Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Our 'Cum Laude' College Graduate...

"Do not hate or fear the artist in yourselves... Honor and love him...do not try to possess him. Trust him as nobly as you trust tomorrow. Only the artist in yourself is more truthful than the night." (e.e. cummings)

From Nursery School Graduation ...

to College graduation...

We are SOOO proud of you, honey! As Harry Chapin sang in one of our favorite songs, Flowers Are Red, "There are so many colors in the rainbow, so many colors in the morning sun, so many colors in the flowers, and I see every one..." So go out and use every one, honey, and make the world a more beautiful place!

Love, Mumsy XO XO XO

Monday, May 12, 2008

A girl can dream... right?

I was flipping through a recent issue of Country Living when this ad toward the back of the magazine caught my eye:

I don't know where most of you create. Perhaps you have carved out a little niche in your home somewhere.. or perhaps you have a large open loft.

I've been all over this little house of mine... When I first started out, I painted on the dining area table, and since we're in a small split entry and that's our only eating area, that got old quick!

After a few years I moved downstairs to a finished room in the basement. I quickly learned that I am not a cellar dweller... It's COLD in the winter and I felt so isolated and far removed from the family happenings upstairs.. So once again I was ready to move.

It was then on to the family room located off the kitchen. I painted there for years, tucked away in a little corner of the room. Unfortunately I am not a neat painter. I leave things spread out everywhere... transfer paper, paints, brushes, water bowls, surfaces... (it is a gift to be born an organized person, a trait I was most definitely not blessed with!)... Therefore, the family room was always in a state of disarray (sigh)....

Then several years ago my youngest girl (now 19) asked if she could use the big downstairs room as her bedroom since she felt totally stifled in her <8 x 10 foot room (it's the closet sized room that is jokingly considered a third bedroom in many split levels).

Anyhow, I took over her old room when she moved downstairs and this room has served me well. It's a comfy room with good light (a huge window over my painting desk) and a door that can be closed to hide all my messes! But it does lack storage space. And being a small room, I don't have room for a big surface area/table on which to create large pieces of art, so for those projects it's deja vu - back to the dining room table where I first started out!

So yes, my imagination runs wild when I see ads like this... I can totally picture myself in the COVENTRY with all of those big windows, wearing a beret and standing in front of my easel! But then again, look how charming that little TELLURIDE SHED is! Oh, wait... I can definitely see myself in the CANMORE CABIN with the peaked roof ... or the SONOMA POOL CABANA/STUDIO with it's French doors... or.... or... or....

Like I said, a girl can dream, right?

Donna

Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Angel Mother...

I dedicate this to all moms out there on this special day. I was blessed to have had the most wonderful mother. She always encouraged me, 'oohing' and 'aaahhing' over everything I ever created, starting way back in my coloring book and crayon days! She and my dad made it a point to stop by and visit me at every craft show I ever did. She is always in my heart, and is the inspiration for many pieces I've designed over the years, such as the one above. I love you, Mom!

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

Donna