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Welcome to Zendoll Workshop where art making and musings will occasionally provide mirth and a message.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Enso Love



The circle shape symbolizes both enlightenment and the interconnectedness of all life..... and in my own words ..... " a circle is both empty and complete - a metaphor for the dance that is life."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Boating with my Besties



To think I used to be able to go boating and wind surfing every summer day of the week if I wanted ..... alas, that makes my one outing a year very special indeed!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Run or Dye!


During a weekend visit back to Kingston, Ontario, I was introduced to a new concept in road racing called "Run or Dye". Witness the green station - one of many along a route that covered the grounds of Fort Henry. The willingness of  hundreds of participants to be covered in a rainbow of pigments - obviously non-toxic - added to the squeals and cheers that emanated from each paint station.
Another familiar landmark, the Kingston Penitentiary, now vacated, but hauntingly real as the back drop of some sailing races finishing up at the Olympic Harbour - which incidentally is exactly where my 20 years in Kingston began during the sailing olympics in the summer of 1976. I was hired by the Ontario Government to host visiting diplomats attending events in and around the city .... I just made it sound like a real job, but I remember it quite differently, though fondly. Just one of the many fond memories I hold near and dear about all those years living by a lake that plays host to hundreds of events each year..... those were the days!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sacred Stones


Friendships are sacred, and so are the words that come up when you contemplate the essence of those you love. Namaste dear ones.



Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy July 4th


To my American brothers and sisters, enjoy this great holiday no matter what state you're in!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's to love about Canada?


Everything!
All that water
Sea to shining sea
And every lake that lies between.
Rivers run through deep ravines
And cities come with many trees.
There's beaver tails, poutine and curd
And year round hockey so you've heard.
Centigrade
Retrograde
A mayor on crack
Duplicity
Publicity
Ethnicity
How loyal are we
So strong and free
The Great White North
Molecular Gastronomy
Humility
We have it all
We share it all
That's how we came to be!

Happy Canada Day Dears!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Precious

Precious is a word that seldom comes to mind, except when I think of those I hold close - be they friends, family, and of course, beloved pets. Beyond that, there are works of creativity like this 'precious' quiltie, and so many other delightful creations by my friend, Colette Copeland. Simply click on her name to go directly to her blog and Etsy shop. The frame came from Michael's with the clip attached, so it doesn't get any better than that for showing off this delightfully simple treasure.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vintage Heaven



Hello Lovelies,

I'm settling in after last week's adventure to North Carolina. After landing in Charlotte, and enjoying a quick tour of the downtown, we made our way to the beautiful hills of Asheville. There is something about the cool dry air of a more mountainous region that soothes the soul and calms the system. Reunions with good friends and some outstanding regional cuisine set the tone for a wonderful mini holiday in an area I had only heard about up until now. To be able to enjoy the comforts of a beautiful home, so well situated, and surrounded by local attractions and beautiful vistas, was indeed the icing on the cake.
As you can see there were visits to local shops filled with perfectly curated vintage goodies, and if you're at all curious about curiosities, click on the links and see for yourself. Visit Asheville's Screen Door, and Honeysuckle Hollow of Hendersonville, NC.
Thanks for visiting Zendoll Workshop as well. Your kind comments are a constant source of joy, and I plan to do my part with a little more consistency, so thanks for the encouragement dear ones.




Sunday, May 18, 2014

Funny Sunday

It's also a sunny Sunday here in Toronto,  and we are right in the middle of a long weekend. I'm not sure when we started celebrating the May 2 4 holiday in advance, but here we are and it's only May 18th. We are finally surrounded by foliage and blossoms, but the number of balmy days so far this spring could be counted on one hand. That pleases this 'scarf slut' no end. As you begin to plan your day, and your upcoming weekends for the summer, be sure to include plenty of opportunities for pet appreciation, problem solving, people reunions, humour, helping others, and following your creative ambitions ...... not to mention, finding solutions for world hunger, peace on earth, and a cure for cancer. Namaste friends.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mommy's Day Monday


Some Mums are just so special, that one day of honour isn't quite enough.  May you all be glowing in the aftermath of what was a Mother's Day well celebrated. The weather here was so perfect on Sunday, it seemed wrong for the day to end.  Alas, today is another story.  For the most part, we have enjoyed a repeat of yesterday's warmth and sun, but as I write, the clouds and rain are rolling in ..... but for the rest of the week? What up with that?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Silent Sunday

Hello my lovelies.  This is not a naughty chair, but a portal into your inner world of thought.  An ancient yogi once said that the human mind is like a cage filled with a thousand chattering monkeys. The true secret to happiness and serenity is to develop the ability to quiet them. One need not be a student of yoga in order to practice the simple skill of linking your mind to the otherwise automatic process of breathing. This alone will quiet both the mind and the system, as will the odd deep breath taken randomly throughout the day. Try putting up a few sticky notes as a prompt to remember to
"B R E A T H E".

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New York, New York


From the Lower East Side where we enjoyed 180 degree views from our all glass Hotel on Rivington room, up to Manhattan College in the Bronx, where a dear artist friend opened her show and gave a talk, New York was in full bloom. In between the miles of walking - with meals in different neighbourhoods each night, we managed to get to MOMA where it was the outdoor courtyard that captured our interest.
Alas, Mother Nature has other ideas in store for us this week - at least in this part of Canada. Let's just say there won't be any blue skies or blossoms for at least another 8 days or so. C'est la vie my lovelies.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Two Saints Worth

It seems trite to share images from a recent adventure to NYC, when elsewhere in the world hundreds of thousands gathered to witness history as two former popes received sainthood status in the Vatican. Pope Francis canonized both John XXIII and John Paul II. A blessed day to be sure!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

E. Bunny


This week has brought us Passover,  the Buddhist New Year, and soon Good Friday and Easter. In other news, there has been freezing rain, snow, and unseasonably cold temperatures - further testament to what I have heard is an erratic weather pattern that has become the new pattern. This, and so many other events are things over which we have absolutely no control. With a spirit of embracing that which we cannot change, may we all be present and accounted for in whatever gatherings or events take place over the next few days. When I return, there will be inspirations from Manhattan, Soho and Brooklyn to share. Let's see if a springtime visit to NYC can encourage my inner artist to buckle down and do something creative.  Namaste dears.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Silent Sunday


Dears,
It was Albert Einstein who said, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Though it has been said by many others, and in many other ways, perhaps one of our most complicated sages said it best. If all we do is remind ourselves from time to time to be present, and to be of good intention, there is the hope that we can move towards our goals in a spirit of goodwill and gratitude - two of the most transformative states of mind we can cultivate. Namaste dears.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blonde Ambition


What do we do when spring showers get us down?
Go to the mall of course! It gets better when your mall buddies are none other than Sam and Caillianne
Beckerman - fashionista twins who can brighten the dullest of days, and incite smiles wherever they go. With my creative beauty, Danielle in the middle of the Beckie sandwich, and me as chauffeur and photographer, we almost forgot there's still  some snowy reminders and chilly days in our midst. But this too shall pass. Here's to the promise of spring my lovelies.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bye Bye Beach Life

So long to the sunny south west Florida coast, and hello urban life. The city of Toronto is starting to sizzle with spring events. While the One of a Kind Spring show wrapped up last weekend, the Total Health Show is about to launch at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre April 4 - 6.

As for these cool mirrored beach images, many thanks to my creative daughter, Danielle. She went off to the Dollar Store with an idea in her head, and here you have the fruits of her labour. The best were the shots of people frolicking in the Gulf of Mexico, but the subjects were shy to share their bathing suit bods with the universe. I get that!

May the longer days and receding snow banks bring joy, hope and creative inspiration to all. Thanks for visiting after my long absence dears.



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Silent Sunday

Dear ones,  welcome to another silent Sunday ..... and yes, I have been silent most of the other days of the week as well. This too shall pass, and the creative muse and comforts of routine will return. In the meantime, I remain closely connected to dear ones from northern climates who continue to endure what meteorologists claim is the harshest winter in 40 years. Science has taught us that during these long seasons of extreme temperatures and longer hours of darkness, our chemistry is deprived of the kind of light that triggers seretonin production in the brain - the 'feel good' hormone. The condition is known as S.A.D. and stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder - ie. the winter blues. Help is on the way! In a week's time, our clocks will spring forward by an hour again, and thus the transformation will begin. In the meantime, let us all light a candle as a symbol of being able to 'see the light' in ourselves and in others. May we offer up gentle thoughts in place of agitation and overreactions. May love and light replace fear and darkness. Namaste today and always.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Silent Sunday

Hello Lovelies,

Have you ever noticed the number of life lessons that are presented to us so that we may learn one, and often all three of these wonderful traits? I like to think that if we are persistent in our pursuit of patience and positivity, that peace may become the ultimate prize. May peace be with you - today and going forward.   Namaste.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sweetheart Saturday


I may have missed the posting deadline for February 14, 2014, but if you're reading this now, you know that my heartfelt wishes were and are extended to you and yours. While Valentine's Day came and went in a flurry of activity down here in Southwest Florida, there were some creative contributions to help celebrate the day. Instead of a hostess gift the other night, I decided to offer up a Valentine's tree with individual wishes for the guests. The other sweet treats arrived in a Fed Ex pouch from my beloved daughter, Danielle. She loves nothing more than to raid my art supplies and whip up some divine masterpieces in the process. Love. Love. Love.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Furry Friday

Enjoy some funny feline nap times as you unwind after a tiring week. Go ahead and treat yourselves to one nap this weekend instead of grabbing another coffee. If you're like me, you rarely give in to the body's demands to rest ..... I will even admit to drifting off with my hands on the keyboard and chin to my chest. I'm working on this, so perhaps I'll follow my own advice and try take a Savasana break when I really need it.  Namaste lovelies.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Encaustic Update


Over the years, I have probably attended five encaustic workshops - each one of them very different. While the technique may be ancient, the medium has evolved to include a wide array of ready-to-use colours. The pigment is carefully milled in a medium of beeswax and damar resin, thus, no need for turpentine or solvents. I had previously had such limited success with the process, it was going to have to be an impressive show to win me over.....
and that's exactly what happened. I'm a big fan of transfer techniques, and after a second attempt with the Union Jack, I can honestly embrace this bold new world of encaustics, though mastery might be far from reach. The unpredictability of fusing layers, and producing a finished looking piece still leaves me a bit bewildered, but the joy is definitely in the process, and results come quickly. Check out rfpaints.comrfpaints.com to learn more.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Fair Frenzy

South West Florida is the land of art fairs. In the course of a month, there would be three to four large scale art events. I'm not likely to travel any further north than Sarasota to see one, but most of them are within ten to twenty minutes of where we live - as was this Bonita Springs Art Show last weekend. One of my favourite collage artists came from Texas for the show, and I found her subject matter particularly appealing and relevant. Check out more of Deborah's work at DuPont Studio, and have a creative week my lovelies.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Must See Speed Painting

Winter 2014

Nothing like a frosty Saturday in January to remind us that Mother Nature plans to continue her dramatic
antics right into the month of February  - or so say the meteorologists as they prepare the nation for a colder than usual second month of the year. Even Southwest Florida is not immune to the effects of the chill as we enjoy a break with about four days running in the 60's. To honour the cold snap, I thought I would share my favourite photo from the holiday season. Some of my favourite peeps that I miss every day - daughter, Danielle and her handsome boys.