Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
It was a rainy, moody weekend in Portland, Oregon, perfect for hunkering down in our well-appointed, downtown hotel, with the subject of faith in my heart. These days, along with faith, I'm holding my dream, a novel I've written and want to share with you. Like all worthy goals, time must have its turn with this one. I've spent enough time creating to know there's a time for action and a time to allow my soul to work her magic. The best way to get out of her way (and out of my head) is to fill myself with inspiration and keep creating. Here's what went down in the City of Roses ... a deep dive into a plush bed and a great read, The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George. Float to the surface where all I want is to post digital art from our trip to Paris this past summer (Why haven't I done that yet? Ah ... editing, editing and more editing. How soon I forget the arduous labor!). I step away from wet metaphors into a reality of rain outside and walk to Powell's Books where I buy Amy Butler's, Blossom (issues 1 & 2). More gorgeous images and words fill my heart and then, an art muralist captivates me with the lovely figure I photographed below. Notice one of the words at bottom right ... faith. Validation is the best! On the plane ride home, the person next to me, an Irish American woman, about my mother's age, tells me she loves rain and it's a good thing, since she is going home to Ireland. She inspires me too as she does exactly what she loves as an avid gardener and world traveler. We enjoy Blossom's flowers and richly hued pictures of other countries. She lives alone on two acres in a 250 year old cottage, a 45 minute flight from Dublin. I ask if she gets lonely. No, she picks up and goes to visit friends all over. Her favorite spot to visit right now is the island of Malta. Her words conjure a planet as a neighborhood ... where strangers are fast friends when the language of inspiration is shared. Now it's easy to have faith. I thank her, Nina, Amy and a talented muralist for bringing me inspiration that keeps me believing in my own dream.
Monday, February 15, 2016
On an inspiring graffiti tour in Paris recently, I came across a stencil I love of Alice in Wonderland. I would give the artist credit if I could. I took some liberty in playing with the stencil with my images of my wonderland, San Francisco. Here are a couple for you to enjoy, the first is titled, "Alice Plays in San Francisco." In the original image, Alice has spray painted the Ace with a Fleur de Lis in its center. To me, the Fleur de Lis is a trinity symbol of power, wisdom and love. I cut the Ace out and placed it in the window of the Victorian, housing the symbol in my favorite type of home. The second image is titled, "Alice Imagines." The third image is titled, "Quilted City." I fell down the rabbit hole when I began quilting over fifteen years ago. Since then, pattern, shape, color and texture have been my alchemical tools much like Alice's spray paint can in her hand. The digital art was created in Photoshop CS6. I'm happy to share any questions about the process.