Sunday, January 31, 2010

"A Few More For Haiti..."

a "little birdie" by the name of
Miss Claire
left a comment on my blog
informing me that Laure would love to reach
a goal of 100 Art Hearts for Haiti.
these two hearts posted today
for the cause.
There may still be time to join us...
depending on when you are reading this...
The new e-mail deadline is tonight
at midnight!
Think about it...:)
Click the "Art Hearts for Haiti" button
on my side bar for info...:)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Last Night..."

...Another Arizona sunset
painted my

See other "Six Word Saturdays" here...:)

Friday, January 29, 2010

"Seeing Clearly..."

"A mind at peace,
a mind centered and not focused on harming others,
is stronger
than any physical force in the universe."
~Wayne Dyer
Illustration Friday: "Focused"

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Bountiful Bits of Beauty..."

...beginning with two dazzling zentangle designs
from Debi in Illinois...
...BTW...Click on any image to enlarge it...:)

...and another zentangle from Lela in Utah...

...and, yet one more, from Robin in Alabama... elegant origami Asian vase AND... origami peace dove from Carey in California...
...a rockin' intuitive portrait from Sal in Canada...
...some funky cool retro art from Deb in the U.K....
...a sweet mama bird zentangle from Debi in Illinois...
...two delicate watercolor custom cards
from Sabrina in Canada...
...a juicy kiwi in colored pencil from Julie in Texas...
...a colorful landscape inspired by the movie Avatar
from Bonnie in Pennsylvania...
...a 3:3 awesome custom trade from Annie in New York... Illustrated ATCs mandala swap goodies from
Kathryn in North Carolina, Tim in Belgium,
and Linda in Australia...
...a gorgeous zentangled raffle prize won from
Sandra in Oregon...and her new blog...
(a new raffle is featured here...check it out!)
...a delicate lacy monarch from Lucie in Canada...
...and lastly, but most recently,
a magical mandala ATC from Elina in Finland.
Beautiful aren't they???
My heart burst with thanks and gratitude
for being able
to both trade and receive
such spirited and heartfelt bits of artwork
all over the world.
Hopefully, you might find a bit of time here and there
to visit the wonderful art websites
of these artists. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"All Swapped Out..." contribution of 4 art cards
for the
January 2010 Mandala ATC Swap at Illustrated ATCs.
(3 were for the actual trade/swap...
plus one extra as optional hostess "ThankYou" card.)
What a fun event!
I will show the cards I received tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Another Tropical Fantasy..."

...inspired by my
"need to be trimmed badly" bougainvillea! :)
The pink "leaves" are not the bloom...they are called bracts.
The blooms are actually very tiny
and found within a cluster of several bracts.
Pssst...I took total artistic liberty here to just have fun with
my inspiration and play. :)
Have an inspirational blooming Tuesday!

Monday, January 25, 2010

" A Talking Treasure..."

...from a post in the distant past.
For some reason,
while fiddling around in my art files last night,
this flipped image appeared...
actually spoke to me...
and said
"I want to be 'dusted off' for a another Cactus Monday post."
So, I agreed...:)
I am such a pushover...:)
Plus, I didn't have a new piece finished yet!
SHHH Don't tell anyone...:)

Happy Cactus Monday All!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

"A Mystic Spiral..."

...drawn lead free in my Zen Journal...
and, of course, flipped
My design is inspired by North African
henna patterns
and was colored in the rich palette
of the desert Southwest.

For [man], no circle is ever closed.
We walk ever in spirals.”
R. Scott Bakker

Saturday, January 23, 2010

"Put Your HEART Into It..."

...and let your artistic Muse play...:)
Make it a family event!
The most simple of art tools can design
a HEART felt artwork to help the people of Haiti.
Just pencil and paper...add color for fun...Think about it.
Click on
the "Art Hearts for Haiti" badge
on my side bar
for project specifics.
There is still time to play...and it's so simple to do.
Why not put your HEART into it!? :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Art Hearts For Haiti...#1..."

The heart of a devastated country needs life support.
We can help.
Collectively, as a group of artists,
we can hold
her people gently in our hearts.
We can attempt to mend
lovingly, with the simple tools of an artist,
jagged gaping wounds of poverty.
We can
replant seeds of HOPE and LOVE and FAITH
into the spirits of a shattered people.
We can nourish these seeds with kindness and light,
...with inspiration...
and with the exuberant joy of our art.
We can hope,
with all of our collective hearts...
that there will be that one fabulous day,
when the art we have shared might
encourage sprouts of
new, fresh, and full of innocence...
awaiting a moment in time to bloom
into bountiful trees of life...
with sturdy branches...and glorious leaves...
and strong, independent, and deeply planted roots.
We can do so very, very much...
yes, we certainly can...:)

Won't you join us?
It's so very simple...just
click on the "Art Hearts for Haiti" badge
on my sidebar.

"There is no pebble so small
that it won't make ripples when tossed
into a body of water."
~Charles Peck

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"(be)Thankful (this)Thursday..."

...and generous, too!
Join with other artists and share your
for a worthy cause.
Click here for details...
Deadline is January 29th, 2010.
All it takes is a bit of your Muse's time
few artistic waves of the old magic wand.
...I will post my heart tomorrow...:)

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can, in all the ways you can,
...In all the places you can,
At all the times you can, to all the people you can,
...As long as ever you can.”
~John Wesley (1703-1791)

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
~Mother Teresa

“We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life
by what we
~Winston Churchill

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"The Western Wallop..."

There will be big...I mean BIG, BIG, BIG,
in the high country of Arizona
this week.
We, here in the valley, just weathered "Punch #2"
of a "3-punch" storm
coming in off the Pacific Ocean
which is
to drop as much rainfall here in the desert
in 5 days as we have had
in several months!
Things are pretty chilly, damp, and soaked.
We really DO need the rain...
Oh! be "snowed in" (with supplies of course)
in a cozy cabin in the mountains,
a roaring fire, and
oodles and oodles of time to draw!
Ahhh...Pass the hot cocoa please...Mmmmm!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"A Fantasy Island..."

...sun filled tropical bloom...with a batik effect
some black and white zetti style whimsy.
Happy Blooming Tuesday! :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

"When the Deep Purple Falls..."

...over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the sky—
In the mist of a memory you wander back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh..."
~Mitchell Parish 1938

Happy Cactus Monday All!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

"Whether it be Foggy..."

...or snowy...
"the clearest way into the Universe
is through a forest
~John Muir

Illustration Friday: "Wilderness"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

"Six Word Saturday..."

Magically, her palette fused into corals.

(See other Six Word Saturdays here.)

Friday, January 15, 2010

"A Raven Landed..." Arizona after flying cross country from the
gifted hand of Laurel.
my heart went pitter-patter...thumpety-thump,
woohoo, woohoo!
A paper bag has never looked so good!
What an amazing journey.

The moments of happiness we enjoy
take us by surprise.
It is not that we seize them,
but that they
seize us.”
Ashley Montagu

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"A Henna Inspired..."

...mandala drawn lead free in my Zen Journal
and flipped in Microsoft Editor.
(Uh, did I happen to mention I am addicted to flipping images?
It's just so much fun to play! )

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Peacock and Lace..."

...combined here into a
feather and plume kaleidoscopic mandala.

"Words and feathers are easily scattered,
but not easily gathered up."
~Author unknown

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"More Blossoming Winter Suns..." promised...posted here first!

Winter Sun #6...

Winter Sun #7...
Winter Sun #8...
and, finally, Winter Sun #9.... (now taken...Carey)
Please leave a comment if you are interested in trading.
Happy Blooming Tuesday All!

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Some Sunny Cactus Zen..."

...straight from my Journal
just to brighten up my Cactus Monday blogpost.
It's so good
to see you here again my bloggy cactus friends!
Have a happy day!

"I've seen fire and I've seen rain,
I've seen sunny days I thought would never end,
I've seen lonely times
when I could not find a friend,
but I always thought I'd see you again."
~James Taylor

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"They Flew the Coop!..."

These promised "Winter Sun" ATC cards
(see their inspiration here)
seemed to fly right out of my hands...
in the blink of an eye...
the minute I posted them on Flickr last night!
That has never happened to me before...
(Guess I know what I will be doing the next couple of days...)
Now, here's the deal...
I will post brand new ones for trade HERE first...
(Tuesday morning...shhh...don't tell...)
Count on it!