Posts Tagged ‘etcetera’


February 26, 2013

I spent the evening reading old journal entries.  I couldn’t keep a journal until I decided I would write it for one special person, my future (maybe?) great grandchild.  That made it easy to think of what to write.  I wrote things that I wish I knew about my great grandparents.  My aunt recently told me that she wrote her memories of her children and grandchildren and gave them as birthday gifts this past year.  How clever of her to think of such a wonderful gift!  I am always surprised that my kids don’t remember things from their early days, or when their memory is flavored with the telling and retelling of stories.  But isn’t that the way it is for all of us.

My mother talked a lot of memories during her last months.  She didn’t share memories (she shared plenty over the years), rather she talked of  what memories were, of how our perspective of an event so totally affects a memory.   My memory of an event from childhood may be very different than my sister’s memory of the same event.  But both of them are true, who is to say your memory is wrong?

The other writing I do is note taking while listening to sermons in church.  Those notes include lots of doodling.  Sometimes a sermon inspires very visual notes, other times not so much.  I am not sure what inspired this fish!  Can’t remember from the notes!


Here is another watercolor portrait I worked on last weekend.  Added some finishing touches tonight, mainly to keep me up past 9 pm!


This is on aquabord, 8″x8″.

origami butterflies

October 2, 2012

This weekend, a few wonderful friends sat and listened to me.  And one took action.  For this, I am very grateful.  This is going in her thank you!  (Maybe one very similar, anyway!!!  There must be a secret to getting perfectly curved wire.)

The origami butterflies were done following a you-tube video by Michael LaFosse.

I did the mobile below a year or two ago.  I thought I was so clever to use jewelry making supplies (i.e. beading wire, crimp beads, etc.) to refine it a bit (vs. tying knots).   Using the twig was a little easier than the wire and this butterfly was a simpler origami pattern, but I loved the way it turned out, also.

If you know the secret to the flawless bending of wire, please let me in on it!  I could also use a lesson in taking pictures of mobiles!

Read thru to the end!

May 14, 2011

I have just opened an Etsy shop!  Well, I opened it a long time ago but have just listed items for sell!  Now if I can figure out how to create a link or button on this page to it, I will be all set.  I called the shop The Disarranged Studio after the blog.  The name comes from the utter chaos my studio is ALWAYS in.  It’s not that I cannot keep it clean, I can’t even manage to get it clean.  Not enough space when you dabble in all the stuff I do.  BUT, I am trying.

I digress though… I am the world’s worse self promoter but will place items in the shop occasionally, so take a look.   If I can figure out this button stuff.

A couple of weeks ago, the First Friday Art Group gathered to play.  Mary Ann Clayton showed us how to make these wonderful creations from generic Barbie dolls.  So much fun and so creative of her!


a very big congratulation to my clever and talented son, John Lewis Taylor Finley, who graduated from the University of Georgia last night.  It was the culmination of two great days. Thursday, when he accepted his congratulations from the Grady School.  Thursday night at the GradyFest where we were treated to viewings of the best of the video productions Grady students created and the award ceremony afterwards. (Four productions Taylor worked on in various ways were viewed including the top award winner SCOPE.)   And Friday night when the (seemed like) thousands of graduating students from UGA all sat on the field at Sanford Stadium and accepted their addresses and accolades.  With these young people going forth, I think the world might just turn out okay after all!

A Round Up

June 29, 2010

I am having the great privilege of working in Vacation Bible School this week.  It has kept me from doing any art but the kids are producing some great pieces.  We have  a Western theme this year.  These horses were created by some very cute and talented 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.  I found the idea from googling images (do you think google will eventually end up as a verb in the dictionary?)  for Western crafts for children.   The site is in a language I do not recognize or understand so I pray I didn’t break any copyrights (I think the writer of that blog got the image from a book).  Check it out here and translate for me, please.  The writer does some fabulous crafts with children.  Wish I could read it.

One of the girls told me hers was a zonkey, a cross between a zebra and a donkey.  Who knew.

no intelligent life down here

May 14, 2010

I saw an alien this morning.

After my quiet solitude this morning, watching birds at the feeders and sketching garden flowers for design motifs, I took my glasses off.  Mind you at the age of 52, I am no longer four eyes, but now six eyes, not being able to see up close anymore either.

Without glasses you eliminate detail.  This is good if you are trying to fill in the whole picture, creating composition, establishing mass and value.

And you hear better too.

So, sitting on my patio, observing blurriness, and listening to the sweet sound of birds, I saw a space ship gliding across the dark background of a thicket of pines, gleaming in the light of the sun.  I watched it pass 40 feet or so before I realized I didn’t have my glasses on.

My large three pointed hovering alien spaceship turned into a seedpod floating down from its mother tree.  Looking for a place to plant and thrive.  Just like the rest of us.

Oh, look!  A two headed cardinal!!!

goin’ 3D

May 7, 2010

Still a birds nest, but in 3 dimensions.  The egg is canvas, sewn into the shape, stuffed with fiberfill, coated with gesso and then painted and varnished.  Very fun and I think the next one will turn out better.

The nest is a different story.  Hard, hard and hard.  Very sticky.  The sticks stuck me as I tried to place them in to the nest.  I don’t see how those little birds do it.  I think next time I will soak the sticks in hot water and see if that makes them more pliable.

I have further plans for this nest and egg.  I will let you know if it comes off.

On another subject…Remember  I told you I did this small art quilt to win a Bernina sewing machine?  The contest has started.   If you would, please visit this site and vote for me.  Only caveat is that you have to join.  See the ‘join’ red box at the top right of the screen, click on it and follow thru the directions to join the email list.  Once you are confirmed (via email) you can go back to the Stitch This page under ‘photo galleries’ and click on my entry.  At that point a small box beside the image will say “vote for this” and if you click it, I will be one step closer to winning!!!  You may vote for others, too, but you may only vote once for any image.  Just make sure you don’t vote for anyone who has more votes than me….:)

Asking that of you goes so against my grain, but thank you very much if you do take the time to vote.

Oh, and you will be placed on an email list that sends you a daily email.  Just unsubscribe if you care nothing about ever buying quilting arts books and magazines.

Have a great Mother’s Day!

not much going on with my muse

February 3, 2010

I sorted paper yesterday.  Took me a long time and I didn’t throw away nearly as much as I should have.  I must  have a stack of paper 4 feet tall and I have no idea on how to keep it neat.

I did find some paper I had marbleized some time back.  I still don’t know the master’s trick but these were the best results I have ever gotten.  I doubt the master uses the methods I have tried (i.e. shaving cream);  it would be fun to take a class in this to see how it is really done.   These were done with laying very fluid acrylic paint (meant for airbrushing) on liquid starch.   I cut hearts from 2 different sheets with a  punch.  I love the little patterns in these hearts.

Hope to be painting again and weaving again very soon.  I have been busy with other stuff and being pulled away from art  is detrimental to my muse.  I think this is why you should create every day.

Did you know that not one of the 9 Greek muses is for the visual arts?  And  with all that beautiful art dedicated to them, it is rather curious…

Bits and Pieces

November 16, 2009

I collect paper.  One glance around my studio and you would agree.  I like doing things with paper, especially cutting it.  After the paper has morphed into whatever… I have no idea what to do with it, so I end up with a large collection of paper. 

I’ve been going thru stuff and have culled out some bits and pieces.  Thought I would share them with you.

Paper snowflakes hand cut from 4″squares of paper, misted with red paint.  The natural one and the really dark red one have been coated in beeswax.  Makes them translucent, less fragile and they smell nice.  I cut several of these last year and wired them onto my Christmas tree.  Lights reflecting off the wax is very pretty.

Artist Trading Cards which I have never traded.  Some kind soul once felt sorry for me and gave me one of hers but these (the only ones I have ever created) didn’t exist at the time.  That one plus these means I have 6 ATC’s.  My favorite part of these (which doesn’t show very well in the photo) is that I punched tiny holes in them and then used embroidery floss and simple stitches to border and accent.  The faces are printed copies of my watercolour faces. 

Fern silhouettes and a little sitting girl cut from computer collaged paper and waxed with beeswax.

 Silhouettes in black.

  A linocut print and watercolor of the same face. 

A hand cut paper doily.  Sometimes I have too much time on my hands.

 A paper doll made into a card.

Another card with a cut silhouette.   I guess I can do something with those pieces.  Sometimes.

Art Lives On

November 12, 2009

I have a new love.  This love is a gentle soul with such great talent, I was brought to tears looking at his work.  My husband need not worry though, this wonderful artist died 79 years ago at the very early age of 31.  That saddens me but thankfully, his work lives on. I had never heard of him until recently though the internet and want you to know about him too.  If you are familiar with his work already, lucky you.  You have had him longer than I.

His name was Jan Mankes and he lived from 1889 to 1920.   His paintings can be viewed here.   The site is in Dutch but the introduction is in English.  The link will take you to his paintings.  Enjoy them, they are beautiful. Jan Mankes Painting

Vogelnestje bij berkestam by Jan Mankes

Someday I wish to paint so beautifully.

While I am sharing art other than my own, there is a great blog called The Blue Lantern (where I first saw Mankes’ work).  Jane Librizzi introduces us to so much beautiful art and is so informative with her blog.  Please visit it.   It is well worth your time.

Another blog I discovered recently belongs to the artist James Gurney of Dinotopia fame.  Ken was so enamored of his work when he discovered him.  His blog is devoted to all kinds of art and I especially like his Academic Painters section.

I had better get busy painting.