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Friday, January 24, 2020

Got busy last night....teehee

All my love boxes have gone to those I love and with the workshop coming up here they asked me at LaGrange Art League to have a display piece for the Members' event on Saturday night...sorry I won't be attending but plan to drop this one off....Which had me thinking of my one true love...The Husband.  Love you~

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Creative Art Journaling class

I like to glue about four pages together first, this makes for sturdy substrate to work on, in this case we glue two section up with four page each then let it dry some and then draw out the house, tree or whatever shape you like. 
 I think they call them Dutch Doors...where the door has a two section and can be open on the top or just the bottom.  These page are simple shape that work like that.   We draw it out first then we were very careful not the cut the book of the shape off it has to stay attached to the page...Can you see how the tree is...look close.  I draw out some simple shape to show how and were the bottom should be and you draw a line where to cut.

 Most of us did the circle shape and cut it all the way out.  Then the next page underneath you off set it a bit and cut it so the shape of the circle will start to create a design as you layer the pages one after another.

 Can you see on the left side the circle shape design that is made with the off set?   And the leftover circles I  used and great a page...reminds me of a lock... Not sure what will end up but having a good time with making it.

 We has done some tip in page from last week and now the map I decided to push back the print and lines with a thin layer of gesso.
 Gesso was applied to this spread first then I let it dry and use a baby wipe and dabbed in the acrylic paint and rub over the pages. You can see the light and dark values of the orange.  Then we carved some small gum eraser stamps.  You see my heart.

 The gum eraser are very easy to cut into...you have to be careful not to cut yourself and they will crack and break away of there treated to roughly.   I sent everyone home to carve a few to use as we move along on the journal spreads.

Looks like a mess and that's just the process, but I painted the background a color of acrylics and then two other colors and dab some on the spread and sprayed it with water...then took some plastic wrap and smear the color together underneath then pick it up and set it back down a few time which is like monoprinting.  I torn from a magazine and glued the image in the area there and put some gesso around the edge of the image...let it dry and work back in this spread more next week. We got so much more to do yet....it's getting exciting.

Friday, January 17, 2020

So after the LIFT came the VISION

 After last weekend I was scheduled to teach a workshop, Vision Boards at Mayslake Peabody Estate and we center around the table and created a beginning ceremony and we also ended there.

The white poster board and our magazines we are pulling up imagery, words and what ever else we brought with us.

Our visions in process...

 Closer look at everyone's boards....

Group photo....they are amazing and I know everyone will look forward to the way the board redirects their lives this year. 

Last Thursday....

All week prior to Thursday the husband was doing what he does best. Researching online about Bruno lifts.  My father is ill and needs some help, so there was talk about getting one of these but sometimes they don't last long in households because of the person needing cross over in a peaceful way.   So this is how we got the one we did.  Last Wednesday we went together to pick it up in northern Ill.

We were able to drive up to Wisconsin with the new trail on the back of the newer truck...good experience for the Husband he wants to do some solo traveling to a couple of blacksmith conventions etc.

But first before we were to put the lift in for my parents we had to do some moving of stairs.

 Stairs are moved over. There wasn't enough room for the lift and the ramp on the lift to keep it where the stairs were.   That was almost the hold day...to make sure things were shored up right on the landing part.
Bye the end of the Friday night we had the main chair lift in the area and seeing if it would run.   At this point was in such gratitude because thing was so heavy....and I'm strong but not as strong as the Husband is.   But we did it with good creative thinking and know how of leverager.

 He got it running...the person we purchased it from said it was running and as you can see by the smile on the Husband face it worked.
 I was fascinated with electric board so I had to take a picture.

 Big motor...
 Ramp attached so that it closes going up and opens to the floor going down.
This was all assembled in the breeze way of the my parents homes. 

Video of the lift working...

Keeping my father in our prayers as he works through his illness. 

I had to tell my Husband at the end of the Friday night how amazing he is in figuring this all out...I knew it but I was close in the process I'm left in Awe of his abilities.

Thursday, January 09, 2020


 WWRWW....Women Who Run With the Wolves

When my oldest child was about 8 years old, second was 5 and the twins, about 2 ish...Years really don't matter...they were young and I was young mother, meeting women in school where my children attended.   A wind came by with a whim of a thought to take this class or seminar about Women Who Run with the Wolves.  Even my Cousin Doris came out from Yorkville to attend.  Pretty cool. Maybe the children were younger...Oh heck, I'm lucky that I even remember something. Being mom and all that entails means you are giving all the time and some of your brain cells get given away too.

So in recovering a part of myself I took the course.  Wow I was in awe of the stories and the meaning so much so that I went to Anderson's Bookstore to get Clarissa Signature in my book.

Now, many years later, past menopause and adult children moving out, I'm in the grips of reading the book again. I take my cues from my environment and influences of nature and other women. Stumble upon a magazine and in the magazine were women artist and at least 75% of them had listed Women Who Run With the Wolves as a must read....Hmmm it's got me interested again. Plus most of last year I heard some other women in my Book club want to do an intense reading of this book again too. 

From New York Times .... it has become popular again. Wow this is an article and an half.

I have meet Clarissa as mentioned above and I am in awe of her voice and storytelling abilities.   It's like the Artist Way book by Julia Cameron...you love them both or don't...Really it doesn't matter what you think just as long as you find what influences an Awakening of Spirit...

There is much more to life than the surface stuff....there is the gift of stories. So I join a small group of women soon to venture into the pages of Wildness, Wilderness of the Wild Woman. Looking forward to where the discussion takes us. 

And 13 Reason Why you should read Women Who Run With Wolves...