Thursday Doors: Morristown, NJ Part 6


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Here is a tour of the outside of the Presbyterian Church of Morristown, NJ. It is one of our most beautiful churches and it is right on the Green in the center of town. This makes it a little challenging to photograph. The doors on this church aren’t particularly fantastic, but the stonework of the building and the arches on the doors are so lovely to me. I hope you enjoy my selections.


I hope to go inside it one of these days. One of the things I really love about it is this chapel that is beautiful all on its own.


Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. For more beautiful door photographs check out Norm 2.0.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Here are my previous posts in this series: Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5

Mandala 34 and Jung on Mandalas


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The quote from the 18th isn’t super legible but it says,

“I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point – namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation…” C.G. Jung

I have lots of pink on these pages because I’m knitting 2 chemo caps for good friends who are currently fighting breast cancer. Neither one of them is into pink at all, but I have it here for them where it won’t bother them.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

More Morristown: Part 5


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This is my belated Thursday Doors post. This week I’m featuring the United Methodist Church. It is on the Green in the center of town and it has lovely doors and windows all encased in gorgeous stonework.


You can see a little bit of the Green and the traffic in the reflection.


“Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.”

Thanks Norm 2.0 for hosting Thursday Doors! I hope you have a beautiful day.

Mandala 33 and Valentine’s Day


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The still life was started as a project from The Creative Edge by Mary Todd Beam. However, I had to turn the book to the library after drawing an imagined still life and covering it with a gel medium. It was interesting to see how the paint worked on top of the medium, but I don’t remember what was really supposed to happen. Still lifes aren’t really my thing, but I wanted to try this process and it made an interesting journal page. I’m not doing a great job of journaling these days. You can see this 2 page layout covers February 5-14! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Mine was nice. My husband and I both prefer discount Valentine’s candy for our anniversary on February 26th! The red and white paper hearts came from the envelope of the card that my mother in law sent for Valentine’s Day. She is so good about sending thoughtful things for holidays. I texted both of my boys to wish them a happy day!

Mandala 33 was an experiment with colors. I used my Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Artists’ Crayons, Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and Ranger Distress Markers to color in the various layers of the color wheel. It was a good activity to compare the variety of colors and how they blend. I wasn’t super patient about letting things dry so some unplanned mixing happened, too. I’m enjoying this new gratitude journal. The paper is fun to play on and it can get really wet and still hold up nicely.

I hope you have a beautiful day.


Community Mandala Prototype


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I’m coordinating a community mandala project at my new church this Sunday and I’m a little nervous. The mandala will be 36″ x 36″ and I have never made one this big. Here is the prototype.


You can see my boys and my cats peeking out of it. My husband is implied with so many of the meaningful papers. A lot more people and ideas that are important to me are incorporated into this mandala of me. It includes fabric and lots of ephemera. This is my first one on Ampersand Gessobord and I love it! The Gessobord is covered with pages from my Pilgrim’s Progress from 1877. My mother-in-law gave it to me and I’m not sure she believed me when I said it is one of my favorite gifts of all time! This is mandala #32 of 100.

Gift of Art and Technical Question


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I drew/painted this as a gift for my son who is a composer to be used as cover art for an EP if he and his collaborator wanted. It wasn’t what they were looking for, but I thought it turned out interesting, so here it is!


Also, my husband told me that I need to upgrade my WordPress site because of increased security threats. Well, I started looking into it and discovered that I need to back up my site first and all the documentation to do that has me lost. If any of you can use plain language to help me with this I would appreciate it. Have you backed up your sites? In any case, I hope you have a beautiful day.

Thursday Doors: The Morristown New Jersey Tour Continues


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This week’s post features the Church of the Redeemer on South Street in Morristown, NJ.


This is my 4th post of doors in Morristown. To see the other gorgeous old stone buildings with interesting doors check out week 1, week 2, and week 3.

For doors from all over the world check out Norm 2.0 who is the host of Thursday Doors.

Gratitude Journal and Mandalas


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Last week I didn’t make a gratitude journal post so this week you get 3 pages and some mandalas that I’m selling on Etsy! There is a lot of good in this scary world, even now.


I got some Caran d’Ache Neocolor II artist crayons and played with mixing them and adding water for these flowers on a black gesso background. I didn’t paint the flowers on the gesso, I left white flower shaped spaces on the page. Then I played with different white tools for drawing lines on the black. The little mandala/lotus flower was practice for a mandala that is now for sale on Etsy.


The torus mandala on the right hand page is a mock up for a community mandala I hope to do at my church. I’m really excited about it. The left hand page is an experiment that didn’t go very well. I’m still sorting through lots of boxes of stuff from the move and I came across a really old silk scarf and I thought it would be cool/interesting to put it in my art journal. It made it really difficult to write on the page and it disintegrated more when I put it on with acrylic matte medium. So I added some more acrylic paint and used paint to write on it – still a little messy. I have noticed that I’m using more black in my journal. I do like the contrast it provides, but it also reflects the darkness I’m feeling these days.


I posted this mandala on Etsy for $60.


I’m going to post this mandala on Esty for $20.

Morristown, NJ Doors: Part 3


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Here is the next stop on our tour of Morristown’s interesting doors. This is the Parish House of the Presbyterian Church and it is undergoing some construction so I only have a few pictures. In a few more weeks we will have the doors of the Sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church.





If you enjoy old buildings and interesting doors check out Thursday Doors with Norm 2.0.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.


Thursday Doors: Morristown NJ (Part 2)


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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.  Thank you to Norm 2.0 for hosting!

Some more doors from my new hometown. This church, Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, is across the street from the library I featured last week. In fact, you can see the library in the background of the sign.



This church has quite a few lovely doors and archways. I would like to go to a service here one of these days. The stained glass windows and organ are supposed to be amazing, too.

There are a number of interesting paths in the above montage, but my favorite is the one below. This gateway is so inviting and I think it would make a lovely entry for Cee’s Which Way Challenge.