Sunday, August 31, 2008

Caution Detour Ahead to Pure Imagination!

Take my hand, come along with me, the land we are headed to is situated upon a point in the far west corner of a distant memory, high atop a clown mountain!

Inside this room all of my dreams become realities

and some of my realities become dreams! I bet you recognize this, just play along, or uh, sing along that is!

Let me in I'm starving!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...

Hold your breath,

Make a wish,

(Note: print this secret letter out and hold it up to a mirror to reveal it's hidden message!)

Count to three.

Come with me,

And you'll be

In a world of Pure Imagination!

Take a look...

And you'll see

(print out and hold to a mirror to read me!)

Into your imagination...

We'll begin, with a spin, traveling in the world of my creation,

What we'll see will defy explanation!

If you want to view paradise,

Simply look around and view it,

Anything you want to, do it!

Want to change the world?

There's nothing to it!

There is no life I know,

To compare with Pure Imagination,

Living there, you'll be free,

If you truly wish to be! To quote one of my favorite muses, of course, Mr. Willy Wonka!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! That's what my grandmama always used to unexpected package arrived at my doorstep, leaning over to pick it up I could hear it's contents rattle! As I opened it and peered in, I saw my fractured reflection looking back at me, and before even the slightest hint of disappointment could wash over me, a light bulb went off above my head and a large smile curled across my face! This is Perfect! I know just what I'll do! What a great gift! Thank you!

Details and Devices:
Camera, one broken mirror, paper masks on popsicle sticks, vintage backgammon game, one (ironic) packing label, card stock & circle punches, oil pastel sticks on construction paper, black & white acrylic checkerboard painted on canvas, one big red flicker kiss brooch and just a sprinkling of pure imagination!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gumball Rally

Sunday was to me, like a Monday in disguise, so the business of the day will come just a tad bit later, in this post...

We all go about our everyday lives, rushing in and out, going and coming, caught up knee deep in our own little worlds,
in our own corner of life. Lets take a detour, shall we?

Psssst! Hey, Can you come out and play today?

I like old and I like new, I like sweet and sour! Gumballs that is! Silly, I know, but, Oh, so true!

What does this nonsense mean you ask? Well, I'll tell you!

It means nothing, absolutely nothing, no thing, at all!

But then thats the beauty of it, no?! Yeeesss!

Sometimes, art is created for nothing but the fun of it, I've said it before and I'll say it again, we all could use a little more

tomfoolery in our lives! Today and tomorrow, forget any sorrow, just go out and play, REALLY play.

Step out of your front door carrying in a teeny little bag, all of the happy-go-lucky emotions and freedom you once skipped out with at age 7!

Do you remember! Can you remember?

Yeeesss! There it is! Tap into that!

And believe it or not, or not, or what! What?!

But this frame of mind will put you in a place where your creative spirit can fly...

Nonsense is no sense, but sense all the same! At least to me it is!

I was the kid staring out the window in class, drifting away on cotton candy clouds,

daydreaming of pixie stix forests! Huh? What?

Oh, the capitol of Alaska? Ummm, let me see... shoots, she might as well have been asking me for the formula for PX10 jet fuel!

Consequently I had a tough time focusing and paying attention when the sun was gleaming bright yellow and the sky was

sparkling blue, I swear I could hear the wind calling my name! Yoohoo, Sssannnddddrra...

And just tell me how was I, a defenseless kid supposed to ignore that?!

The sure promise of adventure with a capital "A" and escapade with a capital "ESC"!

And as soon as that 3:00 o'clock bell rang, I was out the door and down the stairs in a flash!

Freedom, sweet freedom at last!

"The practical man can run a locomotive, but he cannot invent one!

The men who are doing the best part of the worlds work are the theorists, in their laboratories watching test-tubes, in their studies excogitating philosophies,

or under the summer trees dreaming of coming days of gold

and singing their reverie". Dr. Frank Crane from Four Minute Essays circa 1919

The color lives within you...

seek it out!

And now, down to the business at hand...

my one year anniversary winners are...

Contessa Kris * Porcelain and glass doll
Linda Crispell * dress form in studded bra
Karen Young * mannequin in lace skirt

Crayon on paper artwork courtesy, Lily Kopp.

Lisa Oceandreamer * lg doll head
Jeanie Marmalade Gypsy * med doll head
Carola from Boxwood Cottage * sm doll head
(please email me with your mailing addresses ladies)!
And just for good measure, I have created for EACH and EVERY ONE of you, a very special clock face to download and use as a little reminder when it is time to put business away and go out and play!

Down load and use in your personal artwork, until next time my friends!