Zendoll says ....

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

Monday, November 29, 2010

Smell the Roses

When you anchor your thoughts in the simple present moment pleasures around you, there is a moment of clarity, an alignment of essence and soul that is at once deepened. I call it 'my happy place.' Namaste.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Danielle's Recent Work

Her art is as beautiful as her heart. She shares the joy she is to me in what we see ....
in each piece she incites thought, hope, and a nostalgic innocence that breathes
optimism into both past and present. She is indeed the greatest gift.  Her creative spirit
is an inspiration, her work ethic enviable..... and you just know I want to go on as any
proud mama does, however, her work speaks for itself .   Thank you for visiting us.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


As Canadians living in the States, we get a double dose of everything Thanksgiving..... including turkey and all the latest recipes featured on all the American networks. By November 25th, my menu is pretty much set for December 25th. More on that later....

In the meantime, I extend heartfelt blessings to all who are observing Thanksgiving, and indeed to all who aren't but did, and even to those who never do. Apparently our British brothers and sisters have never celebrated it.

To better align your mind with the intention of the holiday, click on the following link, Go Gratitude.   Bon Apetit.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Picasso's Legacy

The Bonita Springs Art League used the inspiration of Picasso, the lure of food and wine, and two art studios filled with plates and t-shirts for a recent fundraising evening. The rest, as they say, is history.  There's nothing like a cup of courage to help you get started on a blank canvas ... especially when there's 'no rub-outs'.
Every mark is there to stay.
Even my Rick was feeling it as he bravely embodied Picasso's style to produce one of the night's most brilliant pieces.

Each plate is cured in your own oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees. Just long enough to enjoy a glass of your favourite varietal.... and since you asked, I'm loving pinot gris from Oregon and Washington State. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Quote of the Day

In a letter that Vincent Van Gogh once wrote to his brother, he said "Art is something, which although produced by human hands, is not created by these hands alone, but by something which wells up from a deeper source in our souls."  Like this paper surprise created by the display team at Anthropology in Naples, Florida,  a creative soul has redefined what it is to simply merchandise a store with a few cliched reminders of the season. They are reinventing the experience of shopping, and for that reason alone, this is my kind of place.... just to hang out in. No spending required, but I have been known to add to their bottom line out of sheer need.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


The gift of connectivity is a minefield. It's a vast wilderness largely untapped until 'coincidence' steps in and connects us. As one who likes to believe that such events are divined and inevitable if we are open to them. I love coincidence as much as the next person, but what I love more is to appreciate the idea of a higher reason for such meetings. Take the little Buddha amulet around the neck of the stone Buddha .....
a gift from the recent gift of meeting Colette.www.a-bird-in-the-hand.blogspot.com. Before I met Colette in person, I had stumbled across her blog a few years earlier. She was and is an enormous inspiration to me. She coached me through the startup of my own blog, and she continues to share her creativity and connections in our shared area of interest. Take some time  to check out the other blogs and people I heart. Talk about a Pandora's Box...... of connectivity.   Namaste.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Craft Studio


Meet Mahmood Popal and his wonderful world of creative expression. As an OCAD graduate in Industrial Design,  he demonstrates his ability to bring fresh thinking and functional creativity to all that he does. From  photo shoot to physical installation, his approach is singularly precise and unique. The buzz is just beginning, so visit his website  often and watch one of Toronto's newest emerging artist/ designers reinvent space like you've never seen before.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Welcome to my mini art studio

This used to be the breakfast nook just steps away from the kitchen, but what a waste of space that was. This beats the corner of a kitchen table any day, and the wine fridge offers both inspiration to celebrate, and another surface to use when I really need to spread out. Sadly the art projects are typically 'no-brainers' like stamping on tags, inspiration kits, and parcels with greetings that take up much of the next few weeks that I'll be down south. I plan to celebrate the talents of my creative friends and family over the next several posts, so drop back in and visit all the links.  Cheers!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tea Tags and Lace

There's only one thing you can do when you shrink a lacy top, and that's use it in your photo shoot. I marvel at the fun it is to get out a bunch of rubber stamps out and just stamp away. What am I ?? a 12 year old? Do something for your inner child today.  Cheers my lovelies.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Greetings from Southwest Florida

And if you're celebrating a birthday this month..... warmest wishes!  Welcome to my second home where typically inspiration has taken me to the jewelery table instead of the art desk. It's just a three week visit  with a busy social calendar so for the next few posts, I'll be sharing photos of my workspace in hopes of actually putting it to good use. Have a productive week my friends.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Blessing to Transition

As the first official cold and yucky day of this changing season and before we transition officially to the winter, I will take today as my cue and blessing to travel south for the winter. Though grateful for the ease of everything in a warmer climate, I am not averse to adverse weather of the white variety. I want it known by all 5 or so of you who kindly pop in and visit my daily words.... that I am not a wimpy canadian. I can play outdoors in a snow storm with the best of them. Furthermore, I actually LOVE to shovel the white stuff. Best workout you can get, notwithstanding the potential for back strain and heart attacks. Enough of that! When settled in sunny southwest Florida, I'll be back at you with a full on Art Attack!  Cheers.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tea Time

Time for tea staining ..... and there's no wrong way to do it. While some will say you need two tea bags per gallon of water, it never occurred to me to do anything but pour the extra tea into a pan and dip the tags. A second dipping, splashing or spraying makes that leftover tea really go the distance.  Cheers!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Esprit Noir

It had seemed wrong to post an image that was so obviously of that season which is around the corner. The one where the days are short and cold and precipitation is white as well as wet.... but when a few snow crystals were seen to fall a few days ago, horror was not my first reaction. I had a sudden lapse to the days of my childhood when the first snow flakes were something to celebrate. For those of you who don't share the sentiment, then Esprit Noir was aptly named.  Namaste.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Hangover

For anyone else with a Hallowe'en hangover, meet Sam Haines, who after several days of Hallowe'en themed parties, hype and role playing, threw in the towel after barely collecting a city block's worth of candy. His mother was heard a few hours later claiming there is indeed a God!