Thursday, 30 August 2018

I've been at it again...

...and with a whole new series of heartful love, there's definitely some warm fuzzies in the house.  You'll see that I've used the quotes you sent me last week, and then some more.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  Burt Bacharach

Our purpose is to be, unconditionally, in love.  Wingdings

Like love, art is not pleasure but passion.  Andre Malraux

Leave your heart on the vanvas.  D. S. Williams

Like love, the mission of art is to reveal man to himself.  Gilbert Choquette

Only love and art make existence tolerable.  William Somerset Maughanm

Art and love are the same thing; it's the process of seeing yourself
in things that are not you.  Chuck  Klosterman

The artist must love life and show us that she is beautiful. 
Without him we would doubt it.  Anatole France

So now, faith, hope and love abide; these three, but the greatest of these
is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13

Because I've got more in the works, I'd love to see some more quotes from you.  You can find the origin of the quotes for these pieces in this previous post, as well as discovering how you can get a chance to win something special.  Bring 'em on, my love-ly friends!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

You could be forgiven...

...for thinking, after viewing this post, that Valentine's day is fast approaching.  Given the heat and fiery skies, that's definitely not the case.

We will make love an art and we will love like artists.  Marianne Williamson

It's my meditations that are taking on the heat, so I've been playing with hearts and love for the past week.  I tore a mask or two,

and burnt a stencil,

and before I could stop myself, there were hearts and love everywhere.

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.  Marc Chagall
The art of love is who you share it with.  Neil Diamond

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing
more artistic than to love others.  Vincent van Gogh
Art is where work meets love.  workisnotajob

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary
 to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.      Claude Monet

In art, as in love, instinct is enough.  Anatole France  

Some are in my journal, some are on the wall, and there are many more in the works. As I find more fabulous quotes (all, so far by artists of one type or another), I'll add to the pile.

So here's your quest for the week - do you have favourite quote about love and art?  I'd love to know about it.  I think having a half-day playshop ready here for locals to create their own heart-centered artwork would be a great idea, especially if it were ready for January and armed with quote ammunition.  

Send me your quote(s) in the comments below, or to the email top right.  I'll pick a name from a hat on September 15 and gift the winner one of these heart pieces or a spot in the class just for fun.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Abracadabra... a magical word, isn't it?  You can find huge variations in the meaning in dictionaries, from gibberish to nonsense to mystical incantation.  My favourite definition is 'I create what I speak' and of course that has led me to the I AM statements, and to yet another book-in-progress.










I suspect that this will be a long and entertaining process.  These visual and verbal positive affirmations will be a great reminder of all that I am, all that I desire and all that I hope.  I'm wondering what your I AM statements might be?  Do let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Pattern, pattern, pattern...

I showed you the start of these fun foam prints a couple of weeks ago, and thought you might like a view of the plate after the first print:

Of course, one can't do just one print with fun foam plates, especially given they pair so nicely with  gel plates.  The prints on the left are done with Golden Open paints on the gel plates with the ones on the right done from there directly onto white cardstock.  I can see there will be more of these in my printing future on both counts.

Blaming another recurring addiction directly on Lynne Mizera, I have to tell you we got stencil burning this past week...she'd taken a class a couple of years ago with me, but hadn't done her own since.  

We were so into the whole thing;  I used her Natalie Kolbach stamp to create paper mask and stencil and soon there were flying elephants all over the place.

The first elephant materialized when I used the mask portion over a gel print...yummy colour, don't you think?

Of course, I had to go back in with some gel pens and play some more - a whole lot more, in fact.

Then I used the paper stencil to create an outline on the house wrap, and started burning.

I was going a little bit googly-eyed, so I put a colourful print underneath the glass so I could actually see what I was doing.

It showed up really well, I thought.

Pretty soon there were elephants everywhere; they seemed to multiply faster than I could corral them.

I used the burned stencil portion over another gel print, and then the paper mask to pounce back into it for the background.  More gel pen play, and this happy, heart-ful elephant is well on it's way.  I think she looks like she's going on an adventure, don't you?

What have you been up to this week?  I love hearing about your own adventures during these hot summer days!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Don't I live...

the best life?  I get to play with people all the time, and this past week was no exception.  Hosting a teambuilding playshop for the TAPS staff was a celebration of high jinks.  We played so much tag that my head was spinning by the end of the day - look at all of these!!

This group was ready to play from the moment they walked in the door.  

There were piles of deliciousness everywhere I looked, and the laughter was constant.  The ladies gave me the gears about all the ways I repurpose supplies but it really got bad when I asked them to save the hole-punch paper holes from their tags.  They thought I was nuts, but I got the last laugh; I used the ones they gave me on a tag after they left.

And because I was on a roll with the silly season, I followed that with a journal spread.

Thanks, my friends for such an enjoyable afternoon.  And if you're looking for a way to entertain yourself and guests for a few hours, why not book your own time? Call me at 250-428-2115 (or email and we can set a play date.

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