March 24, 2012

* Next spread in Book of Days


Thanks for dropping in.  I'll get around to see you all soon .... !!  So far behind, I think I'm first.  Take care.

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.”

March 21, 2012

* Book of Days ...

Managed to get the cover made for "Volume II", and a couple of background pages to do a double spread.



Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully, I can begin working on the blank pages today.  Take care.  xxoo  Donna

I like the following quote a lot.  Can't think of anything though ... can you?
 
“Devote today to something so daring even you can’t believe you’re doing it.”  Oprah Winfrey

March 15, 2012

Moon Goddess Spirit Doll ...

Guardian of Creativity
A dear friend of mine is creating an alter.  I wanted to contribute something special.  She's a writer and a painter.  Talent oooozes from her fingernails if you know what I mean.  As with all of us (artists that is) she's not always able to honour, own and express these gifts freely.  Like so many of us, the belief system in her talent breaks down.  We all seem to need help in that department.

I created Moon Goddess, Guardian of Creativity.  This Goddess honours, protects and celebrates the gifts artists  have been given.  Constructed with powerful talismans, blessed with secret powers, she has gone to live with my friend, to be the sacred guardian of her artistic gifts, keep them safe and encourage their growth.

Thanks for stopping by.  Again ... I'll get around to visit soon.  Take care.  xxoo  Donna

”It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” ~Wendell Berry

March 14, 2012

* Finished the flags today ...

No. 6

Just for you, Jane, here's a photo of them all together ... ready to go off in the mail, fly in the wind and send out there messages.  Love that thought.


Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoying all your blogs so much.  Take care.  xxoo  Donna

Ah, Hope! what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of to-day, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.
Susanna Moodie

* Another Prayer Flag ...


Five down, one more to go.  Someone asked what I was going to do with these.  They are part of a swap on Book of Days.  We each make six, five to mail away, one for ourselves.  I will receive five in return.  Hope to hang them in my studio.

Funny, after I took the photograph of this flag, it read as "content of a box" instead of "content with my life".  I'm not sure if I will add an 'ment' on the end or not.

Hope you are all fine.  Thanks for dropping in.  Take care.  xxoo Donna

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
 Epicurus

March 13, 2012

* Prayer flags and hearts ...

So far behind I think I'm first .. just can't seem to do anything about it at the moment ... I'll try and get around to see you all soon ... very soon.

Today, I made a couple more prayer flags as well as hearts which we are sharing to use in our Book of Days.





That's it for today my dahlings.  Take care ... thanks for stopping in.  xxoo Donna

    "When all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

March 12, 2012

* Prayer Flags & Soul Sisthas ...

Just joined an interesting group within our Book of Days pod.  A prayer flag swap.  The idea, as you probably are aware, is to hang these beautiful flags outside allowing the wind to carry the prayers out into the world.  Nice thought.  The notion of hand made ones really appeals to me.  Here's my first attempt.


Also thought you might like to see "Soul Sisthas as La Luna Bar".  Love this photo.


I'm a little behind in getting around to visit you all.  Soon my Lovelies .. soon!  Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you are having a good one.  xxoo  Donna

A friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else.  ~ unknown

March 6, 2012

* Love yourself FIRST ....

The beginning of a new painting.  Completely surprised by it.  It's night.  There is a full moon.  She's in the forest holding a lamb.  There is a bird in the tree.  Is she contemplating life?  Does the lamb she is holding symbolize her own soul?  Who knows.  All I know is the what she told me today.  "If you don't love yourself first - if you don't put your own needs first and make yourself happy - live your best life, fulfill your own needs, use all your gifts and fulfill your own passion, you are no good to any one else.  You are no good to anyone else in that you are miserable.  You have not yet achieved our hearts desire and until that is complete you are unable to give yourself to others without resentment."  More later, I am sure.

Here is the first block in.  A long way to go yet.  Large canvas ... 30" X 40".  I'm working in acrylics - still a learning curve for me as I'm used to working in oil.  Believe me, in this high dry climate, the paint nearly evaporates before you get it on your pallet.  Amazing how challenging it is to keep some wet paint for immediate use.



Thanks so much for dropping in.  Take care and make yourself a wonderful day.  xxoo Donna

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.”
- Barbara De Angelis 

March 5, 2012

* Book of Days


Caroline has departed and arrived home safely in Vancouver.  Miss her terribly.  Who to have coffee with in the morning?  Who to have champagne with in the evening?  Habibi is in a funk.  He has low grade depression.  Where is the knee I was sitting on every morning?  Try and explain that one to a dog!

Kathleen, Ivan and I are bravely carrying on without her.  Dinner at Don Felix last night -- extremely fabulous food accompanied by good company, great conversation and two bottles of wine.  Need I say more ....

Some photographs of the sun sets at the Luna Bar .... Kathleen and I are addicted.  Ladies night Wed.  We will see you there.





Thanks for stopping by.  and ... for all your wonderful supportive comments.  I've begun a new painting.  I'll keep you informed.  :o)  xxoo Donna


I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?
John Lennon