Monday, April 26, 2010

Some time ago, I hosted a Heart Puzzle swap in my group. Pieces of blank heart puzzles were sent out to the participants - no one got a piece with their own name on it. The pieces were to be 'altered', sent back to me, then I sent the respective pieces to each owner. The finished puzzles are posted down a ways in my blog.
So, as I was creating in my art journal for my class, I started applying the left over paint to a small canvas that I had decided would work to hold my "Heart". The heart was glued to thin cardboard, then onto the finshed canvas. I really like the oddness of it...bright, crazy colors and charms over a muted background. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Okay, once again time flies. The Group is going very well with a Black & White canvas Round Robin which I can't wait to get my hands on the next one in line...they are all turning out so incredibly beautiful! Imagination and creative muses are flowing freely in this group. But, to the pictures here - I am in the Creative Workshops "Art Journaling, Your Way" class and have done 2 lessons. The first one is the crazy doodle above, the second is one using watercolors and words. This is a great workshop to be in - it is the second class I've joined and will continue with them! As for other happenings, today is my 33rd wedding anniversary. Our garden is growing like crazy now that we have some California sunshine after much needed rain showers. My cactii and succulents are getting trimmed when time allows, and pictures will be taken as their blooms open. Many of these plants are from my mother's and father-in-law's gardens after they both passed away. My husband and I share a special connection with our parents through these lovely green, red, and gray toned life shapes...we see them as alive beyond the fact they are plants. They bring us joy, changes of seasons and wonderful rememberings of our parents. These adornments in our yard are bursting with love and happiness. Also, with the Vernal Equinox, we have the return of our "house rainbows"! I have crystals hanging in my kitchen window and when the Vernal and Autmnal equinoxes occur (March 21 and September 21 approx.), the sun hits just at the right angle and rainbows bounce off the crytals and fly around my kitchen and family room. Sometimes a rainbow will land in a special place...last year it landed on the signature of my Aunt Ruth's painting - so fitting! Well, time to take on the day...if you stop by, thank you and have a great weekend!