Monday, June 23, 2008


OH!  I love this time of year!  The garden is in full bloom!  This week I intend to gather bouquets and start painting the faces I love!  Iris, bleeding hearts, poppies, lupine, columbine, geraniums, iceland poppies, perennial bachelor buttons, and soon peonies!  I think my pink rose bush will start showing a display of blossoms later this week as well.  (sigh)..... such natural beauty, and right here in my own back yard.

Flowers inspire me to get out the paints and brushes, and try, in some small way, to do justice to their beauty.

What inspires you to create?

Hope you are enjoying summer wherever you are.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Inspiration is Found Everywhere You Look

I found this quote on Veronica's blog site and just had to share it here!  (See Veronica Funk's link under Favorite Links!)

"Sacred Space and Sacred Time and something joyous to do is all we need.  Almost anything then becomes a continuous and increasing joy."

Joseph Campbell

I'm just heading out to my studio to experience some sacred space and time.

Monday, June 2, 2008

What a wonderful weekend!

What a wonderful weekend.  The Studio Tour left me exhausted, physically, but very blissed out!  It was so energizing sharing my new Garden Studio space with kindred spirits.  I very much enjoyed Veronica's company, and for me, it was a lovely surprise that she joined us!  I had invited her to come down and paint on-site for the Studio tour, but was not sure that she would be able to!  What a delight to have her painting with us.

Brian Clute also was a part of our group.  I admire his ability to sit on the floor, for hours on end, meditatively adding mark, after mark, building up layers of colour on his abstract interpretation of "Exhaled Breath."

Also joining us was Anna Williamson, from Rocky Mountain House.  Anna is a self-taught weaver whose works delighted those who saw them.  Her colours are so earthy, and her designs very exciting.  I hope to feature some of her work later in the summer.  I'll keep you up-to-date on her work.

The most amazing thing for me, though, was seeing Don Hamm arrive with his oil paints.  He actually worked on-site, working up a painting of the studio that he put the cedar shakes on!!!  I may sound amazed, but it's only because I know that Don prefers to paint without interruption, or distraction, and here he was!

I get so excited watching fellow artists lost in the passion of their creative processes!  I'll post some pictures tomorrow showing them all in various states of creativity!

Well, this night-hawk needs to call it a day!  I hope your muse accompanies you on a creative journey of your own tomorrow!