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Anthro does it again:  If they’re not putting colors together that I thought would clash-0-matic, then they’re putting together vignettes that you would think would totally bomb.  Frayed, off center fabric?  It works so well because the warm-cool colors offset each other, especially against that white backdrop.  Then they added more texture, depth and interest with the weathered frames (and one gilded one, an old standby trick for even more added interest) , and you have a total winner.


Good morning!  I have been having fun perusing Becca Kallem’s artwork.  Those little birdie tags down below are a gift from her.  Artists do that, sometimes.  She gave me permission to share some images from her website with you.  You can check out her blog here and website here.  Enjoy!  I certainly have!

Haha!  I like to amuse myself, when not with puns, with just cosmically nerdy phrases.  “Pigs in Spaaaaaace” from the Muppets works for me, too.  Anyway.  My point.  See the similarities in color between the paintings and the mood board?  Proof that gathering inspiration works.  The ideas permeate my mind, remix and reemerge, all because of a silly moodboard.  My advice for anyone trying to come up with a cohesive vision for a project is make sure NOT to skip this step!

I am reminded of a quote I came across the other day:  “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character;  sow a character reap a destiny.”  -Stephen Covey.  That’s where the DESTINY part comes in.    I see this little corner of my life called ‘artwork’ and I notice how in the small and grand scale of life, the vision is just as important as the work that goes into making the vision a reality.

Also, if  ‘you make what you see’ is as true as ‘you are what you think,’ maybe I should lay off the J.Crew catalog, huh?



And you can take the teacher out of the classroom, and the Child Life Specialist out of the hospital, but I still love to play!  Charlie and Lola live in books created by Lauren Child, and a TV show by Tiger Aspect.  They are so endlessly inspiring to me!  The other day I babysat my friends’ kids and here is what they made.  Just need some books for reference, colors, scraps of fabric and little bits of things.  Oh, and I suppose it doesn’t hurt to own some of the sticker stories made with Charlie and Lola.

A stationary stone gathers no momentum.  That’s my version of “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”  They’re basically opposite ways of saying the same thing.  In my experience, ideas breed more ideas.  And when you don’t have ideas…you just start puttering, and then you get ideas.  I had these two blue blocky canvases.  Then I painted them pink.  Then I started collaging newspaper on them.  And then…..I was rummaging through my scrapbook paper for an entirely unrelated reason.  And I found these awesome marbelized transparent papers that fit the canvases exactly.  I like the way the newspaper shows through.  Next step:  I’m thinking a nice shiny laquer coat over the top.