Saturday, January 31, 2009

blog award

TuLips Talking tagged the boise trail dog blog with this award. i sent her a note thanking her, explaining that i try to keep that one pretty focused on dogs but telling her i would be happy to add a link from this blog. she very graciously told me to post the award here too- so here it is!

tulip's blog is fun to read because not only does it contain very cool handmade jewelry, she also shares other etsy finds and spreads the word about buying handmade. with a few musings thrown in!

blog awards generally come with a set of rules, and here are the rules for this award.

Honorees please follow these instructions and share the LUV!

1. Put the logo on your blog or post. (You can highlight the photo and text of this post and copy/paste wherever you need to...start your highlight from the bottom up to get the photo).

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show GREAT ATTITUDE and/or GRATITUDE

3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received the award.

some bloggers love awards, some find them chain letter-y. i am in the former category, but knowing that the latter is out there makes me cautious about passing them along. so here are my lemonade nominees, and hopefully you all fit in the first category too-

thanks for the inspiration ladies!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

round about creativity

my goals while steve is gone included getting the boise trail dog website and gypsy gallery website basically functional. i have gotten that done, and started a flickr group for gypsy gallery art. (just my art so far, visit later to see amazing work from the other gypsies) yay!

by the way, synthasite is a pretty dandy free web creation software site. i'm sure that anyone with any ability could do quite a bit with it.

neither site is awesome, but they will both work. that's good for now. the nuts & bolts stuff- not as much fun, but it's still important.

added a little more bubble wrap action- now to figure out what goes on top. or just move on until it calls me back.

i am feeling intrigued by the davenport of despair- and since they are forecasting another inversion next week it may be appropriate...... it's also nearly the longest month- february.

i also ran this through the printer. this is one of the pieces i cut up to use for a jouranl page start. i like it so far- can see birds coming in. maybe i'll get brave & cut a bird stamp. i have some rubber & tools....

bedtime. radio at 7 to talk about staying off muddy trails (oh yeah, another thing i do that takes time!), lotsa day job stuff, 2 more days to get all of that stuff done that i planned to before hub gets home.

once again- in the immortal words of warren zevon (who i am so sorry i never saw) i'll sleep when i'm dead.

late and tired but home

yip, it's 1 am and time to go to sleep, especially since the last 2 nights were not full sound sleeping experiences.

i was so very proud that i actually sketched in my sketchbook, tho, that i had to share :) saw a palo verde tree between rental car drop off & the airport that looked like it was dancing. it was very cool. pic doesn't do it justice, but that's ok....

and in keeping with the words theme, i wrote down a few things heard & overheard for future reference, which could be a fun thing to keep doing......

the davenport of despair is courtesy of warren zevon, wordsmith and storyteller extraordinaire.

and now to bed- early to rise manana-

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

sunny tucson

much biz travel and work today, not much art.....

but i did get to think about art- and surprise- phoenix airport has a nice small gallery that i went through while i was waiting for my co worker...

and lo and behold, it was a show featuring art using words as a key ingredient...... and words are the thing i have a hard time journaling, and the prompt for creative every day in february. coincidence? probably not.....
i did manage to sneak a few photos that might qualify as art- in a big stretch :)

i also, borrowing aa idea from teesha moore, cut in half some 11x14 watercolor paper that i had on my work table picking up stray paint & stuff to use as journal pages. (well, she paints 6-8 pages at a time to use as a base, then binds later, i thought these would work too). so i can play with words on them while i'm sitting in sky harbor drinking margs tomorrow night....

and yes. i was really happy to have the new ipod since there was the screaming child on the plane.

Monday, January 26, 2009


i spent years catless because i had no idea that bouviers & cats required lots of work (that i was not equipped to do) to live together. i missed the little furry purring sitting on my lapness of cats. how dandy it is when they deign to come visit. in the meantime i managed to find dog breeds with the same sort of personality, though maybe kind of big for the lap part. and not so good at purring.

but then i quit an incredibly toxic job and while i was regrouping and looking for something else to do to pay the bills i had time to be home and train the dogs not to kill the cat.

enter tinkerbell, a farm kitty from steve's sister. well socialized because his niece brought her in the house & let her sleep in her bed. strong survival instinct because- well, hawks, foxes, coyotes, dogs, etc.....

so we got tara (after a few come to jesus meetings) and teddy trained and all was good. tink is very social. she ambushes people on the sidewalk and makes them pet her (most are powerless to resist this- could you? doubt it- and if this doesn't work she attacks legs :)).

and then tara and teddy both left us the same year. enter halle-

who was doing well until echo came along. we got echo in line, but halle (puppy brain) forgot her manners in the meantime. and she got lots bigger too. so tink spent lots of time on top of the fridge & outside. the big white paw is very scary.

but tinkerbell will not be denied. she WILL be with her people (even if the male half of her people isn't always a cat person). and i'm glad, because i like having my cat sitting in my lap and purring.... and helping me blog.

the dogs are at the doggie spa because steve is off in the snow far far from civilization (and hopefully having a fabulous time!) and i am going to tucson (where it is relatively warm and definitely sunny) and tink and i are all alone in the house..... and it's very quiet, but kind of nice.

probably time to go get packed, but i just HAD to get a shot of the cds that will fit, with plenty of room to spare,

on this little tiny thing....

amazing. and if you haven't heard grace potter and the nocturnals check them out.

she rocks. some day i'll figure out how to include a you tube to share, in the meantime (since it's bed time) click here to check out grace at red rocks

Sunday, January 25, 2009

sun- day!

i ended up not driving to fairfield because it was snowing this morning, and i was pretty sure that what would have been a quick 4 hr trip could turn into something much longer- especially if i got behind a 20 mile an hour scared driver.

but of course that left me ipod-less on the plane- not a pleasant prospect. pretty much guaranteeing sitting next to someone chatty or in the vicinity of a loud person or screaming child. so, i spent my bonus check before it shows up & picked up an ipod classic- which we'd talked about doing anyway so we could load our entire music collection on to take to fairfield. it's amazing when you think about it. of course, that means someone needs to copy all of those cds to the computer, but we'll deal with that later.

of course, then i had to go through what is on the computer & remap some of the songs that for some reason didn't map correctly when i installed vista. that took hours this afternoon. but i saw the sun break and dashed out with the camera-

woo hoo! look at that sun!!!!

and i am now going to get away from the computer. maybe play a bit.
tomorrow we'll check into video for the trip- i was hoping for the last season of the office or boston legal, but it looks like that's not possible, so maybe a chick lfick or something...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

nada zip zero zilch

today was a gift. caralea and i were supposed to go to fairfield & paint walls, but she got sick. so i have a weekend without a job to

steve is headed out on a backcountry ski hut trip this week. i will be home all alone (well sort of- with halle, echo & tinky) after 6 tonight.

sp, the dogs and i took a nice walk along the greenbelt this morning.
then there was a nap, some garlic baking, packing and then steve headed out.

next i poured myself a jack on the rocks & sat down in front of the computer.

i surfed, worked on the dog blog, started a myspace page, called carolyn to see if she would drive to fairfield with me to retrieve my ipod....

tried to not feel guilty about not making art.

thought about what blocks me creatively- distractions (above), clutter (below)

or other really important stuff...
no art made today, but lots of thought given to it.

uncle jack helping r & r.....but creativity not so much.... manana

Friday, January 23, 2009

day 10.... with snow

at least the snow makes it brighter....and it's pretty

but still no sun. did some doodles... another damn heart thing-

bubble wrap in the journal- need to figure out what goes on top, or next, but so far so fun :)

and next step on these- and i had enough glass bead gel to get them covered-

and that's it! made lasagna, worked, walked alot ran a little with echo & walked with halle & met with parks dept to talk about off leash dogs.....
caralea is sick, so we won't be going to paint in fairfield this weekend- tho i do need to drive up & get my ipod for biz trip sanity next week. but it will be up & back, not work. a weekend off. wow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

number nine number nine

yep, inversion day 9. there are rumors of sun appearing in the next few days. we'll see.

i made great progress on the donation pieces for the women's & children's alliance fundraiser. for the most part, the transfers worked really well. i do have to admit that the elmer's caulk seems to work best. that and apollo transparencies. both pictured below in process.

noticed that a decent amount of caulk (slathering like mayo on a blt), making sure to rub it so that there's good contact between the transparency & the caulk and letting it sit a while, then rolling the transparency back works best.

they are not all terribly clean and perfect, but after i put some glass bead medium & gloss medium on to finish i think they'll be fine. for me, part of the charm of transfers is the slightly distressed look, so i'm ok with these. don't so much like it if there's a big hole in the middle, but streaks are ok.

i was concerned, so i am glad they came out so well. husband said he thought they would be good centerpieces, which is nice. (he doesn't make these things up to make me feel good, trust me!).
the event is at the end of february, so i am in good shape! yay!
this week's journal prompt is to play with bubble wrap, so that makes me happy. got started on that too.
time for bed! and friday tomorrow..... hasta

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

back to gray (inversion, day 8)

it gets sort of hard to stay pollyanna with this nasty icky horrible gray weather we've been having. yesterday's feel good is still flowing, but damn, the gray skies get OLD (and it's not even february, the longest month of the year, yet). but pollyanna is my natural state and i try hard to stay there. it works for me.

our neighbor is in her mid eighties and has decided that i am the root of all evil. she is convinced that i move shrubs around in her yard in the middle of the night, call her and hang up many many times every day (even when i'm out of town on business- i am dedicated), have gone into her kitchen in the middle of the night (even though the doors were locked & there was no sign of a break in) and have been breaking into her garage (again, no sign of a break in, i must be very good at this) and putting sand in her gas tank. so when she caught me shovelling the snow on her sidewalk a while ago, she decided that it must be community service work for all of the bad things i have done to her.

i tell this story because a) i find it wonderful how the mind works. no way in her world view am i capable of doing a good deed, so she found a reasonable explanation for my behavior and b) i took this photo of my pals the see no hear no speak no evil monkeys who are in the aspen tree on our property line to remind me to do as they are doing. between monkeys, the bagua mirror and the foo dogs we manage to generally keep the negative energy at bay. it just works so much better than getting sucked in and stirred up (which is why when my cell rings "sympathy for the devil" i just know it's the neighbor, laugh and click it off- it works great.)

so i'm trying not to get sucked under by the gray skies too. the dogs are great for making sure to get out of the house. laughing with friends and husband is good tonic. making art also helps.

i got the metal leaf on the centerpieces tonight. consensus at the studio last night was to mix it up. good thing, too, because i ran out of gold leaf (i KNEW i should have checked before i went to boise blue yesterday, but i didn't).

here are the squares with the copper. silver & gold leaf-

here i have laid out the transparencies to figure out which works best with what square. i think they're going to turn out pretty well. next step is doing the transfers- always scary! but i did buy more elmer's caulk & the transparencies have been dry for a while, so i'm sure it will all work out. (and they're going to raise $$$ for the local women's & children's shelter, so the art goddess will lend a hand).

and a close up of one.

and i'm glad i'm happy with those, b/c i am struggling with the whole art journal thing. sure "there's no way to do it wrong" and " it's ok to make mistakes because it's for you" and "use your journal to play and learn" but then i look at 1000 artist journal pages or the examples in the lk ludwig book true vision or what other people have posted on my yahoo group and think LOSER! (not so pollyanna of me, i know, but it's lots easier to send that out than to turn it in).
anyway- here's the latest journal page, in response to a prompt to "draw- anything". intended to express a full and happy heart, bursting with possibilities and letting things in. too bad it didn't work so well- the sentiment is there...
and this page is......just.....lost.

but i'm sure there will be days when it flows effortlessly. really. maybe in march or april when the sun shines again.

and now off to bed.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

january 20

what a day! a day of hope, of sunshine, of new beginnings. the work starts tomorrow, but for today it was enough to celebrate an opportunity to be a nation united. i really hope that we can lose some of the diviseness and nastiness and attack our problems instead of each other.

we even had sun this afternoon- woo hoo!

and craft warehouse was having a sale, so i picked up a few new stamps (that i WILL use some day, really) and some other stuff. 1/2 price clearance is good.

picked up some caulk that looked like it might be similar to elmer's at 1/2 the price. it worked ok. it was so cold in the studio that i need to try again at normal room temp. it was 38 when we got there & up to 45 when we gave up & left early. i think that nancy or i will stop by earlier in the day next time to start the heat.
anyway- mostly the caulk seemed to work pretty well. the raven is a gel transfer. both from apollo transparencies.

here's a bit of play with some of the clear stamps & the white ink- which i am really glad i bought. sort of liking the way this is headed, but it doesn't feel very serious.... which is ok- i just need something new to sell in march at first thursday...

look forward to the feeling of hope and positivity (good word!) continuing for a while......

Monday, January 19, 2009


i am actually going to watch an inauguration for the first time in memory tomorrow, and i am not alone. the mood of the country is hopeful- it is so nice to feel that way.

it was great to hear our next president talk about personal responsibility today.

i know that things won't all be wonderful- there's a lot of work ahead, and things will be pretty tough for a lot of people but it is refreshing to believe that there will be change for the better.

there's a song for every occasion, and here's what comes to mind:

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right It's all right

day 6 inversion

yep, another cold day with no sun. i was so tired after work i was tempted to nap. but then i thought- no- music, so i put on the pretenders, the vines, van halen, brmc and woke up a bit.... then i decided i really needed to play & to use some color.

first up was working on the centerpieces- so i got some swipes of gesso down to prepare for the gold leaf.

these are mom & sis' finished christmas gifts- and similar to what the finished pieces above will look like, now i just need to mail these...

scanned this one in- and added a layer of matte gesso- i think it will be done- then need to figure out if i should frame, etc....
and wip (works in progress). this is acrylic on watercolor paper- i wet the paper, dropped on fluid acrylic, wiped it down and added more layers. then i stamped an egg carton & other found items. this is a detail of an 11x14 sheet. not sure what i'll do from here- my first thought was to print something on it. wish it wasn't so warped....

and another piece of w/c paper with acrylic- here's the detail-

here's a photo- the colors are truer on the scan, but this is the whole pattern-

it was just fun to play, and to use bright colors. we'll see what happens from here.

lastly, this is rice paper on an 8x10 panel with some prussian blue wiped on. the card key (who knows what hotel is missing it, but i like the image & the colors on this). no clue where this goes next either. i'll probably have to look at it for a while....

and off to sleep- another gray day forecast tomorrow. better buy more red paint!