Tuesday, December 30, 2008
because it's easy to give up. it's much more of an effort to try to change things. and there are plenty of slow, indirect ways to commit suicide- career suicide, relationship suicide or the real thing.
it's important to remember that we DO have the power. we are not stuck in sucky jobs, toxic friendships, saddled with debt or mortgages or anything else that makes us chronically unhappy. there is a responsibility to honorably settle things, to understand our choices and to live with intention. there is no reason to be burdened and stressed and miserable.
in so many ways going with the flow has served me really well. i moved to idaho having never been here and have now lived here (happily) longer that anywhere else in my life. i left jobs because things changed and the situation didn't fit the way i wanted to live my life, and it always ended up coming out better.
reading blink reinforced for me that these choices were more informed than they would appear on the surface, but i know that i can live with more intention. fully choosing how to live is the revolution. i think it's ok to ignore things, let them slide, etc- i just want to consciously make that choice. ultimately what i can control is me.
i found this idea of a resolution revolution through another blog today, and i liked it well enough to pass it along to some friends.
i am still meditating on my word for the year, but free and intention both have appeal.
Monday, December 29, 2008
anyway- added some glass beads to these- i wanted another layer of something to set the transfers down into the piece. hard to tell from this photo- will do again when they dry. and maybe rub a glaze over to unify as well. overall i like them.
this is one of the small canvas boards i played with light modeling paste on a few weeks ago. got it wet and dropped some paint on. fun- no idea what i will ever do with it, but it's a good experiment/learning piece.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
i need to do some more research into things like imagekind and etsy. there are some things, like the hearts & my flower scans that seem like they should do well in the right arena. all i need is time! :)
kind of hard to tell, but halle is doing a play bow to the cat (her back legs on the ground, front on the couch) trying to get her to play. it didn't work out so well, as tink is smart enough to know that with an 80 something lb difference in size it might not be the best thing for her. am glad that tink can finally be around the house and the dogs will leave her alone- it's been a while coming. tinky is a very social cat and wants to be with her people, so it's nice that she can sit on my lap again now. echo gives her a wide berth.
played a little this afternoon. since the caulk transfers were so clean and beautiful on metal i figured i give it a shot on canvas.......started with 2 coats of hookers green acrylic, then dry brush some gesso.....
next some gold leaf......i don't know how people apply this in any sort of tidy manner-
Saturday, December 27, 2008
then, shovel a little, make a pan of lasagna, shovel some more, play around in photoshop- i thought that these might be cool on some of the darker metal. as it turned out, the colors didn't seem strong enough, but they are fun (love the magic eraser) and the bottom one was used anyway- and the rose will be at some point too.
today's goal was to get the metal transfers done, so i got all set up with my elmer's clear caulk, apollo transperancies & the metal squares and went to town...
they all turned out great! i am so excited! these will be better when the caulk dries clear, but i was so jazzed that they all worked so well!
smoothed the caulk on, placed the transperancy, rubbed with a paper towel until i could see that the caulk had contact with the image everywhere, set aside for a few minutes and- voila!
i love the detail, the fine lines and how clean the images are. a few of them have some bumps & wrinkles, but it doesn't hurt anything.
Friday, December 26, 2008
2 themes- birds & trees
Thursday, December 25, 2008
then back to the house for a little r & r
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
here's how it looked coming home- we will have a white christmas- yay!
this year has made me really conscious that it's more important to slow down and be with people than anything else. it was crazy until we left for mexico. we don't have a tree, we didn't buy each other gifts (at least i didn't!). i managed to get a box mailed off to the nephew and some small things to mom & dad.
didn't get cards sent out (even though i have tons that i didn't sell...) we didn't get as many as we usually do either. everyone seems to be crazy. got a box from mom today so the mantle is festive even though for the first time in memory my childhood stocking isn't hanging before the chimney with care (in hopes that st nicholas- well, you know!)
i know people who hate christmas because it's so commercial. and if it's just about what you get that's true. i think that some of these folks miss the boat by not allowing people to give to them, viewing gifts suspiciously or by dismissing the whole season because of the commercialization instead of ignoring that part and focusing on taking time off to reflect and share with friends and family. hating the holiday is lots of negative energy that misses the boat as much as it being all about what i get does.
every family has had some pretty funky holidays. i remember telling my mother i would come home for thanksgiving instead- assuming it would be much less drama. i sure wish i could be with my family some time over the next few days though.
it's snowing out- beautiful and hushed and clean.merry christmas to all- especially friends and family who are far away- mom, dad, susie, flynn, fay & rob (hope your trip was practically painless), tracy, leaf, anyone i've missed. love you all, wish you peace and joy and look forward to being together again soon.
sort of like angela cartwright's memories that are stirred by her ornaments in her blog said and done:
angela's book altered images has provided me with lots of inspiration .....
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
the first 3 are from the mexico trip (probably never would have figured that with the first, would you?)
i see the influence of the brightly colored pottery in these.....i don't usually do these sorts of colors, so that's another good thing to experiment with. some day i will feel like playing like this on canvas....
i am starting to understand what "they" say about the energy of the lines, and not worrying if the drawing isn't perfect, or if you go back and refine. i don't mind the draft-y, loose effect
these are from tonight, watching boise state's bowl game. they played well, came up a bit short. it's good to have something to do with that nervous energy :)
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
this is what we left