My love of nature and love of paper have influenced my love of drawing, painting and making things for as long as I can remember. For me, there is excitement in the visual pleasure I get from copying the beauty of nature. The colors. The gentleness. With my artwork, I seek to inspire and enlighten the viewer.
Matryoshka dolls (Russian nested dolls). I guess that is what these are called, although they were made in China. I bought them many years ago, probably when Brent was little. Anyway, they say "let me out"!
Twenty-one years ago, I made these babies for my daughter's baby shower. I was sewing and sewing and stuffing and stuffing for months before. I have pictures of all of them somewhere. I must look. They were all lined up, like a parade, until the day of the shower came. Everyone got one to take home.
We didn't know if it was going to be a girl...
or a boy. I wonder what happened to all those babies? I loved them, but I sometimes wonder where the others are. Did anyone care?
Most of my mother's recipes I have on cards in her own handwriting. That makes them very special and I feel like we're baking together. And today is a special birthday. My granddaughter's. My daughter has requested that I make "grandma's" Milk Chocolate Cake. She remembers that as the traditional birthday cake for her, with white frosting (made with Crisco) and colored shot (sprinkles) on top. Let's continue the tradition!
The pumpkins know it's October and they are getting anxious to come out of their box. The second one in line is a special one. I have had him since I was little. I think it was the first pumpkin that my mother bought for me. He's a very smart pumpkin. Never mischievious or naughty. Well, the others are little "hollow-heads".
And here is a little pumpkin portrait that I bought many years ago at a shop in Michigan. It's tiny. 2"x3". I immediately fell in love with it when I saw it. It's signed "Yvonne" '95. If you're out there, Yvonne, I still treasure this little painting.
The pumpkins are talking! They're saying that they want to have their portrait painted. Hmmm.
Came down to the computer this morning and look who was waiting for me on my mousepad! I think some naughty Brownie is playing a trick on me. I guess it was raining too much last night and he didn't have anything else to do.
Brownie has learned that "the most famous icon of the holiday is the jack-o-lantern. Various authorities attribute it to either Scottish or Irish origin. However, it seems clear that it was used as a lantern by people who traveled the road this night, the scary face to frighten away spirits or faeries who might otherwise lead one astray. Set on porches and in windows, they cast the same spell of protection over the household. " from All Hallow's Eve by Mike Nichols