One of my favorite things to do....painting patterns in random, loose fashion. Using as backgrounds, manipulating digitally, cutting up for postcards and collage. So far, using acrylic and ink...will bring out some stamps and maybe the gelli plate for more layers. I love to work on old calendars, especially those big, matte, screen-printed designs from Snow Graham, Paper Source, etc. And catalogs with lovely paper from Anthropologie are quite nice (except they sent a glossy one the last time...ugh.) But really anything will do. Then more playing with close-ups and filters for lots of design surprises.
March 11, 2017
these books right now.
The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced "Hooga"?) is subtitled Danish Secrets to Happy Living. The author and illustrator (charming little pictures) is Meik Wiking. Denmark holds the position of one of the happiest countries on Earth. Danes are often asked, "Why are Danes so happy?" The author studies happiness at a think tank titled appropriately Happiness Research Institute where they focus on well-being and quality of life and the causes and effects of human happiness.
This struck home with me: "To many, (the Danes' happiness) is quite a mystery, as besides the horrific weather, Danes are also subject to some of the highest tax rates in the world. Interestingly, there is wide support for the welfare state. The support stems from an awareness of the fact that the welfare model turns our collective wealth into well-being. We are not paying taxes, we are investing in our society. We are purchasing quality of life. The key to understanding the high levels of well-being in Denmark is the welfare model's ability to reduced risk, uncertainty, and anxiety among its citizens and to prevent extreme unhappiness." (Emphasis mine.)
Agree or disagree, it is surely something to ponder. Meanwhile, I will light a candle or two. ("No recipe for hygge is complete without candles.")
A big thanks to my friend Kay who gave me this book.
February 21, 2017
February 15, 2017
February 3, 2017
From the ridiculous collection of to-read books I have borrowed, bought, or shelved, and with a reminder that, love it or hate it, I am happiest reading 3 or 4 books at a time, I am currently immersed in these.
| I read this a thousand |
lifetimes ago but
much I loved it.
| I just love |
I can't help it.
| Reading and eating, two of my|
favorite activities. Am I
the only one who loved
Homer Price and the
| True story of a sad |
Seattle crime and our
at treating mental illness.
1. In the Studio
Sonheim 365...using a non-art supply to make art.
|Okay...not great. Lesson relearned: DO NOT SPILL THE INDIAN EARTH.|
2. Around the House
(Our new home is finally ready for prime time. Cars can go into the garage. All tubs and boxes are empty. Books are shelved. Art is on the wall. The studio's transformation from double car garage size to ... well, significantly smaller...is complete. There are only a teeny few piles left and I have hidden them well. )
3. Find of the Day
4. The (Almost-) Daily Amazing
Peter Crawley Is a Stitch.
5. Di's Five
Almost all of these are ad-free and their websites and blogs are interesting, too. Granted, these magazines are those that appeal to broads like me, art-centered, independent, traveler. Also interesting: available in U.S. but originate elsewhere: Canada and various European locations.
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