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

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wish Wednesday

 I wish that peony blossoms lasted all summer long!
It's my flower obsession as long as the plant store at the end of my street carries bouquets of the buds. As you can see, they open quickly, but to give them a slightly longer life, put them into a block of oasis as quickly as possible. Any green accent will do, but for the pro look, a few sprigs of freesia, mini roses or lisianthus will offer a certain je ne sais quoi.... trust me fellow flower arranger wannabees.  Namaste.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wonderland

Yesterday we stepped into a wonderful world of make
believe at Lola's place. My daughter Danielle and I struggled to get in the tiny door, but once inside, it was clear that the creative mind of a six year old had already established a setting where imagination and infinite possibility rule. Add a little love and friendship, and you have the perfect retreat for kids of all ages. The good news is that an adult can actually stand up inside one of these delightful crooked houses.
This abode was completely installed and landscaped before Lola got home from school on the day of her birthday.
I'm thinking the adult version of this place would make the perfect alternative to  the dreaded surprise
party when the next significant birthday rolls around. An intimate dinner for two in your own cozy back yard shack.... perhaps a water feature thrown in for atmosphere..... the mind boggles. Give your imagination a little workout today!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Zen Ride

Sundays are sacred days for many, but I just like Sundays - and most days for that matter, to be opportunities to feel grounded in thoughts, actions, interactions, work and practices that fulfill. Each of us has the wisdom to make the best choices for ourselves at any given moment. Our best guide is our own intuition.... the little voice inside...the nice one that is, not the critic. Listen only to that which will keep you in alignment with who you are, or aspire to be.
The lotus image in this collage is said to embody infinite potential. It symbolizes renewal and transformation. I'm drawn to imagery, numbers, colour, gemstones and particular shapes that are said to have significance beyond their visual appeal.  The grounding practice in all of this comes when I research and discover the meaning of my connection. As the lotus is to Buddhism, the Hamsa is to the Jewish faith. Another sacred symbol, the hamsa offers protection from negative energies, and symbolizes the gesture of receiving blessings from the universe. Seeing is believing.... I never tire of reminding myself that I am surrounded by healing forces. What I see, read and think can make all the difference in the day.  Namaste.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Your Weekend Quote


"Honour the seasons of nature and the rhythms of your life"     -Thomas Moore
Sunflower photo by moi . We had stopped for gas near Healdsburg, California. We were returning from Mendocino to San Francisco.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Homeless

I have been Fiona's foster mum since I created her, but she is looking to be adopted. She has been placed
under a beautiful and thick layer of resin and stands proud on a 6X6 inch gallery canvas made of wood. It's one of those 2 inch deep canvases that's finished in the same soft pink you see on the front. This size usually sells in the gallery for $75 but Fiona has asked that the price be lowered to $50... shipping included. Since this piece is in my home gallery and not in my Etsy shop, we can work the details out through the comment section or emails. Cheers dears. xo

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever

News Flash!!
Ontario strawberries are in! Summer will officially begin!
As for the art... it's an acetate photocopy over an etching, with gold leaf and stitching over that.
This and other new pieces will be listed in my Etsy shop where several of the small collages are now less than $20.00.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Climb Every Mountain

I would normally be enjoying a daily hike up Aspen mountain at this time ..... a trip driven by a wish to connect with old friends and partake in the annual Food and Wine event. It's a non stop movable feast of friends, fun and food from every big name chef on the planet. As I write this, it's hard to believe I could agree to take a break from the party of the year.... never mind. Until this moment, I had completely reconciled our decision. In fact, back to present moment composing of a blog post...... before I was so rudely interrupted by my alter ego! It would appear as if I were on track to say something philosophical, paradoxical or at the very least metaphysical.... here goes:  If, as Deepak Chopra says, "when we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the universe"...... I think he's saying that any mountain can be moved. If we let go of self limiting thoughts and behaviours, any dream of which we can conceive, can be realized.  To help us achieve these dreams, Deepak promotes meditation, silence and the practice of non-judgment. Easy for him to say....  Namaste loves.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Silent Sunday

As families everywhere are celebrating Father's Day, or as we call it - Faszha's Day, it so happens the weather in Ontario has hit perfection. Today is the quintessential day of summer you dream about when imagining the celebration of any important occasion.
I realize that talking about the weather is the blogging equivalent of Seinfeld's TV show about 'nothing', so I will leave you with someone else's profound words of wisdom...   "If at first an idea is not absurd, there will never be any hope for it."   - Albert Einstein

Friday, June 17, 2011

We're Kitten Sittin'

Meet Miss Ming - aka-
Ralphy the girl cat.
She just thinks she's a kitten when later on in the day she gets her freak on and tries to dive bomb Rocky - our 12 year old yorkie. He too comes alive and is ready to teach her who's boss in our house. In sharp contrast to the coma they are both in for most of the day, these hairy moments result and resolve quickly.... The cat
becomes airborne and makes it to the top of the stairs without having touched down at any point on her way, and the dog waddles away in utter disgust that she exists at all. Once the dust settles, they will pass each other on the stairs with 'narry a hairy.'

As for the pear painting behind her majesty, it's one of the first collages I ever framed. It's a tribute to 'mon pere', so with Father's Day as the focus of this weekend, I salute all fathers..... both here, and hereafter.  Namaste

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Kensington Classic

 Apropos yesterday's post about fun discoveries in the Tdot.... that's 'street' for Toronto, here's another street that is not to be missed. Where else can you catch a vintage classic  but in Kensington Market on Augusta Avenue? There's a lot of flavour on the streets of this unique neighbourhood, and to prove my point, head straight to 'Il Gordo'....the latin version of the french 'gourmand'. I can't begin to do the vendors justice by trying to describe their fresh made to order delicacies. Believe me when I say that you won't be disappointed.
Bon Apetit!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer in the City

 This week's surprise discovery took place on our way to an event sponsored by RBC Private Banking.  We happily accepted an invitation to have lunch and an informal chat afterwards with Malcolm Gladwell, author of "Tipping Point", "Blink", "Outliers" and recently in paperback, "What The Dog Saw". As a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Gladwell's
casual manner belies his surprising insights and theories on human behaviour and big picture patterns.
In a more intimate environment, we witnessed his counterintuitive  and sometimes contrarian thinking with a healthy dose of unsentimental humour. He excels at connecting the dots the rest of us don't even see.
But back to what was formerly known as the BCE Place, and the unexpected dreamy installation by Toronto architect, Philip Beasley. He is described as a worldwide pioneer in the fast growing field of responsive architecture. This might explain the part where light fixtures were set up to respond to the the sounds and motions of onlookers. I missed that part, but try not to miss this spectacular feature of just one of those big financial district buildings in downtown Toronto.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What's New Pussycat?

Whoa....wo..oooa..oh...
........meow.....

You can never be too cute, or too twin...

Meet twins, Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman. The pussycat in the middle is my kindred spirit.. and theirs,
Danielle Hession.
As cute as they are in this photo, they're even more animated, delightful,
creative, sweet, authentic
and fun to be with in person.

These girls are rock stars. See for yourselves.
Check out
Danny and Dani Studio
      and
Beckerman Biteplate

Monday, June 13, 2011

Loveboat

A few love quotes for the Loveboat......
"Love is a better teacher than duty."        Albert Einstein
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance"   Oscar Wilde
"Love one another, and be happy. It is as simple and as difficult as that."  M. Lewnig

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Silent Sunday

With the promise of each spring and summer, I treat myself to a new backyard Buddha. I can't help myself... and it doesn't help that Homesense has opened right across the street from the gym I attend most days. I will admit to using this as a reward/incentive program just for showing up some days.
While my version of meditation is both non-devotional, non-denominational and sporadic at best, I respond instantly to this beloved symbol of mindful contemplation where breathing connects with awareness and stillness.
In each Buddha, I see the embodiment of lovingkindness, compassion and right action. To contemplate these qualities is in itself a healing and restorative escape to present moment grace. Would that it were that easy to press the 'refresh' button of our minds...... I'm saying it's worth a try.... tell me how you do.      Namaste.

Friday, June 10, 2011

TGIF

"Life is complicated, gorgeous, staggering and wild.
Let your hair down and ride it bareback."

Special thanks to blogbuddy "Rebecca Sower" who saw this quote in an article by Kris Carr in 'Natural Healing'.

I'm off to set up for our street sale. May some of my trash be someone else's treasure.
Happy hunting to you and yours.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sail-Mate

The coolest place to spend a day like this is on the water.
This and other water themed art can be viewed at
June 3-30  2011
136 Church Street, Oakville, Ontario.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Trails

I actually know the riders in this collage, so I have lived vicariously through them as I painted in their background. They are my heros and friends - both in real life and in this piece. Even though I started to warm up to horses and riding when we owned a couple of them for Danielle's riding days in Colorado, I never hit my stride in the comfort zone where horses are concerned. I'm just going to stick with putting them in paintings and collages. Happy Trails.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday is brought to you by a few philosophical questions....
Is it working for you to hold so strongly to those events, beliefs or just thoughts that bring misery to your mind?
If freedom from suffering exits, what thoughts or practices would incite it?

If you want to sample a fleeting moment of transformation, it could be as easy as visualizing your heart full of peace..... take a deep breath in. On the out breath, release whatever holding exists in your mind and body, and replace it with the thought of a peaceful heart.

"I make my mind my friend."           -Japanese Samurai Poem.                  Namaste.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Pass it Forward Friday

On my way down the street for a quick run in the cemetery today, I bumped into an acquaintance and we exchanged pleasantries and were off. Tony had remembered my interest in Buddhist culture, so shared an ancient Buddhist prayer, which I shall pass along.

"I wish you happiness; and the cause of happiness."

Namaste.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Watch This!

A Powerful Summer Message

This is an important message I am compelled to share with you, and I thank KellyRae Roberts for posting it on her blog. It opened my eyes and my tear ducts, and will be a good reminder to all of us to practice safe sunning. Namaste.