Friday, January 18, 2019

beauty surrounds us


I found this quote while surfing this morning. Thank you, Donna Goar, for the inspiration to play with photoshop and a photo. Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

art heals

Two year anniversary of George's passing. Doing some healing art journaling.


Monday, January 07, 2019

raindrops


We don't get much rain in SoCal ... hence my fascination with raindrops on flower petals 😃. Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 06, 2019

2018 Art

2018 was filled with moving and adjusting to my new art space; not filled with a doing a lot of art. I began to knit again, finding a passion of long ago. I found a project online (WarmUpAmerica) and decided to make an afghan. I made 40+ squares, in different patterns but don't enjoy the "fixing up" of weaving in strands of yarn, etc. That project is waiting for inspiration. My granddaughter asked me to make her a blanket; she selected the yarn. It turned out lovely, and was a lot of fun.


Then I heard of an organization that sends scarves to overseas military. Operation Gratitude. So I made a bunch of scarves in different patterns. I've finished 9 ... when I reach a dozen, I'll send them off.


I backed off from digital memory keeping and art. Just couldn't find the inspiration. Here are a few pieces I completed:



I started a new art form ... stitched meditations. The process of collaging different fabrics, hand stitching and beading is very calming, soothing. Just what I needed for this transition year. I created a little book.



But the most fun I've had in a long time is weaving with my new toy. I bought a kids loom, figuring if I liked weaving I can always upgrade to a better one.



Well, I absolutely have fallen in love with this art form. Here are my first three pieces:

#1. Trying it out.

I made this one for my granddaughter, using some of the yarn from her blanket.


#3. Weaving with yarn and sari silk, embellished with beads

Looking back, I guess I did create a lot. Looking ahead, I'm trying to determine what kinds of projects I want to pursue. There is so much I could do ... where will my passion be this year?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Happy Holidays

Scenes from around here ... my first Christmas in my new home. Smaller tree. Less ornaments. Some loved ones saved from my big pare down this year.







And some old friends ... come to celebrate the holiday in their new home.




Last year, as I put away Christmas, I knew I'd be in a smaller home. So I gave away a LOT, like the majority of my Santa collection. I'm sorry now; I have plenty of space, even without the two mantels and hearths. However, my home looks and feels festive.

I hope whoever reads this has a very Happy Holiday!

~jan

Friday, October 26, 2018

I realize I'm not a blogger

No, I'm not a blogger. I don't have a lot to say, publicly. I moved to a new home about 7 months ago and am just now getting settled and feeling the creative itch.  It's been a very long dry spell.

I've decided to post pictures on Instagram. So, follow me there to see any new art (or whatever). You can click the link above.

https://www.instagram.com/artsyjan/

I'll keep this blog open in case I wish to use it as an avenue to share any creativity and artsy news. Thanks to those who have followed me here.

Jan

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Art therapy

Sometimes I get frustrated when things don't go as planned. Today, I turned to digi art as therapy.

Starting with this painting from several years ago ...


I ended up with this ...

2 Doves, digital

I titled it 2 Doves because the paint blob reminds me of dove parents who are seen frequently on my back wall, looking for a nesting place. Yes, this is great therapy!

Monday, January 08, 2018

Happy Monday


Trying to develop a habit of creating something regularly.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018



One of my "goals" this year is to determine where to post my art. I clearly don't have a lot to say (i.e., blogging), but I also don't understand Instagram from the pc enough, yet. For some reason, I dislike Facebook. Anyway ... I may continue to post here and I may not ... we'll see.

My art goals include more digital artistry/painting. And a return to my fabric art, art quilts, of which I have several in various stages of completion. I've also signed up for a ceramics class at the local high school ... that should be fun.

I hope you have a creative 2018!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Holidays


For those that stop by this blog ... I thank you and wish you a very happy holiday.