Always Remember . . .

I struggled for words to express my feelings this day, the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  There is nothing I can say that could be more comforting than this song.  Remember always.  Have hope.  Have faith.  Forgive. Blessings by Laura Story We pray for blessingsWe pray for peaceComfort for family, protection while we sleepWe pray for healing, for prosperityWe pray for …

A Cross Through a Window . . .

After several days in the bustling city of Florence, we decided to head out into the Tuscan countryside and do a little sight-seeing.  Besides, my 17 year old son had seen enough Renaissance Art to last two lifetimes and I had to bribe him with a little field trip.  But first, one more shot of Florence . . . Other …

Sigh . . . Labor Day Already {or} What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Where did it go?  Summer was just here . . . it seems like we were just celebrating Memorial Day and now it’s September and Labor Day Weekend is over and the kids are all heading back to school and {sigh} we will be looking at Christmas before we can blink again. So just like my son, I will write …

Sketchbook Project 2012

What if you could submit your artwork to an organization to be exhibited and it would not be turned down?  What if you were told it would be displayed and it would travel and it would be SEEN and there would be no judge or jury–only people who would appreciate it and admire it?  What if you knew your art …

Half Retreat – Women & Art

What I learned this past weekend . . . Art is meant to share Creativity is contagious Laughter purges the soul Heart talks are healing Tears are cleansing Sleep is overrated Meals are not about nutrition, they are about fellowship The smell of mod podge, paint and staz-on are perfume and especially . . .  the love of a friend …

A New Year. A New Chapter.

     This start of the new year has seemed much more significant than previous years.  I guess the reason is because I turned fifty and am looking at the passage of time in a much different way.  Most of my art journaling and projects so far in 2011 have centered around ‘keeping track’ of things.  I view them as …

Auld Lang Syne

Reflecting on the past year and marching head on into the next, the words and haunting melody of Auld Lang Syne play through my mind over and over as I write.  As a child, I would see family members and friends link arms and sing the song at New Years’ celebrations and I always thought it poignant that amidst the …

Fallow???

I created my “C-R-E-A-T-E” banner, now I need to get back in my studio and actually create something!  Blasted creativity block!  I’m at a standstill and finding it difficult to break out of it.  I’m surrounded by boxes of beautiful beads and trinkets; ephemera and paint; paper and glitter–it’s everywhere, but I can’t seem to get past the distractions and let …

Brave Girls Camp

I am brave.  I can face the unthinkable and come out okay on the other side.  I am loved.  I am special.  I am phenomenal.  I can be told I can’t accomplish anything and then I can do it anyway and succeed. I am empowered.  These are some of the lessons I learned this past week at the remarkable retreat I …