Zendoll says ....

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Art Class Wednesdays

According to folklore and native American symbolism, crows and ravens are known to be our spirit guides. They are considered to possess and influence intuition and creativity. This recent sketch was done in class at the Toronto School of Art. The ground is a gesso board with acrylic medium for pastels as the first layer. The sketch was done with a 4B graphite pencil. It was set with a non-toxic fixative by Degas - called Spectra Fix. If you haven't tried this one, it's a keeper. You can throw out your toxic aerosols, and seal the deal with Spectra Fix. I am equally excited about creating a 'toothy' surface for pastels and conte with yet another acrylic medium. There are so many out there, and you can paint and draw on most of them. More on that later.
Cheers dears.

Monday, May 27, 2013

More Tents

Still tent obsessed...... and loving it!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ta Da

It was a perfect summer weekend for back yard creativity, and to that end, I completed the installation of my Soulpad. Using only items I had on hand, I made several trips back and forth from the house. Ultimately I ended up flat on my back with a wicked spine spasm, but the pain was worth the gain, and with the addition of a meditation cushion, I'll be able to save my back from the constant forward flexion that got me into trouble. The best counter stretch by the way, is actually a strengthening move as well ......  Supermans! Everyone should take a moment every day to balance out all the sitting we do with a few back extensions. That's 'boat pose' to my fellow yogis. Namaste dears.

Saturday, May 18, 2013


This isn't the Soulpad that sits in my back yard, but it does give me a few ideas .... There's nothing like the middle of a long holiday weekend in the city to inspire the curation of a back yard tent. To be continued lovelies.....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Hello my fellow co creators. Though our recent temperatures belie the fact that it's the middle of May, I have gone ahead with the installation of a Soulpad at the end of the back yard. I have yet to curate the interior of my little meditation room, but when it's presentable, I shall invite you inside.
Namaste dears.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


 .... this one's for you! Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thursday's Thought

"You have to have a lot of patience to learn patience."  Stanislaw Lee (Polish writer - 1909-66)
Thank you Toronto Globe and Mail ..... Thought du jour.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy Trails

 Thanks to Vistaprint.ca, this piece has become my current business card, but I had forgotten all about
the story on the right side of the canvas. The original was 8"x36", so only a small portion ended up being printed. To see what I'm talking about, you'll have to click on the image. With the arrival of decent summer- like weather today, I was in the mood to share a beach scene, so happy trails to you and to yours.