Yeah, I know. In my last post I wrote about the "simple things in life". And I DO love that photo of the quail weather-vane. And I DO appreciate how the quail doesn't need anything extra to make it beautiful.
But oh, how my strings are pulled for all sorts of embellishments!! I cannot get enough of ribbons, trims...any kind of passamenterie. Love it all passionately!
The quail is California's state bird. But I think it should be the peacock. : )
I looked out at the top of our copper roofed gazebo a few nights ago and snapped this photograph. When I downloaded it I thought "Ahhhhhh......... No need to add a clown hat, a glittered star, or crepe paper rosette. That, is just simply pretty."
A ways back I posted some photographs of my garden. In a few of the photos, there was an extraordinary winged statue displayed.
I had a few emails asking about it so after playing Nancy Drew I tracked down the artist. Her name is Sonya Magill and she lives in the Santa Cruz area .
Well, uh-hm...I now have a few more pieces. I know, it was the least I could do to buy these in able to share with you, right? Right.
I absolutely love her faces she creates. They look a little forlorn but gorgeous.
My favorite pot!
Uh-huh. You can just imagine what my husband and kids think of these but I love them. I keep them nestled in little pots and they peek out from time to time.
Not all the pots have faces and are just as wonderful.
Here's the disappointing part. Sonya doesn't have a website! Iknow! But, I told her I would be blogging about her fantastic work and she told me it was fine to list her phone number. And the best part is she ships- even overseas!! So even if you're reading this and you're far away from the Bay Area you can still have one (or two!) of her original pieces.
As a young girl, I never brought home stray animals. But I did bring home stray items. As an artist, I am constantly seeing the potential in things wherever I am. I will see a shape and think, "Ooo...that would be great covered in glitter!" Or, "Hey, if that was painted black it would be fabulous!".
Unfortunately, the things I brought home would end up in the "to embellish" pile in my cupboard. Which grew to cupboards with an "S" and then garage! So about a year ago, I stopped...cold turkey (which reminds me I probably have some great turkey stuff in my stockpile-note to self). Anyway, I must say I've done really well. But confession time. I bought these silver boots a few months ago knowing immediately what I would do with them. I was told they were shot glasses. I figured "they're small, they won't take up much room".
Finally, I sat down this morning and got to these little guys. I love how they turned out. As is typical with me, they have a regal look to them. Almost "Court Jester-ish". No, maybe more swashbuckler-"ish". Hmm...maybe my next theme for my artwork....-another note to self.
I'm going to use them to hold some of my vintage millinery supplies.
Or my glittered stars.
Ah....the potential of things you find! I absolutely love it.
PS-Speaking of court jesters, I just remembered- check out Lidy's auctions from The FrenchGarden House. She has a very cool jester for sale! It may be calling my name : )
Yesterday was yet another fabulous class at Castle in the Air with Ulla . Colleen, Iva and I made a Fairy Tale Altered Book. Really fun and I learned alot as always (technique, patience, etc.) . Ulla is the best!
Okay, okay, I only got the cover and two pages completed but I was happy with the results!
Once a year, the UK hosts the Open (The British Open Golf Championship). It is a BIG deal. This year, as is the case almost every year, it is in Scotland, the home of golf.
The opening round began today. My husband travels once a year with 3 friends to golf in Scotland- he'll head out this September. Needless to say, the TV will be tuned to the Golf Channel... all weekend.
Okay, I confess that , I love watching it with him-and no, I don't golf!
I found this image of two little boys, obviously brothers, in an antique shop in London a few years ago. It's framed in my living room.They're holding golf clubs. So adorable! I'm always wondering what became of them. The one on the left looks determined to win! I love the tradition this photograph depicts, don't you? A magical time back then....
As you see in the title above, the word gift is in quotes. Maybe the title should read , The Gift of Ulla. A mere two months ago or so, I started out new to blogland. I had the truely good fortune to have Ulla not only link me on her sight, but also mention me in her blog one day. I was stunned. She was so gracious to me. She simply stated, "that's what I do- I love to share artists' talents with others." As a thank you, I knew I wanted to make her something special so I thought maybe she would like a crown with her initial on it. So off it went yesterday in a special box I made for the journey.
Well, I just sat down to read my email and see there is a thank you from Ulla. And she once again included me on her blog. So ...I'm back to square one! How can I thank her yet again for her thoughtfulness? I don't know if I've ever come across anyone so generous in this way.
Thank you Ulla, for your kindhearted spirit in this art world. I know that I, as well as so many others, look forward to your blog nearly everyday to discover someone or something new that we would otherwise never have known about. You are the Queen of Generosity. Maybe next time, I'll send you a crown with the initial "G" !!
Excerpt from the poem, The Gardenby Andrew Marvel.
I am lucky enough to have threeamazing sisters. One of them is an interior and garden designer. Her name is Kristine Wahlberg (no website- I must get on her for that!). She's such a talent! She designed my garden a few years ago and this year, especially, it seems to be reveling in all its green glory. Thank you, Kriss, for this enchanting place that I love.
When I was going through some of my photos for my garden post, I came upon these pictures taken last summer. I was at my kitchen window and I happened to look out into my backyard. I saw what I assumed was a cat that had fallen asleep under my bench.
But as I looked more closely, I realized that this feline was not your average cat. A bobcat had sought refuge from the summer heat in my garden shade!
Thinking I could be a clever as this bobcat and creep up to the bench unnoticed, I grabbed my camera and started out. As you can see, I didn't get far. But how beautiful he was!
Even though he wasn't as large as, say, a mountain lion, he commanded my attention when I caught his.
He left quite abruptly and seemed irritated with me that I had interrupted his slumber.
As I walked back into the house, I thought to myself, "Now that's what I call a "cat nap"!!
I am honored to be participating in the angel-themed Angels for Brianna Auction. Brianna was the daughter of fellow artist Iva Wilcox, and after a brave fight Brianna has left to be an angel for all of us.
I decided to make one of my crowns with a darling little French girl adorned with wings. The title of the crown is "The Promise of Angels". It is one of my larger crowns, one that can actually be worn.
It is made of aged glass glitter, antiqued dresden foil trims, vintage millinery pieces including wax leaves, flowers, pearl stamens, crepe paper, and ribbons.
The auction starts this Sunday. July 8th at 10:00 am PST and ends the following Saturday July 14, at 6:30pm PST.
There are close to sixty fantastic artists participating in this auction. All of the artists are in the process of emailing their photos to the organizers and will be listed by Sunday (The details of the money raised, etc. will be found on the website.)
Of all the photographs that Iva posted of Brianna, this one will always be my favorite.
This is a wonderful opportunity to buy a creation from one of your favorite artists while doing something special for a very amazing girl. Please tell your family and friends about the auction. Thank you so,so much. Donna