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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.


    Roses Galore

    "A black cat among roses,
    phlox, lilac-misted under a quarter moon,
    the sweet smells of heliotrope
    and night-scented stock.
    The garden is very still. It is dazed with moonlight,
    contented with perfume..."
    ~Amy Lowell

    Magenta knock-out roses in shades of vivid magenta to pale pink as they go through their bloom cycle.

    Abundant knock-out roses... insane, instant full-bloom.

    More knock-outs, planted last year.

    Reine des violettes, a lavender, thornless, lanky rose with a fascinating petal structure.

    Mister Lincoln, a luscious, barn red rose planted in 1999 at our old house, transplanted when we moved here. The bokeh balls in the purple plum tree were a surprise.

    I've lost the name of this rose, it could be a Chrysler Imperial.

    Mister Lincoln against a blanket of magenta knock-outs.

    Wasn't it weeks ago we had days of snow and ice? This land called Texas is full of surprises.


    I Heart The Book Store

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged
    that a single man in possession of a good fortune
    must be in want of a wife."
    ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    A morning at the book store, gathering books, taking notes, thoughts magically appearing as my mind ricochets in trajectories of ideas. I imagine the words bouncing around, settling in next to other ideas until then unrelated. Books about writing, knitting, photoshop, homeschooling, planting bulbs.

    4 A.M. Breakthrough, by Brian Kitely, is a set of delightful "unconventional writing exercises." Kitely, author of 3am Ephiphany (another goodie), includes a lengthy list of his reference books, including "Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure + Preposterous Words" to investigate further. I am so used to using web sites as reference 'tools' that I hadn't considered forgot the value of having physical reference books beyond an atlas, dictonary and thesaurus. Other writing reference materials include a French dictionary and a book about the weather. "Allow your fiction to be irregular and jagged," says Kitely. I love that concept.



     "There’s nothing as significant as a human face. Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though we’re not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge."
    ~Ayn Rand

    knock-out rose + acrylic painting



    Blueberry Pie...

    "The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
    In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."
    ~ Julia Child


    Each time I try a new recipe, I imagine that it will come out perfectly as pictured. Reality rarely cooperates. Case in point. Blueberrry pie. The recipe at That Pioneer Woman simply called to me. I found this amazing site through Sophie at For Love + Idleness. Alterations to the original recipe included brown Turbinado sugar for white, and using 2/3 of the recommended butter. Still quite a bit of butter. I used the 2T optional flour so perhaps I needed more. Or perhaps the pie needed to sit or be chilled before serving. If the pie could better be described as blueberry soup or cobbler, I take responsiblity. The flavor, however, was beyond description. Rich, tart, lovely.


    Something Old, Something New

    "An older author is constantly
    rediscovering himself
    in the more or less fossilized
    productions of his earlier years."
    ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

    art journal page + photograph = rainbow grunge

    A few months ago, I took some time to page through my accumulated art journals, sketch books, altered books, moleskines, written notes, even photographs, as described in A Path Through Art. I wanted to see what had changed, how things had evolved, to remind myself of things that I'd tried and wanted to explore further.

    I love to page through my art journals and moleskines in search of patterns I've used in the past. Reinventing or altering them for a new creation is a challenge I adore.

    "So much time, so little to do.
    Strike that, reverse it."
    ~ Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka

    Eden developed a creative + colorful Doodle Directory to track the myriad of patterns used in her artwork.


    {{{Link+Love}}} two

    As we celebrate the wee bit of perfect weather between winter and the never-ending summer in Texas, I wanted to spread a little (((Link Love))) to the creative bloggers who linked to a post in the last 2 months or so. Writing Daisy Yellow inspires me to experiment and explore... and I hope it provides the spark for you to add creativity to your life!

    Stats and searches are imperfect, so I hope I haven't missed you. Thank you for spreading fun and creativity to the world.


    I Heart Art Festivals

    A day at the Fort Worth Main Street Arts Festival this past weekend, we've missed just one in the 20 years since we moved to Texas. Fort Worth is more laid back than Dallas, with interesting architecture, fabulous zoo, Japanese gardens, rose gardens, The Kimball Museum, Museum of Natural History, a modern art museum, all world class.


    Altered Book: Messy Pink

    "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
    ~ Bertrand Russell

    10x20" altered book, golden fluid acrylics, golden fluid matte medium, neocolors, gesso

    How long does it take from start-to-finish to complete an art journal page? With diverse techniques, materials, organization, creative style, levels of detail, etc. the question cannot be answered. Still, I challenged myself to finish everything but the journaling on two facing pages in an altered book in 60 minutes. The clock started when I began to set-up, and included cutting images, creating the art, clean-up and photography. Mission accomplished.

    Color. I like saturated color. I like to dab gesso and drops of fluid acrylics and push them around with a brush or credit card to get started. Leaving part of the page visible is a fun game. The early stages look just plain messy.

    Mod Podge is perfect for gluing images but be careful not to knock it over... I gooped up my writing instruments.

    The true joy of art journaling is to make the page your own, to focus on the process, relax. It's your page. Sometimes I use sharpies or crayons to draw around the images.

    Looking through the kitchen gadget drawer, I find things to use to stamp... lids, wine corks, cookie molds, tiny forks. Play-Doh molds are great too. Stamping and rolling little items around the page is fun. You can stamp with stamping inks or acrylic paint.

    I might journal in some of the open spaces, maybe add quote or swirlie doodles... I've been wanting to dry photo transfers again (the early attempts at photo transfers weren't so successful) using the tutorial at My Peacetree.

    Check out the final version with a quote at Messy Pink v1.2 and the rest of the Tekenfilm altered children's book project. More ideas at Step #574: Create Journal Fodder and Art Journalilng 101.