The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Art- Elation

"Art Elation" - Detail view, 8 x 16, 2009 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage

This new piece along with three other newer pieces are at the Alma Gallery for display.
If you are in town, check out the great "I Heart Art" show until March 12th, at Alma Gallery in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Yours - Yourself to Trust

"Yours, Yourself - Trust" 2009 
 This piece is about letting go and beginning the process of loving yourself, 
trusting yourself...With that all is possible.

Love after Love by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wine, Give bread, Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you 
all your life, who you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, 
the photographs, the desperate notes.
Peel your own image from the mirror
Sit, Feast on your own life.
Today is this moment Feast on your unique and outrageously beautiful life.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Faith - Journey

New work created and inspired by the upcoming International Womyn's Day on MARCH 8th...IWD is often celebrated with a day off in many countries..honouring all womyn all over the world...

The first IWD was in 1911.  It followed unanimous agreement at an International Conference of Working Women the previous year.  Clara Zetkin proposed that every year in every country there should be one same day when women's solidarity presses for equality.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Honouring My Creative Muse!

6 x 6 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage Shrine Piece
 for my creative muse. - Sold recently at the Alma Gallery.

Recently my work was picked up by this great new gallery in to
wn, Guelph.....called the Alma Gallery...they picked up thirteen of my pieces for the "I Heart Art" Show...for which I felt very grateful and delighted...In two weeks I have sold 9 pieces or so, one of which is this shrine piece I did for my creative muse a long while back....It was hard letting this one go, but due to the interest in this piece and the timing all felt right to let her go to give blessings to another soul...

I have since recreated another one with the energies of my current life, hopes, wishes, thanks and joys...So in honour of my love, gratitude and blessings for my inspiring creative muse I created a new shrine piece, called  "Divinely Inspired - Love ART".....I have placed her in her spot above my work station...where I view her every day and let her guide my creations....

"Divinely Inspired - Love ART X" 2009
6 x 6 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage Shrine 
for my creative muse.

Friday, February 6, 2009

On Paper Wings - Helen Keller Altered Book On Route

I have completed my section of "On Paper Wings", the Helen Keller altered book round robin project, called Inner Works Collaborative and it is now on route to the lovely Roxanne of River Garden Studio.   Check her lovely work out and her Inner Works Collaborative book, "Earth Tones".    All the while when I was putting the finished touches to my book before sending it out...I was thinking of Roxanne and the beautiful music that her blog emits when you are reading her blog posts..and as I was working on my book I played the lovely Lorenna McKennitt which reminds me of Roxanne, even though I have never met her in person..funny how that is a powerful gift in our life, full of associations, joy, sorrow, love and all things...
I am now going to ruminate on "Friendship" - Present, Past, Lost and those to look forward to ...I will post soon on the lovely Veronica Funk's Friendship Altered book that I received a week is fabulous...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Disintegration Collaboration Project - Present Shots: Sex & Lies, Love & Lust

The Disintegration Collaboration Project is one that has been initiated and coordinated by Seth Apter...It is a great project where you create a paper bundle, any way you like and then place it in nature. ...take a before picture and place it on your blog and then see ..wait and watch what happens to it exposed to the elements and in May the after shots will be revealed on the artist's the moment there are 13 artists taking part in this cool project.  Check out Seth's original blog post on the idea and if you like let him know you would like to join is not too late..especially if you have crazy weather like ours....

These are my 'before' shots of my Disintegration Collaboration Project in the present format is called "SEX & LIES - LOVE and LUST".  

Monday, February 2, 2009

February Is Here - A Season of 'Love'! and More News

February, the season of love, of all kinds, romantic, intimate, friendship, lust, playful, puppy love, ......Today I am thinking about that pivotal question we all ask sometime in our lives...sometimes over and over again, "what is love anyway?"  Is there one definition?  Is it as diverse as we humans are - I think so - what makes it click? What makes it last? What is love without the 'contrast' of pain and sorrow?  

Love to hear your thoughts- perhaps it will bring about some comfort, revelations or potential ideas for the readers.

Also some great news,  a great new gallery in Guelph, the Alma Gallery, is having their "I Heart Art" show open this Friday Feb. 6th and a group of great artist's work will be featured there.  It will be tantalizing and delightfully eclectic....check it out if you can...

Opening reception:  Friday February 6th 7 - 10 p.m. at the Alma Gallery
133 Wyndham St. North, Downtown Guelph