Some of my favorite blooms in the NYBG were made of glass at the Dale Chihuly glass studio. Like this one.
Looking at the glass as it was reflected and illuminated and ornamented with fauna was glorious. I believe the pictures speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
This is another one of my favorites.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
Here’s a new gratitude journal post.
Here is my gratitude journal for the past week or so. I have been doing a lot of journaling on the large mandala (with the iris) that I have been working on, so I haven’t been doing quite so much work in my journal. The printed iris photograph on these pages was the inspiration and all of my iris were a gift from my father-in-law. It was such a happy coincidence that this week we also went to one of his favorite places in the world, the New York Botanical Garden. It was magical. There is an exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s glass work and I will be doing a post featuring that later today on my other blog.
The flower and mandala mashups continue. This time the mandala is going to go on top of the flower.
You may recognize the purple iris photograph I posted a few days ago on my other blog. This is one of the background layers for a mandala that I’m working on. The gessoboard is 30 x 30 inches and I’m loving working BIG! I have more process photos of this, but I will save them until it is done.
To see many inspirational flower photographs, check out Cee’s Flower of the Day.
Here is what I’ve been up to on my art blog.
Here is my tile for the Diva’s Challenge this week. I used the tangle patterns Onamato, Snail, and Satsu. They represent beads for the Diva’s son who lives with chronic health problems. Here is her definition of Beads of Courage. She does this challenge once a year in conjunction with a fundraising Color Fun Run she organizes.
Beads of Courage is an arts in medicine program that helps kids with chronic or life threatening illness tell the story of their medical journey. Each bead represents something different. A different procedure or appointment, or special circumstance. For example, when seeing a doctor or getting a poke instead of getting a sticker when they leave, they are given a glass bead for each thing. (blue for doctor, black for poke… some other beads are yellow=night in the hospital, pink=respiratory support, magenta=trip to emergent care, teal=tube insertion or removal, rainbow=therapy; physical, speech, occupational…
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I often think about participating in Cee’s Share Your World Post and I have a few times. I could not pass it up this week.
Her questions and my answers:
What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?
This is a fun one, because I have been very fortunate to see so many wonderful ones. I think I will list them in the order I saw them. When I was about 10 or 11 we took our only big family vacation and drove from Wisconsin to California to visit family friends and visit a lot of family on the way there and back. We went to the Grand Canyon, Great Salt Lake in Utah, Estes Park, Mesa Verde, China Town in San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. In my college years I saw some really famous places as I did my major traveling. I saw Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, the Terra Cotta Soldiers in Xian, China, the gorgeous hills of Guilin, China and the neon of Hong Kong. My husband and I met while we were both living in Taiwan and we have explored Yellowstone and the Tetons, Beartooth Pass, (not the most famous, but one of my favorites), the Golden Gate Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Old North Church in Boston, the Eiffel Tower and the Louve, the Eiger Mountain, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and so many landmarks in Italy that I could post about that place for years. I don’t know which of these you would call the most famous. I think the Eiffel tower may be in the top 10. In any case, my favorite landmark or building I have ever seen was Michelanglo’s statue of David.
Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?
I love mini-vacations. My migraines and vertigo make long vacations difficult without a lot of rest days planned in and that is a challenge for me. Now that we are living on the east coast there is so much to see and do so we have already had a lot of mini-vacations. We have lots more planned and I will be sharing, doors, trees, and flowers from all the places we explore!
What is your favorite National or State Park?
I love National and State Parks and my favorite so far is Arches National Park in Moab, UT. We had the luxury of exploring it extensively when we lived in Utah and it never disappointed.
What is your fantasy vacation?
I have 2 big fantasy vacations that I hope we will be able to do in part or whole someday. One is to go back to Italy and explore Venice and Murano and go back to Rome and Florence. I would love to spend a month or more there really getting to know a few corners of the country and painting and taking photographs.
My other fantasy vacation is what I hope we will do when my husband can retire. I would love to go to all the National Parks in the 48 contiguous states on a grand tour with a little camper. We want to go to something in each of the states and find any odd roadside attractions. Not sure what we would do about our cats as they do not enjoy travel, but this one is still in the dreaming stages. Do you see some common themes in these questions? I love travel and so does my husband. It is literally what brought us together.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful for the new friends I’m making here in New Jersey. I’m grateful that my health is good enough that I can work on art most days. I made some bookmarks for people to color and I colored one copy for myself. I’m grateful for the new car that we got that will be able to tow the little camper we hope to get in the next few years! I’m grateful for my wonderful husband who I hope to travel with for many years to come. I’m looking forward to progressing on a big new mandala that I’m working on for a show in September! I’m also looking forward to getting Botox in a little more than a week. My migraines get worse as it wears off – I get it every 3 months and I’m almost due.
I hope you have a beautiful day!
I have been keeping a gratitude journal for years. About 4 years ago I started doing it in art journal format using altered books. Not long after that I started this blog as a record of that journal and has blossomed into so much more. Recently I started a professional art blog. I will continue to maintain both blogs for as long as possible.
This is my first time using a mixed media sketchbook as my gratitude journal and I’m really enjoying it. I have been exploring acrylic paints and that exploration is reflected in my journal. I also us it to experiment with different media. For example, the flowers in the upper left page were experiments for my Mandala 41 with Rhododendron painting. I didn’t like how they looked with the mandala but I really enjoy them in my art journal and I’m going to use my “plaid” paper in a large mandala I’m currently working on, I think. Stay tuned…
I’m continuing to explore the Zentangle® Method. The tangled squares use a pattern called Paradox that I’m really enjoying. The text and images document what has happened with whom in the last few days and weeks. I had a really long conversation with a dear friend who is fighting cancer. I used a new to me pen to start her drawing and it didn’t work quite how I wanted, but I’m so grateful to include her in my journal. The new pens are from a spiritual doodling class that I’m taking at my Unitarian church.
This week I have been making lots of cards for various people. One of my sons has a birthday coming up and I have a few other friends who are also fighting cancer. All of my cards have had something that uses Zentangle® tiles or inspired art.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
I have been working on layers in my art journal and have been so busy with Zentangle® classes and art, but here is the page layout of the buildup to the CZT27 and planning our trip to Connecticut and Rhode Island.
I included my first Zentangle® tile from the seminar and my dinner coupon for the first evening. The meals at the Providence Biltmore were fabulous. They were awesome in their skill in accommodating gluten free and special dietary needs. There were quite a few of us at the seminar and I got some good tips on that too! They made some gluten free brownies that everyone loved!
You can also see some random flowers I drew/painted on scraps of paper. They turned out pretty well. I’m still playing with cutting painted paper and using layers in my art. I feel like things are coming together, so to speak.
The background of all of these pages were from my Lenten painting marathon. They have been great fun to work on. I should probably get back to them so I can continue to have art journaling backgrounds ready! I played with more layers and tried out new pens and tangle patterns during and after the seminar on these pages. I’m also working on a mandala that I’m going to submit to a show out here and I’m a little nervous. This is a different market from Wisconsin! I’m learning about combining inks and acrylic paints and pens and gel pens with interesting, and sometimes smeary, results. The daffodils are from a napkin from a pot luck dinner I participated in at MUF (Morristown Unitarian Fellowship).
There is also a quote from The Buddha Walks Into a Bar by Lodro Rinzler.
“One way to think of this dignity is to equate when you are on the path with unraveling a ball of yarn. You have wound your sense of self so tightly that it’s hard to be anything other than you, a big ball of yarn. That’s just who you are, not string, or threads, but a ball of yarn.”
The thing about living with daily migraines is it has helped me see the threads in myself, not just the ball of yarn. Don’t know if that will mean anything to you, but it gets me through a lot of my days.
Oh! And I have Zentangle® classes scheduled to teach! And my professional art website is getting going! Check it all out here!
I hope you have a beautiful day.
Dots and text seem to be the theme of this weeks gratitude journal. The left page has my sketch of a weeping cherry tree and text from magazines of things I’m grateful for. I like having Swim and Feline adjacent, if only in my journal. I was introduced to the Langston Hughes poem on the right page by a new friend and it is perfect for this week.
In time of silver rain
The earth puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads
In time of silver rain
The butterflies lift silken wings
To catch a rainbow cry,
And trees put forth new leaves to sing
In joy beneath the sky
As down the roadway
Passing boys and girls
Go singing, too,
In time of silver rain When spring