Friday, December 28, 2007
My mother past away the week before Christmas and although it has been 2 years now, I still have a hard time ....... Christmas will always be bitter sweet for me . I always get a little teary when I hear Judy Garland sing " Have yourself a merry little Christmas.... let your heart be light".
On to the new year.......I have not really thought about what resolutions I want to make. In this past year I have started my etsy shop, had a successful gallery show at my favorite store here in Frederick " The Muse " ( thanks Whitney! ), taught a few workshops and had some pieces selected for a few magazines !!!!! A very , very good year !!!!! I guess I want to continue expanding my artwork...... I would love to do a show and I want to try my hand at wood block printmaking. Thanks for all the support everyone and the best to you all in the new year!!!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
These are my new bookmarks that I have in my etsy shop. I love making them ..... partly because they are quick and fun .
These are also my kids gift projects for Christmas this year. They are making a bookmark for everyone they need to give a gift to . I usually pick one project and have them do it for everyone. I purchased a laminater(?) over the summer and was dying to use it somehow.
I also need to get back to doing more mixed media and assemblage pieces ( my love ). I love using found materials , they speak volumes in a piece and have such energy.
Although we still have a few more weeks until Christmas, do not stress over gift giving. I love the homemade bread my neighbor gives me and warm wishes for the holiday always lifts me up.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I write all my passwords down on scrap paper. Imagine if you will the amount of scrap paper a collage artist ( like myself) might have sitting around! I could not find my access for my blog. An embarrassing admission. I am back , and will have more interesting things to blog about.
More coming soon. Thanks , CourtneyP.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Enjoy the day and your peacful moments.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Are the grand gestures in life really as important as the little miracles?? Often when searching for an answer or help , we ask " please give me a sign that this is the right thing" ...... and then we wait. Are we waiting for the heavens to open and lightning to crash? Will a big billboard say " Yes , you are right! " . Often and I venture to say never ,does this happen.
However, are there tiny moments when a feeling comes over us to say... you will be o.k. . Look outside the window and suddenly notice the most beautiful little bird perched just for you to enjoy. A butterfly flutters around you and you feel like giggling. You look down and there is a shiny penny, heads up ,just for you. Need the correct change and in your pocket.... it is exact. These seem so minor yet somehow uplifting..... could these be the grand gestures that we are looking for? Hope ....... it is a funny thing and when you are looking
you find it in the smallest of places.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
These are some pictures of a piece I just submitted to a magazine challenge ( Somerset Studios ). I often use the image of a house in both a literal and symbolic reason. I believe that we are all on the journey to finding home. That said , what does that really mean? Every person is searching for a place to just be ...... no judgement , no pretending ..... a place that we can be who we were intended to become. It is a hard road and at times a long one. But along the way we find such amazing things ..... and surprisingly we may find our home in the most unexpected of places. Home........ it may not have a door or windows , but boy does it have a heart. Enjoy the journey.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I love little boxes. Something about them just makes me feel ...... what is the word, content. I am working on a few of these little boxes and I am not really sure what they will hold or what someone else will put in them. Just knowing there is a place for your things leaves me with a good feeling. Don't we all just want that...... a place for our things be it material or otherwise.
I think I have passed this obsession on to my two little boys. They have little boxes of their own to hold their treasures...... and when I say treasures , I mean old screws, buttons , smooth rocks , scrap paper ....... even a lamp fennel my son thinks is solid gold! I hope they keep their little boxes forever, I know I will .
Coming soon , a tutorial in photo transfer projects and how to make your kids art home accessories. What fun!!!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This really made me wonder about how powerful it is to put something out there, even if it is buried in the back yard. Taking something that is weighing on your spirit and just put it somewhere else. It does not make it go away, it just makes it easier to breathe.
Everyone of us has a story , some not so happy and some misunderstood. In the end , I believe that our experiences do not define us......... how we chose to use them in our life, does.
Put it out there........ in a bottle , buried in the yard or stuck in the pages of a book....... take a deep breath and keep walking forward.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Little houses , the keeper of dreams.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Instead of thinking about those in obvious need, think about the person next to you in line at the store. A simple gesture can change the course of anyone's day. It offers a bit of hope when we can connect on a personal level in what is becoming such an impersonal place.
Do it for selfish reasons..... it will make you feel good and could make the day of someone else a bit brighter..... what power we have if we would only use it.
If you are in a bad mood or the world is just not spinning right..... try PIF and see how it effects you.
Look the cashier in the eye and say " Hello " , let someone go ahead of you in line, tell someone they left their car lights on........ look around and notice that the world is here and it is not just for you alone.
Have a great day!!!!! Courtney P
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I woke this morning to the crisp air of the new fall day. The windows had been left open, it was chilly but not cold. A good chilly, the kind that gives you energy. My two boys soon followed me ( age 7 and 4 ). I never no quite what side of the fence they will be on and if they will be there together!!!! They quickly started playing cars...... no requests or demands. A perfect time for fresh coffee. I watched like a fly on the wall as I sipped my coffee. The breeze was so fresh. It is the smell of hope I believe. I tried to talk to the boys , but I was invisible. A good kind of invisible mom..... the kind that lets you treasure the moment of little boys and matchbox cars.
My perfect moment lasted for 60 min., and then life kind of took over. It was enough for the day..... and maybe enough for tomorrow too.
Enjoy your perfect moments!
Friday, September 28, 2007
I do wish everyday for more minutes in the hour but I want them for selfish reasons. I want them so that time does not slip away...... I want more time with my kids and more time to just sit and breathe. I do not mind being second in line or driving under the speed limit . I just want to stand still and not fear that the world will keep spinning.
I wish I may , I wish I might ...... have this wish , I wish tonight.
Have a great weekend!