Happy New Year and Peace to all!

This is my homage to the New Year. I have never used any of the "paint" tools before, so please overlook the major flaws. In any event...this technique took me back to the days of the "etch a sketch". What fun!!!!
May the New Year bring everyone peace, health, love, and harmony in abundance.

A very good Christmas

What a wonderful time my family and I all had, and are still enjoying. I wish the same for all of you, and so much more for the coming New Year.
My grandson will be three years old tomorrow...continuing our celebration. Here is a photo of he and I together on Christmas eve. He fills my life with love and joy.

Happy Holidays!

Only six days left till Christmas. I'm wishing every one good cheer, health, love and prosperity.
My little Ms. "Molly" sends greetings too.

I'm dreaming of a WHITE Christmas

I was so excited to find the "embrace the face" challenge, that I immediately signed the guest book without reading all of the instructions, and so uploaded incorrectly. Oooops!!! My apologies.
I will do my best to submit an appropriate "FACE" for the month of December. The theme is white. I can't wait to get started.
I've always loved sketching and painting faces, so this will be tremendous fun for me. I'm so grateful to all of you bloggers/artisans. Not only do you provide incentive, but you generate so much creative energy for the rest of us.
Thank you all so much.

PHILosophy series #07 "Conversations with God"

I've completed my little quilt and will be mailing it off to Monica by tomorrow, but in the meantime here's a look.
I hope I've done justice to the other artisans, who's squares I chose to use. I 'd love to give them credit by name, but the names were not labeled on their art. Well, if you happen upon this blog, you know who you are, and I thank you.
The black strap you see on the left hand center of this piece, is the back hook and eye closure of a brassiere. I thought it to be fitting. It opens to reveal a bit of text. Sorry about the slight distortion on the bottom face, and stripes. That must have happened during the scanning.
Anyway, the art, joy and optimism of Monica and the Pink Artists has encouraged me to spend more time tending to my creative side. I sincerely thank them for that, and for all they've done for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Here is another small segment of the fabric collage I'm currently working on. Possibly my favorite snippet so far, as it was inspired by Gustav Klimt.

I feel that the majority of Klimt's paintings are visual explorations of the truths that we all identify with. He successfully portrays, reveals and defines the paradox of beauty in ugliness. Those things which we must unavoidably experience, in life, in death, in global humanity. As perfectly stated in the book “Essential Klimt” by Laura Payne, his perspective continues to provoke serious contemplation, and his work creates a brooding, almost melancholy atmosphere while tackling a grand theme.
I have provided a copy of his painting “Tragedy. This one never fails to stimulate my senses. Please click on it to to view a larger more detailed image.

so as to redeem myself in the eyes of the critics with regard to my own personifications and what I dare to call my art, it is my philosophy that…..
the degree of one's skill is NOT what should prompt us to create our own personal idea of art, but purely the degree of passion and desire for expression, thought, provocation, and motivation.

Through the creation of this humble and primitive little piece of my heART, I aspire to convey my philosophy.

I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted on this blog!!!

Once again, as motivated by the Pink Artists project,
I 'm currently working on creating a 10x10 inch collage quilt which will also showcase a few of the smaller 2x2's lovingly handmade by other artisans involved in this crusade (impeccably synchronized by Monica Magness.)
Here is a sneak peak at one of the segments I have completed so far.

I hope it doesn't offend anyone, but I'm compelled to speak in objectionable tones to this devastating disease the best way I know how, visually and spiritually.
I'll keep adding photo's as I go on, so please stay "posted" ..pun absolutely intended!

Black and White

Finally!!! I have completed my 2x2 inch squares and am sending them off to Monica along with a brief synopsis.
Here is a copy of that, and photo's of my contribution for the cause.

Between May of 2005 and December of 2006, this horrific disease claimed the lives of two of my beautiful, young, magnificently vibrant, female cousins.
YES, absolutely, this cause is extremely personal and tremendously important to me as well as to my family. As is obvious in my choice of colors, or lack there-of, I am still grief stricken and angry.
Hence....the black-lots of it.
But then again, sometimes such is life, black and white. That is when I know I must search for perspective. Life wants me to learn something, do something. So............................I take the black and the white
and I
go make ART

Circle of promise

Those whom we have loved never really leave us. They live on forever in our hearts and cast their radiant light onto our every shadow......Sylvana Rosetti

I am so happy to be participating in the "Pink Artist Art Doll Project" hosted by Monica Magness. She has created a doll that will be outfitted with all of the squares and then auctioned off on ebay, with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

This endeavor is not only a way for me to take action towards a cure, but to also reflect... to use this time to remember those I have so sadly lost and appreciate those that I am so fortunate to still have.
I am posting photo's of a few of my UNfinished 2x2 inch squares for those of you who might be looking here. from my heART