A Mosaic of Ideas About Life, Art & Superfluous Adornment.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Sketchbook Project and my Musings about it

This is my sketchbook for "The Sketchbook Project", under the title of
"Encyclopedia of" and I chose Encyclopedia of Divinity, which to me is a very open ended topic dealing with spirituality, and I like to think, whimsy. The greatest tragedy, I think, would for the universe not to have a sense of humour about life and all its goings on.

Since I have seemingly been obsessing over angels the last few years I figured I would keep that theme going a while longer. I long for the night when one of my "flying dreams" isn't just flapping as hard as I can while getting nowhere and suddenly turns into one of soaring easily in the sky without having to dodge around power lines and trees.

Divinity: to refer to powers or forces that are universal, or transcend human capacities. 
To refer to qualities of individuals who are considered to have some special access or relationship to the divine.
I love collage and so decided to throw some pages together with some beloved quotes and thoughts about divinity/spirituality/some things of some importance to me.
 What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then? ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
There is nothing more beautiful or peaceful than your sleeping children.

 Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty; Believe me, that Angel's hand is there. ~Fra Giovanni
 Follow your Bliss. ~Joseph Campbell
 Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. ~Henry David Thoreau 
 Once in an age God sends to some of us a friend who loves in us, not a false-imagining, an unreal character, but looking through the rubbish of our imperfections, loves in us the divine ideal of our nature,--loves, not the man that we are, but the angel that we may be. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe
Here with a picture of my 2010 ArtPrize Angel "Luminary"~the Light Bringer.
 You are a volume in the Divine book. A mirror to the power that created the universe.
Whatever you want, ask it of yourself.
Whatever you're looking for can only be found inside of you. ~Rumi


 The only problem with adding thick and heavy collaged pages into a lightweight sketchbook is that it gets quite thick and, unfortunately, more than half way through, a few of the pages came loose from the binding. I ended up wiring the whole book together and adding a thick string to keep it all together.
 My work table is organized chaos.

 Choice is a divine teacher, for when we choose 
we learn that nothing is ever put in our path without a reason. ~Iyanla Vanzant
 Joy is the serious business of heaven. ~CS Lewis
 I love this quote and wrote it on an overlaying piece of vellum to get the collage and quote together.

 "I believe there is something of the divine mystery in everything that exists.
We can see it sparkle in a sunflower or a poppy.
We sense more of the unfathomable mystery in a butterfly that flutters from a twig--
or a goldfish swimming in a bowl.
But we are closest to God in our own soul.
Only there can we become one with the greatest mystery of life.
In truth, at very rare moments
We can experience that we ourselves are that Divine Mystery.
~Jostein Gaarder
 You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is. ~Will Rogers
Creation is prayer.
To create is to pray. ~Dan Wakefield
Almost done, I have two more pages to add, will show those when they are done, and this has to be postmarked by January 31st.  Then, it will be off on tour with the Sketchbook Project 2012. I will also upload the link to view this online when it is posted on the Arthouse Coop's website.
This has been great fun and seriously time consuming; on to the next project.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Elves Abound in Lakeview!

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy,

 candy canes, candy corns and syrup." 

~Buddy the Elf

And, of course, Gumdrops!
Welcome to Christmas in Lakeview!
 What a fun time we had today in the shop. 63 elves and their grownups visited A Work of Art Studio to make a gumdrop tree and get their picture taken with the "ArtPrize Angel". Thanks to everyone who came out. Some fabulous local artisans were also in attendance to share their talents and beautiful wares. 
Check out these special elves who came a calling today:

Here's wishing everyone a very safe and happy holiday

 season and I hope to see some of you for art classes or 

salon services in the future. Peace be with you!