Friday, December 31, 2010

Sacred Feminine Janet RR

In 2010, I participated in a Round Robin swap of art journals with the Sketchbook Project, a Yahoo Group. Every month  a journal arrived and and  two pages created for the theme selected by the books owner.  My favorite was Janet's.  I never showed my photos of it as I wanted it to be a surprise.  I suspected the lack of reverence, deep thought and introspection  was  disappointing. It was fun!
When we were in Tuscon the theme and what to design occupied my  mind .  When we were driving around the University area I was completely blown away by the football Stadium.  It dominated the area, had to have cost millions to build and dwarfed the academic buildings.  It struck me that here was todays temple and sports the god.  So this was my inspiration for Ballz Goddess of Sport
the cover made from a crumpled painted  brown paper bag  covered with gel medium



This Ballz on a background of painted torn tissue paper that was coated with high gloss gel medium.  The balls from various sports are buttons and stickers.
here are photos of other stadiums.  It does not appear to bother anyone that even in third world countries vast sums of money are poured into these temples to soccer, Rugby, athletics etc. 



Women seem to take on endless work and tasks.  So now we have Hyper Goddess of Multitasking.  ipods, ipads and computers have only added to the list from gardening, cooking,sewing, working out, working at home and at work.




This was my offering bag for all and any goddess to accept donations in return for help!


I really had fun and enjoyed this theme.  Once I had an idea it was hard to stop.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Christmas is over


 Before surgery i set up our only chair with arms and a little higher than the others for me to sit in.  While hospitalized it was taken oven by The KING, Spunky.  He needs shaking off it for me to sit down.  He does let me have it for my coffee every morning.  but expects me to drink that second cup quickly.
 

On to Christmas dinner



We started with a fine white  Navarro 2009, Pinot Gris.  Here I am with the Cab Sav 2005 also a Navarro.  Smooth and superb taste. 


After the fine rib steaks we moved to the Christmas Pudding.  Of this course I have no memory.

The sauce was liberally laced with brandy, Remy Martin.



Before teaten the brandy was poured over the pudding and set alight.  You will not see the flame as apparently I was madly searching for the camera.

Ah, ha the mince pies.  the glowing eyes in the background are from tripper who was not a participant in the feast, and moved in to claim his couch seat, disappointed there was no ice cream.




Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Mexico Travel Journal


 Santa Fe is my favorite city in the US.  It is old,  quaint and also a friendly city. It appears to be a favorite place for older women enjoying life.   It came as a surprise that i had never made a journal of our trips their.  The last visit was just before my mastectomy and this visit was for celebrating life. 

  

My travel books consist of pages from gathered travel catalogs and moments glued onto pages then assembled into a book.  This is a little different.  I started with folded sheets of card stock dividing the trip into the route to Santa Fe, Santa Fe and Taos.

The cover (above)is made from my fabric paper sewn to Peltex and cotton fabric.  We head west on back roads.  The land scape is desolate and the marker at the Fort Sumner State Park told how millions of years ago ancient people scraped a living from the semi barren earth before moving on.  Nothing has changed, spirit of those ancient people remains, the wind blows, the dust swirls and the sun beats down.  




Above is  the inside, fabric covered and our trail on the opposite side.
 Thats the reservoir at Ft Sumner






 Santa Fe has one of the best Farmers Markets in the country even though they tarted it up with a grand building and park like setting. (The land is owned by the railroad). They managed to hire designers who had vision.  There is an art and craft section in the park that is quite unique.

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The food is a major attraction in Santa Fe.  Top chefs have expanded the local cuisine and the Coyote Cafe had the best chips and salsa ever eaten, washed down with an excellent 'rita as well as over the top entrĂ©es.  We ate at Amavi for our wedding anni, (the number eludes me!).  it was a delightful setting on a side street and we sat out.

 The galleries of Santa Fe cover the range of all art.  My favorite is the Jane Sauer gallery, as it carries fiber art and some very different art that exemplifies craftsmanship and skill.  





We managed to visit The Golondrinas Ranch museum.  The last stop before SF for early travelers.  The volunteers, mostly women, are sort of in costume and very knowledgeable.  There was a fiber show mostly weaving and colcha embroidery.  Experimented with ways to store information, from lacing, weaving, and pockets.


 This is how all the travel information is stored so I can find it next time we visit.


North of Santa Fe is Taos, a center for skiing and trendy artists.  Artemisia is a superb art to wear boutique, outta my price range!!!





  Ledoux street has many shops and galleries plus two museums.