Sunday, October 26, 2008

Haloween Spirit

Just a quick post to let you know we are in full Haloween Spirits over here....there will be more to come as the days go by...

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm playing with my photoshop...and in the Haloween spirit, if you can't tell. If you look closely at the skull, there is a picture of a vulture that I took at the zoo embedded in it. You can always click on the picture and it will open in a larger window so you can look closely (just in case you didn't know.) I have a busy weekend ahead with work, training, and the kiddos' activities. Hope you all have a fun and happy weekend too!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Inspire Me Thursday Photo Oct 14, 2008

Rumi Poem

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.

Inspire Me Thursday October 14, 2008 Rumi Poem

This week's Inspire Me Thursday was a poem by Rumi.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life.

Now my loving is running to my life shouting,
What a bargain, let's buy it.

Daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning, our souls
are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?

They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual?
They wonder about Solomon and all his wives.

In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul
and you are that.

But we have ways within each other
that will never be said by anyone.
Come to the orchard in Spring.
There is light and wine, and sweethearts in the pomegranate flowers.

If you do not come, these do not matter.
If you do come, these do not matter.

It's watercolor, matte medium, and pencil. 9 x 12

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

In keeping with October and scary's a giant hornet I found (dead) at work the other night. It's apparently a European Hornet...but I live in Florida!! I hope there aren't any more of these around, because if I ever saw one flying I would probably never leave the house. Everyone at work thought I was crazy for bringing it home, I guess its the biology student in me. Plus, I thought it might make a good item for a painting, and my kids got a kick out of seeing it. Hope you do too.

Inspire Me Thursday: Cereal Box Art

This is my post for Inspire Me Thursday (what an awesome blog!). This week's project was to create art out of a cereal box. One of the examples was to do a photo transfer onto a gesso'ed cereal box. I didn't have any way to print photo transfers, and I didn't have any gesso (mostly a watercolor painter.) So, I tried to cover a photo with matte medium (many layers), and peel it off for a transfer. That didn't work. Then I went and made photo transparencies at Office Depot, applied the matte medium, stuck it down on my painted and matte mediumed cereal box, and THAT didn't work. So I painted it.

I used my new Daniel Smith Primatek paints (mostly Blue Apatite and Amethyst, but also some Jadeite and Rhodonite and Sugilite). Plus white acrylic paint and mixed all of it with matte medium so that it is more permanent. It has many layers, and for the negative space I scratched back through the amethyst to the layers beneath, sometimes all the way through to the cereal box. I used a green Apple Jacks box. The painting is about 8 x 12.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Photo of the day :-)

I've been working a ton and haven't had much time to paint all the wonderful things floating around in my head (umm, ok, wouldn't paint ALL of them anyway, but a few good ideas are in there too).

This is a tree frog I found in my backyard. There is a "contest" on Watercolor magazine's site about painting what you find in your own environment, and this might be my submission.

My little frog isn't nearly as cool as that alligator, but as I mentioned above, I'm working ALOT and haven't had much time. I hope to have time to even paint this. Hope all of you are well and happy.