Monday, July 31, 2006

It's Monday again

Thank you all for the well wishes! I feel better, even though not a 100% yet. I slept so much! Could use another day of rest, but I am going to work. Will try to catch up on art and e-mail tonight... :::waving:::

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Goddess Mandalas

Today I found two things that I have been looking for for weeks: my glue gun, and my precious collection of rubber stamps. (I still have lots of boxes to unpack from moving!) But, the funny thing is that even though I still like commercial rubber stamps, I found that the awkward little hand carved stamp of the Goddess I made, produced an image that seemed somehow richer, in spite of, or because of its flaws...

Just for comparison: this third mandala was stamped with a bought rubber stamp. Nice also, but I like the rougher hand made image better.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

feeling sick

I'm sick.
I couldn't even finish my shift yesterday, I was getting worse by the minute with a nasty cold and fever. I slept from 8:30pm last night until 11:30 am this morning. And then some more this afternoon. And I could go back to sleep again. I feel just all around yucky.
My doggie keeps trying to get me to get up by pulling the sheets off of me and grabbing hands or licking my face, or any other uncovered piece of skin. It's hard to be sick with an enthusiastic dog.

Friday, July 28, 2006

The Night Tree

the nights here are hazy soft dark blue grey
I wander outdoors in my bare feet and listen to the cicadas.
that's when I feel most wondrous about being here, and the heat feels friendly and warm instead of sweltering and all consuming.
The moon seems closer.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Flame Goddess

"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."
--From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Monday, July 24, 2006

I have dissappeared!

I can't see my blog. I just get a blank page. Yikes!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Today's journal page

Sometimes it's so incredibly hard to do the everyday routine of getting up early, going to work, coming home, and it starts all over the next day. I find that there is not much energy left for myself at the end of the day. I'm struggeling with the heat and humidity here, it wears me out. The other day I was thinking: "I don't want to go to work..." and I thought about where I'd rather be. Well, here you can see where I'd like to be....

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Altered text ATCs

Some play with words ...

First stamp carving

Inspired by my artsy-sweety friend Aimhleas over at , I tried my hand at carving a stamp. This is the result. It was easier than I thought, and harder than it looks. I definitely want to explore that further !
If you want to see some really cool carvings, you should visit Aimhleas' blog!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

On Creativity

To create - to cause to come into existence; make, originate, produce

Every since I can remember I have always loved creating or making stuff.It is my way of connecting, of feeling alive and of being totally in the now.I know many of you feel the same way...Feeling that inspiration, we pick up the brush, the yarn, the pen, the cooking pot. With these tools we express ourselves, adding beauty, truth and positivity to the world. We celebrate the energy that enables us to create and become one with it . We draw, paint, sculpt, weave, write, design web pages, bake , run our own business, sing, dance, matters not what we choose to do, it only matters that we recognize our need to be creative and honour it. Creativity gives to you and the world. It empowers us. It nourishes us. It is what life is all about. Never forget that you are a creative being. Honour that creativity. Honour it in others as well. Focus. Creativity needs a nurturing environment. without the many distractions that are continually available. Busy work and creativity are not the same thing. Don't allow negative self-talk or negative comments from others to stop you from your creative pursuits. .When you chose to share your work with others, don't be overly influenced by their reactions. Most will respond positively, but there will always be the critics, the nay sayers. Don't share your work with negative people unless you are strong enough to not let it affect you. Allow for "mistakes", see them as lessons and opportunities for more growth. Focus on the process, not the finished product. Work without being attached to outcome. We must enjoy what we are doing, not be product driven. View your work, as well as yourself, as "a work in progress".Take risks, go out on a limb. Listen when that small voice inside, says "what if we did it this way instead" The act of creativity is also the act of discovery.Respect those times, when creativity appears to be blocked. Don't get overwhelmed thinking you'll never get it happening again. Trust these times of fallow. They happen to every creative person and often precede the birth of a new creation.. Never give up, keep at it. Suspend the inner critic. Keep it humble. Keep it real. You are just one of the components required for creativity to flourish. Like the brush, the yarn, the clay, the wheel, the computer, the guitar see yourself as one part of the cosmic chain of creativity.

......"and there is only the dance"........T.S. ELIOT

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Today's journal page

From her hand spills forth the sea...

How I would love to be like this -- silent and solitary, powerful creator of life that stays hidden
Does that sound a little too conceited?
It's not meant to be. My heart feels so big sometimes, so much to give, and it goes by unnoticed.

(rubber stamp by Meer Image, collage art, water color, and gel pen art by Etayne)

Monday, July 10, 2006

On my way to work

This is what it looks like when I drive to work. It's early in the morning, the far distance has a hazy quality, and it's green, green green.. I only managed a couple of pictures today, maybe more tomorrow....

Sunday, July 09, 2006

summer art doll

I had a wonderfully artsy day!
These are some little art dolls for a swap over at I was originally going to sew the doll, but chickened out. I think I'd rather try that on my own first, not for a swap. These little gals are not quite finished yet, they are waiting for embellishment: pretty beads, nature's bounty, shiny things...
I don't know yet which one I will keep, either. But altogether it made for a lovely afternoon creating. I had to share with Fiona, who delighted in stealing my twigs and chewing them up.

The Rules!

I saw this at Dollywood, in an old one-room school house exhibit. It's one of the nice things that Dolly Parton does here -- the preservation of old times, old things, old arts and crafts.

School Mistress Etayne would have never made it in two petticoats!! (And I work in Green County!) :::giggle:::

Goddess Root

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Today's journal page

Here is that same drawing, I touched it up with a soft pencil, and photographed it in the daylight. Artificial light always adds such nice warm toasty colors, but this is what it looks like now.
Still something missing. The dragon? The knight? The damsel in distress? It'll come to me in time...

Just a doodle, really... was watching a fairy tale on TV and this came onto the page. I lost a lot of the texture detail with the water color crayon wash, and something seems to be missing. I dunno...
What do you think?

Friday, July 07, 2006

Fiona has the right idea

I'm much too sleepy to write anything much tonight. I'm taking my clue from Fiona, and am going to sleep. Good night to all you night owls, that come to visit here! May sleep and sweet dreams find you.
I have a snoring dog to aid me.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Purple heart ATCs

I made these for a swap over at Artella. The theme was violet/yellow/gold.
I like playing with texture, layers and lines.
The more, the better the result. Well, most of the time.
I used watercolor brush markers, gel pens, colored pencils, a rubber stamp by Teesha Moore, and the key is a shrinky dink. The pictures look very blue, but all that blueness is really purple in natural lighting.
I had fun!

Take a look here for last months' swap:

If I was a Southpark character ...

...this is what I'd look like:
REMARKABLE likeness, isn't it?Try this at

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Today's journal page

Thoughts about the past... some things are just there, mostly in the background, some days they surface, and I wonder why certain things were the way they were. The ones' were my actions caused something to happen or not to happen, are easy... but other peoples' doing -- well you just have no control over that. I remind myself that most people don't set out to hurt you, they just look out for themselves.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

another Goddess in the water...

Another view of a dream....

Things that happened today

1.) I fell down the basement steps.
This is the hole I made crashing into the wall. Yikes!

2.) Fiona immediately recognizes the bread machine as evil intruder and barks at it while it's
kneading dough.

3.) The date-nut bread turns out wonderful in spite of or because of the fierce dog protecting me from evil machine.

4.) Life is good. Even funny at times, depending from what angle you look at it. I have to admit, looking from the bottom of the stairs on my tushie wasn't so funny, but all's well that ends well, eh? Thank you, Mr Shakespeare!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Good Dog!!

Here is the "good dog" at beginning of class, she hates the "gentle leader", and it was very hot.

Demonstrating "emergency come": she has to respond to me calling her , she is waiting with trainer Melissa for my "Come quick!".

Her class mates Binx and Jake and their Mommies.

Fiona tied with class mate Lexie for first place!!

...and here she is, all tuckered out on the way home.

There is hope for my shoe eating, underwear chewing, cat chasing, neurotic high jumping dog!! She did so well.. and even though sometimes she drives me bananas, especially when she eats my art supplies, I love her dearly, and she is the best doggy I could ever have.
:::proud smile:::

How about that???

It was once again too hot too move much, so I surfed on the net, and found lots of goofy stuff, that makes me think there is others with too much time on their hands. Or maybe it's too hot there too.
Anyhow, I searched for silly quizzes, and found one titled "what kind of sexy black heel should you wear?"

Well, here you have it!

Now, shall I wear my lacy black bra or my leather black bra with that??

anyhow, it's time for Fiona's puppy class, she is graduating tonight! :::stalking out on high heels::::

Sunday, July 02, 2006

something pretty

My Mama gave me sun flower seeds two years ago, I never planted them while I lived in Seattle. I tried here -- and this one made it! I enjoy it very much...

Goddess in the water

I dreamed that I was in a new place (which I am). The land was hot and dry and cracked. I came to a stream: clear, sweet water flowing over round rocks worn smooth with age.
I looked into the water and I saw images of the Goddess on the rocks. I stepped into the stream and lifted one out. "I'm always there" is what she said...
:::smiling::: I love when the universe talks.
So here is my attempt at capturing this dream:

printmaster program, gel pens and watersoluable crayons

Saturday, July 01, 2006

swiped from another bloggy

Call me names!
1. YOUR SPY NAME: (middle name and current street) Helga Crown Circle
2.YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your mom's side, your favorite candy) Hildegard Twix
3.YOUR RAP NAME (first initial of first name, first two or three letters of your last name ) Agie
4. YOUR GAMER TAG: (a favorite colour, a favorite animal) green cat
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Helga Muellheim
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of your last name, last 3 letters of mother's maiden name, first 3 letters of your pet's name) Giegiefio
7. JEDI NAME: (middle name spelled backwards, your mom's maiden name spelled backwards Agleh Relseig
8. PORN STAR NAME: (first pet's name, the street you grew up on) Moritz Schiller
9. HERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, the automobile your dad drives) The green Erwin

:::giggle::: have fun playing.

todays' journal page

Peaceful evening, listening to "A Prairie Home Companion" on the radio, (the monologue was roll on the floor funny, too) there was some very pretty music on the show today! I like drawing to music, letting the pen glide over the page, catching the up and down of the melody, it's sweetness and mood. Garrison Keillor was singing a duet with Merryl Streep -- "What'll I do when you are far away?" Sweet old song. Made me think of my huni, who is on the road for a long stretch.

This one's for you, Donna.