, but I'll be ready and waiting with my camera. I love this time of year and can't wait to don my heavy sweater and take walks through rustling leaves breathing in all the essence of the season. Of course, once all the leaves are down and we cycle into winter, the trees will take on their own beauty in stark contrast to new fallen snow.
I'm reading Kelly Rae Roberts' new book "Taking Flight" and it is fabulous! Contratulations Kelly on all your success. I bought a couple of prints from her when I was out at ArtFest in April and they are great!! I wish I had been able to head up to NH for the Squam Art Workshops but my finances were limited and I couldn't go. I've been reading the blogs and it sound like it was a success! I hope they decide to hold it next year and that it grows over time since we definitely need a strong workshop presence here in New England. I'm hoping to get down to Connecticut over Columbus Day Weekend to attend Art Is You 2008. The new management of this retreat has definitely surpassed expectations this year and I hope to be a part of it!
Keep your eye out for the October issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!!!!
Happy fall!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Summer's End

Wow has this month flown by. I can't believe we are already at Labor Day Weekend. I'm not sad to see summer end as my favorite time of the year has always been the fall season. Once again, I was able to visit a place from my childhood where I spent every summer growing up. "Maine - The Way Life Should Be". The sounds, smells and many walks along the beach bring back all those memories. I wish all who shared those times back then were here now. Funny how you take for granted all that is given to you as a child then wake up one day as an adult longing for those gifts you no longer have. It's the way of life, I guess.

There are so many fabulous textures along the beach. An early morning walk before the fog burned off down the Penobscott River revealed ducks waking in the water just beyond the fog line, the constant and soothing sounds of the fog horn accross the river at Searsport and fields lining the beach covered in early morning dew and spider webs showing hard overnight labor in beautiful star-like presentation.


I will miss summer and all the memories but fall will bring refreshing new ones. As soon as the cooler weather rolls in and the mornings turn cool instead of oppressive, memories of school clothes shopping, saddle shoes and autumn-toned plaid dresses come racing back. I head out with my camera to capture the foliage in all it's beauty. Fall brings renewal for me. It's a new starting point filled with color and texture that I feel connected to. If it could only stay that way all year long.


Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A little Sunday sunshine....


Welcome to Sunday.....again. It will be a short week at work this week with a nice break in Maine for an extended weekend off. Back to my favorite place where the beaches are rocky and ripe for exploring at low tide and the memories come spilling back in buckets full. I plan on returning with some great pictures to use.


I attended the Lowell Quilt Festival on Saturday. I am always blown away by the amazing hand work and outside-the-box creativity at these shows. The variety of techniques, colors, and imagery could engage a person for hours. I didn't bring my camera but some of those fabulous quilts will remain in my memory forever.


I am trying to get working on a couple of scrap wisdom journal quilts that I had started last weekend and I am also experimenting more with my weeds and wildflowers screens that I went crazy making two weeks ago. Well, the day is ahead of me and I will jump in with both feet so as not to waste a moment. Back to school in a couple of weeks and that will drain so much of my free time for creating :(


Keep on creating!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Welcome to wherever you are....


"Maybe we're different, but we're still the same
We all got the blood of Eden, running through our veins
I know sometimes it's hard for you to see
You come between just who you are and who you wanna be
If you feel alone, and lost and need a friend
Remember every new beginning, is some beginning's end

Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life, you made it this far
Welcome, you gotta believe
That right here right now, you're exactly where you're supposed to be
Welcome, to wherever you are"
- Bon Jovi

It's been a while since I thought about high school. Someone jogged my memory today. It's been almost 25 years since we graduated. 25 years - it doesn't seem possible! It still seems like yesterday. I wonder if it always will.... 25 years - am I exactly where I'm supposed to be????

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Night Slowdown


Sunday nights are sooooo hard. The dread of the work week coming is enough to make me drink - so I do! I highly recommend Mike's Hard Lime - absolutely smooth and light for a hot summer night! Anyway, been working hard on my current concept using the scanned weeds that I gathered on Friday night (no poison ivy this time around). I haven't left the apartment except for the extreme necessities. I'm not ready to share any more yet on that project but will soon have a beautiful completed handbag to show for all the hours spent in front of my computer and sewing machine.

I've managed to watch the same movie 5 times this weekend. My favorite movie - I could watch it continuously. There is such a magic between these two actors, soulmates til the end. Funny how before you know it, years have gone by and all plans and ideas you had for your future have faded; never the right time, never the right place, never the right guy. A few more Mike's and a lot of art can come out of this night!

"A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. - Richard Bach

Friday, July 18, 2008

Poison Ivy....

As soon as 5:30 hits on Friday, I'm off and running with a million ideas and can't wait to get home and start playing. First stop tonight was an abandoned parking lot that was overgrown with weeds and wildflowers. I've been eyeing this lot for a few days and all I could think about was getting my scissors and cutting pieces to take home and scan into Photoshop Elements. Second stop was Dunkin Donuts for an ice coffee that will keep me energized until way after midnight leaving me lots of time to experiment with my new found images. In all my excitement, I started choosing and cutting weeds and grasses without once thinking of the poison ivy that was growing right along side. Sorry Dad.... everything you taught me about identifying the bad leaves went completely out the window tonight. I couldn't see the ivy for the weeds I was so excited to get to work on. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get another chance to be more careful in the future.

Happy Friday y'all! I hope your weekend is as creative as I plan for mine to be! Happy creating!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sisters

Just because you have sisters doesn't mean you are close to them. I have been blessed to have two sisters who are two of the most important things in my life. To watch them grow, experience love, children, careers and many other successes is a part of my journey. The journey we have taken together through our childhood has enforced those bonds and brought us closer together. These strong bonds continue to need nurturing but will always keep us tied to one another.


"To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time."
~Clara Ortega

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Hydrangea Buds


What could be more beautiful than a hydrangea bloom just opening its petals. You can almost see it in action with this photo because of all the different stages the buds are in.
Yesterday, I drove around my town taking pictures of amazing flowers so I could play with the images in Photoshop Elements and incorporate them into my artwork. I will probably leave behind the previous picture I posted and come back to that later. These real life images are holding my attention for now and I will see just how far I can experiment with them.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Where is this going?

Good question....I need one more piece to focus on for my article. This may be it! I love the warmth of this yellow watercolor background and the beauty of this huge flower. It makes me think of strength and resilience. I'm going to really get into this journey. Stay tuned.....

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday is Stitch Day


Yeah!! It is Saturday once again and you know how I live for the weekends! Lots of great ideas are racing through my head right now and I'm creating an article that I will submit to a couple of magazines for submission along with my finished pieces of Scrap Wisdom Collage journal quilts. I'm glad I am finally back at the sewing machine(s) as I have been away from them for way too long. The best part of what I am playing with right now is re-using collages in different colors and formats thanks to Photoshop Elements. I could create an entire series of the same image in various color schemes kind of like Warhol. I had better go write all these ideas down before I forget them all! Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It's All Attitude


I constantly have to remind myself that a positive outlook on life makes all the difference. When it comes down to enjoying the day-to-day, it really is all about the attitude that a person takes towards their life, the people in it, the responsibilities we all have and knowledge that tomorrow is a new day.
Put a smile on your face, take a deep breath and keep going. I promise it will get better :)

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Seems Crazy


Doesn't it seem a little crazy that one of the most exciting products of my play seems to be the masking tape that I peel away after finishing a collage. There is something that I LOVE about these strips of spontaneous printing that makes me want to find a serious use for them. Still thinking.....


Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I'm my own worst critic when it comes to my artwork - as most of us are. Just got my Baby Lock quilting machine back in action after a few years off. I'm starting over and it looks like it. Free-motion embroidery is something that you have to keep at in order to get better. We will see if I can take this in a better direction with some hand stitching.
Still searching for my voice - hope I find it soon.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Bloom Where You Are Planted


Yeah! It's Saturday, my favorite day of the week. I feel like spreading a little sunshine in between the thunderstorms that are moving through. I've been playing with these since last weekend. I think they are finally done.

Friday, May 30, 2008

T.G.I.F.


Every Friday after work it seems like I find myself taking a big deep breath, pouring a glass of wine and curling up in my favorite chair. I think about all the free time I have in front of me and think about how I want to spend it. I try to maximize the time I have on the weekends to try new techniques, explore my thoughts and feelings, and puruse my many books and magazines for inspiration. Too soon the time is gone and Monday is in my face once again. I keep thinking about being at ArtFest back in April. I'm thrilled that I had the ability to take workshops with Misty Mawn, Lynne Perrella and Mary-Beth Shaw. My goal was to learn as much as I could about collage from these amazing artists. Unfortunately, I came home with great experiences, but knowing no more about collage than before I went. I think that some people just have a knack for putting images together. I find it easier to do digitally than I do on paper or fabric. The image here was made using a photo of the bottom of a head of garlic, a scan of an old piece of decorator fabric and a clip art image.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Free Monday


It's always GREAT to have a day off from work. Today, my friend Claire and I will be having an art play day. She will sew, I will collage and fill the entire day with creativity!
Amy Ropple is an amazing art quilt artist and you can see her work at http://amyropple.com/ . I saw her latest creation last night! She is starting a series on birds and I anticipate it to be FABULOUS!!!


Happy creating for anyone escaping from their normal responsibilities today! Have a great day!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

True 2 Me



Always be true to yourself. Always....

Today is the tomorrow


In this current life, we can't help but try to plan ahead and keep straight all that we have going on. I know if it weren't for Microsoft Outlook, I would never know what day it is. We are always worried - about today, about tomorrow, and we always recap our yesterdays.

Be You



I think it's really important to not let other people's opinions bother us. We have to be strong enough to let the bad stuff roll off and learn from the good and the bad. When it comes down to it, you determine who and what matters in your life. I thought this quote perfectly applies to anyone out there doing their own thing. Stay strong.

Now That I Know


It's Memorial Day weekend here in New England. The sun is shining bright and the temps are finally getting up there to a comfortable 70+. Instead of taking advantage of the beautiful weather, I've decided to launch my blog this weekend. I'm experimenting with collage and developing my own style. What I'm finding out about myself is that I'm not a journal keeper, an abstract painter or a fine artist. The inspiration for my collages comes from my personal experiences, images, colors, famous quotes (and some not so famous) and my current mood. Inspirational and motivational quotes about life, love, family, etc. are mostly the jumping off point for my artwork. Stay tuned as I post my scrap wisdom collages to share. This collage was generated from a sort of awakening that I have had over the past few weeks. The words in the collage were half from a song and half my own. Already printed it to fabric. We'll have to see where this goes.