Friday, October 21, 2011


So it's been two months since my friend passed, we're actually celebrating his life tomorrow...I'm still very saddened by everything.  I keep hearing his voice in my head.  Our language was music.  But it's simply time to move forward now.

I went out and visited some, almost all, of my blogging people.  It was so nice to see what you have been up some good inspiration, especially from  Blue Skies, who did something fun with an old piece of glass.  And then As Seen through My Eyes, this woman's broken glass mosaics are mind altering....she's simply the best, and she delves deeper and puts a personal spiritual meaning behind her work.  If you haven't seen either of these, go check them out.

Then you may have noticed I changed the look of my blog...this one just suits me much better than the last one.  What can I say, I love the black and white thing.  I am having trouble scanning to my computer, so the banner is not my best clear piece of work yet...but I'll fix it soon.

We are leaving for LA tomorrow to attend my niece's wedding, so will be gone a couple of days.
In the meantime, this is what I have been working on...minimal as it is.  You know I don't like showing my work mid stream...but I need to post something already and get back into the swing of things.

So here goes.

This is a finally framed piece that I bought from Shariyah...not only has she become a very kindred spirit to's so strange how you can hold so much love for someone you have never stood eye to eye with..but such is the case with us.  She lives in New Zealand, and I found her through OWOH.  I bought another piece from her almost two years ago.  Her mother is the one who introduced Ray and I...when I bought a piece from one of her other daughters as well...didn't know they were all strange is life?  Anyway, here is the final piece framed.   A darker version of Frida...LOVE IT!

Next is my Michael Jackson, that is most definitely in the's all over the board right now..but the idea is present.  I just love the way his hand is coming forward to reach out to you.  His big billowy white tuxedo's really going to be something when I'm finished.  I really want to do something different with the background...I need to up my game on this one..I hope to finish it very soon.

Then here is a little project I've been doing on the side.  I saw this somewhere, done to perfection, but thought, well I can do that, why pay someone else.  So I'm using enamels, which are hard core on the air and lungs..but I did do the first one with matt finish instead of glossy...who knew that all enamels were not glossy?   Anyway, these photos don't show how much blending this really is...and they aren't cleaned up or aged or finished yet...but I do enjoy the color palette...hope you can appreciate that as well.

And the last on my list is our guest bedrooms...this first one is almost finished.  I kept it in the theme of old french country.  I found the most amazing creamy tone on tone damask that I will be making the drapery from...right now it's just hung there for effect.  The canopies are not held back yet with tie backs, which will allow the drape to hang better. All the casings and trim are antiqued old gold leaf.  The floors are black plank.  I still need two great pillows for the bed's.  The drapery rod is funky and old cream, so I kept the shelving old cream as well.  There's an old french bombay, cream of course, but you can't see it in this.  I found the old french botanicals, hanging above the headboards,  on our last trip out...oh geez!  I completely forgot about that trip...I'll have to make another post about our one year anniversary of living together trip to Tahoe...great photos of that.
But in the meantime.  I am painting an ivory and black stripe ribbon, with gold trim around the top of the ceiling, which I painted a very deep rich creamy/coco..then I'll add a little thin vine of roses sprinkled here and there.  I need to frame out the big pictures of art.  And of course I aged down the closet doors...

Here's a quick shot of the upstairs guest room/ office...just getting started on that one..will fill in later as things progress...

And last, here is a new...well obviously very old, but new to us, staircase cool it that?!  Then I finally finished my lampshades for the landing and my ivory/black stripe ribbons...can't get enough of those.   Oh and the green walls behind the iron are not finished at all..still in stage two of washing them out and aging.

Reminder to self....clean cobwebs before taking photos to share

So thx for all your patience and for sticking around.  Oh, and I almost book is just about in the box.  

A couple more days of intense writing will see the final chapter complete.  I am looking forward to sharing...I know a lot of you have been waiting for this...and I aim to please.
Thx again, for all of your support...cheers!  june


As Seen Through My Eyes.... said...

I am totally inspired by visiting your blog....from the look of your blog to your Micheal Jackson and the incredible perspective you are able to your style and ability to create environments that I want to move into! Thanks for sharing you!

Stevie-lyn said...

I am so taken with your art, and your written voice is a like a enchanting. I am also in love with your painted sconce. Your are truly an inspiration.

So sorry to hear about your friend. Moving on is an often difficult journey but find that we are somehow changed and perhaps can grow from what we've learned from that person. I hope your journey leads you to new, exciting places.


Rusted Wings said... good to visit you here, after too long! sorry about your friend's passing...and good to see shariyah's art framed, and your lovely touchs at ray's house! amazing!! give him & case my love too!!

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