Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This little card has nothing to do with Christmas. My Portland friend, Sandie, gave me these cute little Kimonos in late November and the idea for the card has been percolating in my head ever since. I just had to get it on paper today so here it is, hope you enjoy. And a blessed, happy Christmas to everyone. xoxoxox
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I liked my Thanksgiving Banner so much I decided to make one for Christmas too. It adds a cheery note to the front door. I am feeling much better, not so blue. Even though the circumstances have not changed, so many people praying for me and caring about me. I am so blessed. Thank you all, have a happy weekend!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I know, this is little picture is not very creative, right!
Did you ever have one of those weeks or two weeks? Well, that's me right now, right in the middle of the second week of misery and pain. I realize that there are many worse tragedies than lonely! I know people are busy, its the Christmas season, right? I get that. So I am trying to be creative, making art, working on our Christmas cards, trying to stay lifted up and grateful.
So grateful for my husband and my health!
Missing my grandchildren, missing my friends in Spokane, missing dinners together, coffee, talking, people! A little bit quiet here in Hawaii. Just plain blue!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
This week I learned how to do Iris folding from my friend, Suz. It was really fun. The hardest part was cutting out the shape of the Kimono. Using a mat knife is not one of my many talents. The folds are all put on from the back and it is such a neat surprise to turn it over. I always thought Iris folding like the flower but no, my friend, Suz explained, Iris folding like the iris of a camera lens or the eye. Have a happy day!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I love this quote by Mother Theresa. It is so loving and such a good reminder to me of bringing God's love to everyone, especially in my own home. This piece is a stretch for me in all directions. My colors of choice are blues, greens, pinks, reds so this is especially a stretch in the color family for me. Then, I don't do "messy" well and to deliberately blur my colors, a big stretch. Finally the calligraphy is Carolingian which I have not done in probably a year so another stretch for my pen and hand. Hope you enjoy it anyway. Have a great day!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I saw this cute kit at a Scrapbook store outside of Seattle, Washington and ordered it. I changed some of the papers and the backing board but I thought it was so cute. I used a Japanese Screw punch to make the holes in the backing board. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am thankful for you!
Friday, November 19, 2010
We are so blessed to be able to spend time with our family and friends in three different parts of the world. Spokane in the summer with a brother, 3 aunties, and 7 families of cousins and lots of visits with our daughter back and forth to California. In the winter we play with our wonderful neighbors, our son and daughter-in-law and 4 adorable grandchildren in Hawaii. Just making the transition yesterday between the two places. Here are two contrasting pictures as we woke up to our first snow in Spokane yesterday morning and this morning, the sun peeking over the palm trees. Thank you God for so many blessings.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I had a Chapter Leader Summit Meeting last weekend at Gonzaga University ( my alma mater!) Someone sitting next to me asked me what I did for a living so I told them, artist, calligrapher. She said, oh, I have a job for you. And this was it. Thanks, Molly!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This week I have been working on a small, accordion book of herbs. It just sounded fun! So here is one of the little pages for you to look at. It is definitely fall in my part of the world, a beautiful sunny day but a little chilly. Hope you are having a great day too!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Here is a little peek at my yearly desk top calendar. I pick a theme ( this year it is butterflies) and then find 12 quotes and hand letter each one and then hand paint an illustration to go with the quote. Then I send them to the printer. I hope you enjoy this small peek, have a great week!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
This quote was given to me by a customer as a wedding gift. Don't you love the quote, I was not familiar with it? I guess it has been several light years since I read Dr. Seuss to my children.
And this week I was graced by a visit from my fabulous Hawaiian neighbors, Donna, Wes and 2 year old Krislyn. We had SO much fun. She is a technical wizard par excellence and got my copyrite symbol going again on my computer. Thank you, Donna.
We had fabulous summer weather for their trip to Spokane, sending those beautiful fall day blessings out to all of you.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
When I first started making the "Art of Marriage" ( see a couple of blogs below this) I always had a rose on it. Then I tried the bouquet that you saw last week but now I painted this rose to go back to my original idea. I think I like it better, what do you think? Have a great day!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Benediction means a blessing.
The weekend before last we went to Portland, Oregon to help celebrate a great friend of mine who happens to be a Catholic Priest. We go way back to dancing in college together and editing our University Yearbook. This weekend celebrated his 20th anniversary of his Priesthood and his 65th birthday. We had such a fun time. Friends are the best!
During his anniversary mass, the congregation sang this blessing to him. It was so beautiful, powerful and brought tears to my eyes. I looked it up on the internet so I could hear it again under Curtis Stephan. I wanted to do this for him in Calligraphy and thought you might like to see it too.
Sending a blessing out to all of you.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
This week I have been making some Calligraphic sayings for the Gallery in Idaho. One of those was this one, "Dancing Star." The top stars are made out of hand painted paper. I started with white Canson paper and then used a palette knife with teal, cobalt, gold and purple and just spread it all over the paper. Each star, then, becomes a little different depending on where it is cut out of the colors of the paper. May you all have a little chaos and give birth to the creativity of the dancing star.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Our first night in our new home was Wednesday night. We have been working like dogs, lol. On Saturday morning, I started in my studio and 6 am and finally quit at 5:30 pm. Putting away books and hanging pictures, I just could not hammer one more nail. (:
This is a sweet Scripture I used to do many years ago and relettered it before our move. Have a great Monday!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Don't you just love what this says, hoping I instilled into my children that they are indeed a miracle? This is moving week for us and won't even have internet ( horrors) for a couple of days so this might be my last blog until next week. Stay tuned. Thanks for all the encouraging words. xoxoxo
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I have always been a Scrapbook maker, capturing the memories of my family. In 1985, I found myself in the middle of a divorce and fled my house. Taking only my children's baby books, I left all the rest of the Scrapbooks behind. I was never able to get them and they burned to the ground last summer in a forest fire. Memories lost forever.
We are in the middle of a big move from our big house to a much smaller condo in the city. In the middle of cleaning out the basement, I found a miracle. A Scrapbook from the late 70's and early 80's. The last one I had made and I have not seen those pictures in over 20 years! Oh my gosh, I sat down and cried. I did not even know I had it. Precious pictures of my little children in grade school as they grew. I can only thank God for such a precious gift.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I have always been kind of a neat freak about housekeeping ( just ask my children!!!) but when my children were small, I used to have this saying for sale in my business to help mothers know that it wouldn't always be snowing! And the house wouldn't always be messy!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This is some artwork that I designed and lettered when my kids were still small. I have been reorganizing my studio in preparation for moving ( a LONG story) and came across some old artwork. I love the sentiment and love holding those little babies!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
On Facebook I play this ridiculous game called Bejeweled Blitz. I am really terrible at it and play against some friends that are just whiz kids. They outpoint me by about 250,000 points in one minute. I am terrible but I keep playing! So this morning I was thinking that if I hesitate for only a second, I lose. That brought to mind this funny quotation that I have had laying around my quote notebook for years. So I did a quick sketch with my watercolors and calligraphy and hope you enjoy it and it makes you smile!