Sunday, June 23, 2013

Drumming at the Water's Edge

dc108: solstice

Thank you to Kristin who is our host for this week's drawing challenge. Such a simple idea for a theme and such a wonderful idea for a theme. What fun this was for me Kristin!

My creative endeavour took a few turns (some for the worse and some for the better) and in the end I wound up with a simple idea painting on a used leaf of tea bag paper, done in acrylic paint. Let's see what we have:

A woman sits drumming at the beach. She's lit two fires and sits between them completely absorbed in her drumming. Apparently, something else has also noticed her drum beats; she has summoned a sea snake. I wonder if she knows.

Remember that there are a number of folk participating in the drawing challenge and you will be excited to see what they have done with this theme. It is amazing how different the 'takes' are with a single theme. Variety IS the spice of life it has been said. Pop in to Kristin's place which is linked above, and you will find the list of players for this drawing challenge.

Thanks for dropping by today; I hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Norma, x

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Auction win and a great mail day


Yesterday, I won a lot of beads at the auction. I'd not been for a few years and it felt so great to hold the paddle in my hand, with heart beating in anticipation, and then the mad flurry of the 'fight' [bidding war] and then the satisfaction of the win itself. There is nothing like it in my books. Okay, truth be told, there was only one other bidder on this lot, but I won it. Ten bucks. Let's see the haul:
I arrived home after having walked miles in the hot sun (my choice) carrying the heavy beads, to find in my mailbox, an intriguing package from BarbaraBee! A 'little book' that she made, and a few post cards of her work. Barbara is doing a collage EVERY DAY OF THIS YEAR and I am not kidding. You just have to see her work. Here is a close up of a post card (from her original painting.): Well, this is what is on my work desk today. I have the idea of 'solstice' on my mind, because I am doing a drawing challenge with that theme, and with my discovery that pretty much all of the beads I got yesterday, are from sea shells with a pearly lustre to them (there are a few cultured pearls as well,) I am gearing towards a sea oriented painting/drawing with the influence of the moon, and with maybe shells involved. It's all very foggy in my embryonic design process. The fog lifts as I think more about what I want to do. Meanwhile, I'll just doodle. Thanks for dropping by today, and remember, the one and only lovely Julia, hosts the weekly visit to work desks across this globe of ours. Drop by her spot, where you'll be linked to all of the participants this week. Thank you Julia!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013


dc107: morning, noon, and night

Helen, our great host for this drawing challenge has given us the theme this week and I must thank her for a wonderful journey it has (is as we speak) taken me on. I am still working on my project and so am not completely sure how it will turn out. This is what I have so far:

A painting on a sheet of tea bag paper.

When my project is complete I'll pop back and show you here. Meanwhile, have a visit to Helen's place so you can be linked to all of the players this week. It is always an interesting and fun time.

It's a few hours later and I worked on the project to completion. It is a little book telling a small bit about Astraeia with the theme of morning, noon, and night playing a part. Here is the front cover:

If you untie the golden threads you will see the inside:

Flip over to the other side and you will see:

I learned tons doing this little book. Tons!!

 Thanks for dropping by. See you soon! *smiles* Norma, x

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mood [in the]

dc106: mood board

Well there is no board, but the vision in front of me grabbed my attention as I sat down to try to make a [very late] mood board. I know what I want to do, but it would take me days to really do it justice. When I began to prepare the paper I plan to use, I glanced up and realized that I was surrounded by a 'mood board' so to speak. So this will serve for my contribution to the drawing challenge hosted by the lovely Ariane, who chose the theme of 'mood board.'

Let's just say that the materials make me want to create, but what I am especially enjoying, is the vase of fresh peonies from surrounding gardens in my neighbourhood, sitting in front of a hand-painted kimono that hangs as a curtain dust cover for my books. My camera does not allow a really nice shot of the two things positioned together so you will have to use your imagination.

Thank you for coming by today; I hope to see you again soon, and please remember to drop in to see Ariane for a beautiful selection of many differing and interesting and wonderful and creative and inspiring contributions by folk playing along in this drawing challenge. Also, remember that you are all invited to play along if the 'mood' strikes! *smiles* Norma, x

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Key to my Heart

dc105: Key/hole

Our gal makes a return appearance this week. We find her standing in front of a table with four keys and a few baubles on it. She holds a dove with a metal fitted keyhole contraption. Apparently, when she fits one of the keys into the lock, she is able to feel an emotion. Each key opens an emotion and there are only four to choose from. Upon entry, the mechanical heart beats for a time and our gal is able to feel an emotion in her own heart. The dove does not seem to mind, for she performs this ritual many times a day, and it does not complain. Sometimes it coos. Frankly I do not understand how it would NOT mind. I would.

The drawing is incomplete and serves as a study of an idea. Our host for the drawing challenge this week is dear Renilde who chose the theme of key/hole for us to explore. Find more keys at her blog. Remember that you are all welcome to join in playing with us in the drawing challenges.

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope I shall see you soon. *smiles* Norma, x


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