Saturday, June 8, 2013
This is the special place I go every year
for retreat...... about 30 ~ 35 artists .
We create, share ideas, teach.......It's 5 full
days of complete pleasure, rest, and inspiration .....
There are 22+ acres of secluded oak covered, creeks, trails,
orchards, and vegetable gardens ... they feed us organic foods
and we fill in the rest.........
I like to sit here with a glass of wine
before we head off for our evening meal ........
Everybody has a large table to spread out
the piles of supplies we've brought ....
Everyone seems to be doing something different
and we all get inspired from each other.....
I like making large sheets of decorative papers
to turn into, books, cards, paper beads, and so much more.........
I've made handmade paper books using
a japanese stab binding stich to put them together.....
This year I also made crepe paper flowers, it was
just for fun, they turned out quite beautiful .
We made these books, my cover was done
with water color and oil pastels .........
Using the clay faces I made at home
I incorporated them into small projects.....
It was a marvelous time with people I admire
and enjoy being around, I can't wait until next year.....
Returning home it took days to put all my stuff
away and get ready to drive to Carmel for a dear
friends 80th. birthday party....
The decorations, beautifully prepared foods
and old friends made for a magical party.....
On my way home the next day I wandered down this
road to take in this spectacular sight......
What a sight, invigorating................
Hope you have enjoyed the views
I wish you, happy creative days.............. victoria
Monday, May 20, 2013
It's been a busy several months......
I've taken a few small excursions,
had my 65th. birthday with family and friends,
finished up projects and started new ones,
worked allot in our garden, and enjoyed a glorious spring,
Let me share with you............
I traveled up the coast on my way to San Francisco
to visit a dear friend in Berkeley......... route one
Living in a very small seaside village going to
the big city is truly a exciting adventure........
Had lunch here, so peaceful after all the traffic......
Met up with friends on the way, and before I knew
it was time to come home ..............
Back down the coast on a new, almost completed
bridge and huge tunnel clinging at the edge of the
Pacific ocean, such a feat ........
Almost home now........
Back at home, remember this frog ? he's been fired
and found a spot in my garden in a small cement pond .......
I'm kinda delighted with him !
The leaf bowls fired and found homes for as well ......
They look so luminous with a little water .....
This one I especially like and blends so beautifully
with my smaller paintings .......
I was very happy to finish up this larger painting ......
And quite satisfied with the way it turned out,
What do you think ?
I'm off to a artist retreat in Santa Barbara next
week and will share all the excitement
next time, until then, BE GLAD....
Wishing you happy days, victoria
Thursday, March 7, 2013
I love decorating for Spring, over the years
I've amassed all sorts of eggs,
dyed, painted, wood, glass, and natural ones .
You can see them inside and out, I rarely put
These glass ones I adore, and have lots of them
all over the garden, when the sun hits them they
illuminate like fire opals .......
I collect nests as well, they also can be found
all over the house year around, I especially
love them under a glass dome .......
These are actually gourds I covered with paper layers
I recovered from a old, falling apart japanese screen
given to me by my friend Gayle, I decoupaged,
then added metallic powders, and sealed with a acrylic
coating...... they look beautiful for rustic outdoor
table setting, however will not hold up in wet or
damp weather ..
These egg shaped turquoise nuggets
I enjoy in my studio, the dark veining is
strikingly beautiful, don't you think ?
This spectacular ostrich egg was hand done by my
friend Annie, the other five are painted wood I bought
in Russia...... this grand bowl is perfect to display my
growing collection .......
These sweet little ducklings I've had for many years,
yes.... stuffed ( natural causes I was told ) are always in a
spring arrangement on my kitchen counter...
This beautiful painting of eggs and turquoise pot
was done by my grandmother, It hung over our
dining room table when I was a child, I bring it
out front and center in the Spring months ...........
Spring in Yosemite...... I will be going next month for
9 days to assist Annie Lawrence artist workshop, I'm so excited !
We will teach from 10 ~ 2 each day, then have the rest of the day
to do our own art, explore, and take in the majestic scenery,
tremendous water falls, raging rivers, and blooming dogwood......
I will take plenty of photos to share with you .
Hope you have a few eggs to put in your nest this spring ~
Wishing you happy days, victoria
One of my yosemite paintings 2011
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Spring so soon ?
Sun is out 70*, bulbs in bloom and more on the way .
When other parts of the country is buried in snow here in
California we are looking for rain, shall we get a few
drops more it's hard to say, difficult to wish for more
winter when it's so splendid .
We have many pots of bulbs and add to them each year .
It may be brief, but the enjoyment is so worth the wait.
we drove 5 miles inland to a ranch high on a hill
to pick oranges, lemons and tangerines, the air was
sweet with the scent of citrus, I parked in the vineyard and
we hiked down with our buckets and bags .
The fruit trees beginning to blossom, the hills blanketed
in green velvet, such a gorgeous sight .
The trees were bursting with ripe fruit we filled
our bags heavy with the bounty......
I stood at the edge in awe of the beauty....
just beyond those hills lies the pacific ocean .
Back at home we empty our sacks and delight
in our good fortune.... this is juice, marmalade,
and of course peel & eat,
with plenty to share.........
Meanwhile I've been busy creating in clay,
I love these loose bowls, when glazed I think
will be wonderful with a floating camellia.......
They sit drying in my studio window
like waves of ruffles ..............
I'm getting silly......
I'm getting frilly.......
.........and sillier yet, I've never known a craft
to be more calming and addictive, I've been spending
hours in complete joy making senseless FUN.........
All the while this painting I sketched out
two months ago sits waiting to be worked
on..... I'll get to it eventually, right now
I'm living in the moment
doing what feels good .
Hope you enjoyed a few moments in my world ..
Wishing you happy days ~ victoria