Thursday, January 12, 2017

How Drawing Changes Lives and What is Visual Literacy

I draw everyday, either in my sketchbook, in a drawing pad or on my ipad. I can't imagine a day going by that I wouldn't do that. This one below was inspired by a news story about domestic violence.
ipad drawing, daily doodles
The Big Draw - The world's largest drawing festival | Drawing Changes Lives

 Here is a great video

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Christmas in Arizona and the Phoenix Zoo Lights


Come see why we were voted one of the Best Zoo Lights by USA Today's 10Best Reader's Choice travel award! Polar Slide- 200 Feet of Snow Tubing Excitement!* Will be open daily through January 16 and at ZooLights through January 8, 2017. Hours: Daytime 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 It was a short visit to Arizona BUT oodles of fun, putting aside that I kept breaking stuff - have no clue what that was about. Probably will become part of family legend when Nana managed to break something every day. Since this is an art blog I will leave out the details and just share some photos from the neighbourhood Christmas Lights and then the Pheonix Zoo Lights. We had quite a hike from the parking lot to the Zoo because the zoo parking was full. Thankfully it was a fairly pleasant evening and well lit, which made seeing the Saguaro
fun to see at night. We were greeted at the entrance with trees covered in lights.
 I really enjoyed the fabulous 1 million LEGO nature displays. It was hard to get a good shot of any because of crowds, so here is a link to a video and slide show. The highlight of the evening was the lakeside Music-in-Motion light display.
Here is a great video of all the lights.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Amazing Joy and Power of Art: 2016 Reflections

The year started off horrible as the word cancer echoed and bounced around my head like a demonic ping pong ball. Friends and family, acquaintances online and off rallied and gave me the gift of their kindness, support, and way too much chocolate ;) It meant the world and I can't thank you enough. They did something else, they made me laugh each day when I left the house and I saw my front trees boobbombed with donated knitted, crochet, felt and plastic circles and boobs.Dear Nancy, oh you were
crochet knit graffit
a darling friend to help me put them together and install them. They are down now, BUT they will be seen in a new way later this year ;)
breast cancer supportTo cope with the daily radiation treatment for six weeks I painted a stone a day. I would go straight to the studio after radiation treatment and paint. I focused ONLY on getting that stone painted and went into that zone artists often talk about, meditative and lost in the moment. Nothing else existed except that moment in the studio. I began to look forward to seeing what the heck I would paint the next day and seeing that countdown bowl fill up. I am in the clear for now. Things got better, in fact a WHOLE lot better. After finishing my 6 weeks of radiation, then 6 weeks of an Artist Residency with jafapal Nancy I was rewarded with the privilege and joy of spending a month with my beautiful  new granddaughter and her mama and baba in Arizona. Got filmed for the Art Show, have two exhibits and several art projects lined up and now do doodles for diba. New hopes, dreams and joys influence art just as much as sorrow does, and art influences life. So the year has ended on a much happier note.
 ps. whoever stuck all those chairs in our trees, you made me laugh my arse off

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Yellow Springs a Winter Wonderland

It was pure magic this morning in Yellow Springs, Ohio and our jafagirl Butterflies looked so pretty with little bits of snow on them. Spent some time walking by Ellis Pond on Polecat Road which is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful place.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Courage to Fail in Art

hand embroidery
  There is that frustrating moment when you realize that the hours of stitching are for naught and you must pull out every stitch and redo. My satin stitch was just not working to my satisfaction but third time lucky on the lips.  I have this vision floating in my mind of how I want the piece to look BUT whether it will work or not is another story. So it was with trepidation that I cut up the parts that I plan to collage onto blue fabric. 
We shall see if this works.
Keep Your Fingers Crossed.

Nana Notes
I have started a wee page of drawings for my grandaughter on instagram called 
Hope you visit and enjoy