Zendoll says ....

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

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?

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.
A mayor on crack
How loyal are we
So strong and free
The Great White North
Molecular Gastronomy
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 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

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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Miami's Indie Art Scene

About 15 minutes from South Beach, and only 10 minutes from the rest of the Design District in Miami, lies the Wynwood Arts District. While the Wynwood Wall of amazing street art defines this region, it is fast becoming the 'it' spot for creatives and courageous entrepreneurs alike. Once a rough neighbourhood of warehouses and low slung shabby buildings, the gentrification of the area is taking a slow and organic turn towards the refurbished, instead of the rebuilt. Gone is the cheese of South Beach wannabe's, and schlocky tourist art. This is where one goes to feel the real energy of an area in transition - the open minds and spirits of each and every shopkeeper are more than enough reward for your time spent drifting in and out of galleries, shops and the Panther Coffee House.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Is this not the most beautifully curated wrap job ever?? The biggest gift of all is the friend who created this little gem, and so many other others of which I am blessed to be the recipient. Colette Copeland is also the creator of a most delightful blog - A-bird-in-the-hand. Her daily creations and poetic spirit never fail to inspire. I can only aspire to one day put myself at the art table on a regular basis with her fearless and playful approach to experimentation with any and all media. The joy is not only in the making .... it is there for all us. Daily eye candy for the artistic soul in all of us. Namaste dear co-creators.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

It's a New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year my lovelies. 
May 2014 bring you all good health, much love and laughter, and a peace of mind and spirit that incites much growth and abundance. Namaste.