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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Destiny Girl

While you may have seen Destiny Girl before, I've brought her out of storage and listed her in my Etsy shop. As you can see she's a fearless brave heart who doesn't care what others think. She has an identical twin - they were earrings in a past life. The silver/gold mix of upcycled chains adds up to 27 inches of bold whimsy. As I write this and ponder the meaning of the word 'destiny', another word, 'infinity' has surfaced.
Together they give you 'unlimited potential'. I wonder what that necklace would look like?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday's Mantra

This popular Tibetan prayer is chanted to invoke benevolent attention and blessings from the Buddha of Compassion. A mantra incites transformation while it quiets the mind. One's understanding of the translation from Sanskrit creates the intention that helps to streamline thoughts and create energy waves and sounds when chanted. The effect is similar to that of praying whether done alone or with others. Close your eyes and feel the effects of a compassion- focussed moment.  Namaste friends.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Successful Adoption

 Heartfelt thanks to the kind folks who have connected with these works and taken them to their respective homes or given them as gifts. Grazie, merci, danke schon, gracias all.  Namaste.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday's 'Thought du Jour'

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to sharpen."

Eden Phillpotts - english writer - (1862-1960) and Toronto's Globe and Mail.

I'm starting to take this brain sharpening stuff seriously..... it's not like I haven't had lapses or groped for words that years ago would roll off my tongue with ease. I actually do like the challenge with numbers and patterns that Sudoku offers, but it's right up there with surfing the net as time wasters go. Learning a new language  could be my favourite of the so-called brain enhancing practices, but acting on that one requires choosing both a language and a venue, and admittedly I'm lazy when  I leave south west Florida where I study spanish all winter. Mandarin chinese would be my next choice if I were going for a new experience altogether. They say that learning to play an instrument offers the brain new pathways and the kind of plasticity that helps ward off various forms of dementia. I have yet to crack my electric guitar out of its case, but the urge to move forward with music lessons is getting more compelling by the minute. Don't even get me started on the countless possible causes of brain fog in your fifties...... suffice to say it's a collision course of hormones, drug/supplement reactions and life whether it's in the fast or the slow lane.  Alas, there's always a new set of rubber stamps to help me go to my happy place, and those vintage numbers are classic!  Cheers dears.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Colour My World

You don't have to be O.C.D. to enjoy organizing things! I had so much fun laying out all these spools of thread, that I needed some sort of display arrangement whereby I could keep them out in the open and admire the array of colours.  I'm off to the sewing machine store for inspiration and some negotiation on a machine upgrade..... to be continued.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tree of Life

The tree of life comes in many shapes and sizes. In saying the words, there is reinforcement of its significance as representing the union between heaven and earth. The unique shape of this tree evokes a deeply grounding sentiment of fortitude and dignity. This painting is on a 12x24 inch wood canvas with a resin coating, and will not be listed on Etsy, but is available for adoption. Namaste friends.

Monday, August 22, 2011


When my dear creative friend, Colette gave me this craftily adorned can, I knew immediately where it would find its home...... it would become home for part of my naked dolly collection.
That just sounded wrong!
Regardless, this collection has sprung from recent visits to antique fairs. It's my alternative to larger purchases that are both unnecessary and expensive - to say nothing of oversized. Purchases that weigh down luggage or require shipping or a new suitcase are pretty much off limits. The dolly thing is by no means an obsession... yet. I have put a one shelf limit on this one, so I'm pretty much done. The girls thank you Colette!


Friday, August 19, 2011

r o a d t r i p !

And they're off! Destination:  Bouckville, U S.A. That's Danielle in the middle of a Beckerman twin sandwich - Sam and Caillianne on either and both sides of her. The girls are in search of all things vintage at what promises to be another flea market experience extraordinaire. They are first timers at this one so a full report will be forth coming - along with some photos of the haul, I hope.
Whatever your destination is this weekend, arrive safely and be present, open hearted and of joyful spirit.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

This is the Buddha that got away from me. When I went back to Homesense to reconnect with the profound energy of this particular image, it had already been taken away to another home.
My point is obviously not to be a smarter shopper - though I do feel I excel in this area. Nor is it to continue the search.... Those who know my home would agree there are sufficient Buddhas both inside and out in the garden. This is about that with which we find a connection. It is to say that if we engage in a practice of contemplation, meditation, yoga or prayer, there are bound to be more insights and moments of connection. This can only lead to a  deepened sense of purpose. Each day I await the momentous AHA that will help me channel all that energy into a path of service that makes perfect sense .... I guess the search continues after all.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


 Today's word of the day: E v o l v e
Implicit in defining this word is the multi layered and on-going process that it implies in all that we do, and even who we are. At the risk of getting all 'psychobabbly', it is hoped that as we evolve, so too does our craft. To illustrate today's word, I thought it would be fun to post one of my very first collages (the vintage kids) and in contrast, some more recent works. I'm not particularly proud to show any of these, but at the very least, there's more complexity in the layering process. In contrast, my most recent work is very simplified yet more painterly. To be continued.....

Monday, August 15, 2011


I O T A : A very small quantity, a bit. Another wee 2x3 inch canvas to drive home my random title. More than that, it's the attraction I have for words. Words can be as expressive as images.... whether standing alone or as part of the composition. On rare occasions, a word will surface like a mantra for the day - giving rise to the sense of being in the right place at the right time... to hear the right message.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Freaky Friday

Meet Ian Hession - one of seven grandchildren - by marriage that is, and the only toothless wonder in the family at this particular moment. Can you spell "i m p"?
As our tropical summer continues, and we get to watch the 'youngins' at play, it's remarkable how 'in the moment' they remain at all times.  It's a good reminder for those of us who get steeped in our own minefield of overthinking. Stop. Breathe. Look at Ian's beautiful innocent smile, and allow your own inner child and inner smile to push through whatever it is that's on your mind - in this moment.
Cheers. Namaste. Happy weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Song of My Wind Chime

Many believe that wind chimes bring good fortune, health and prosperity through the Feng Shui principle of dispersal of bad energy through correct placement of objects. The hollow tubes help good energy to circulate. Or in the language of the ancient chinese practice, the word more commonly used to describe energy of all kinds is "CHI".
I will now hang my new wind chimes in the back yard just behind these pink flower blossoms.
When the next gentle breeze brushes past, imagine the crystal clear sound of your favourite wind chime reminding you to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.  Cheers.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vintage Image

I confess to spending untold hours in search of vintage images. The horse was part of an ancient hebrew text book that was filled with fragile pages containing random imagery, but I have since discovered the
graphicsfairy. It's a wonderful angel policy sharing of vintage illustrations that show up each day in your in mailbox. This 2x3 inch canvas is quite possibly the smallest I have ever used, and I have no idea what I may have had in mind when I bought it..... perhaps the addition of a wire and  it will double as a door hanger.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Party's Over!

Danielle's 26th birthday has been celebrated for a full week now, so I think she'll it's time to finally pass the torch.
We get a month off before the family birthday cluster kicks into gear with four fall birthdays.
Birthday blessings to you and yours whether coming up or already celebrated.  Namaste.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Red Canoe #3

My inner critic has interfered with my appreciation of this piece, but in the name of sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly, I will say there was a lot learned as I trouble-shot the various compositional and colour issues that continued to pop up. This isn't even the final version I realize. Regardless, it evokes a memory of my very own red canoe. The first of many wonderful birthday gifts from my beloved husband, Rick. In all, we have celebrated 35 birthdays together. I hate to think of how old that makes us sound, but I, for one, try never to act my age. The family will attest to that.
Have a fun-filled weekend friends.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Enso Love

There are numerous shapes and objects that will show up repeatedly and spontaneously as our collages take shape. Among my favourite images of pears, birds, ladders, homes, trees and bowls, there are geometric shapes and circles. Chinese brush artists have brought my attention to the 'enso'. A single brush stroke in the shape of a circle - a symbol of enlightenment and the interconnectedness of all life. It is the visual equivalent for me of the word 'OM'. "A circle is both empty and complete - a metaphor for human potential." jc 2011.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Sacred Sound of OM

When I come up with a title like
'Om Pear', it's a spontaneous reaction.

To think there exists a word which when chanted or vocalized has a healing effect on the body, mind and spirit.....  is calming and healing in and of itself.

Namaste lovelies.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Places that time forgets...

Nothing like a trip out of the city to be reminded of a simpler life where bales of hay and fields of corn make up the landscape.

I called this collage "Farm Route". It evokes memories of times and places where communities got together and provided for each other if there was a need.

As we drove away from the Howe Island Ferry east of Kingston yesterday, I was struck by how dialed down the pace of life is when one is dependant on ferry service to get on and off the island. The logistics of the full day's activities need to be considered before you jump in the car to run an errand. The fresh lake breezes and smells of summer more than make up for the lack of spontaneity as I see it. Those are the kind of deep relaxing breaths of fresh air I need more of.