"The soul is the truth of who we are."
Marianne Williamson

Monday, February 28, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A LITTLE FURTHER ALONG...........THE WOMEN OF YESTERDAY......


I'm a little further along with this piece.  Still need to make a few little changes in the upper right hand corner of the hat and a little more to the background...but thought I would show you my progress.

I've chosen to name this piece THE WOMEN OF YESTERDAY.....even though it is fairly contemporary in style. I love period piece movies and have been watching quite a few lately.  What has struck me so vividly is how limited women of years past led their lives.  They had to be careful how they acted lest they be labeled insane. Often times they led lives filled with fear and despair. They couldn't speak their views when they pleased and were oftentimes mated with less than desirable mates who were both verbally and physically abusive. Although there does appear to be plenty of the above in the world of today.

I certainly don't paint for anyone but myself.....mainly to express my feelings
Thanks for letting me share this with you.....It was a fun piece to paint...and should be finished in the next day or so.

My wonderful grandson is here with us this weekend....so it will be a weekend filled with Tom and Jerry Cartoons. LOL

Have a wonderful day dear friends,

Jo

Friday, February 25, 2011

O.K.........HERE'S A LITTLE PEEK......................



I've just started this piece....just thought I would give you a little peek.


Have quite a ways to go....But I think I'm loving those eyes.

I'll keep you updated.

till then....

Sweet hugs everyone,

Jo

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

O.K........ITS TIME TO COME CLEAN................

All of you might be wondering what I've been doing on my little vacation and time off.


Well....I could be having an afternoon tea break everyday.


Accompanied by this little tasty delight every afternoon.


Being taken out to dine in this exquisite spot each evening.


Returning to this little gem of a suite every night.

Oh....but before retiring one must brush one's teeth and bathe...so of course that happened in this amazing surrounding...


And after a restful nights sleep....I would awaken to walk among these beauties......


Well.....not exactly......my beautiful soul mate and I have embarked on a little adventure together.



YEP....YOU GUESSED IT loosing a little weight.  We have been retired since 1995 and have managed to get a little FLUFFY during this period.  I mean.....what do you do when you are retired.....GO OUT TO EAT AND TRAVEL...  We have done plenty of both....so now it is time to pay the piper...

I'm down 5.2 lbs and he's down l2.4 lbs.

I cannot tell you how happy this is making me....WE ARE going to get healthier.

Hugs,

Jo


Photos courtesy Tumbler

Monday, February 21, 2011

HI.......IT'S ME......................................


I'm still taking a little break from blogging.....but I wanted to show you a little bit of what I have been doing this past week.

the above piece is an OLD piece I had that was not finished so i decided to rework it.  Not sure if it is going to work out...but it sure has been fun working on it.

I'll check in again later.

Hugs,

Jo

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

THE SMOOCH..............HAPPY VALENTINES DAY.........


~~SMOOCH~~

French....se be'coter

German....rumknutschen

Spanish....besuquearse

Italian....pomiciare

SMOOCH:  To kiss and cuddle;
enthusiastic kiss.

No matter which language we may speak....a SMOOCH sends the same message
to all.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

Jo

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A FEW SHOTS OF COLOR ON THESE COLD GRAY DAYS......


I think most of the country is covered in snow, ice, rain, sleet or just sludge.

So I wanted to send some springtime to each and everyone of you.

As you know...I live in AZ and it is mostly sunny here..altho...we have had a few very cold days of late.


These are a few shots of my home. I LOVE COLOR....in case you can't tell.



And the light in AZ  makes these warm colors just pop.  This is my guest bedroom...just found the spread for these beds...the design is called KARMA..I just love that...It reminds me to be nice to everyone I meet...because you never know what is around the corner in your life.


You can also tell...I'm not afraid of color.  This wasn't always so.  When I was younger I stuck to very bland color design; but as I have gotten older..and somewhat bolder..this is so much more fun.


I've had much of this furniture for years and just keep adding a few things to keep it fresh.  The bench is covered in an old horse blanket..but it fit my pallet perfectly ~ so home it came.
I found the lovely chest in Canada on Salt Spring Island...had it for years...but it is still loved.


I've had this beautiful lady since l992. She used to have a much more silver cast to her ~~ but I just applied a little bronze shiny paint here and there and she fits right in, too.


I have lots of Buddhas around my home.  They calm me and make my space feel special.  I always drape jewelry around the neck as I love to see things I love displayed on a daily basis.

The frame behind the buddha used to hold a mirror...but I have repurposed it to hold one of my favorite art photos that was also purchased on a trip up in Canada.

And of course....my ROSES....have to have roses.  Hope you have enjoyed this little JOLT OF COLOR TODAY.

It makes me smile EVERYDAY!!!
For those of you dealing with cold and snow..
 I would like to leave you with this quote:  "I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape~~the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show."
Andrew Wyeth, artist
Hugs sweet friends,

Jo

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

DO YOU LEAD A PASSIONATE LIFE????...........


I think I do.......I hope  I do~~


No, not necessarily this kind of passion....although, this could be part of it.


I really hope I'm not "just whistling in the dark ~~ thinking I lead a full life" as Matthew Perry so aptly stated.


Real passion was not always a major part of my life when I was younger.  Sometimes, I would barely be able to hold on to it and other times it completely left the building.
But...as life's adversity, sorrow and pain would ebb and flow through my life; it seems I could always hold onto that tiny thread of passion that seemed to hide inside.


Passion~~just like any growth....always comes from the inside out....not the other way around.

Passion fuels creativity and  beauty ~~ or does creativity and beauty fuel passion?

I'm not sure I know the answer to that.....but one thing I am sure of is what my passion is.  My passion is CREATING BEAUTY wherever and whenever I can....no matter what my station in life.


Dear friends ~~ what are you passionate about?

Hugs,

Jo

Today I'm linking up with The House of Belonging for a day in the life of.......

Monday, February 7, 2011

IF PIGS COULD FLY..........................




If pigs could fly..


and ostrich could soar...



We would need umbrellas just to leave our door....

Impossible you say without a doubt..

May I say ~~ does a pig have a snout..


Don't forget the joy that childishness
brings....

To which I reply....DOES A PIG HAVE WINGS?


let the child inside come out to play....
don't just save it for another day...


WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY SIGNPOST FOR THE SOUL TODAY......

No matter what your age.....Don't ever forget to let your inner child come out to play.  IT DOES WONDERS FOR ONE'S SOUL.

HAVE A FUN FILLED DAY DEAR FRIENDS,

Jo


Saturday, February 5, 2011

LOOK WHAT FINALLY BLOOMED......................




This is nothing spectacular today.....but my amaryllis finally bloomed.  I have never had one bloom so late in the year....and this particular one has NO LEAVES..and a stalk that is at least two feet long.  I have never had that happen either. It was so weird.


I'm messing around with my photo elements today on my Mac.  I don't have Adobe or Photo shop so I really don't know what I'm doing....but it is kind of fun anyway.
Sort of an antique look above.


We are having an Art show here in April up at our clubhouse....I might try to paint these....I like the opaqueness of the petals and the fact they are curled a little at the edges...That actually kind of DESCRIBES
ME!  LOL  LOL

Hugs sweet ladies and gents,

Jo

Friday, February 4, 2011

YOU WASH~~YOU DRY~~WE IRON~~NOBODY GETS HURT.......




I hate to iron!!!   Oh I know..some of you out there like to do it..and that is as it should be; but I don't.

My soul mate and I have had many a discussion about my ironing abilities..or lack thereof.



Maybe if I had a helper...you know..someone to hold the little pick me up bottle of something to hand to me for an occasional break.


Or maybe in this little spot...with soft filtered light...and ROSES.

I know my lovely soul mate is waiting for the day when he will come in and find this waiting for him.


I did agree to iron his golf shorts once..he thinks he is the only one who looks "fluffy" on the course.  To which I replied...."I'll iron the fronts only..they never look at the back."  And anyway...as soon as he sits down in the car to drive to the course...they are wrinkled....even before he gets to the tee.
I do so love my husband dearly...but this is truly the man of my dreams!  lol ...... Just kidding sweet hubby.


You know in all honesty..I call "The Ironing Lady"...her motto is the title of my post....and I love her for that!
How do you feel about ironing?

Have a happy weekend sweet friends,

Jo

Photos: Flikr
    Second photo : Edgar Degas