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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Locks of Love



This is what my daughter did this weekend on her visit home. Well, she didn't do it ~ my hairdresser did it for her. It's a very thick hank of hair, so it took a while to dry out completely. This morning I stuck it in a ziploc and sent it off to Locks of Love. That's the place that provides hairpieces to kids who have long-term medical hair loss and whose families are financially strapped.



Monday, September 26, 2005

The unfathomable sea


The unfathomable sea, and time, and tears
The deeds of heroes and the crimes of kings
Depart us

~Robert Louis Stevenson

I worked on this piece while on vacation a couple weeks back. It's handpainted watercolor paper, fabric, beads, fibers, shells, stamps, etc etc.


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Friday, September 23, 2005

Autumn


Autumn Gold

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
~Samuel Butler



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Thursday, September 22, 2005

A not-very-good picture

Just a quick digital picture that I snapped this morning. You can barely see any detail, and I promise a better snap when it's finished.


I'm still not sure what words are going to be added. I'm considering this children's song:

Have you ever gone fishing on a hot summer's day
And seen all the little fishies swimming up and down the bay?

Does anyone have a better suggestion for me? I'd like to use a children's rhyme or song if possible.





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If pirates ruled the world

New photoshop contest over at Worth1000.com



Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I love New York

Not the Big Apple, particularly, although it does have it's own sort of charm...

I love western New York ~ farm fields, Finger Lakes, fishing, antiquing, barns, barns, barns, and more barns!




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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

What I did on my (late) summer vacation



Fished, boated, hiked, and took pictures of my husband (isn't he cute?). In general, attempted to recharge my batteries.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

A short break

With all the activity surrounding our two kids this summer, Mike and I never took a vacation. We've decided to take a short hack-around-the-house break, in which I've promised (maybe) to try to stay away from the computer. Hopefully when we finish, I'll have something decent to show for my time :-)

See you in a few!




Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Alphabetica


Alphabetica: An A To Z Technique Guide For Collage And Book Artists

A new book by Lynn Perrella, with a release date of January 2006. It can be advance ordered from Amazon. Lynn's last book, Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks, is a favorite of mine.

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Monday, September 12, 2005

Hidden Bridge


Hidden Bridge

We found this spot along one of the beautiful trails through Letchworth State Park in western New York. Mike and I are heading there soon for vacation. With all the disruption this summer with kids graduating, leaving the country, going to college, not returning to the country, etc, our vacay is quite late. And boy, do we both need it!



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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Making backgrounds

I did some more sunprinting experiments this weekend, this time using cheesecloth. I was pretty happy with most of the fabrics, but the piece I liked the most was actually a failed experiment. I used a piece of watercolor paper and really soaked it, but it still didn't sunprint. Paper just dries too fast I guess. Anyway, I hated the colors that resulted, so I kept adding colors and trying over and over again to get it to print. Finally, there was enough paint build-up that the cheesecloth started to sort of embed in the layers. Well, that looked pretty cool...so I went with it. Several layers later, this is what I had:



Not sure what it's going to be a background for yet, but I'm betting that there will be beads involved!



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Monday, September 05, 2005

A new direction

Two months ago, I shared with you about how Nate, my oldest had decided to head off for a Guatemalan orphanage to volunteer for the summer. Well, summer is over, and Nate has thrown us all for a loop!

We got a call from him, two days before we were supposed to pick him up at the airport. He had planned to come home and go back to college (small community college he commutes to), but he has decided he's staying there instead!! No money, no long-term plans ~ just a 19 year old who wants to help save the world. This weekend was a very emotional one for me...and for Mike, but I think we're getting over it. I'm ok with it now, but it was quite a surprise.

Being an empty-nester this year was *not* the plan!

Friday, September 02, 2005

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