Wednesday, August 29, 2012
It was off to Maine the very next day with a quick visit to Kennebunkport and numerous antique barns in Wells before we landed at our destination in Portland.
There were too many highlights to mention, but when the fun begins with a pre wedding lobster bake, followed by a mid wedding zip line adventure, you can be sure that everything thereafter was more like the proverbial icing on the cake.
As the event concluded and the clock was about to strike twelve, all guests and members of the wedding party scurried to a waiting ferry boat by way of a tiki torch lit path - a la Survivor Island.... each of us glowing with our fond memories and warm wishes for the beautiful bride and groom.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
My recent adventures to Boston and Portland, Maine have resulted in a vast collection of photos that need to be uploaded and sorted before I share.
WHile our American friends have already returned for a new school year, we get to enjoy this last week before Labour Day marks the beginning of our youngster's return to the classroom - the universal 'our' that is. It's been quite a while since I've done any car pooling, but the memories of this time of year are forever imprinted in the central nervous system. It will always hold the offer of hope and anticipation that change is in the air.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I'm Boston bound, then off to Maine!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
An amulet, similar to a talisman (Arabic: طلسم / transliterated: tilasim), can be any object but its most important characteristic is its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm. Potential amulets include gems, especially engraved gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants and animals; even words in the form of a magical spell, incantation, to repel evil or bad luck.
The Hamsa, a palm shaped amulet, is a universal sign of protection in many societies throughout history.
I've been back at the jewelry desk this week upcycling my vast collection of vintage, new and reworked findings. This piece features two helping hands, one of which is a traditional hamsa. As with most of what I make, I try to include either genuine stones with some energetic healing powers, or charms that carry a message of hope, protection or inspiration. I simply relate to the idea of wearing things that hold special meaning or significance.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
passion for viewing these sacred statues. The primitive one is especially appealing for it's representation of the profound history of Buddhism, which has morphed over thousands of years from it's Chinese beginnings. Regardless of religious upbringings and persuasions, I have always been drawn to the Buddhist call to kindness, compassion and peace among all beings. A simple nod to mindfulness can bring a welcome escape from the relentless mental chatter of a typical day, so with that in mind, treat yourself to a deep breath in and out.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
My study buddy Jane sent me her notes on the Buddhism lectures she attended at the Chautauqua Institution this summer. Today's message comes from Indira Gandhi.
" We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose."
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
This is another 12 x 12 piece I submitted for the AWOL Gallery Show which is currently running in Toronto.
While the collection of vintage letters and envelopes was the original inspiration here, it was the number four that kept coming up for me as the layers of paper went down and mixed with the acrylic paint.
The study of numbers - numerology - has taken on a spiritual and even mystical significance over the years, but it's the scientific spin that Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras added to his belief that numbers contained the secrets of the universe - that really inspires me. A special formula produces a specific number for each of us, and the Number Four person will chose a simple life as long as they can keep their imagination and friendships in tact. They are logical, sensible and hardworking to the point of making constant lists so they can be as efficient as possible in their daily routine. While very loyal, they try hard to control the people and situations around them. Does this sound like anyone you know?
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The tea theme seems to be 'top of mind' for me today. Perhaps it was the mention on CBS's Sunday Morning show of Eleanor Roosevelt's 3 pm afternoon tea ritual that rekindled my memory and love of both tea and ritual. When I went to London, England as a teenager to meet my paternal grandmother for the first time, we were greeted with the oh so traditional cucumber and watercress sandwiches, scones, and of course a pot of English black tea served in cups and saucers....... so civilized it was.
I have been known in recent years to gather my southern lady friends for a crafternoon of traditional tea service, and to my delight they have all shown up impeccably dressed complete with hats and gloves..... I love and miss you all!
So what would it take I wonder to turn back the clock, un-plug, and resume this wonderful ritual and lost art of daily tea service in the home??
Friday, August 3, 2012
AWOL Gallery Square Foot Show. The show runs from August 4 - 19 at an off-site venue - Twist Gallery. If you like to stay home while the rest of the world travels on this - a three day holiday weekend, join the artists at 1100 Queen Street west for a free reception and preview of a gallery full of 12x12 paintings and collages.