wabi sabi

a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
a beauty of things unconventional.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Self Portrait Friday

I have started this post several times this morning. It always starts with why I don't like pictures of myself. My commitment to myself and my challenge to you starting today is to look at your photos and embrace them, celebrate them, and be grateful. They are all pieces that document our stories that make up who we are. Are you brave enough to make a scrapbook of photos just of you?

Have a fun filled beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Little Creativity Happening

I dug out my box of glass beads I made a couple of years ago and put together a necklace. On one side I have white pearls and on the other very pale pink pearls. In between are vintage french seed beads that I have carried around for years. It has been quite a while since I made jewelry but I think there will be more coming. Perhaps lighting the torch again to see if I can still make a bead!

A painting inspired by Sarah Ahearn's wonderful work. I have been in my studio as often as I can just playing and trying not to be too critical. I love to have all my paints and papers and pens all around me and not think too much about what I am doing. Keep an open heart and see what shows up. I think in time I will find what makes my heart sing.

I am working on a few other thinks that I will share later. I also have an adventure coming up that I will tell you about.

What are you working on?


Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Self Portrait

Taken at 3 a.m. friday morning. Having a bit of insomnia. I decided to join Nina for self portrait fridays. I hate having my picture taken and will avoid it whenever I can and certainly not look at them if they are taken. But part of becoming who you really are is peeling away the layers and accepting. Accepting it all. The good parts and the not so good parts. The dark circles because you can't sleep. The messy hair because in the end does it really matter? The sparkle in you eyes and contentment on your face because the sun is finally shining today and spring is showing its face. Accept it and celebrate! I am enough!

Life shouldn't be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather a skid sideways, champagne in one hand, body thoroughly used up and worn out, screaming, "WOO-HOO, what a ride! author unknown

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Here It Comes...

The moments of self doubt. Am I worthy? Am I talented enough? Am I as good as? Do I offer something of value? I have struggled with these issues for as long as I can remember. Not all the time. Sometimes I feel quite worthy and talented and as good as. Then mostly without warning the self doubt starts creeping up. Sometimes so slowly I hardly notice and other times it slams into my being leaving me in a pile of self judgment. That is where I have been the last couple of days. Sitting in the self doubt which really I think is fear. That is not where I want to be sitting so I am moving on. I will keep making art and making jewelry and being the creative spirit I know that I am at the core of my being. In the process I will strive to do it without self judgment.

How do you deal with the self doubt?

I will be back in a few days and share some of my art!


Friday, March 5, 2010

Such Gratitude

Thank You to all of you who have been kind enough to leave comments and encouragement on my leap into the blog world. I am so grateful to be venturing into this wonderful community of creative beings. Your kind thoughts mean so much.


Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.

This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
until now.
Until now.

David Whyte, Where Many Rivers Meet

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

An Artful Journey

We all have moments and events that are life changing. An Artful Journey was that for me.  I decided in August to step out of my comfort zone and sign up for an art retreat.  I went by myself  knowing no one but came away feeling like I had found my community.  I met women I felt like I have known for a long time and some would like to get to know better.  I have faith that our paths will cross again.

I can not say enough about my gratitude and love for this this generous loving spirit.  She is an authentic woman.  What I learned from her along with the jewelry skills was to have the courage to stand in the light of my own spirit.  To claim and celebrate all of my gifts and my faults and my own truth.  Such a profound gift to be given.

I am so grateful for the experience of An Artful Journey.  There is another one in July if you have
been looking for a retreat.  I would highly recommend it!  I may be there myself!  In the meantime I am in my tiny studio creating whatever moves me at the time and having loads of fun!  Want to join me?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Filled Up My Soul

A little over a week ago I had the gift of attending An Artful Journey Retreat in the hills above Los Gatos. I was cracked wide open in the company of the most glorious women. I realized that I have been very timid on this journey as an artist. These beautiful loving and creative women gave me the gift of faith. Faith in myself and my creative spirit. Faith to take the leap and fully embrace the journey. This blog is part of that journey. The most wonderful Nina said to me "Go forth and create without fear". So here I go!