Sunday, July 22, 2012

Break from Blogging

Hi friends!

I know I haven't made my regular visits lately and for that I am sorry.

Sometimes life goes a little bit insane on you and it's hard to keep up.

Right now I am trying to focus on doing only what I absolutely have to, and ridding myself of other obligations.  This is not forever, just for a couple of weeks.

I will be unable to make it to A Fanciful Twist's Mad Tea Party, and I am really sad about this.

I wish I had a choice in the matter, but I really can't take that on at the moment.

Hope all is well,

Jenn

P.S. Please don't worry about me, I am fine.  Just work, friends, and relationship stress that I need some time to deal with.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Tarrytown Witch

Hello lovelies!

Thank you all so much for your kind words on my little piece of song I shared with you all.

I feel so happy and blessed to have kind people like you in my life.

Last week was rough, but life is looking up very much.  I've been delving into my music deeply, learning to play guitar...



Gypsyfying my dwellings.



Adding stars and moons to my canopy like I've been wanting to have for an absolute age.


Adding a mini ladder to my library to make me feel like I am in a grand library somewhere.


And making time for conversations with mermaids.  They're really quite insightful creatures.

In fact, this morning we had a massive thunderstorm break through the heat.  It's been about a month since it's rained.  It felt freeing, like the tension finally burst and all the ickiness I've been dealing with has washed clear.  I'm left feeling like much less of a control-freak.  I'm ready for what happens to happen.

I've also been in the studio.


I bought this sketch book (because I needed one desperately to survive at work) and ripped the cover off while removing the label.  So I just painted right over it, with a lovely little saying and a moon, a sun, and stars.  I would also like to mention that under the mentoring of Melanie from Rabbit Hole Art I will be starting art journalling soon!  I can't wait to share what I create.  THANKS MELANIE!


This is how I store my paint.  I thought it was a fun picture to share :)  Since I paint on wood a lot, I find the bottled acrylic the best option.  I think it spreads much more easily as well, and is so much more cost efficient.


This, my friends, is "The Tarrytown Witch".  I whipped her up because I was feeling extra Halloweeny.



She is a colonial lady, who dons her hat only by moonlight, at risk of being caught out by the locals.


I will be popping her into my Etsy shop right here:


Thank you for stopping by!  


Monday, July 9, 2012

The Verdant Braes of Skreen (A Little Song For You)

Hi dearest loves,

If you've ever read my about me page you know I never began as a visual artist.

The love of song and music was in my heart long before.  I can't remember ever NOT singing.  It frees me.  I was always a country girl as a child, and of course through my early teens I delved into the cutesy pop rock genre (Hilary Duff was my biggest idol).

Now I find freedom in Irish folk music.  I have come to the point where I realize I would LOVE to share this with you all, because it is such an enormous part of my artistic self.

I present to you, "The Verdant Braes of Skreen", sung by me! (Haha, I forgot to mention that originally, this is indeed me singing it!)


 

I do very much hope you enjoy it.

You see, I sing when I lose the "place".  That little spot in my soul where Grandmother Spider lives.  Where she tells me how to breathe and live and love.  How to be kind to myself.

I lost it again.  I found the wolves.  You know the ones I speak of.

Yes indeed I've been living in one of the nastier realms.  the realms that I don't have any appreciation for myself in, where I treat myself like a drill sergeant, or like a robot without a heart.  

And then, all at once, I come shooting back to this place.  Where there are green hills, and kind people.  Magic.  Magic is the best word to describe it.

I find this place:



This is my home, believe it or not.  I know how lucky and blessed I am :)



Nothing more blissful than being out on the boat during sunset.







A fire to warm things up at night.


A glass of wine (or two ;))





Twinkling fairy lights and roaring fires.

I've found myself again.  With a nice conversation with a good friend, I needed some sense talked in to me.

I'm going to do right by me :)

Thank you all for being such kind souls, and kindred spirits to me.  It is no question that I sometimes lose this place.  I must write myself a map, showing me how to find it.  I can't always count on others to pull me back in.

Love and blessings,

Jenn

P.S. I know many of you were asking where I work now.  I got an office job working for a local health care centre.  I am NOT enjoying it particularly, mundane is the word ;)  I am working on surviving.  Let's be honest, the little daycare munchkins filled my heart with so much more glee.  To be honest, the reason I hate it is because I am in a quiet row of cubicles all day, I hardly speak to anyone.  How sad is that?  Alas, this is not the time or place to discuss such mediocrity.