Saturday, July 19, 2014

SERENDIPITY SUMMER...

 DECORATING IN OUR HOMES
this is one way;)
I use this window to display favorites;
photos of family and friends, words, quotes, thoughts...
And then I change it up as time goes by...
 
 
 
 
 we live in the country and have tricked the wild critters
this year, so far, fingers crossed!
Bambi, raccoons, and turkeys have ruled the roost
around here, eating ALL our vegetables, flowers, and fruit from our trees...
 
 
 
 
 until THIS SUMMER...
we hid our plantings in amongst bushes and such,
that we knew they don't normally peruse.
such as some beans and peas hidden in and around the sunflowers...
they are all climbing away and not a deer print in sight!
 
 
 
 
 we have renamed a few bushes and plants...
this is our Crape Myrtle Melon Bush...
there are 6 giant melons soon to be ripe for the picking...
hopefully ours and not the critters ;)
 
 
 
 
 and the birds have left us enough blackberries to hoard away and devour on our own!
 
 
 
 
 in FOUR more days, i'll be with two of my sisters
for our annual SISTER TRIP.
we interspersed our visit with our mutual friends.
we are only cunning because our family is GINORMOUS and
we have been making this time for US for 10 years now!
Carolyn died last summer and so you can guess/know that these
SISTER TRIPS are INVALUABLE!
I made 4 STORY HANGERS for all of those special loves...
 
 
 
I started this mixed media yesterday,
and felt a fire light beneath me!
 this is a close up of a first layer..
this is an embroidered section of fabric glued to the canvas and then painted...
 
 
 
 
 this close up is of "fine cardboard" and a natural type of fiber at the top...
 
 
 
 
 close up also, larger cardboard and paint...
 
 
 
 
 this shows the piece in it's entirety...12"x24"x1 1/2" gallery wrapped...
it's what many of us call the "ugly" stage, but I like it almost as is!
and yet...nary to become attached; next layers will be intuitive and different...
not even moi' knows how this will end...
Flora Bowley calls this "being brave"!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I repainted our palm mask,
a completely different face, fun stuff,
and freshens up our outdoor decorating;)
Richard says, this looks like it's attached to an elephant's leg...
LOVE that guy!
 
 
 

 
if we didn't DREAM and SCHEME...
we wouldn't be able to create so CREATIVELY, eh?
I've been doing a lot of that this summer...
feeling blessed, grateful and everything in between.
I normally paint like crazy knowing i'll need to return to the work force
before summer ends...
well no more, I am officially retired and am slowing down, yet revving up in different ways...
 
and I LOVE IT!
and you for visiting and taking the time, YOUR TIME!
XOXO

Saturday, July 12, 2014

WONDERFUL RANDOM SUMMER DAYS!

 reminds me of a Chinese lantern ;)...but it's a flower
 
 
 
 such a wonderful quote...
 
 
 
 I needed to pick up my brushes today after many dry days...
a little card was in order!
I sewed the words on with shiny plastic threads.
 
 
 
 one thing lead to another...
 
 
 
 I decided to use this same beautiful quote on this piece today as well...
 
 
 
 
 up close textures...
 
 
 
 top is cheese cloth,
the bottom piece is a section of Great Nana's quilt piece...
 
 
 
 and when I began this one...after the card...
I remembered WHY the wait to paint...
yes...this is going somewhere, maybe a lot more,
maybe a little more...have to wait for "it" longer...
going slow on this one ;)
 
 
 
 SPECIAL PLATES...I used for a couple of shindigs we've had...
 
 
 
 then made more Caprese salad for a barbeque party we attended...
with more of these special plates ;)...she is 30 yrs. old now, that
darlin' daughter of ours...she and her husband chuckled dearly!
 
 
 
just about this time next year...we plan on going to Santa Catalina, Panama...
we will see what we shall see!
 
 
SAVORing summer at a slow simmer...
but it still goes fast, eh?
 
OXOX

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Message in a Bottle"...

 i started with spray paint for the bottom layer,
my favorite way to start.
there is probably one teensy portion of that left peeking through
 
 
 
 
 up close...butterfly wing
 
 
 
 
 sideways shot up close
 
 
 
 
 more up close...
this quote applies to so many of we women!
 
 
 
 
 dragonfly wings with script
 
 
 
 
 the colors above this photo are the very truest..
materials: fabric, tissue paper, finger painting,
palette knife painting, sponge brushes and regular ones ;)
computer generated script
24" X 36" X 1 1/2" Deep
 
 
 
 
 for a solid year, i had been working on my nephew's guitar...
 
 
 
 
 this was a daunting task for me, honestly...
it took such great patience drying and painting all sides...
 
 
 
 
 
 i will never attempt this again...
 
 
 
 
 there are little squares like this all over the front
(this is very up close)
 
 
 
 
 close up of the little skunk...
 
 
 
 
the back is by far my favorite, and joey's too...
and he said he loves it, i have to believe him...
this just about sent me over the edge at times.
 
Man, it is summer time...I've barely been here obviously and it will probably be another while till i return!
i hope you of you, my dear friends are enjoying your times together, when life seems so much freer and sunny smiles
(except for the friends in other parts of the country where it is not summer)
i wish you sunny smiles and time with friends and family as well!
 
CHEERS MY BUDDIES! 


Sunday, June 8, 2014

JUNE ART WALK in Auburn, Northern California---oh SUMMER DAYS...

 the AUBURN ART WALK is coming up this Thursday...
 
 
 
 
 so i started a count down on face book yesterday...
 
 
 
 
 showing what will be available...
 
 
 
 
 taking great Giant Steps to join in more...
 
 
 
 
 i worked on finishing this last night...
i placed this FOR SALE on pinterest...
 
 
 
 
 ever so glad to find the words...
the substrate is a book cover,
made plaster to cover burlap.
then knitted some rustic fibers at the bottom, and
added the beads last night with chain to hang ;)
 
 
 
 
it's 105 here today but our miniature roses are not wilting,
they love it!
and I've been in the swimming hole almost the entire day...
HAPPY WEEKENDER FRIENDS!
 
 
XOXO

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PLAY EVERY DAY!!!

 PIECES OF ME
showing you...
 
 
 
 in my FULL CIRCLE journal...
 
 
 
 i put her, Carolyn, right in the middle of "my girls"
today, for this post.
it's been an entire year since this sisters' been gone.
but it seems like just a few days ago.
i have had a lot of tears today, but there is such
JOY in my heart...
where she sits...
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE!
 
 
 
 this is the left side of my
HEALING painting today..
 
 
 
 this is the right side of HEALING...
 
 
 
it's a journey WITH that girl,
it's not alone, ever.
i have been so very blessed and gifted with
such wonderful friends that have touched my life
and that continue to do so,
each and every day.
some of you are right here right now...
i love you, and i thank you DEEPLY.
(insert a heart and musical note)
 
 
 
 this is in the very same journal...
 
 
 
 
no matter where i am or who i am with...there is always,
always time to PLAY...it's an essential part of all my days...
even if that means just sharing a good laugh with someone...
i love this quote:
 
"LAUGHTER CAN BE A VACATION!"
 
 
i treasure your visits,
i treasure your thoughts and words,
i treasure you, even when you don't leave a post.
 
THANK YOU ALL
for any check-ins ;)
wanda
xoxo