I took this picture on the hiking trail to Cedar Creek Falls in Ramona, CA a stones throw from my backyard. It reminded me of "The Sound of Music". It's not Salzburg, but it is another beautiful place on this earth.
I just love "The Sound of Music" by Robert Wise and the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and it just so happened it was on last night... so my husband and I sat and watched it. I'm not sure how many times I have seen this movie but when Julie Andrews floats over those hills in Salzburg, Austria and belts out the title song I get goosebumps and tears come to my eyes. There is magic in this music and it lifts my spirit and how can we forget one of our fellow artists "Angela Cartwright" who played Brigitta von Trapp, such a talented woman.
So Long, Farewell 2007 ... so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
To all my old friends, new friends and to those I have yet to meet.
Be gentle with yourselves and remember to stay with PEACE in the coming year. This is a great big beautiful planet from afar but when we zoom in, we see we have work to do!
Thank you for your kind words on my blogs "The Artful Eye" and "The Way I See It" and I look forward to your visits in the future.
Let's make some GREAT ART in 2008!!
Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Right there before our eyes, laid out on the rocks, dirt and fall leaves- was teddy. My immediate thought was "Oh, my!" how could anyone... *gulp*... leave behind this teddy and in this condition. Next thought, "CSI" Julian".
How did this teddy meet such a demise? eye missing, arm ravaged.
I looked around for any immediate suspects but it was apparent he had been here for some time. I knew what I had to do next and that was to snap a photo of him so that he could live on in our spirit. I contemplated picking him up, but then thought what if the perpetrator had second thoughts and decided to come back and rescue him. Give him new life?
We continued our stroll,snapping more pics along the way and then stopped for a nice warm meal in another one of my favorite places
"Romano's Dodge House"
I guess this picture summed up how I was feeling on this cold, wintry day.
A bit lost and a little found.
Hope your holidays were grand and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
"Rain Today "photo originally uploaded by macprohawaii
Boston Public Garden- the nation's oldest park
West end Provincetown, MA
and Other things...
I so love the rain and today it rained, but not enough.. Please rain some more.
I thought of this song, when I thought of the rain. For those of you who remember "The Cowsills" for your listening and viewing pleasure and for those neophytes hope you enjoy.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
So a couple of months ago I decided to try my hand at
yet another art medium "Gourd Art" -as if I didn't already
have my hands into so many other wonderful mediums.
I took one class, learned two techniques, a closed coiled
and basketweave. Learned how to grow, clean, cut and dye a gourd and I was immediately hooked. I made this one specifically for a wedding gift and have since completed two others. I still need to take pics of the other two I've recently completed and will post them soon..
Here's another view.
If you ever get a chance to travel to Fallbrook, CA
the "International Gourd Art Festival" is a must see.
I had the chance to go this past summer and I'm still reeling at the beautiful, talented gourd art that I encountered at this event and talk about supplies...geeeshh a feast for one's eyes.
Another reason I'm out of my gourd...
Last night when I left work I drove directly to the Apple Store
in Fashion Valley and bought myself an 24" iMac. I'm a convert!
Did I say out of my gourd?! because the last time my fingers
touched a mac I was using an Apple IIe. Now I'm dating myself.
What this means I'll soon be transferring files from my current Dell PC (don't know how) and installing and teaching myself a whole new operating system. So... if I vanish from sight for awhile you'll know I fubar'd things up and I'm trying to wrangle my way back.
I consider myself a pretty savvy PC user but this whole Mac experience is new to me.
Wish me luck!
OH and BTW...have I mentioned that this daylight savings time stinks because I leave for work at o'dark thirty and return home at o'dark thirty. It feels like it's way past my bedtime.
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007
4x4 canvas board collage, text transparency
torn copy of vintage postcard- Santa Barbara, CA Hwy 101
Golden Fluid Acrylics, gel medium
There was something about today that was magical.
Perhaps it was "a day of freedom from labor". I took the day off
and decided to work on finishing some journal pages,
a little bit of sewing and a stroll by some local antique stores to see what I could rummage.
-vintage Atlas jar of old buttons, more vintage handpicked buttons.
-old vintage glass sign- "small deposit needed to hold items"
- a handful of beautiful vintage cabinet photos
- a framed vintage hand cross-stitched saying,
"Let me have a little space where maybe I can come and go"
- small vintage wood sign,
"There is always, always, always something to be thankful for"
- a cast iron weathervane
- small cream white cast iron birds nest with blue robins eggs
-2 extremely large childrens board books for altering 24 X 36
It was a glorious day bathed in sunshine and well needed.
Hope your day went well and thanks for stopping by.
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Monday, December 03, 2007
First I'd like to thank Tim Holtz and Ranger for adding distress to my life. These products are awesome. I created this little collage journal book from plain 'ole chipboard utilizing distress inks, 9 X 9 double-sided cardstock, distress embossing powders, bits of ephemera, vintage photos, collage etc.
The cover of this journal is created using foam core to raise window template and mica to cover the three individual windows.
On the inside, there are several pages with pockets to add other fun stuff.
This is the back. It' put together with small binder rings and ribbon.
Metal tabs are crimped around the edges.
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