Monday, January 27, 2014

Birds and Lace

I have been in a pink and lace-kind-of-mood. I am normally more into earth tones than pastels and I don't even own any lace but when I sat to create a page in my journal, I wanted the page to be soft and creamy.
I started off by decoupaging a napkin I received from a dear friend onto the page along with a couple of torn  pieces of paper. My friend is from England, a country that I am utterly in love with. Having a piece of it on my journal page would make it special.

I added gesso and a little bit of pink with my gelatos and kept adding layers until I was happy with the color. A bit of black touches here and there at the end made the page feel just right and ready for an image and some journaling. Of course, I decided on a little black and white bird.

Finally, I added a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. 


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Slowing Down

There is nothing that slows you down in Texas as much as a good little ice storm. It is always a welcome treat in our home to have a 'snow' day. No school, no driving, no chores. Just coffee, books, and time to really pause and think about what is important.
It has been almost a year since I have been here - I know, I know. Is there even anyone out there? I feel like I am at the entrance of a cave yelling 'Hello!' and afraid that I will only hear back the echo. But life gets in the way of blogging about my art. Maybe I can give it one more try, just one more try at keeping up with this art/life online journal that only ever gets to contain bits and pieces of what I love to do.
I hope if anyone is reading this you have a chance to slow down and think about what is really important. I know that I will be trying. Again.
A little bit of ice on freshly sprung leaves,
Bird baths and feeders solidly covered,
Means maybe a little bit of time to slow down and make something pretty.

"We are always getting ready to live but  never living."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson