Tuesday, January 3, 2012


It's been a beautiful month of homemade presents and fancy gadgets, favorite traditions and delicious food, slowing down and paying attention, releasing and holding close.

At first I wasn't blogging because everything I was making was a potential gift, and since my entire lovely family reads my blog, I didn't want to tip my hand.

But then the gifts were done, and I just slowed down - basking in the glow of family.

And then, I lost the habit.  Of both art and blogging. But mostly blogging.  And the longer I went without posting, the harder it got to post.  There's lots to say, and lots to show, and this is part of what's holding me back.  Where to start?

But now, vacation is over, the guest room/studio is empty, skipptety jillion on-line groups are ramping up, we're settling back into our routines, and I'm taking the plunge back into cyberspace.

Yesterday I watched the first part of Traci Bautista's free workshops over at the Strathmore website (along with most of the blogosphere).

After playing around with the techniques, I made this spread for one of my traveling art journals .


So Happy New Year, one and all.  I've been stalking your blogs all month, but not commenting or interacting.  I hope to back up to full speed in a few days.


  1. Welcome back stranger :)) happy to see you again

  2. I've missed you! I wondered what had happened to you. So glad you're back....and your doodle page is cool. I like the color palette you used.

  3. I was wondering where you were - thinking no it couldn't be a month since you posted. Glad you had such a relaxing and real holiday time of inner space. LOOKING so forward to what you do in 2012. Happy New Year. xox Corrine

  4. Glad to see you are back. Nice doodle page. Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year to you, too!
    It's hard to get back into the swing of things...I know I just wanna take it slow and easy, too :P

    I love those greens on your page...a serene blend of colors :)

  6. Love the paisley look and the colors are very cool - thanks for the visit and appreciation for my little sketch efforts. But after seeing this, now I want to haul out my art journal... And yes, that was an attempt at self portrait ala Jane Davies (sketched over a shadow photo print that was lightened in PSE to serve as a guideline).