Monday, October 18, 2010

A tie-dyed sky

A tie-dyed sky
A world of fantasy
The world I went to
To escape my life
My life of hell
My life of ecstasy
To leave the pain and pleasure behind
And just be me
And just be
Me.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Blog!!

I totally forgot to post here that I have a new blog!  A blog all about fresh, organic, local, fair-trade, superfood recipes!  I launched this blog with my good friend Shanna a few weeks ago.  So check it out at http://www.getfreshinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

Rainer Maria Rilke

I beg you...to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foriegn language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday for in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it live your way into the answer...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bird Sanctuary

Found this sketch while I was going through some old drawings.  It's from my time in Poland at a bird sanctuary.  I designed an outdoor classroom for them and this was going to be one of the educational panels. 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Inspiration

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human. It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!” It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children. It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.”


— Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Personal Soundtrack

If my life were a movie, this would be the soundtrack:

Starting with childhood:
House at Pooh Corner - Loggins and Messina
My Little Town - Simon and Garfunkel
Fall Awake - Stuart Davis

Preteen and Teen:
I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
Some Enchanted Evening - Frank Sinatra

College:
I say a Little Prayer - from "My Best Friends Wedding," originally by Aretha Franklin
Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
On My Own - Les Miserables
Head over Feet - Alanis Morrisette

After College:
Animal I have Become - Three Days Grace
Lithium - Evanescence
Iowa - Dar Williams

Friday, April 30, 2010

Photography Class


I don't know what I expected. . . well yes I do. . . I expected to take one photography class and suddenly be able to take GREAT photographs. Not that these are bad, but they certianly aren't 'Wow' quality. Practice, practice, practice. . . Now I've just got to get out there everyday and practice what I've learned.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

May Day Party in a Basket

May Day is my all time favorite holiday. Who wouldn't love a holiday celebrating the bounty of spring! And although money is tight this year, I couldn't pass up this adorable ladybug pick I found at a craft store. To save money though, I used seeds saved from my garden and made my own seed packets. I made a garland of twinkling flowers out of some old christmas lights and silk flowers. Then I used the stems and leaves from the flowers to make a bouquet of chocolate 'flowers'. I added a menu of flower recipes and for a finishing touch put in some potted flowering plants! A complete May Day Party in a basket!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

25 Books I want to read

Some of these just sound really cool, some I should have read a long time ago, and some have been recommended by friends.

1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
2. Empire of Plants
3. The Monkey Wrench Gang
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude
5. Love in the Time of Cholera
6. Anna Karenina
7. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
8. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
9. West with the Night
10. A Million Nightingales
11. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
12. Bold Spirit
13. Garden and Climate
14. Forest and Thicket
15. The Nature Handbook
16. The Power of One
17. An Unquiet Mind
18. Season of the Body
19. The Painted Bird
20. Handbook of Northeastern Indian medicinal Plants
21. In the Absence of the Sacred: The failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations
22. Encounters with the Archdruid
23. Confessions of an English Opium Eater
24. The Closing Circle
25. The Unsettling of America

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mushroom House


Can't you just imagine a ladybug fairy living in one of these magical mushrooms?
acrylic, cut paper, ribbon, marker, wire and beads

Friday, March 12, 2010

Kris

I am Red
I am fiery. I am playful, wild, irresistible. I am pure. I am Red. Sweet, tart cherry. Goofy, funny, clown nose. I am a ladybug, young and free. I am a redwood, tall and ancient. I am a graceful, delicate rose petal. I am a sunset, spectacular and ephemeral. I am warm, I am kind. I am Red.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

25 Random Things

1. Turk’s Cap, Dutchman’s Breeches, Ladies’ Slippers, Bachelors Buttons, and Queen Anne’s Lace are all varieties of flowers.
2. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
3. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
4. Cats sleep 16-18 hours per day.
5. Iowa’s biggest exports are soybeans and hogs, not corn and cows.
6. Parsley is a host plant for the Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
7. Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey Decimal category.
8. The producer of the original Battlestar Galactica took ideas for the show from the Book of Mormon.
9. Labrador Retrievers are prone to ear infections and seizures.
10. 99% of Poles are Catholic.
11. Hawaii is the only state to have had a monarchy.
12. Tyrian, or Royal, purple is made from a species of marine snail, Phyllonotus trunculus.
13. Ludwig Von Beethoven, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vivien Leigh, Sir Isaac Newton, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Robin Williams, Ted Turner, Buzz Aldrin, and Winston Churchill all had Bipolar Disorder.
14. China has more English speakers than the United States.
15. The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515.
16. 1 in 3000 calico cats is male.
17. Lily of the Valley signifies a return to happiness.
18. There are many edible flowers. Some of the more interesting ones are daylily, lilac, carnations, peony, and tulip.
19. Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest peak is still growing by about ½ inch per year.
20. In Baltimore Maryland it is illegal to take a lion to the movies.
21. Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels.
22. The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.
23. May Day is Beltane, which means 'day of fire'. It is an ancient Pagan festival. Bel was the Celtic God of the sun.
24. 96% of a raw cucumber is water.
25. The California redwood - coast redwood and giant sequoia - are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Maintain Focus


There are so many images that come to my mind when I think of the word focus. Camera, microscope, magnifying lens, crystals. The one I chose however was the telescope. Not only am I reminding myself to focus, but to focus on the big picture.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Photography II

So I'm finally going to take a photography class!
Dave Gigliotti (http://www.shuttermonkey.net/) is teaching a class at the Estuary Center! I can't wait!



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'm hoping to attend a mini artist retreat in PA this July. The women of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Creative Awakenings are organizing a retreat full of art, journaling, and fun! I created these Artist Trading Cards to exchange with the other women there. I'm so excited. I can't wait!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Trillium

Here are a couple sketches that I did for a Leonardo's Sister job recently.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Frost Fairy

Acrylics, Pastels, Cut paper and images

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Great Grandma

This is a picture of Great Grandma Hazel when she was young. I'm not sure how young, but much younger than I remember her. This piece almost looks like a hat, not any hat that Great Grandma would have worn but still. I've taken some of the flowers that I made using her old jewelery and used them to frame this picture.


Friday, January 1, 2010

On the Right Track

The quote in the engine reads, "So now you finally know, That you control where you go, You can steer." - Missy Higgins
I've been floundering for the last several months. My routine has fallen apart and many things have gone by the wayside. Including my weight, health, art, job hunting, and many other responsibilities. I've just been treading water, waiting for something to happen. Well it has happened. I've made the decision not to wait any longer for things to happen to me but to make my life happen. Going through the motions of life is not for me! I am a full participant and engineer of my train, no matter how much of a circus it can be at times.
So this is my art of intention for January 2010! Colored pencil and pencil.