FROM THE WALK....things we (art dolly "Penny the Playful"...see previou post...and myself) saw in my "funky" hometown.
A native stone house with stained glass windows, a pussy willow, a daffodil which would harldy stand still for the photo, as the wind was blowing quite hard! and a large cloth-draped headless angel armature!(we saw lots of other cool stuff too...only room for the better photos!)
The walk we took was around a quiet mountain top retreat center in my town...we still have "old" hippies and a lot left over from the 1970's! I just love it here!
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
She just arrived in the mail! My healing doll from Ninnie...."Penny the Playful" I am calling her. I had told Ninnie that I needed healing in the area of playfulness!
[this is part of the curse of bring the first-born, and a goody-two-shoes Sunday's child on top of it! I do play and follow my muse but always with the inner critic in partnership...so off to play now...taking Penny on my walk!]
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Last night my HH brought over an article for me to read from "Fortune Small Business" magazine. The owner of this business, reVamp specializes in making vintage style clothing. She lives a almost totally vintage lifestyle, too.
I once had a similar dress business. My sewing partner, Bonnie and I made lovely floral dresses and sold them in trunk shows held in customer's homes. Our business was called "Thistledown" with the fanciful associaton to the idea that fairies wore clothing from the fibers of the thistle seed pod. (My ancient Yorkshire roots coming out again?)
So as spring approaches, I remember those lovely floaty floral dresses...and spent until midnight last night looking at them on e-bay. The only place, other than re-sale shops, to find the Laura Ashley and April Cornell dresses.
This lavendar floral is Laura Ashley...and the pink paisley floral (below) is from April Cornell...both listed for bids right now.....of course, I have a huge collection of McCall's Laura Ashley patterns so I can order some April Cornell fabric (that is one of them at the top of this post,...by Moda) from an on-line quilt shop and make a lovely spring dress myself.....or not!
(I am learning that just because I think of a project does not mean that I have to do it! even if it would be fun!)
[BTW, working with layout on this Blogger post is "something else"....I can have it beautifully arranged here, only to have things "fall" elsewhere when published........too crowded when I put in plenty of visual space, or fragments of sentences remaining in odd places...it's not me...it's Blogger!]
Monday, February 26, 2007
I don't want to rush the seasons...winter still holds it's charms (a warm cup of tea by the fire for one!).....
Even so, I find that playing with old brass stencils which my friend Lizzzzzy found in a flea market has led to the creation of this word...
And the tiny antique card, which came from Arm and Hammer Baking Soda years ago is also a harbinger of the coming season! ( Though in Arkansas, I think the robins never really leave!)
Its off to work for me today...working mentally on collages of SPRING!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
The writing's on the wall!
or I wish it were!
It's time to do something to my home to celebrate spring....
I'm talking about a little face-lift or change. Maybe I'll re-paint the kitchen cabinets....but what I really want is one more thing in my studio...
My plan for this week is to begin by chosing a strong word for writing on the wall. I like the word "Inspire" for my sewing room/studio!
The ATC with "inspire" is by Gemma!
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 9:30 AM
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Remember the amaryllis???
I found it on the porch....still beautiful in it's own way! The stamens even have clear crystalized sparkly beads of nectar...what to do with this???
Here is one artist's beautiful book of ideas!
I know I'm not likely to make any fairie clothing from the ethereal petals, but they might end up on an ATC...Photocopies if not real dried petals!
Friday, February 23, 2007
In further search of support and direction for growing as an artist, I have joined the Finding Water group. A 12-week exercise based on the book about perseverance by Julia Cameron.
I'll have to start the morning pages again. Artist dates, I am good at....going for walks (alone) will be a challenge.
Five beautiful things from today: 1) Shadow , our black cat 2) the roses on the table 3) the almost half-full new moon with clouds passing in front of it 4) the soft pink sky when I left work this evening 5) watercolor paint on paper.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
You give your love and friendship unconditionally. You enjoy long, thoughtful conversations rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are very loyal and intuitive.
I took the "test" from a post by Janet (Just beecause....and just for fun!) and I came up "BLUE" , too. (Probably not a surprise for someone who chooses indigo as a name for their blog...)
I will be "blue" if I don't stop reading blogs and start doing my watercolor...so I will post what I do later....
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Four places I've lived besides where you live now:
4.Little Rock, AR
Four places I would like to live:
1. Flagstaff, AZ
Four movies I'd watch again and again:
1. Anything with Gregory Peck
2. Out of Africa
3. Doctor Zhivago
4. Il Postino
Four TV shows I liked to watch years ago:
1. Annie Oakley
2. All Creatures Great and Small
3.Hallmark Hall of Fame
4. Masterpiece Theater
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Thai spring rolls
3. Mashed potatoes
Four places I'd rather be right now:
1. Floating the Buffalo River (nearby here in Arkansas)
2. In a tea shop
3. The Louvre
4. The Atlantic seashore
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Your Candy Heart Says "Hug Me"
A total sweetheart, you always have a lot of love to give out.
Your heart is open to where ever love takes you!
Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a surprise romantic evening that you've planned out
Your flirting style: lots of listening and talking
What turns you off: fighting and conflict
Why you're hot: you're fearless about falling in love
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 6:33 AM
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Still Painting Pears!
Here is today's effort as is is currently...I scan the paintings, then can often "see" things I need to change after the image is up here!
This painting is called "3 O'Clock Saturday" because that is what time it was when I was working on the clock face!...I think I will brighten some of the foreground...especially the small pitcher. and add some texture detail on the table cloth...maybe a lace-type texture. I will also down-play the wicker -like arches in the background...make them into twig furniture?
This palette is very pink and purple...just a bit of yellow on the apple up front...maybe I can repeat the yellow somewhere....and I'll try to make sure that my "center of interest" (usually the place where the lightest light meets the darkest dark) is in a good place...right now, it may the dark green leaf with the torquoise accent....
Friday, February 09, 2007
A Celtic Prayer.....
Thanks to Thee, O God, that I have risen today, To the rising of this life itself; May it be to Thine own glory, O God of every gift, And to the glory of my soul likewise.
O great God, aid Thou my soul With the aiding of Thine own mercy; Even as I clothe my body with wool, Cover Thou my soul with the shadow of Thy wing.
Help me to avoid every sin, And the source of every sin to forsake; And as the mist scatters on the crest of the hills, May each ill haze clear from my soul, O God.
I just love the internet! I have been waking up each morning with this song/prayer going through my mind/heart. So I type in the first line and here it is!
I hear it , in my mind sung by John Michael Talbot ...to a classical quitar.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
This is the watercolor I am working on....I started it yesterday....a little more detail and it will be finished.
I will donate it to a silent auction at an anniversay ball to raise funds for one of our local art centers.
(I painted this from a digital photo my husband took of a beautiful bouquet we once received!)
It feels good to be painting again! Today I may set up a still life with a couple of red pears....seems I am still
loving all shades of pinks ("rose" in French), and red this time of year!
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 6:07 AM
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
(This is a watercolor from last fall of 2 of my favorite teacups/mugs...)
I was really affected by seeing a page of collage art on Kai's blog..."Claim the life you deserve" !...it was on her post 297. It has reminded me to take action and "do", not just dream..."claim" being a very forceful and proactive verb!
Another thing I have noticed is all the February birthdays among the people whose blogs I visit! Happy birthday to Kelli, Pretty Lady and Corey!
So today, I will paint. I have not painted in a couple of months...too busy playing with blogging and collage. I will begin by lighting a candle to help me focus....(I have a link in the sidebar to "Light a Candle")
I'll post my painting for tomorrow's post.
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 6:07 AM
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Today is not only Groundhog day (another legend with ancient roots),
but it is Candlemas. That is the day when all the candles for the coming church year were blessed.
Simple Abundance tells us to bring light into our homes today by lighting candles. There is something soft and lovely about a newly lit beeswax candle!
( Storing candles in the freezer before lighting them may make them burn more slowly...)
Pausing as you lighta candle and remembering a wish or intention is a lovely spiritual gesture.
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 6:14 AM
Thursday, February 01, 2007
It is February 1st!
We are having more snow...though not too bad, just pretty to look at and causing everything around here to be cancelled for a day or two!
This is the bleak mid-winter in many places and February offers several ways to add color to our lives....(most especially Valentine's Day of course!). I love to do this mentally by learning about traditional celebrations....
Today is the feast day ofSt. Bridget of Irelandwho legend says first wove these crosses from river rushes. Traditional Irish homes have a newly woven one each February 1st placed above the door to ward off fires and other troubles.
(This is my quilt based on the woven cross design.)
One other Celtic idea I have for today is to make Oatcakes!
These are a low-sugar/highprotein comfort food...low sugar until I put the jam on them that is!
Simple Abundance for February 1st tells us to begin taking creative time for outtings...since we are snowbound, I guess my outing is via computer.
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 7:57 AM