Wednesday, December 28, 2011


With the new year approaching I am ready to turn the page and start afresh. On the inside cover of my journal for 2012 I have written a quote by Carl Sagan.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known".

What better way to start a new year than knowing that somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known!

A big thank you to all the wonderful people who visit my blog. The blog world has certainly enriched my life. A few days ago I was feeling a little frazzled as I usually do at this time of the year and after visiting a few blogs where I read many words of wisdom and encouragement I came away feeling refreshed and filled with hope for the new year. Thank you dear friends for your wisdom, enthusiasm and support!

Wishing you all the best for 2012 and many fulfilling hours, days or months of creativity!

Also, a big thank you to all those artists whose beautiful art fills my blog gallery. What a joy to feast my eyes on such extraordinary work!

Though many of you have seen Velma Bolyard's amazing Rock Books, I wanted to celebrate them here on my blog. Click here to read more.

Christina Wiese's ceramic book. See website here.

I discovered this photo of Anselm Kiefer's Standing Book on Catherine's Flickr photostream. Many more amazing gems to be found on Flickr. Click here.

Arabesque by Dot Krause. A cast iron book with thin sheet of polymer clay. Website here.

Falling in Place. A series by Redredday on Flickr. See here.

A bundle of Elizabeth Bunsen's little books. I check in on Elizabeth's blog regularly because her photographs and words make my heart sing. See blog here.

Book by Carol E McMahon. See website here.

Book from Ronald Chase's Play series. See website here.

"Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. "Reading" the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence". - Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Wishing all my blog friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Friday, December 16, 2011


African Seed by Carrie Varjavandi. Edge Textile artists of Scotland.

"Night the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of the day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man resembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Christine Mauersberger. See Flickr photostream here.

Manon Gignoux in collaboration with Hye-Sook Yoo.

Manon Gignoux in collaboration with Hye-Sook Yoo
Manon Gignoux in collaboration with Hye-Sook Yoo

Federico Saenz Recio. See website here.
Night of Sorcery by Josep Niebla. See Josep's website here.

Silvia Cordero Vega. See Silvia's Flickr photo stream here.

Josef Winkler. See more here.
Full Moon and Still Life by Lorna Crane. See more of Lorna's work here.

Night Visitor by Adriane Bannon. See more of Adriane's work here.

"A Different Firmament.... But when they were crossing the silent market-place on which nobody was to be seen except the sentry on duty at military headquarters, when the empty place surrounded by the dark houses, in which scarcely a light was burning, lay before them like a crater of isolation, like a crater of silence out of which recurring waves of peace flowed over the sleeping town, then Heinrich Wendling took his wife's arm, and at the first physical contact she closed her eyes. Perhaps he too had closed his eyes and saw neither the deep summer night nor the white ribbon of the road that stretched in front of them as they walked in its dust, perhaps each of them saw a different firmament .... " - Hermann Broch, The Sleepwalkers

This beautiful ceramic vessel by John Ward reminds me of the moon.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Black Bowl, Maple Leaf by Tom Meyer. Click here.

Looking at a simple leaf.....

Looking at a single leaf ....
Leaf by Ronald Chase. Click  here

I sense poetry ......
I sense poetry....


... and art.
....... and art.

Antoni Tapies

I read a blog post by Kelle Hampton about receiving a big box of leaves from her cousin ...... "who sends leaves every year". A gift to connect Kelle to happy memories from her past.

At this very moment, I am imagining opening a box of leaves from our Drakensberg farm....... breathing in the scent of pine forests, eucalyptus avenues and ancient oaks, mingled with early morning mist.

Mixed Media by Patrick Boehner. Click here.

Patrick Boehner

Patrick Boehner.  See here.


What can I say that I have not said before?
So I'll say it again.
The leaf has a song in it.
Stone is the face of patience.
Inside the river there is an unfinished story
and you are somewhere in it
and it will never end until all ends.

Take your busy heart to the art museum and the
chamber of commerce
but take it also to the forest.
The song you heard singing in the leaf when you
were a child
is singing still.
I am of years lived, so far, seventy-four,
and the leaf is singing still.

Ingredients for a Story by Katie Cooke. Flickr photo stream here.

"Ingredients for a story about London, about falling in love, about writing letters, and about going to the zoo."

Monday, November 21, 2011


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Sylvia White shares her list of the 10 things artists should be thankful for. I have pinned the list on my noticeboard!

1. I am thankful that I am not one of the majority of people in this world that
wakes up every morning, goes to a job they hate, just to come home and do it all
over again.

2. I am thankful that when I am away from my studio, my ideas come with me, they
keep me company everywhere I go.

3. I am thankful for this passion that gives me so much joy (and angst) but mostly

4. I am thankful that when I have left this earth, I will leave something meaningful

5. I am thankful that I have a mind that can not sleep, I will never be bored.

6. I am thankful that there is a part of my life that nobody can control, except

7. I am thankful that no one in the world can ever take this gift from me.

8. I am thankful that I am brave, it takes courage to pursue my gift.

9. I am thankful that I am never satisfied, it forces me to move forward and grow.

10. I am thankful I discovered this list!

Paint brushes on browndresswithwhitedots Tumblr Blog, here.

Hats off to those artists who have to juggle their day jobs with their art .

Studio of Jimmy Rix. See Jimmy's work here.

Read articles by Sylvia White, the founder and director of Contemporary Artists' Services, here.