The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friendship - Inner Works Collaborative -Round Two

This is a glimpse of one page from a two page spread, which I created for Veronica Funk's Friendship theme book. ....she is one of the six wonderful artists, collaborating in the Inner Works Collaborative altered book round robin.  Her theme is wonderful and very serendipitous for me ....Her pages are lovely, and as they unfold, the message in them is loud and clear, friendship and love all begins with you...And as time goes by.."it does not change us, it unfolds us."~ Max Frisch...she also quotes "If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire." ~ Simone Weil....Both messages were great for me to reflect on in my current life's journey....They gave me hope, they challenged me and the process, both the joy and struggle of creating these pages within her book reflect that....I began with this theme.... "To love the unfolding of your journey"...for more on this page, you can check it out here!  For Veronica's pages of her own book, go here!...... Veronica's pages in both her own book and in Seth's, as that is the next book I will begin... is stunning...and are absolutely divine...I would love to share glimpses of them with you..but feel that it isn't really my place to do so...and it might also ruin the surprise for Seth ....
To all, "Love the Unfolding of your journey"!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Random Act of Colour - A little giddy fairy visited and left me a bundle of joy!

I received a "Random Act of Colour" at my studio door yesterday...all wrapped up in this lovely fun, playful, giddy with Spring fever feel to it, wrapping...the comics from the paper...The sun was shining yesterday, the air was spring like and the day was great..and turned even better when I arrived home in the afternoon to find this lovely little bundle of joy, left behind by a playful fairy or pixie friend....I instantly wanted to open it...looked everywhere for a name...who could have left me this lovely package waiting, inviting me to open up and laugh, giggle and feel warm all if receiving a hug...No Name was to be found..just the inscription "A Random Act of Colour ~ Let your inner hippie shine".....What lay inside were two lovely books, one by Louise L. Hay on " Colors and Numbers" and the other an Altered Book Guide....what joy...and I had to guess who delivered this joy...I soon found out that it was my wise and loving friend Jill Davey....She is a wonderful person who shows up to live fully and lives by leading by example....and I feel I have already learnt so much from her in the short time I have spent with her...THANKS my guru friend....Check out her lovely learn more about who she is in the world...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring is here and I am thinking of birds and nesting...they are so rich with love and symbolism

"Lost in the Bush", 2007 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage, Copper Framed, 24 x 24

"Art Elation", 2009 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage, 8 1/4 x 16 1/4
Below: Detail of the next with A-R-T eggs.

Spring is here...I brought in the Spring dancing my heart out to the fantastic music producer, engineer, composer, DJ of Andrew was just what my heart and soul needed....Recently I bought the SHIVA BOOM Cd and it is so wildly wonderful...check out

With the Spring I have once again been thinking about our lovely bird friends, their beauty, wisdom and their lovely nests they call home...I have used the nesting imagery quite a bit lately and in the past...and find myself revisiting it again for the Spring Show at the Globe Studios, May 1st, 2nd and 3rd..come and visit me there.  Here is a poem to our fine feathered friends and to your HAPPY SPRING!

Words from the Aviary - D.G. Jones

"I would clothe you in feathers
You are too bare
in your long bones when the wind 
sighs in the snow

You are a movement of birds

I would clothe you in voices
appellations, words
spare as the mirror of a young girl

or raw, and deliquescent as the crow's
cawing over chill fields

It is not clothing but a call

of voices, nameless
gone into the still air

of the small birds that drift
above a river running among stones
in the Haute-Savoie

above the grasses of the steppe, and in the small
trees of the taiga

in the summer forest
along the Ottawa

I would surround you with a guard
of heron like a tall
smoke, I would surround you with a choir

or unrecorded waterbirds, exiguous
emerging from a wall

beyond the Nile

I would have you smile, and see the sun
arrested, rest among your bones

as glistening

you move within the garden of your names, diaphanous

You walk as you have always walked 
through desert yards, the cold
spaces where the night

sighs among the stars

the sunken orchard where the wind
sighs in the snow

You are an overture

You come

like a migration 
like the first waters of the world
with the entelechy of flowers

And then your naked summer 
silences my words. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Inner Diva Workshop - Coming to Wise Daughters in Toronto Sunday April 26th 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

I will be facilitating a fun play shop on Sunday April 26th 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Wise Daughter's Craft Market in Toronto.  This "Inner Diva" Collage Art Workshop is a great way to connect with your creative spirit, your friends, sisters, daughters, or mother in a fun style creative play shop.  Come and let yourself play with creativity, with no expectations, just letting go with music and colourful delightful materials.  A great way to celebrate yourself and other women.  To register call Wise Daughters at 416- 761-1555.  No artistic experience needed, all supplies provided, $60/person.  Bring with you special photos of yourself or others, pets etc. and powerful affirmations that bring you inspiration...these are things you can use in your collage, photocopies are recommended.

"It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope." 
~ Ursula K. Le. Guin

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Brightening my day in play and creativity - new pieces available on etsy

"Brighten My Day", 5 x 5 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage, Original Work

"Zenith", 5 x 5 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage, Original Work

"Forever Art Today", 5 x 5 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage, Original Work

"Song in the Spring", 5 x 5 Encaustic Mixed Media Collage - Original Work

New pieces available on my etsy, check it out...Original Encaustic Mixed Media Collage, 5 x 5 pieces, ready for framing.  These were inspired by my creative and playful muse this week, inviting play and joy and in anticipation for Spring.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Some New Work in Honour of International Womyn's Day 2009

These are a few of the new works I have been working on as part of a commission order for International Womyn's Day 2009.   I have thoroughly enjoyed creating this...with each piece I think about the multitude of gifts womyn encapsulate each day in their daily tasks and roles all around the world..and how we all, as womyn need to love ourselves first in order to continue to give to others...

Monday, March 2, 2009

International Women's Day Festivities - Bread and Roses Art Exhibit at the Alma Gallery

Special International Women's Day festivities begin with the opening of the "Bread and Roses" Art Exhibit at the Alma Gallery, in Guelph - from Tues. March 3rd to Weds. March 11th.  Opening reception will be Sunday March 8, 5 - 9 p.m.  which will feature the powerful artwork from many wonderful visual, fibre and three dimensional sculpture artists, as well as, performances from female poets and music courtesy of a lady dj - this is an event to check out.  

Also on Thurs. March 5th there will be an author talk with Jean Little and Edeet Ravel at the Alma Gallery from 7 p.m. and on Friday March 6th , 7 p.m. there will be an evening of  "Women in Film" feature of short films by Canadian Women filmmakers at Ed Video, 40 Baker St. Guelph.   So there are lots to celebrate and check out in honour of all the great womyn in the world, your world...Some of the great womyn artists being featured in this "Bread and Roses" show are:  Tina Newlove, Julie Pasila, Andrea Bird, Aliki Mikulich, Grayce Perry, Annette Dyon, Janet Stanley, Marilyn Clarke, Supria Karmakar, Pat Megraw, S S, Kanika, Pearl Vangeest, Maria Pezzano, Tammy Ratcliff, Karolina Kuras, Saffron and more...

Check back later this week for new 'small' work that will be in celebration of this theme, International Women's Day, which will be available at my etsy online store...

Happy International Womyn's Day 2009.