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I live in Mooringsport La. and work in construction full time and dabble in art when ever I can. I would love to be able to do my art full time--who knows, maybe one day I will. In the past year, I started doing Festivals, trying to sell my Art. It is ALOT of work, but worth it. I have met so many people with the same interests as myself.

Monday, February 27, 2012

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In her own private world she could go anywhere, do anything. Life was as she imagined it could be. It is a life filled with wonder and beauty...........

I finished this piece this weekend. I call it "Your Private Paradise". It is a Painting/Collage. I had a great weekend. I painted and made jewelry all day Saturday and Sunday I had to clean a storage room out but still had time to work on some jewelry.







This is my homage to the honey bee. It is soon to be spring and with the the promise of new birth and awakening. Trees are beginning to bud and flowers are bursting forth offering us their full glory after taking a long winters nap.

Cherokee Legend taken from " The First People" website.

"Back in ancient times when the people were more pure and could converse with the animals and the Creator would visit with them, the people asked the Creator for something that was 'sweet' to the taste. So the Creator sent the Bee, but the Bee had no stinger. Down came the Bee and it found a suitable tree in which they could build their hive, live in, produce honey, multiply and feed its young. Soon the people came to the Bee and asked for some of the sweet syrup and the Bee gave each person a container full. The people loved the syrup and greedily ate it, then went back to the Bee for more.

But the Bee replied, 'I have no more to give you for a while. You will have to wait.' The people were not happy, as they craved the sweet syrup. So they called upon the Creator, saying, 'the Bee does not give us enough of the golden syrup. We want more!!!' The Creator listened and sent down the Flower People. The Flower People began to spread all types of flowers across the land giving the Bees greater access and variety of flowers to pollinate and make more honey. The Flower People spread all kinds of beautiful wild flowers around to attract the Bees; bright blue, red, orange, purple and yellow. More Bees were created to help pollinate the flowers. The hive grew to be very large. The people seeing how big the hive was went to get more of the sweet syrup. So the Bees gave all the syrup to the people but left enough to feed their young. The people devoured the syrup and wanted more. The Bee responded, 'We don't have anymore, you will have to wait.'

The people were angry and asked the Flower People to make more flowers so they could have more of the golden syrup to eat. The Flower People responded, 'We made all the flowers we could and they are all pollinated. You will have to wait until Spring.' 'No, said the people, 'We want more now!!' So they went back to the bee's hive and tore it apart killing almost all of the Bees and taking the syrup. The remaining Bees were angry. They asked the Creator what to do. The Creator was also annoyed at the behavior of the people, so he told the Flower People to create some 'briar bushes' and for the Bees to eat the briars.

The Bees did as the Creator said, they ate the briars and these were transformed into stingers. The Flower People created an entire briar patch around the Bee's tree. The next day, the people came back and started toward the Bee's hive for more syrup; but the briars around the tree scratched and tore at their bodies. Some of the people made it through the briars to the hive. Covered in welts, they yelled at the Bees, 'Give us some more syrup now, or we will do the same as we did yesterday, kill your young and destroy your home!' The Bees became angry and a loud hum came from the hive in the tree, and out they swarmed. The Bees stung the people all over until they were covered in welts and sent them running.

After that day, the people treated the Bees, flowers, and plants with great respect and always promised to replace whatever they asked for and never be greedy or take more than they needed.


I call the piece below the "The Magic of Dragonflies" . I think that they are beautiful, mythical creatures who fly with such grace. I found this story on Funeral Poems. Net . This was not my perception of the dragonfly but found the story very beautiful.

Eulogy Story : Dragonfly

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed. Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended. But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!


This legend comes from "Dragon Flies Myth and Legend"

The Navaho Indians believe the dragonfly to be symbolic of water purity and reflect it in many of the textiles and jewelry they design. One of most delightful stories about the dragonfly is a Zuni Myth about two children who were left behind in the village when the corn crop failed. The little boy constructed a toy dragonfly from corn husks to cheer up his sister. The dragonfly eventually came to life and appeased the corn maidens who created a bountiful harvest of corn to welcome the villagers back.

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We all have a given amount. It cannot be bought or traded, it cannot be stopped and it cannot be reversed. It is constantly on the move and forever changing. It represent how fast time flies by us.

I call this piece "Taking Time".


The talisman lay upon her breast, the heavy weight of it lying against her chest gave her hope that tomorrow would hold brighter days-days filled with the one she loved.................

I call this piece "My Lucky Talisman"

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dreaming


I'm standing on a ridge, in the front of me spans the vast Pacific Ocean and behind me mountains, towering up in the sky, their peaks reaching up into the clouds. It's sunset and the sun is beginning to dip over the horizon and fall into the ocean. There is a soft breeze in the air, filled with the fragrance of the salt water blowing in from the sea. It is a cool, quiet evening and I am alone. Completely, utterly alone. No phones, no cars, no dogs or cats or parrots. It is just me. Me and sound of the waves moving in and coursing over the sand tumbling the pebbles as it recedes. Life is good.

Too bad this is all a daydream and there is chaos around me, closing in on me. Phones are ringing and someone is demanding something. Always demanding something. Don't you wish you could just close your eyes, tap your heals and magically be somewhere else. Somewhere where time is simpler and you get to do all of the things that you really want to do. Do what your passionate about. It is a dream and a good one.

Okay, back to real life. On a higher note it is Friday and I have a long weekend of creating in front of me. And, really--life is good but it is also good to dream.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Faye

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I call this piece "Pearls of Wisdom" and I chose to put this piece on today because I have been doing some "heavy duty" thinking lately. I have signed up for a Recovery Workshop" with Joyuslion and it has been eyeopening, to say the least. If you are interested in it, it is six days in, but easily caught up on. Follow this link Joyuslion and use the link to go back to previous workshops. It has really opened my eyes to what is going on around me and the journaling has given me self-awareness. It makes you delve into your inner core and reflect. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but often cleansing. We all have things in our past or even or present that we have trouble dealing with or understanding. I have found that this class has really helped. Maybe it can help you, too.

Peace to all.

F.

Monday, February 20, 2012

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Valentine Present

Lewis bought this workbench for me for Valentine's Day. We put it together this weekend. It came all the way from China and was only missing 1 piece. I guess, if you consider that there were about 30 pieces, one missing piece isn't too bad. Lewis made the back piece to one of the drawers (the piece that was missing). I am going to use this as a jewelry work station. I got to try it out this weekend, I made about 10 pendants. They are all drying now. I had an awesome weekend. We were going to go to town, but with the parades going on this weekend, we decided to stay in--I am glad that we did. We got the table put together, stocked, and as an added bonus, I even got to use my new room and table. I will post pictures of the necklaces when they are done.

Lewis came into the studio and asked me to "feel in his pocket", he had this huge skink in it. I thought that he would run away before I got a good picture of him, but he was a "good little lizard" and stayed still for the photo. Isn't he awesome!! I am a reptilian. I love snakes and turtles and frogs.
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These are two pieces that I just finished. I call this one "Live to Dream". It is a mixed-media on Ceramic tile- 18" x 18".



















This piece is called "Bloom", it is also a mixed media on Ceramic tile, 18" x 18".
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Thursday, February 16, 2012


We stopped on the way home at the dam yesterday. We only live about a half mile from the lake. It was right near sunset and it was beautiful. It was a overclouded and rainy yesterday evening and some of the pictures turned out beauful.

We have made it to Thursday. One day away from the kick-off to the weekend. I hate to wish my life away looking for weekends, but the weekend are what I really enjoy.

This weekend I probably won't get two full days in the Studio. We have plans for a date Saturday but hopefully, Sunday will be an "empty" day (meaning no plans). I would love to get up to the studio, I have so many plans for pieces formulating in my head I just want to "dig in" and start. I have so many plans, and so little time-my problem is deciding what pieces I want to start first.

I have been aching to get out an assemblage piece and I have all the components lined up for some jewelry I have been planning, I have the journal filled up with ideas for paintings and mixed medias. Where do I begin!

I don't want to sound like I am whining and I wold hate my readers to get that impression, because really ( REALLY) i'm not. I am truly blessed and I know this. I love my life and wouldn't change too many things :) if I could. I would love to stay home and spend my days in my studio but right now, that is an impossiblity. But, one day--who knows. Hope that you all have a great day. Keep Creating!! F.






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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!Hope that you all have a great one. My sweetheart (and husband-pictured below) is so sweet . He bought me a workbench for my studio for Valentines day. It will be my jewelry work station. I am going to put it in the middle of my tool room. Don't wanna bore you guys, but in the mornings, first thing, I get up and take out the dogs. When I came in this morning I found a box of candy and a homemade card in the shape of a heart with handwritten text asking me for a date tonight at my favorite sushi restaurant. If you knew my husband, you would realize how big a deal this is. It was so thoughtful and sweet. I have to be the luckiest woman in the world. I am not saying that just because of the Valentines deal, just in general. He sees the best in everyone and never thinks badly of people. He is my polar opposite and my best friend. He balances me and makes my life rich and whole.

Okay, Okay-I know, enough of the lovey dovey stuff--but still, hope you all have a great valentines day!!

F.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Remodel Complete

I have finally gotten
the remodel complete, the pictures below are of the finished Studio--top and bottom floors. I am so happy to say that I finally had a weekend to paint. I painted ALL weekend long. Lynn, my BF came over and we had ourselves a "Art Day" yesterday, and it was much needed. The first set of pictures below are of the top floor of my studio.









The pictures below are of the first floor--I will use this primarily as storage, but also have a work area set up so that my tools are easily accessible.











The picture below is of my Assistant-Shay. She is my best helper. She has been in our family for about 7 years. She was a "pound puppy" and one of the best little friends that I could have. She follows me everywhere and has a bed set in all of my "hang outs".





The pics below is the top floor--where I will spend most of my time.









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