Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mission Accomplished...!!

My "El Dia De Los Muertos" themed G8 Moleskine
is now complete...Yippeeeee!
Above are the introduction pages...
along with the routing order of my book...see candles.
You can click on images to enlarge...:)

Here are pages 1 and 2.
Here is my full 3 page spread: pages 1,2, and 3.
Being just a "wee bit" overzealous
my art seemed to have "mysteriously" crept
onto half of page 4. Hmmm...:)
Juli, in Canada, will share page four with me
adding her own artwork based on the same theme.
I gave ATC prints as a thank you gift to all participants.
Each person will get 2 prints...
one of each style shown.
Here is the fun back pocket of my Moly...
this is where each artist will sign in.
The guideline booklet is just in case anyone needs
reference sources or ideas for my theme.
It will be tucked snuggly into the back pocket
for safe keeping.
The book and the gift ATCs have their own separate little pouches.

Ta Daaaa!
Everything is all wrapped and ready
for a final blanket of bubble wrap
to protect her on her long postal flight to Canada.
She was mailed out yesterday...
You know, I actually feel like I am 10 pounds lighter!
Now on to Cathy's book...her theme is "Sea Caves"...
My imagination
is already going like gangbusters!:)

"To be yourself in a world
that is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Take a Peek..."

..at my latest W.I.P...Work In Progress.
I have joined in on another Moleskine Exchange
but this time it is at Illustrated ATCs.
It will be an 8 way artist exchange of
the small Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbooks.
Each book will have its own theme chosen by
each individual artist.
The theme I have chosen is
more commonly known in English as
The Day of the Dead...a Mexican folk festival celebrated
the first couple of days of November.
My book will honor the spirit of the lives of those
who have gone before me
and will include many of the traditional Mexican
artifacts and symbols
(such as sugar skulls, calavera catrinas, and offerendas)
associated with this
unique fall celebration.
My due date for mailing is February 1st...
so if I am not around blogland for the next week or so
you know exactly what I am doing.
I am really excited to share the progress of this
art exchange with you throughout the coming year.
I should have my own book back
by mid October...just in time
to celebrate this festive Mexican holiday.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Forest of Tree ATCs...

..."Faerie Dusted"...
..."Ancient Arms"...
..."Fuji Sentinel"...
and ..."Misted Mountain Moonlight"...
All painted and ready to mail to Canada for
the February ATC Tree Swap

"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles
through the deepest snow
to keep an appointment
with a beech-tree,
a yellow birch,
an old acquaintance among the pines."
~Henry David Thoreau

Monday, January 9, 2012

"Nothing Much..."

...beats a night time walk
under a full moon in the Arizona desert...
especially in January.
BTW...Have a happy "Cactus Monday" all!

"The night
walked down the sky with the moon
in her hand."
Frederic Lawrence Knowles

Friday, January 6, 2012

Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant [1 of 3]

Although she talks really fast...this is TOTALLY fascinating...:)

Thursday, January 5, 2012


...was the day all the
"Lights went out in Georgia"
I mean Surprise, Arizona, that is.
Sad, but true...Christmas festivities are but
a mere memory now...
with the unseasonably warm
"spring break" like temps in the upper 70's
we are having.
All the outdoor lights have now been
carefully packed away.
Time for the pool!
Ahhh...Winter in the desert...what a treat!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"Fresh and Frosty..."

...a card from my "Winter Heart" ATC series
"Winter Berries and Snow Flower"
as my first post of 2012.
I am STILL working up my 2012 resolutions...go figure!

"How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'."
~Martin Luther