Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Woven Linen..."

"Basketed Bloom"...

"Lotus Bloom"...

"Spent Bloom"...

and "Cellular Bloom"...
four of the six individual "artistic weavings" of brand new ATC series entitled..."Woven Linen"
drawn lead ink...on textured paper.
Open for trade...drop a note...:)

"Spent Bloom" and "Cellular Bloom" form a fun diptych...

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops,
and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down
is weaving
when it comes up in the morning.”
Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Imagine Being...

...Blanketed... breathtaking boughs of beautiful brightly blooming bougainvillea...

...before they would be trimmed and boldly blown by landscapers into...

...bountiful blankets of blossoms bits...right before my very eyes!
Unbelievably breathtaking!

No one knows what causes an outer landscape to become an inner one.
~Margaret Atwood

Friday, May 29, 2009

"Just Diddling Around..."

...lead free...on crappy copy paper with my permanent pens...
the television in the background going
"Blah, Blah Blah! "

"Imagine what it would be like if TV actually were good.
It would be the end of everything we know."
~Marvin Minsky

Thursday, May 28, 2009

"A Thankful Thursday Post..."

...about some splendidly serendipitous surprises!
This beautiful collection of artwork came from
Marianne in the Netherlands...Queen of the Mandala...
and generous of heart!
It appeared last Friday...the day of my surgery...
arriving in my mailbox from all the way across the pond
to welcome me home!

And a beautiful close up below...(click on images to enlarge)

As you can see...
these cards are certainly all bejeweled and blingy...I LOVE them!
I traded my midnight lace card (above on the left) with Melody in Utah...
her trade ALSO arriving Friday, the day I got home!

What a super treat to find that, in addition to her lovely "Love Birds" card,
were 5 blanks of the most gorgeous textured decorated paper ever!
OOOOH MY! You know I can't wait to do something fabulous with these!
What a clever idea to trade papers too...don't you think!?
I must admit all these art treasures shown above are quite a "catch"...!
But wait...There is MORE...!!!
Tuesday...I went to the doctor for my post "surgery" follow up"...
and...upon returning guessed it...LOL :)...
this batch of artistic goodies arrived from Lynn in California.
What a way to be welcomed home AGAIN!!!
Lynn has the artistic touch for turning fabric, fibers, and thread
into sewn and quilted masterpieces...dancing with magic...
the backs of these are just as gorgeous as the fronts!

Life is certainly good.
Many thanks for these "splendidly serendipitous surprises" All!
This artistic world of ours never ceases to amaze me!
Yesterday I posted 4 new ATCS for trade...FYI! LOL :)

"A great attitude does much more
than turn on the lights in our worlds;
it seems to magically connect us

to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities

that were somehow absent before the change.”

~Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"A Springy ATC Revamp..."

#1... "Aqua Branches"
#2..."Scarlet Buds"
#3..."Magenta Blossoms"
#4... "Purple Blooms"
...the "Buds, Blossoms, and Branches" ATC series...
If you are interested in a trade...
drop me a line....with the card # you wish to have...:)

"And the day came
when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom.”
~Anais Nin

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Zapped and Thankful!

Thanks for all your kinds words and thoughts...
I've taken up slacking for a bit.
I promise..really I do...that I will get back to blogging pronto.
I am beginning to see
the artistic light at the end of the tunnel...LOL :)
A happy "post blast" Blooming Tuesday to All!

Politicians are people who,
when they see light at the end of the tunnel,
go out and buy some more tunnel.”
John Quinton

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"The Sky Rained Mail Today..."

...and created a multicolored rainbow of ATC delight!
...From Cris in Oregon...
...From Soulbrush in England...
...From Lynn in California...
...and from Teri in Wisconsin...
What an imaginative garden of artistic blooms!
Believe me...
I watered it well, too, with joyful tears upon opening each envelope!
Each card is simply spectacular in detail and
exquisitely joyful in color.
I cannot even begin to tell you enough
how rich an experience it is for me to hold another's original art
in my very own energizes my spirit.
Thanks for sharing your JOY
dear ATC friends!
What a "Thankful Thursday" indeed!

Tomorrow morning
I head over to the hospital for a bit of out-patient "surgery"
...more specifically entitled a
"Left Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy"
in which water, sound waves, anesthesia, and a bit of "voodoo magic"
will all combine to hopefully
smash my kidney stone to "smitherines"...
I am thinking of leaving my sketchbook home for this one... never knows what one will do...
...does one! :)
(Written while rather nervously LOL ...:)

“Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.”
~Melba Colgrove

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"In The Beginning..."

...God created COLOR...
then Cathy "Kate" Johnson discovered WC Pencils...
then I enrolled in
her online W/C Pencil class!
Our First "Assignment...Color Charts. Here goes...:)
Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Set of 24 (above)
(Click on images to enlarge)

...Then how about
some Derwent Graphitint Pencils...and some Derwent Inktense Pencils
side by side...
Next...Prismcolor WC Pencils...a set of 24 ...and then finally...
Prismacolor Pencils on Strathmore Black Field Journal Paper.

“Blue flower, red thorns! Blue flower, red thorns! Blue flower, red thorns!
Oh, this would be so much easier if I wasn't color-blind!”
(From the movie Shrek)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"A Final Bow..."

...for the last 4 ladies in my China Bloom ATC series
Each has been taken...and has been given with "LOVE"
since they had not been formally revealed on my blog
I thought that a "group post" on a Blooming Tuesday would be
a perfect way to let them "take a final curtain call."
Personally, I am "over the moon" in delight with your enthusiasm
for this little card series.
They have truly been a lot of fun to make...
and...with that being said...
I have wonderful plans for designing MORE
China Bloom sets..."Ta DAAA"
...the next set will be revealed mid June
(fingers crossed...)

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June."
Al Bernstein

Monday, May 18, 2009

"Desert Treasure..."

...I just HAD to paint something larger than an ATC!!!
140 lb cold press paper...7" x 11"
(Click on images to enlarge)

Have a "cooool" Cactus Monday All...
We are expecting a sizzling 108+ degrees in the desert today!!

"The world, indeed, is like a dream
and the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage!
Like the apparent distances in a picture,
things have no reality in themselves,
but they are like heat haze."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"And Yet More Lace..."

..."Midnight Lace" that is...the last three of six
in this ATC parade!
Card #4
right below...

...Card #5 right below...

and lastly, Card #6 right below...Enjoy!

"It is difficult
to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes."
~ Mary Wilson Little

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Midnight Lace..." newest ATC Series posted today at midnight...
Card # 1...below...

Card #2...below...

...and finally...Card #3...below...

ATC is drawn "lead free" with black Pitt pen
on printed decorative paper.
For your viewing pleasure
three more "lacy ladies" will be posted tomorrow at midnight! :)
Anyone interested in trading??

is the most important thing in life.
Comes into us at midnight very clean.
It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes
we've learned something from yesterday."
~John Wayne

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


...the evolution of cosmic star stuff into cellular life...
drawn here in my Moly with my Pitt pen.
Tell me what you see. :)

"The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures,
the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations-
each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy,
bound together by cosmic harmony."
~Ruth Bernhard

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"As Promised..."

...last week on Blooming Tuesday...

...four more beauties to brighten your day!
Enjoy all the fragrances of this Blooming Tuesday! :)

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."
Hanna Rion