Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Today's progress.......

Today the White Rabbit got his fur, and Alice got a home....thus the name "Wonderland lies Within"

Now as the apoxie sculpt cures over night I have to decide whether to make him a jacket out of fabulous handwritten French journal pages from 1880! or create a different kind of costume. I'm leaning towards using the French journal pages because they are so amazing!! I have used them on the bottom of the piece and then gave them a crackle glaze and an antique wash.
They are from a journal that I found at a Paris flea market and the handwriting is so beautiful. Evidently it was a business journal of some one in the antique business and he lists what he sold by date and by description. If only I could read French!

I have a friend....

Today I received a box in the mail.
A gift from a friend.

As I unwrapped it and studied each angle, my heart was so moved by the power and the meaning of friendship.

She made this "Passion Box" for me, and decorated it with mementos, collectables, images and reminders of our trip together to France this past summer. Admiring her creativity, I was immediately transported back to those carefree weeks where we drove across France, staying in castles, discovering flea markets and treasures...and creating memories.

And within....a tiny bird's nest that she found...and I had coveted!

This dear friend, in her generosity and caring, not only gifted me with a treasure of her own creation, and a French bird's nest! .....but with this gift opened up a chamber in my heart for the deep deep appreciation of friends....of friendship....
of generosity...and the always inspiring creative spirit.

I share my Passion Box treasure with you, World, in a bow to that spirit of friendship.

And a deep bow to you, Phyllis, my friend.... merci beaucoup de tout mon coeur. Tout droit!!

Monday, September 29, 2008


Here is my little Alice in "Wonderland lies Within"......

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Working on Wonderland

Gosh, my Wonderland piece did not flow together today as easily as it did yesterday !

I spent hours and hours sculpting and painting a little cheshire cat, a Mad Hatter head, and the Caterpiller, thinking that I would attach them to the inside of the gourd, but I never was really happy with the way that they came out.....

And then they didn't fit right inside and made the interior just too cramped.

I was trying to hold on to my original vision instead of letting the piece develop as IT wanted.... and so I wasted most of the day by not listening to my Muse.

As it turned out, the little Mad Hatter head fit perfectly in the inside neck of the gourd and he becomes a cute surprise when you take the top of the gourd off and see him smiling at you.

So all is well......and I'm tired!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Starting new piece.....

I've started a new piece for the Duirwaigh show ....."A Walk through Wonderland".
I thought I would create the White Rabbit, using a gourd that opens up to reveal more characters from Alice in Wonderland, within. "Wonderland lies Within".

I have a vague sense of the piece so it will be fun to see how it appears.
Stay tuned..... :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


The Japanese fisherman hold their fishing nets up with big plastic balls. When these balls break free from the nets they crash up onto the lava rocks and crack up into wonderful shapes.
Using those shapes, I apply mosaic tiles and other embellishments to create these pieces.
They are so fun to make. The first one is called "Atlantis Found" ...the second one is "Pele's Cauldron" and the third one is
"Flight of Fancy".

Patterns in the sand.....

Such activity already on the beach! And it's only 6 AM!
Patterns created from the comings and goings of crabs, birds, dogs, turtles, humans...and Kapuna!
Good Morning everyone!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The New Religion

A friend sent this to me this morning and I loved reading it!
And now I send it out to you.....across the oceans of the world.....

The New Religion of the 21st Century

On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence
and things seem dark
But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something
else is happening underground
An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals
are being called to a higher light
It is a silent revolution
From the inside out
From the ground up

It is time for me to reveal myself
I am an embedded agent of a secret, undercover
Clandestine Global operation
A spiritual conspiracy
We have sleeper cells in every nation on the planet

You won't see us on the T.V.
You won't read about us in the newspaper
You won't hear about us on the radio

We don't seek any glory
We don't wear any uniform
We come in all shapes and sizes
Colors and styles

Most of us work anonymously
We are quietly working behind the scenes in every country
and culture of the world
Cities big and small, mountains and valleys, in farms and villages,
tribes and remote islands

You could pass by one of us on the street and not even notice
We go undercover
We remain behind the scenes
It is of no concern to us who takes the final credit
But simply that the work gets done

Occasionally we spot each other in the street
We give a quiet nod and continue on our way so no one will notice

During the day many of us pretend we have normal jobs
But behind the false storefront at night is where the real work takes place

Some call us the 'Conscious Army'
We are slowly creating a new world with the power of our minds and hearts
We follow, with passion and joy
Our orders from the Central Command
The Spiritual Intelligence Agency

We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking
Kind words
Meditation and prayer
Social activism
Random acts of kindness

We each express ourselves in our own unique ways
with our own unique gifts and talents

'Be the change you want to see in the world'
That is the motto that fills our hearts
We know it is the only way real transformation takes place
We know that quietly and humbly we have the power
of all the oceans combined

Our work is slow and meticulous
Like the formation of mountains
It is not even visible at first glance
And yet with it entire tectonic plates shall be moved in the centuries to come

Love is the new religion of the 21st century

You don't have to be a highly educated person
Or have any exceptional knowledge to understand it

It comes from the intelligence of the heart
Embedded in the timeless evolutionary pulse of all human beings

Be the change you want to see in the world
Nobody else can do it for you

We are now recruiting
Perhaps you will join us
Or already have....
All are welcome...
The door is open

-Brian Piergrossi
(From the book 'The Big Glow')

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Come walk with me.......

Here we go.....out onto the beach.....turning into the forest.....past the banyan trees....heading towards the Turtle Bay Resort....oh, my gosh...
a monk seal!! Wow! They are on the endangered list and look....here one is sunbathing! On towards the horse stable....across the manicured green lawns of the resort....closer to the hotel....curving by the surfing spot...oh, look!
They're surfing! Past the wedding chapel....around to the other side of the hotel...along their swimming beach....curving back and into their lobby....
hello Mr. Parrot! Out along the pool...back towards the forest....onto Kawela Bay again...and look!
Kapuna is so happy that I'm home!