I went to the book store today and flipped through the Sommerset Studio Gallery (Summer 2007) and finally...finally on page 180-I saw my picture. Yay~ I was so pleased. I don't think the man checking out magazines beside me at Barnes and Nobles understood my little squeal of excitement. But, I don't know him so it does not matter. Oh, thank you Lord. That is what I wanted. I just wanted to be published this year. Remember when I wrote my goals for this year and that was one thing I was shooting for? I have been published two times this year. So, I met my goals. I will have to go back and see what else I set for goals because it seems to me that this was the most important or highest priority. So, I did it. What's next?
I'm hoping to get an article published. I know, I'm not really a great writer. That is what my sister, Rhea, is for. Well, other than the obvious sisterly relationship and friendship...she is my editor. She will know how to make what I am trying to say look good. She is my life-long editor. She edits my resume and anything else I deem too important to just send along with all my imperfections.
I've been working on an article that I hope will get published in one of the magazines I love. I won't tell you about the subject so I don't jinx myself. I have written the rough draft-and I need to send it to Rhea-Rhea (sister) for editing and feedback.
So, all in all, it was a great day. Just seeing my picture in Sommerset Studio Gallery alone was enough to keep me happy for quite a while!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Anyway, according to Marisa, Llorona is the equivalent to "booger bears" and such things our parents or older siblings might have used to scare us into doing or not doing something when we were children. Remember? You better not act that way or the booger bear will get you! Or maybe I just came from a weird and dysfunctional family? heehee
I created this piece with my prisma pencils, water colors (the shimmering H20 brand) and some inks. It was really done hastily and I think I might could do better now on canvas.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Anyway, this pond has been at least a year long project. It has had it's ups and downs and so correlates with our relationship with our son. When he first decided we needed this pond...he started digging, without consulting with Dad or Mom.....just started digging. Then, the fights and anxiety about gas lines, water lines, ugh......the father and son fights---yuk. But he kept digging.....he was determined. I worried he would blow up him, the house, us, everything. But, he kept digging. He is so stuborn and would not hear any suggestions. He needed this to be his project.....it was like he needed to prove something. And prove he did. He proved that going against the grain sometimes pays off. He proved that he can create the most magnificent creations. He proved that he loves his father (and me) so much because I believe he was creating this pond for us. How can I tell him how much I appreciate him.... (tears).
Now, graduation right at our heels (tomorrow) he has started another pond. "Project Number 2". I wonder what life issues will come while he creates this pond? He is going off to college soon. I think he wants to finish it before he goes. It seems like he wants to make his Dad and me as comfortable as possible before he leaves us. I know I sound biased, but have I told you that my son is amazingly mature and grown up for his age. He is everything to me. I love him.
Thank you Cody! I pray that you will recieve all the things in life you hope for. I will always love you! THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HATH MADE; REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
On top of all of this and every other crazy thing going on in my head...my sister who I am very close to moved away...far far away. I am having a little trouble getting used to that idea. I'm very excited as she is coming for Cody's graduation. GRADUATION?!!! We are having an after party and I have been planning the appetizers, decorations and arrangements for months. Now it is all coming to light. I'm off from work Thursday and Friday so I can get everything done. Cody gets a scholarship awarded to him at the awards ceremony at school tomorrow at 10 a.m. So, I'm definitely going to be at that. Any prayers for Cody are appreciated as he starts out his adult life.
Oh, I received one of my art entries back from Sommerset Studio with a letter that they have photographed it for "possible use" in the June issue. So, keep your fingers crossed for me! Then I can say I have been published "multiple" times-heehee. I won't share the picture until I know one way or the other so I don't jinx it!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers...especially mine! I know it's tomorrow but just in case I don't post tomorrow~ I have a card and these blocks. I intended to mail your card Thursday...but did I? No-so I am mailing today and you will get (as usual for me) a belated Mother's Day Card. You will get these blocks when you come for Cody's graduation. I love you Mom-I think of you often.
by Lesley Chandler
a little tot
My mother gave me
to learn my colors
To build with my hands
Now all grown up
I still have blocks
I keep them in
a little box
Blocks with my old photos
to remind me to play
My blocks of memories
I’ll Cherish always.
Oh Blocks of time
Blocks of my youth
Blocks of memories
Blocks of Truth
Friday, May 11, 2007
Can you believe I went so long without blogging? What is wrong with me?! I have been busy with life issues and though I keep doing art...seems like I can't finish anything. But, I'm kinda pumped up this weekend. I am doing some polymer clay tin containers and I made several polymer clay faces-that are in the oven right now. I just feel like working with the clay.
Oh, have you got the latest issue of Cloth,Paper, Scissors? There are several things that inspired me. I want to do that recipe swap! I think I will do something on my grandmother's chocolate mayonaise cake or her yellow cake muffins. It has to be something about my grandmother. I love Cloth, Paper, Scissors! The cover alone this month is so beautiful. It just gets me so inspired! There is a great article on page 76 about a woman with Panic Disorder and how her art has helped her cope with this disorder. The "Embossed Hardware"...also inspiring to me as I have played with washers and dressing them up with embossing powders-but metal colors like copper. Transparencies...I don't know why I have not gotten in to that yet. But, the article on "the workshop" inspired me to give this a try....all the possiblities. Can't this magazine be every month; instead of Six issues a year. It seems an eternity until the next one comes. Don't they know we are hungry for more?
OK-look for more posts this weekend as I explore the polymer clay world and spirit dolls.