Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A few months ago, there was a Facebook challenge to make a handmade gift for five of your friends who asked for it. My step-daughter Elizabeth, who is always very creative, met the challenge and said she would make a handmade gift for the first five who responded to her (and then agreed to do it for five of their friends, by the way). Knowing that something from Elizabeth would be very special, I said "Yes!" to her and was one of the first five who asked for a handmade gift from her.
What Elizabeth made is pictured above, though I didn't do it justice. She made a pillow with the outlines of the hands of the people in my immediate family---my beloved Jenifer, Louisa, Peter, Sophia and Griffin. She portrayed it with my pair of hands kind of holding them. It is very meaningful and also fun at the same time. Elizabeth really knows how to hit those heartstrings--I'm grateful for these special people and also grateful for Elizabeth recognizing what means the most to me.
I did make a little card, but this one is done in marking pen. I couldn't make watercolor work for it. I had to use my"artistic license" on the edge. The print of the words "faith, hope, love" is smaller and far more intricate, but I had to do what worked for doing the card. Also, I ended up elongating things a little. The pillow is actually square. I love it all, but I find it especially endearing that my "girly girl" 4-year old granddaughter Sophia showed her fingernails painted! Elizabeth used drawings that were sent to her, so they are originals of those people. Griffin is "all business" and made his hand as a complete image....closed at the wrist. I also love how Elizabeth showed me as an anchor and Peter as a central figure. Our immediate family is small, but our love is big. I really appreciate Elizabeth's being able to know that...and then to give me something that shows it.
Now, I have to do a handmade gift for those who responded to me on the Facebook challenge. One of those is Elizabeth. She set the bar pretty high....hope I can reach it!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a potluck dinner at my friend Patty's house. We have a group of four and we get together once a month. It was great fun and we always try to find dragonfly gifts--small things....just for fun. Patty gave me a metallic dragonfly sculpture. My painting doesn't do justice to the metallic dragonfly sculpture Patty gave me, but I still like both of them--the little sculpture and my little painting. There are some metallic gold highlights, but they don't show up in the photo. Thanks, Patty.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
I decided to make them into a little book, and here is a picture of couple of the pages. It is all pictures of labyrinth paintings. The only words in this book are the titles of the paintings. The color is great and it was really fun to do. The picture above doesn't really do it justice. It an edition of one. I'll be packing it around with me,so my Portland friends can see it. In fact, they will have to beg me not to show it to them!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I also sketched a bicycle, which just happened to have a baby trailer attached:
It was fun to be out in the sunshine...sketching with friends.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Yes, Louisa and Peter celebrated Peter's 50th birthday with a trip to Scotland. I was intimately involved in the trip because I stayed with Griffin and Sophia while their parents were gone and made sure they kept up with their daily routines. What fun for me to drop in on my grandchildren's lives...and also to be able to visit some of my favorite galleries while they were in school.
The gifts brought back were exquisite. There are some sterling silver earrings in a celtic design---I portrayed one, but didn't do it justice. They are really beautifully crafted, and very nice. Louisa also brought back a big silk flower that can be either a pin or a hair ornament and I have been having a lot of fun with it! There's more--a book that I didn't even try to capture that shows various artist's responses to the Parliament Building in Edinboroguh. The Parliament was built in the years 1999-2004, so it is actually very modern. The artists did a great job of portraying the various aspects of the building....historical, contemporary and futuristic.
Nice gifts, Louisa and Peter....I love it all!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Recently, when I saw Nancy at a potluck dinner with a few of our friends, she surprised us by giving us a little plant for the garden. The choices were marigolds or this cosmos. I chose the cosmos because I have been growing some marigolds from seed, which are doing very well. I love it and it is in a beautiful little planter that kind of matches the color of the blooms.
Thanks, Nancy, for this little reminder about Spring and growth.
Friday, May 4, 2012
A few weeks ago, my artist friend Eileen surprised me with a beautiful necklace and treated me to breakfast. It is made from a special yarn that has squares (which looks like facets) of thread colors and then they are woven into strands. The colors are the full spectrum. I just so happened to be wearing a frog jacket when she gave it to me and they looked great together. Since I mentioned it, here's a picture of the frog jacket:
The colors of the jacket matched the colors of the necklace Eileen gave me. Actually, since then I have learned that lots of things match that necklace. It is a pretty fun thing to have.
Eileen is a special sort of person--very thoughtful. She said she gave me the necklace to thank me for putting her paintings into our shows at O'Connor's while she was on a trip. I would have just done it for her as a friend, but it was very nice to actually be thanked. So now, thank you, Eileen, for the necklace and breakfast and also the chance to talk about my unique jacket, too!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
My "take" and the seven others are currently on display in O'Connor's, which is the restaurant where we have our weekly meetings. They are all very different. That is what made the project fun. The show is up until the first week of June.