Friday, February 27, 2009

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


I'm not liking my desk job much lately. Feeling a little restless.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

I'm creating a list of 25 lists of 25. This was inspired by my facebook note 25 Random Things About Me. So this is my first list of 25:

25 Random Things about Me

1. I love to whistle to Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel.
2. I drink 6-8 cups of herbal or green tea everyday.
3. I have seven brothers and sisters. Nine if you count step-siblings.
4. I was adopted by my dad and so were 4 of my siblings.
5. My favorite food is strawberries dipped in chocolate tofu mousse.
6. Some of my favorite childhood books were Christina Katerina and the Box, Night Noises and Other Mole and Troll Stories, and The Monster at the End of This Book. I thought Christina Katerina was about me. :)
7. Some of my favorite children’s books now are Click Clack Moo Cows That Type and Hey There Ant.
8. I used to practice making faces in the mirror as a child.
9. I still dream about living off the land, being self sufficient.
10. My secret dream is being famous.
11. I love coloring in my coloring books, wearing my pajamas all day, lying in the grass, warm rain in the autumn, rainbows, lying in bed at night and talking to my sweetheart, the sun shinning on the prisms in my office, the smell of snow, and the whole experience of chocolate
12. I have a bulletin board in my office that I fill with things that I want more of in my life. Pictures, magazine pages, cards, quotes, and any other images that inspire me to be who I want to be.
13. My favorites are purple, lily of the valley, lilac, gardening, rabbits, spring, and chocolate.
14. Sitting on my back stoop early in the morning eating breakfast is one of my great joys. I wish I did it more often.
15. In my life I have had rabbits, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, cats, dogs, fish, sharks, newts, frogs, fiddler crabs, and crawfish.
16. The Metamorphosis of Narcissus is my favorite Salvador Dali piece.
17. I started writing poetry when I was very young. I kept it in a red faux suede book that my mom made for me.
18. When I was 13 my dad gave me a yellow rose for my birthday. He sent it to the house and I secretely wished he had sent it to school so I could gloat over the people I didn't like.
19. I have been with my sweetheart for almost 13 years.
20. Sometimes I wish I could turn my brain off.
21. Infinity Hymn is my favorite song by Stuart Davis.
22. I once made love during a solar eclipse.
23. I need 8-10 hours of sleep every night.
24. I only had three wisdom teeth.
25. I want to visit an ashram in India before I die. I want to meditate and do yoga. I want to have a yoga guru.

Coming Soon: 25 of My Favorite Books

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tea

I was having a rough day the other day and my dearest friend suggested a cup of tea. She was so right! I love tea. Jasmine Green and Good Earth Original are my favorites. The warmth, the comfort. I created this collage to help me re-center myself. I think the quote says it all.



Friday, February 20, 2009

Inspire Me Thursday: Silver

Silver has been represented by the symbol of the crescent Moon for centuries. Werewolves, or Lycanthopes, are noted for their vulnerability to silver weapons. And werewolves are closely tied to the phases of the moon. This is my interpretation of this week's inspiration: Silver. I created this in Photoshop. The quote is from The Wolf Man.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Inspire Me Thursday: Lace

I just found a great blog, Inspire Me Thursday. This week's inspiration was Lace. This is my interpretation: Lace Cookies. I didn't have time to make any so I don't have a picture, but here is the recipe:

Classic Lace Cookies
1/2 cup almond meal
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and corn syrup until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring often. Increase the heat to medium high and, stirring constantly, bring the mixture JUST to a boil. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flour and salt until incorporated. Stir in the almond meal, vanilla extract, and almond extract if using.
Drop the batter by the teaspoon, 3 inches apart, on the prepared baking sheets Bake the cookies until evenly light brown, approximately 8 to 10 minutes until the cookies spread, become thin, and take on a deep golden color.
When you remove the cookies from the oven, allow them to cool for 30 seconds to 1 min. With a spatula, remove the cookies from the baking sheet and place on a rolling pin, glass, or other curved object. As the cookies cool, they will take on the curve of the rolling pin. If desired, once cool, dip the edges of the cookies in melted chocolate.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My Online Art Journal

I am purple. I am many shades. Violet, lavender, periwinkle, amethyst, lilac, blue-violet. I am purple, variations, nuances, complexities. Red-violet, ultraviolet, purple-black, Crown chakra, blueberries. Ephemeral, dark, adaptation. I am all these things and more. I am purple.

I've been journaling off and on for my whole life. My first diaries were made from cutting that old striped green and white computer paper into blocks and stapleing them together. I wrote about my sister, the kids at school, my parents. During high school English class, it was a class assignment to journal for 10 min at the beginning of each class. I poured out all my teenage angst onto those pages. My first love, betrayed friendships, etc. Then during college, I did the Artist's Way as an independant study. As part of that book, you must write morning pages - three of them- every morning. I filled journal upon journal with insights, turmoil, experimentation, quotes, poetry, observations, stories, dreams. . .

Now I want to start a different kind of journal. A visual journal. To have an outlet for my overflowing creativity. So this is my online art journal.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I am Purple























Once I wrote a poem for a get-in-touch-with-your-inner-artist book. The activity was to pick a color and write a few sentences describing yourself in the first person. This is the poem I wrote:
I am Royal. I am Elegant. I am fun, crazy, exciting. I am purple. Delicate fragile orchid. Strong, unrefined thistle. I am a violet, small and beautiful and prolific and useful. I am grapes, succulent and juicy. And wine, complex and warming. I am Mom's afghan, cozy and soft. I am the evening sky, like velvet, stunning, beautiful. I am purple.
A few years later in another attempt to get in touch with my inner artist, I created this poster.