Tuesday, February 14, 2017

valentine greetings

The poinsettia of Christmas past offered up this one leaf 
 i pressed in an old phone book for a few days.
 When i picked up the book, it fluttered out from between the pages,
softly. Itis almost heart shaped to me so it  has the possibility to lead me to valentine's day thoughts
and i am maker after all...the anthurium is definately heart shaped .
she is still blooming  

 and glowing in the sunset 

Ted Mundorff  painted tropical flowers in the 1940's
that i have a  great fondness for.  I have collected and framed some.

they remind me of hearts and so i share them today on St Valentine's Day.
I have already eaten all the conversation heart candies so i won't be sharing those with anyone this year, again.
I also collect vintage postcards and some of them are Valentines. 
Some a sugary sweet and some funny! Some are silly and i remember the ones we gave to our grade school classmates back in the day when we were much younger and only wrote with pencils!



another leaf that blew in  the yard in the shape of  a heart

now for some dark humor...


Well, this one made me laugh!
Be well, see better, sonja

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

wordless wednesday #1 of 2017



Joni Mitchell's  "Clouds"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbn6a0AFfnM









look up 
look down
be well

Thursday, January 12, 2017

thoughtful Thursday



thoughtful Thursday          

 So Thursdays are as good as any day to be thoughtful. i have many thoughts daily
  that stop me in my tracks, some that start me to ponder and just like the sound
 of  and  although i am thoughtful daily many times, i like to zero in some days on 
  something i am mentally chewing on. 
Thoughtful might mean i see/think something
  but put no out loud words to it to anyone, so i  chew on it mentally. 
This Thursday i am wondering how i spend my energy and try to balance it, 
  as  not to  give it away in anger, frustration, etc... 
  and rather to  spend it with more wisdom like compassion
 anhow that just might make a difference in my day and attitude.
java rice sparrow

"Be aware of wonder.
 Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and 
draw and paint
 and sing and dance
 and play and work every day some."
 Robert Fulghum 

 What wise words !
Be well, Sonja

Monday, January 9, 2017

How i get unstuck in my art works...

 when i get stuck 
 i do one of several things to get back on track: breathe deeply, stretch like my cat Ruby,
walk away, walk in the yard and see what nature has made and pay attention as there is always something newly sprouted, bloomed, withered, dropped as in a blue and lime green feather in the driveway today.
Or
get a glass of cool water, stare at the horizon, take out the trash to recycle bin, make a salad, eat a peach, wash my face, check the snail mail box....no wonder i say art is not a straight one  but a wondrous meandering line through the day!  Now i can go back to the task at had with fresh eyes, attitude, and an oxygenated brain!
If that doesn't perk me up, i get an sun ice tea and approach another piece of work i have started to see if the next step is ready to Freddy! ideas need time to simmer.mostly.
This simmering process takes as long as it needs and wears no watch ....  
Oh ,making a birthday card for a friend is also a mini vacation, as i think of the things we have shared and i have the time to be grateful we met and are still fond of each other.
(In January before i put the old calendar aside, i copy over birthday dates to the new year!!)

So, I find the shifting of thought/seeing/doing/non doing/body movement/still, a change of perception/direction helpful
 for my creative self to move on.


I call this photo "What if I..."
(sorry i don't know who to credit)

Happy New Year 2017!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Years day in the morning...



A new year, a new day dawns.
I wish you a year of wonder, peace and bright moments
 that become the memories you cherish.
 be well, Sonja





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Starting to look a lot like Christmas ....

Are you ready? I'm not.
Baking to be done soon, 
shopping for the ingredients even sooner
 if tomorrow is not too late? 



and still i roam about the yard and select and collect  flowers and leaves
 to help me celebrate and share  the joy of the season.
 I make these floral arrangements and think they might be the Christmas card of  the year after arranged and photographed and cropped and printed and addressed and stamped and sent,
so far they are in the camera and in a photo place in computer.



Then i come across a poinsettia that made it through the year and is now re-blooming
 in spite of the fact that i only cut it back once.
Red is so red this time of year!!


 Then there are the painted fabric Santa figures of fabric i call old Nicks.
I have made these for about 30 years now since i found their likeness pleasing to me
 in an early American folk art style. I put them out yearly
 and sometimes the white Santa stays out all year.


This year i drew, painted, quilted and sewed up some pillows featuring the
 Monstera leaves .The above is the painting before the quilting. 

Strawberry guavas and leaves 
in the Christmas colors minus the snow! 


Soon i will be baking and  
sharing  my apple crisp from the Tassajara  bread book 
from the 1970s
 with lots of fruit and nuts and ginger and spices
 as i like to improvise as i make food depending on what is in the pantry and fridge,in season, 
 and  on the counter.
And don't forget the whipping cream!!

A vintage Hawaiian print of anthuriums  

Be most  well and have a happy and  healthy holiday season wherever  you are!
aloha, sonja

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016



                                                      I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving !


                                                                     Be Well, Sonja 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hallelujah

It has been a strange time as of late and today with the news of Leonard Cohen's passing, i find myself without words once again. Perhaps a song is what i need, to share and sing. Among the many, many  renditions i listened to today, it is KD Langs' version  i share here.
I love that she is singing barefoot at the Winter Olympics.
                                                   
                                                                  https://youtu.be/3q7TRVOM9KQ







be well.

https://youtu.be/3q7TRVOM9KQ

this is one of my favorite lyrics that i have in the column on the right side of my blog
that resounds with me and is well worth repeating

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."

Leonard Cohen





Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shine On !

Shine on! 
Here are a few more flags of hope that i made recently.
It is a wonderful process of sifting through pieces of painted fabrics and torn strips while the mind sorts words to stitch upon them, words that turn my mind to hopeful ideas and thoughts in this seemingly world gone nuts. This process is best for me  with classical music softly playing in the next room or bird song or the sound of wind in the trees or light rainfall are also wonderful 
as is silence.


Shine on .  "And we all shine on!" 
i can almost hear John Lennon singing this...
After words have been selected and embroidery threads selected from the nest they have become in colorful storage, i sit and stitch with a large eyed needle and all six strands of floss. Big stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, it has been awhile and i am rusty with the names so i just stitch over the light penciled letters. When words are done i add colorful torn strips of my painted fabric at bottom with a simple tacking . One of the strips will attach  with simple knots to the painted chop stick that i thread through the large sleeve at top of flag that i make before the words are stitched. one of the wonderful aspects of these flags is that there are no rules, only do what comes to mind  with what materials are handy and just see what results!




 BE Kind!

Let Love, Shine on, Grace and Kindness find their way to where needed.
So, how do you center yourself in this busy world?
And is art a part of your way?? 
be well, Sonja

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkhzPwcKkNI
.  "And we all shine on!" 
i can almost hear John Lennon singing this..

QkhzPwcKkNI

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Amazing Orchids

It is that time of year when these orchids bloom in the mock orange tree.

The common name is the  black orchid.
i find the color more of a maroon to my artistic eye.

 (trichoglottis brachiata)
They have a heavy honey fragrance and
they attach to the mock orange tree and put out roots that twine around the branches.
What an amazing show they put on at the end of summer!! 

 
 i hope you have a moment to sit with nature and enjoy the beauty all arounds us.
Have a fine weekend!!


Today it is a fine time to sit with mother nature and all her bounty and
 breathe in deeply!
be well, sonja