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Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Voice of an Angel is the full title of this recent piece.  The image is part of my collection of found vintage photographs, and as with most of these random shots, the backstory remains unknown. This is where our imagination comes in.... It's pretty clear that the little boy in this row boat is calling out to someone. There even appears to be some urgency in his manner. There's something about adopting the storyline and subject of these photos that appeals to my sense of underlying life message.... to be open just for the moment to the possibility that we need reminders about such things. In this case,  and forgive me for sounding all philosophical but it's important to have a voice... to be heard..... to be listened to without judgement. To dismiss the voice of those we love and care about is simply not an option. To listen is to love.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Ladies of Summer

 More new work to celebrate water and the summer of 2011.
Remember to use your sunscreen lovelies!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Work

A place to stay.....over Blue Moon Bay.... finally able to load and post the entire piece. Happy Sunday all.

A Place To Stay

....Over Blue Moon Bay

One of the few abstract paintings I've done, this was my response to a call to action from IN2ART
The theme for their upcoming show...... water.
This last minute photo - untouched and in two parts, shows a more watery palette than I recall using.
Regardless, it's time to share some of my recent series of collages, most of which will be on display
at one of the most delightful galleries I know of. IN2ART is in Oakville, Ontario. It's a perfect outing from the city where in under an hour, you'll find a creative and pristine lakeside community with some of the best shopping, restaurants and waterfront homes you can only dream about.
Danielle (beloved daughter) has created some amazing and quite large pieces for this event.
The show runs June 3 - 30

Friday, May 27, 2011

Rainy Day Weekend

 So far, we're in for at least one more day of rain, and the only thing inspiring about that is the possibility of
feeling motivated to tackle a bit of spring cleaning.
I love these industrial, rustic, primitive set-ups from the Brimfield Flea Market for the inspiration they incite where organizing is concerned. They're really cool to look at, but I won't be putting anything like this in my luggage or my home anytime soon. If my dream cottage/restored barn ever becomes a reality, I can picture a modified combination of all of these units. I have already worked out the floor plan and all the finishes for my imaginary country lakeside retreat. The entire living space would be just over 1,000 square feet, with an old fashioned porch around at least three of the four sides. Picture the old wide planked white washed floors with a white on white tapestry of new and old fixtures, furniture and fireplace - of course.

There are a number of brilliant decor blogs out there, so if you decide to surf the net this weekend, check out a few of my faves.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday's Child

Thursday's child was either well loved, mistreated, or made from inferior materials. Regardless, I marvel at the fact that this and many others have escaped the garbage can when they have clearly seen better days. Over recent years, I have developed a curious fascination with vintage and pre-loved dolls. I  especially like the primitive ones who've lost limbs but still show up to be admired. I even feel a connection to those scary ones whose one eye is winking at you, and they look like a prop in a scary movie. I probably shouldn't admit to that but they seem to have these fragile yet innocent souls.... the mind boggles. I didn't buy any dolls at Brimfield, but I do have a wee collection of babies and cupie dolls.... the ones who never have any clothes on. O K then. I thank you for dropping in to witness my most random post ever, and wish you a wonderful weekend filled with good weather.... ha!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Remembering Oprah

Like millions of other viewers, I watched today as Oprah said goodbye after 25 years of hosting her daytime show. She called it a 'love letter' to all of her fans, but it was simply a conversation. She let them know there would be no prizes today... no cars...no trips.... just her open heart.

Yup. I got caught up in the significance of what she had accomplished over all those years. While not a full-on groupie, you'd have to have been in a coma not to be aware of the many causes she has championed and millions she has facilitated in achieving their dreams or addressing their demons. Many credit her in fact, with making them a better person. Oprah managed to weave the last 25 years together with the common thread of reminding everyone of their self worth. In her words, " You're worthy because you were born." Using her own story with it's humble beginnings and often humiliating turns, she repeated that "You alone are enough!" "No one completes you." (So much for that great line from the movie 'Ghost').

Oprah shared freely her relationship with The Big Guy... H I M... higher power...all knowing source.... the same God everyone thought she meant. She has felt his presence since she can remember. Her advice...... " Be still and listen. Be still and know that voice."

I can officially say I joined the ranks of the 'Blue Oprah Cult' today. Thank you Scott Stinson of The National Post for reminding me of this new affliction. If you are among those of us feeling the loss of our good friend and mother, Oprah, she invites all of us to connect using her new e-mail address.
oprah@oprah.com.   Cheers friends.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Serenity Sunday

"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Would that it were easy to accept such things without reaction or regrettable action. The second part of the serenity prayer should be a request for guidance in how to move forward with grace and peace of mind.
May we all accept the fact that we're not allowed to have more than one completely sunny day at a time.
Happy holiday Monday dear blogging buddies.

Friday, May 20, 2011

By the Numbers

I chose this crazy dolly photo to go with some interesting stats on the crazy weather we've been having. I'm happy to report that today we have finally broken the pattern of gloom with an instant return to summer temperatures and sunshine. But still fresh on our minds is absence of same over a prolonged period. No, you didn't imagine this. In the last 7 days, we had only 7 hours of half-hearted sunshine compared to the normal 55 hours. In the entire month - prior to today, we had only 80 hours versus the usual 230 hours of sunshine expected at this time of year. We did not however break the record for most rainfall in a month. That took place in 1942.  It feels like it's been 8 years since having a day like today! May the sun shine on you and yours all the live long day!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Zen Thought for Thursday

As you prepare for the upcoming long weekend, take a few deep breaths, pack your patience and common sense, offer kindness to each being you meet and find your joy and contented heart along your path.  Namaste.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Brimfield Buddies

We call them the 'Beckies'. That's short for Caillianne, Rana, Chloe and Samantha Beckerman. BeckermanBiteplate is their amazing blog. For more blog royalty, check out Glamourai by Kelly - seated second from the left around the lunch table. You know your friends rock when they make a 'potty party' look like the best bash in town. Thanks to these beauties - (you too Bob), Danielle and I got to Brimfield
and came away with happy memories and vintage goodies to keep us going until the big Alameida show in San Francisco later this summer.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cha Ching!

While this baby dates back a few years, I just recently heard about a website that guides you through a search of long lost funds that may have been left behind in old bank accounts.

My step daughter fell down this particular internet rabbit hole and didn't come up until she had located approximately $1500 for other family members.

I await her call to provide you with more details. Sorry to keep you in suspense, but this was the only edited photo I didn't include in yesterday's flea market photo show and tell, and the story just fit. More photos and several more art pieces are being prepared for your viewing however, so there's hope for me and this blogging thing yet. xo

Monday, May 16, 2011

Remembering Flea Market Friday

Just a wee sampling of the visual minefield that we experienced at the Brimfield Flea Market about an hour's drive west of Boston. While cool damp weather persisted for hundreds of miles around us, summer came early out in the country. The mood was festive and the air was filled with the aromas of blooming lilacs and pop up hot dog stands. Every square inch of at least a square mile was packed to the tent tops with random collections of STUFF appealing to every sub culture of collector. While 'vintage' was the operative theme, some of the design peeps had created impressive installations reworking old industrial style props into chic and functional furniture and accessories. My mind will be spinning for days with visions of vintage eye candy dancing in my memory banks. More photos to come my dear blog buddies.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blog Nap

Just a brief blog hiatus to go to Boston and Brimfield. That's the Brimfield Flea Market.... one of the biggest and best if you follow the flea scene. It will be a first for us, but rain or shine, we'll do it up fine!
Tune in next week for a full report. Be well blog bests. xoxo

Monday, May 9, 2011

Buddha Bowl

The Buddha Bowl is another name for a Hope Vessel or a Blessing Bowl, and for me it conjures up images of primitive pottery and manifestation rituals based on Buddhist and Zen traditions. To help manifest certain dreams and hopes the believer puts these wishes into writing, and places the papers into the bowl on a regular basis as confirmation of intention and commitment to the goal. Practices like the one I have mentioned help us to open our minds and hearts in order to attract more of what we want in our lives. Abundance need not be elusive, and many are of the mind that we just need to step out of our own way to receive...... namaste friends.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8th, 2011 is really a day of celebration for all women who nurture. While so many of these designated days have become mammoth commercial opportunities, I do like the suggestion of appreciation and the opportunity to acknowledge all women who fulfil this role.
It remains an honour and a  blessing to share this day amongst three generations in our family. The mother
and child union is a powerful bond, and for many, a
powerfully intense dynamic. Be that as it is, may your day be spent in splendour. May the day feel special in every way, and may all the peeps in your household remember just whose day it is all the live long day!
Namaste lovelies!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Destiny's Child

 Friday's child is 'Destiny Girl'. I'm slowly getting my bling making buzz back, though this is one I made a few months ago now. Forgive me if you have seen it already, but it's an example of the 'upcycling' approach to give new life to various pieces I no longer wear. The pendant used to be part of some crazy earrings I bought in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I have made several pairs of earrings this week as Mother's Day has inspired me to get busy and 'make'
instead of 'buy'.

There's even hope for my Etsy shop which I have reopened this week. Stop by Zendoll Workshop to see what's 'in store'.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A is for Art

Yet another random piece I found in the 'lost portfolio'. This I did while attending TSA - The Toronto School of Art on Adelaide. This image was transferred to 300 pound cold press water colour paper. I really only added the pencil lines and rubber stamped the type. It was part of a much bigger piece that included the layering of hand made papers. Part of the fun in revisiting old artwork is looking at in sections and giving it a second chance in a new context. As they say,"everything old is new again."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lucky 7

I hope I never get tired of playing with my rubber stamps and making
tag art. While I have invested a small fortune over the last 30 years in
my collection of rubber, I actually borrowed this stamp from my
dear friend and mentor Colette. I also want to give credit to the artist
who created the stamp design, Roben-Marie Smith. I invite Colette
to verify this in my comment section. Regardless, check out both links
today for a refreshing and inspirational taste of true creativity. Cheers dears.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

One Giant Step for Mankind!

Some phrases and events hold an iconic place in our memories and in history. In the ten years following the devastation and heartbreak that  9/11 brought to North America, the manhunt for this generation's most demonic terrorist, and the recent final chapter and final days of Osama Bin Laden's life are history making.  I have never witnessed such a triumphant celebration over one's violent death in my lifetime. For security reasons the Navy Seals responsible for the successful raid, capture and killing of bin Laden will never be publicly rewarded for their bravery and precision.

The world will be a kinder place without the hatred of this one man. For those who will continue to  carry out his legacy, it is hoped their fate will be similar. Now is the time for karma, closure and kindness and comfort.

Forgive me for indulging you with my humble commentary, but in the case of  profoundly newsworthy events, it's hard to resist this form of expression. Thank you and namaste beloveds.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summers by the sea

The sun has decided to make an appearance after countless days of drizzle, so this old page out of an altered book seemed to fit my new found optimism that warmer days are not far off.
While records for rainfall this spring are close to being broken, weather forecasters are predicting a summer not unlike last year's which is yet another reason for celebrating....I think. I try not to depend on weather too much.  Great weather days are like the icing on the cake that way!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Silent Sunday

Another non-dominant hand contour drawing of the mudra most frequently used in yoga classes for a seated meditation. The connection of these two fingers is said to symbolize one's connection with the infinite knowledge and wisdom of the universe.  Connect your thumb and index finger while taking a deep breath in and out. Let the silence in your soul trump the noise of your mind. Namaste dear ones.