Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Art Doll Quarterly, Winter Issue

I just heard that my piece "Wha-La" ( created after my trip to France ) is on the cover of Art Doll Quarterly, Winter issue.
They have put together a really nice layout of my work, too. I think it comes on the newsstands on Nov. 1st.
I haven't seen it yet, but I did find a glimpse of it online:

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Duirwaigh Online Show begins!

The Duirwaigh Show is on!

Here are pictures of my "Wonderland Lies With" white rabbit....and a fun Whimsical Wire Wabbit that I just finished.
Both of these pieces are available in the Duirwaigh Online Show.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Transfer Painting Class open now

For anyone interested in creating a photo transfer painting, my online class is now open for registration at That Creative Place.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Hike in the Ko'olau Mountains

Today I hiked the mountains nearby my home. At one point we came upon what I think was an ancient heiau, which is an area that was used as a spiritual center and in another place I spotted a rock that had been wrapped with a Tea leaf, which is what people leave as an offering to Pele, the goddess of the volcanos. As I walked the trails through the river beds and up to the ridge line I could feel the mana and the presence of old Hawaii. Nature is so encompassing here.
And I found the most darling little curlie Q vines...just the right size for a new creation!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Nest Egg for a Rainy Day

Wha-La! It's done and I love it!
It was a bit of a struggle...though... this piece. I had a great vision, but for some reason, it was not easy coming together. What finally made it the piece work was unclenching my greedy little hands and using the very last of my horded antique metallic mesh that I had found in a Paris flea market!
Oh...... it was a hard to let it go.

I contacted THE source for fabulous antique lace, net and trim in New York, and asked them if they had any of this...but NO! They said that they can't find it anywhere anymore! Oh.....

But it looks so great on this nest, doesn't it. It is the thing that makes it magic.
That very fine, silver metallic antique mesh netting that lines the inside of the bird nest and surround the outside of the nest.

I found the bird nest in the forest, next to our house. I used a preservative on it it and laid it in a little cut gourd.
I covered the gourd with antique music pages and crackle glazed and antiqued that.

The umbrella is covered with red mirror mosaic tiles. Mirror tiles line in the interior of the umbrella.
The umbrella handle is secure in the nest..... and in the crook of the handle lies the rhinestone covered egg.
A magical nest egg for a magical future.

Now I will pack it up and ship it off to the Red Project Fund Raiser.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Red Project is still in the red...

I'm still working on my Red Project piece.
Hoping that tomorrow it all comes together with the charm of the inspiration that started me down this road.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Red Art Project

I am creating a piece for the Red Art Project.

I got a wonderful idea and vision of a piece to make.....and it started out just great......and then.....
then I got stuck. Gosh, creating art is such an emotional roller coaster ride!

I got unstuck and it started flowing again.......and now I'm back to a challenge on the umbrella part........

Through all the ups and downs though, this is fun and for a great cause.

Here's a little tease.....and the name of this piece will be "A Nest Egg for a Rainy Day".

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Blog Design!

Isn't it pretty! Sara Duckette designed it for me. I'm thrilled!

She's working on my daughter's Teapot blog right now.
Check it out to see "before" and "after".

I've been tagged......

I was recently tagged by Michelle at 3rd Eye Muse.
This is fun, I thought...and it is....but I have just spent HOURS! wandering bloglandia!
I decided to wander outside of the limits of my world and so I clicked on the "next" blog that is at the top of blog pages and was taken on a real ride around the world!
So I have tagged a few new faces...and I'm sure they will be wondering how in the world I found them! :)

Okay...I gotta get out of my jammies...NOW!

Here are the rules....

1) Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog
2) Share 7 facts about yourself, some random, some weird
3) Tag 7 more people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs
4) Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs

Okay....7 facts about myself...

1. I'm addicted to creating.....inspiration is my drug of choice.
2. The thing that really makes my heart sing are my 3 daughters and 7 granddaughters.
3. I love finding hearts of coral on the beach.
4. My prince and I have been married for 41 years...and he's still my prince.
5. My favorite book is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
6. It's 10:30 AM and I'm still in my jammies...on this computer!
7. I love blogs. I love the community. I love the connection. I love the magic of meeting friends all over the world.

Okay....I tag..........

Gail Lackey because she's my pal!
Shashi because she's my student!
Stef because she's Italian!
Ashley because she's my daughter!
Laetitia because she's French!
buttons and bows because I just came upon her blog and loved it!
Matthew because I just came upon his blog and loved it!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wrapped in gossamer threads...

Here is the little mermaid babe....wrapped in silver threads of antique netting......I love the energy of these old fabrics.
I love imagining where they were worn and who might have worn them, so long ago.

Tomorrow I will have photos of the completed piece that I now call...."Siren's Lullaby".

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Mer-baby is born....

This little mermaid babe will be held in the Siren's hands....

turtle sightings.......

The first thing I do each morning, here in Kawela Bay, is to go out on the deck to see if any turtles came up to sleep in front of our house.
They make such beautiful tracks in the sand. They almost looks like tire tracks, don't they?

This morning it looks like there was a convergence of turtles.
I've seen this once before, where several turtles came up together and actually laid so close that they crossed fins.

By looking at these tracks it looks like there were four that laid together and then there were the two little ones off to the side.