My soul collages are a kind of therapy for me.
Unfortunately I will be having chemotherapy in
the near future. I feel many things.
I feel scared, I feel hopeful, I feel like I am
living a life I never dreamed of (nightmare).
This is my collage to deal with my now.
I drew this flying zebra in November.
It is to be one in a series of three zebras.
I ended up using it for my holiday card but
that was not my original intention.
It wasn’t until I scanned this drawing into my computer
that I realized that I had drawn it facing to the left.
That in itself is no big deal really. I can flip it in Photoshop.
However I have discussed with my sister, who is an art therapist
how people who are depressed, dying or those types of situations
will draw with a direction of left. Sort of like the last photo
my Dad was working on before he died was a sunset.
When I was almost done with this I discovered a lump
in my breast. It was confirmed with a biopsy to be cancer.
It may be silly but the drawing scared me as much as the cancer.
I had a mastectomy December 21st.
Before my surgery I drew my second zebra facing to
the right. I finished it two days before my surgery. I
felt very compelled to get it done before surgery.
I have not written in my blog for at least
19 months but I am pretty sure it has been longer than that.
I stopped because I got so busy with life and
my adorable granddaughter. I also didn’t see much
point in keeping a blog that nobody read.
I feel inclined to start writing again and this time it is
for me and I am doing it just because it feels good.
Living in the moment should be simple right?!
Last November I made this soul collage.
At the time I created it I had no idea
what was ahead of me. I am not especially
good at living in the moment but I am trying.
(I also have no idea why that one line is blue)
I believe that everything happens
for a reason. When bad things happen
I wonder what good will come out of
it…because something usually does.
I did this series of drawing for
another purpose. But then I thought;
“These would make a great card!”
This is the outside….
This is the inside…
I believe that when we leave our bodies,
like the water bug leaves his, we will
become more than we could ever
imagine…as depicted by the dragonfly.
I found out my daughter was having a baby
at the end of the summer! So exciting!
Danielle and her husband Joe had a
reveal party just before Christmas and
we found out it was a girl! They decided
to decorate the nursery in a circus theme
and they asked me to do some art work.
Here is the first two circus animals I drew…
no suprise they are zebras.
This is the Mom…
I though it would be fun to create
a zeba in camoflage…and it was!
Wishing you and your
family a wonderful holiday
whatever you celebrate!!!
I finally drew a second little girl to dance with the angel.
Took me three tries (third time is a charm).
I had fun doing this owl pair.
They really do tip their heads like that.
I have not written in my blog for a while.
There are many reasons for that…one my
husband and I have been helping my
daughter with her new house (she is now moved in),
two…life, three…I have been working on holiday
cards that I do not want to post yet and logos that
I need permission to post.
However I was suprised to see a white
good hanging out with the regular geese in
my back yard yesterday! Here are a couple photos.
I also did a drawing of an eagle…here it is…
This card will come with a sheet of
fortunes that can be cut and placed
so they look like they are coming out
of the cookies.
This is what the card looks like
without the fortunes…
Here it is with two of the many options…
I did a drawing of an angel.
I haven’t picked out a name for her yet.
So I call her an angel.
Any idea for a name?
Here she is…
I also did a drawing of a little girl
to dance with the angel.
Her name is Mary Kate.
Here they are dancing…
John Tyo just came out with his first CD.
It is call Stay With Me A While.
He asked me to do the cover art work for him.
This is the front…
This is the back…
His music is available through Amazon.
I believe that everything
happens for a reason.
When bad things happen
I wonder what good will come
out of it…because something
I did this series of drawings for
another purpose. But then I thought,
“These would make a nice card!”
This is the outside…
This is the inside…
A couple weeks ago I injured my left
pointer finger. (My horse bit me if you must know).
I had three stitches to reattach the finger nail.
I write and draw left handed so this put me back
a bit. Not to get too discouraged I did a soul
collage (I can cut with my right hand).
Here it is…
I took a crow drawing I did and used it
to do a quilt version.
This is the drawing… This is the quilt…
Every summer we get a new batch of baby geese.
This is this years family of eight!
Where my horse Eli lives there was an
older horse Candy. She was cared for by the
farm owners as they care for other retirement
horses for their owners. When Candy died a
couple weeks ago the farm owners asked me to
make a card for Candys’ person.
It was her first horse.
I thought it was interesting that all the photos
I was given to make the drawing from were
facing to the left. My sister, an art therapist, told
me that facing to the left indicates going away,
less engaged with life etc..
To the right indicates a right here right now…
here we go direction. After I made the card
I took the original art work and added to it.
Here it is…
I guess I could flip the direction but I like it like this.
I have been working on this quilt for
at least 3 years. It has taken so long
to do because of all the beading on it.
I have enjoyed working on it but I am
happy it is finally done. Originally it was
going to be bigger.
My daughter has a dog named Katherine.
We call her Kat.