Haiku My Heart

Holiday Road Trip and Haiku

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Haiku My Heart, What I am up to | 1 comment

Holiday Road Trip and Haiku

I have been traveling since December 21. First, from my home in Colorado to Orange, California in a Prius with the dog, the husband and my two teenagers. True. Once in SoCal, we joined my siblings for a holiday week with my mom. We went to the beach. My dog, who is a poodle, has never liked the water. Until now. I drove to my sister Linden’s house in Watsonville. After looking at her over-sized, monolithic, ice cube of a fireplace, I just got sick of it. We had to fix this thing and make it work with this fab wooden house. I had a vision that involved paint, mosaic and upholstery....

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California and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Haiku My Heart, Journaling, My Work | 4 comments

California and Haiku

It is the week after Christmas and I am in California. This is where I was born and raised, and where my heart is. I love the sea, the salt air, the palm trees with their ridiculous trunks. I have been journaling. I have been crafting it up in my mom’s extraordinary sewing room, making creatures from socks and parts of socks. Even crafted a sea monster. We have been visiting, drinking tea, eating fabulous meals, watching old family movies and running the dogs on the beach. We went whale watching, and saw no whales, but had our faces in the sea air watching dolphins and their babies,...

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Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Creative Exercises, Haiku My Heart, My techniques, Tutorial | 27 comments

Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

I have been making book ornaments for about 15 years. I love books, love the holidays and what is not to love about combining the two? This year was special because I got to decorated them with papers I made with my new stencils. I started with a saturated piece of paste paper. Added a layer of Silks (acrylic glazes) using my stencils. I kept adding layers until I was satisfied. Love that. Did a few more papers. And a few more. For this project you need: 2 pieces decorative paper 3″ x 3″ 2 pieces mat board 2.5″ x 2.5″ 1 piece colored paper for text block 2.25 x...

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Bamboo and Haiku

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Artist Friends, Haiku My Heart, Journaling | 3 comments

Bamboo and Haiku

Yesterday I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens with my friend Liz Kettle. There is an exhibit there in the gardens, of sculptural bamboo. It was hot, really hot, so we found a shady place to draw these sinuous, flowing and tremendously exciting pieces. This one is at the entrance. Liz has wonderful pictures of what we drew on her blog. Here is my sketchbook page. The bamboo moves through the gardens with amazing grace and beauty. Some of the sculptures were floating on the ponds. They looked architectural, nautical, lyrical. The rest of the gardens were bursting with color, which quite...

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Maira Kalman and her message to me.

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Artist Friends, Haiku My Heart | 9 comments

I love, love, Love Maira Kalman, all her characters, all her colors and feelings spilling all over the page. Get to the bookstore or library and treat yourself to The Principles of Uncertainty or  Max the Dog. I found this video link on Lisa Hoffman’s blog, and she is fab too, so here I am sharing these two wonderful women. This was perfect for me today, sitting around being crotchety over nothing. Maira snapped me out of it, quick. Haiku for Today I have enough, now Riches untold, dreams, blessings I have enough, now. For more Haiku, go to Haiku My...

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Out of the mouths of… teens.

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Haiku My Heart | 19 comments

Out of the mouths of… teens.

My son Sam is 12, nearly 13.  Here he is at the beach. Last week we had tea together. I gave him the good teacup to try, it is one of the few heirlooms I have. He took a sip. I said “Sam, that teacup has been in our family for about a hundred years.” He stopped, set the cup down. Then he said “I was just lip-to-lip with my ancestors. I was almost kissing all the greats that came before me.” Haiku for Sam Your wild heart sings songs I never hear on my own So you sing for me For more Haiku My...

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