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Inspired by..... Marimekko

For Illustration Friday : Influence [caption id="attachment_282" align="aligncenter" width="665" caption="a little marimekko for you"][/caption] Inspired and influenced by marimekko... Playing with paint chips, magazine cut outs, paint,pen and markers. Trying to use colors, materials and patterns that I normally would not...quite fun to do!
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Inspired by...the thrift store find.

The thrift store find is always very special. It is random. It is unexpected. It is always a bargain! Look what I found on my recent visit to the Giro on Gabriola Island.... [caption id="attachment_250" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="the crazy daisy winder"][/caption] The Crazy Daisy Winder! I guarantee I am showing my age by my excitement at this great thrift store find, but at 25 cents how can one possibly go wrong. [caption id="attachment_255" align="aligncenter" width="740" caption="crazy daisy winder patterns"][/caption] For those who were not up late as a teenager watching infomercials...just look what I can create with this little gadget. [caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="740" caption="fancy!"]thrift store finds[/caption] Won't I be the belle of apres ski here in Whistler! thanks to http://knitting-and.com/small-looms/ for all of her pictures! All joking aside, I do have great plans for this little wonder. I am thinking a large cowl neck scarf....will keep you posted! Keep your eyes wide open for all these other thrift store finds : Material, knitting wool and needles Vintage buttons Old books and paper for journal and collage paper.I look for maps and dictionaries.Music sheets, sewing patterns are fun too Frames and matting. [caption id="attachment_254" align="aligncenter" width="740" caption="Oh my!"][/caption] Someone may have got a wee bit carried away.......
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Inspired by...a different way of life

[caption id="attachment_227" align="aligncenter" width="685" caption="fresh garlic hanging to dry"][/caption] Long tangled stalks of garlic. Green, leafy bunches of broccoli, The orange of a carrot gently nudging its way out from the earth... the taste is like no other. [caption id="attachment_223" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="fresh,flowering zucchini"][/caption] I am surrounded by all natural goodness here on Gabriola Island just off the B.C. Coast. Here, living is slow and the distractions minimal. It takes time for the body and mind to unwind and embrace the quiet. The antsy, urgent feeling of being connected slowly melts and is replaced by a much more pleasant,relaxed, softer way of being. That of being disconnected. A feeling that appeals to the senses. Here, I dont have to look far for inspiration. I find it within the community. [caption id="attachment_225" align="aligncenter" width="707" caption="full moon drum circle"][/caption] I find it within the view. [caption id="attachment_224" align="aligncenter" width="754" caption="full moon off gabriola island"][/caption] I find it within a simpler, carefree life. [caption id="attachment_221" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="beachcombing"][/caption] And I find it within the food. [caption id="attachment_226" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="all fresh produce from the island"][/caption] Here, I want to slow down,consume all the goodness, let my mind wander and explore all possibilities...
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Make Art - Get it Done

For Illustration Friday....Imperfect. [caption id="attachment_209" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Just Do It!"]"andywarhol" [/caption]
"Dont think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad,whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make more art." andy warhol
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Inspiration how-to - Take 5!

The quality of life, is in porportion, always to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
I have to be honest, I have not been feeling all that inspired these days. I hate to talk about the weather, but unfortunately it dictates most of what goes on in this small ski town. We are weather dependent here. Our businesses require it and our outdoor fun depends on it. I am not just talking sun either...we need it to rain.We need lots of precipitation November to March so that the mountains are chock full of snow.We need lots of summer sunshine so that the village is bustling and the patios full. The need for rain and the need for sun are about equal here.. For those of us who live here full time, it makes an impact no matter how you look at it. [caption id="attachment_168" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="In my backyard..no end to the inspiration one can find here"][/caption] 1. 22/365, 2. Alta Lake, 3. A touch of red, 4. Wedge It is breathtaking here. Rainy days included. There is nothing like the clouds hanging gently mid mountain or the smell of the forest after the rain. The peacefulness is good for the soul. BUT it is summer. It doesnt feel like summer, but according to my calendar it is summer and almost over. We have yet to experience a good, hot, baking kind of summer. Lazy, long days at the lake. Sweaty, hot days mountainbiking in the trails. Hanging at the local patio having a beer with friends. Unfortunately it has been just a wee bit too cold and overcast for these.... So my inspiration has changed to frustration.I just need to channel that into something good. Check out my first landscape painting (which I really cant believe I am posting..)..looking a wee bit dark for July! I am not a landscape painter....yet! I thought I would try something new and while it was fun..frustrating..I dont think my future holds a lot of landscape work.Never say never though - I am sure I will explore this avenue once more. Back to the safer side of things.... While I do find nature awe-inspiring, I have had to work at being awestruck. My 2011 mantra is "in the moment". Take the time to slow down and really pay attention. Instead of always looking at the big picture, stop, and notice the details. [caption id="attachment_182" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The smaller things in life..."][/caption] 1. Bursting at the seams, 2. Raindrop Reflections, 3. waiting to dry.., 4. DSC_0330, 5. Daisy, 6. Looks good..tastes great!, 7. IMG_2166, 8. on the go.., 9. Loreta Well 2011 has had many challenging moments..and did I mention never ending grayness. I have had to trick myself at getting outside with my camera and shooting. My newest trick which I have learned to apply to everything I am resistant to..is the 5 minute rule. Give it 5 minutes and see where it leads you... I often find that it is all it takes to get the creative juices flowing. I usually end up an hour later immersed in it all!
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