Sunday, December 30, 2012

Division

We all have these thoughts that cause suffering, but if we could only sit behide these thoughts and really witness the drama we have created.  This simple act would release us, so that we can become who we really are.

I sold this painting about 4 years ago, but it still lingers in the silence of my soul.


I sit watching,
only watching,
not judging,
just watching.

Then like the ocean caressing the shore,
my thoughts slip back into consciousness.
I truly let go.


acrylic on canvas
24" x 24"
2009

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Helping One another

Christmas is just on the horizon!  I work in retail, so the store is busy with people buying for friends and family.  While this season can be fun or stressful for some, other people are dealing with events that are hard for most of us to imagine.  I was at work today and met Emma's Mom who has travelled to Victoria to look for her missing daughter.  Emma has now been gone for 25 days.  I wanted to post this picture for all you that live in Victoria or around this area.  I would love it if everyone that visits this site could send a prayer for Emma for her safe return.




Sunday, December 16, 2012

When the past exhales

A co-worker has recently left for India and I saw some of her pictures that bought memories flooding back like it was yesterday.  I visited India 2 years ago, a time that changed me on so many levels.  I could feel my memories of happiness, but also of a time where my heart shattered into pieces.  I felt a loss, an emptiness that has never really healed.   My life is so wonderful on so many levels, but still I feel the dust of India floating through my veins.


I sit in silence,
watching myself,
knowing that my perceptions,
are mine to own.

I now go deeper within,
sitting quietly,
allowing the tears to fall,
and seeing the sun rise in the horizon. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Counting down the days to Christmas

I have never really got to excited about Christmas as an adult, but for some reason I love it this year.  I've opened 13 days of my chocolate advent calendar and yes, I have also eaten all the chocolates.



 I love taking walks around the neighbor at night looking at people's lights.  I try not to stare right in their window for this may look a little like peeping into their personal space, but so far no one has run out after me.  I try not to wear my black hoodie when out at night.  I really don't need any attention from the police.  


I haven't yet got my picture taken with santa, but this is my photo from last year.  Isn't he the cutest!!!


So far, this season has been the best.  I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!!!!!

Many blessings,
Suzanne


Friday, December 7, 2012

Between Concrete and Earth

I'm happy to share that my first print of books is almost sold out.   With all the support from my community, I feel very grateful that people have loved reading my book.  I want to share one of my poems.  This piece was written during a time when I was really starting to see how my mind was destroying very important things in my life.  I found myself consciously aware of how I was creating the chaos in my world.



Monkey in the House

You take me away,
into a horror that no longer knocks at my door.

Distant voices ignore the sun filled fields,
only to witness a thousand soldiers laying in an ocean of blood.

I could dance in starlight,
open myself up to your breath,
but I'm called to the dungeon to eat my meals.

Can I release this battle?
Can I be filled with freedom?

Or do I keep digging where life is buried in concrete,
where my fingers lay in the blood from past memories.






You can contact me via email to purchase "Between Concrete and Earth"

Cost: $15.00 + shipping




Monday, December 3, 2012

Harmony in Red

I love art history and love to look at old works and create a different version of a famous piece.  My painting below is an abstraction from "Harmony in Red" by Matisse.  While looking at each painting, see the similarities with both objects and composition.  Enjoy!!!


Above:  Harmony in Red
              by Matisse


Above:
Harmony in Red
acrylic with mixed media on canvas
16" x 20"
2012


Friday, November 30, 2012

New Drawing


Pencil on paper
9" x 12"
2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Angel calls.....



acrylic and mixed media on canvas
16" x 20"
2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Guest Post

My Little Italian Kitchen

I love drawing apples, so I thought about creating a post with a recipe.  Unfortunately, I don't bake very well, so I asked Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen, if she would like to added one of her wonderful recipes to my blog.  I love her cooking blog for her delicious creations, but also for the amazing historical facts her adds in about Italy.

Apple Tarts




Little tarts always look cute and inviting. These apple tarts are simple to make.
A spoon of almond essence will give the pastry that almondy flavour which combines perfectly with apples and if you sprinkle some crushed almonds on top you will give them that crunchy bite which will make them irresistible.
As with all shortcrust pastry you will need to work your ingredients quickly to avoid overheating the pastry. The butter should come straight from the fridge.
They have been a great success in my household. In fact they have gone very quickly!
Ingredients: (for 6 tarts)
  • 250 g self raising flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp almond essence
  • 150 g butter
  • 4 apples
  • chopped almonds
  • apricot jam
Put the flour on your working plan, add the egg, sugar, salt, vanilla and almond essence and mix it all up.
Add the diced cold butter and incorporate quickly to the flour mixture to make it into a ball. If it is too sticky put it in the fridge for 30 minutes covered in cling film.
Roll it flat with a rolling pin and lay the pastry into 6 molds for tartlets. Sometimes it is easier to do it with your hands especially if the dough is still a little sticky.
Pinch the base of the tartlets with a fork and spread some jam over them.
Peel and slice the apples into thin edges and lay them on the tarts. Sprinkle with chopped almonds.
Cook them at 200C for 15 minutes.
Dissolve 3 tbsp of jam with a little hot water and brush the top of the tarts so they will get a shiny look!

Thanks Alida!!!!




Pencil on paper
9" x 12"
2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Guest Post


Soulful

By Jeremiah Walton

The Opiate Souls pop open orange bottles as if peeking through The Door to God and observing the celebration of Himself and the prison of reality

The Door creaks opens only to trap curious junkies, try to take your eyes away!

The Hungry Souls groan overfed but still lick the dark roofs of their mouths in anticipation of the next meal

The Alcoholic Souls plunge their tongues in drinks, blindly looking for the glass's bottom

The Poetry Souls crunch small chips of prose together claiming creativity and divine unity

The Suited Souls play gold violin strings singing Holy Hymns of income

The Emaciated Souls rub dirty finger tips together imagining violins

The Watered Souls bloom spiritually, not desiring question of where the water comes from

The Dry Souls question and seek answer, where does the water come from?  who desires to soak life into our roots?

The New England Souls bucket foliage to sell to Southern Souls

And the Southern Souls ceram wrap tobacco to sell to the New England Souls

The Traveling Souls exchange stories for drinks in bars

The Platonic Souls bath in the river naked but do not touch each other

The Door Hinge Souls creak and God's eyes are on us


an excerpt from To Your Health: Humanity's Diagnosis

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Something I just love......

I love Christmas, but not for the commercial aspect of the holiday.  I love the lights, the food, and how happy the children feel during this time.  Without all the adult stress, I choose to have fun during this holiday.  So one on the things I love is Advent Calendars.  I get one every year, and Yes, I know it is still November, but I get so excited about this calendar that I had to buy it early.  I love getting up every morning and opening up a little door to see what is inside.  It is so much fun!!!!  Here is the one that I bought yesterday, very cute and adorable.  I can't wait until December 1st!!!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

He lay waiting......

He wonders where his love hides,
in the dark corners,
she is lost,
so he waits,
wanting,
longing,
for his heart to return.


Pastel and colored pencil on paper
9" x 12"
2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Pair of Pears

I love rendering the shape of pears.  The form reminds me of a woman's body with all our wonderful curves.  I decided to create a study with black and white and with color.



1/ Pencil on paper
    9" x 12"
   2012

2/ Colored Pencil on paper
    9" x 12"
    2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Miki


I work at a store with very sweet people.  The work can be demanding, but my co-workers make up for it.  Miki was working with us, but will be returning to Japan.  The photo was taken while we were out for lunch.  I loved drawing her portrait!!!  I want to do more rendering of people at work, so I hope that they will let me.  Perhaps surprise photos!!! :)



Pencil on paper
9" x 12"
2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Lazy Sunday morning


Colored Pencil on paper
9" x 11"
2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

My book is published!!!

I just picked up my book in printed form on Halloween!!  Trick or Treat!!!  Well, I would like to say my book is a treat, but perhaps some of my work will play a trick on your mind.

It turned out so cute in a size of 5" x 7", easy to carry.  I've already sold two copies and feel so happy that I can share myself with others in a soft and intimate way.  I appreciate all your support with such wonderful comments and compliments about each poem.  Thank you!!!


5" x 7"
Copyright 2012

Cost: $15.00

Love those lips

I'm always attracted to parts of the face or body that seem to be a odd or out of place or just over proportioned.  I'm not much of a star fan, nor do I put much emphasis on fame, but Angelina Jolie's lips are one of those attributes that I love to draw.  To create that depth on the face and give the fullest to her lips with pencil is a very interesting process when drawing.


Pencil on paper
11" x 14"
2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Feminine Container

I've read in various books that in ancient times pots were considered the feminine energy.  Each was used to receive and hold, which is similar to when a women is pregnant.  I found this information very interesting.  I also found pots and vases wonderful to draw for each with its beautiful circular shapes that remind me of a woman' body.  This is one of my favorite pots.


Pencil on paper
9" x 12"
2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

In Celebration of Autumn

I love the leaves of Autumn, watching them, walking through them, and of course drawing them.  The red maple are my favorite for the brightness of each hue that speaks of such richness.  I found this leaf while out on a walk, so I'm sharing with each of you.  Enjoy!!!!


I'm still committed to my 10,000 hours, so there are a back log of drawings that I'll be posting each day.  I do love this process, which allows be to become more intimate with each subject that I draw.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hat with a Halloween Flare

I thought a new hat would be a great idea for Halloween.  A co-worker, Seul, and myself thought up this design, even though it did turn out a little different than planned.  I put an orange little object to look like a pumpkin and a purple spider (still not sure about the spider ????), but its definitely a fun hat not to be taken to seriously.   I feel happy wearing it!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hanging Out

I was asked to do a female nude drawing from Petronela.  I really enjoy drawing and painting nudes, but it was my first time rendering a figure in a long time and it did feel a bit awkward.  Then the background did not work out, so I cut the figure out.  :)  Now I can put her anywhere and see how she fits into different environments.  The portable nude just hanging out on many different levels.  LOL!!!  I love a little humor when it comes the female nude as she is portrayed so serious most of the time.


Just hanging out on my couch.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dancing when no-one is looking


Mixed media on canvas
16" x 20"
2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Oh Judy Judy Judy!!!


Pencil on paper
11" x 14"
2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10,000 hours

There is this rule of 10,000 hours, if you practice your craft for this many hours then you'll be a master at what you do.  Well, with or without the title, I've decided to calculate my hours of drawing over the next 10 years to 10,000 hours.  Yes, big goal, but I must be honest, I'm a type A personality that loves to produce, so I'm up for the challenge.

Here is my first drawing.


pencil on paper
11" x 14"
2012


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Drawing - Einstein



Pencil on Paper
11" x 14"
2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Beyond Atlantis

Beyond this world,
lay a self waiting,
wanting to live a life,
in fullness of ......

Beyond, beyond, beyond....


Beyond Atlantis
mixed media on canvas
24" x 48"
2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!!!


I was nominated from my dear blogger sister Petronela at http://unikorna.blogspot.ca/.  This award came on a day that I had to deal with a negative male government worker.  I realized that I still had some issues about defending myself and feeling like a bitch for standing my ground.  We as women need to stand together as sisters to support each other.  The old world of male domination is ending and a new world of caring and loving and yes some bitchy determination to end this unbalanced system of the patriarchal abuse.  Thank you Petronela for this award and also the gift of sisterhood!!!!

I would like to nominate some amazing women and welcome you into the sisterhood:

Petro of  http://theseamanmom.blogspot.ca/
Launna of http://lettersfromlaunna.blogspot.ca/
Alida of http://www.mylittleitaliankitchen.com/
Christine of http://christinerains-writer.blogspot.ca/








Thursday, September 27, 2012

Selling Books Online

Hello to all my dear friends!!!

I would love some input on selling books online.  I'm just putting my book to print which is going to sell for $15.00 Canadian.  I started gathering information about shipping and found that sending books international can be rather costly, so I thought that I would create an ebook and sell it online.  This would allow people to read it at a lower cost without having to pay for shipping.

I started searching on the interet, and now, much to my confusion, this looks to be a very complicated task for which I need help in understanding.  So I put out a message to all who are have experience with selling ebooks on Amazon or any other site that you have been involved with.  I do appreciate any feedback!!!  Thanks for all you help!!!

Much love,
Suzanne

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My New Poetry Book

  After someone stole some of my poetry, I decided that I needed to copyright all my work and then self publish a book.  I'm just in the last steps of putting the book together, for which I'm very excited.  I'm bringing it to the printers this coming week, but here is the title of cover.   I wanted to share this with everyone that visits my blog and gives me so much support and encouragement.  I am truly in full gratitude for all your wonderful words.  Thank you!!!!

The title is "Between Concrete and Earth"


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Ports of Conscious Realizations

I find myself in between a life of living and non-living,
breathing in a society that I get see, but do not buy into,
surely I am part of this world, yet, walking in a way that is crooked to most,
without judgement,
I live.

These photos were taken on a trip in Washington.  I live very close to the United States border, so visiting can happen in the blink of an eye.  This particular island feels like a place between you and I, a place that lives below the surface in a world that is foreign to society and can only be translated by each individual.    A barren island, alone, floating, creating what it needs to be, only be..........





Monday, September 10, 2012

A daily abstraction attraction

While eating breakfast this morning, my eyes were attracted to this beautiful abstract form of light.  I immediately got up and started taking photos of it before the shine moved in the sky.  I love how form moves within space and creates objects without any tangible evidence that it had been there.  It is so wonderful to see how nature creates without doing.  All I had to do was receive its beauty.






Friday, September 7, 2012

High Expectations

When I was finishing my University degree, my medium of choice was pipe cleaners.  I love how fast I could create without stopping, so this allowed me the freedom to go without thinking of the next direction.  It is what some artist call process art.  There isn't much thought in it, but the act of moving in the moment to see what wants to be expressed.


Through the process of creating this sculpture, I found that my inner world seemed to have a difficult time swallowing the high expectations that seemed to be put on women for having to look and be a certain way.  I remember when I was in my teens, my friends would talk about their wedding, what the dress would look like, what songs they would play, how many people would be at the wedding???  And in fact, these friends of mine had no boyfriends, so how could they know what the wedding was going to be without asking their potential husband.  Didn't partnership come into the equation, asking the other what he also wanted???  I know that dreaming is a good thing, but the illusion around what a marriage was going to be always left a bad taste in my mouth.   I even tried to live within this illusion for a time, but it never felt comfortable just like high heal shoes felt like I was climbing into a world that I didn't want to be a part of.  

This sculpture reminds me of the tangled thoughts of being a women.  A lifeless body made up of believes that had little meaning in the real world.  Yes, I am a woman, but what or who I become is for me to chose and no-one else to judge.



Saturday, September 1, 2012

Unlike me ........

I have enjoyed creating this blog, so that I can share a bit of myself with all who wish to have a look.  I'm very touched by all your stories and how much you share so many personal challenges and passions with us.

It is unlike me to share to many intimate details as  I like to keep this blog to my art and writings; however, I'm would love to tell you a little more about myself.



At the tender age of 18 months, I loved to suck my thumb.  It was the best thing ever, and I continued until I was 10 years old.  Yes, there could very well be some good therapy sessions with this confession, but oh well, I believe being a little odd is a good thing.

My family wanted to stop me so badly that they even had a family friend say that my thumb will shrink and fall off if I continued.  But alas, I continued and found myself measuring the size of my thumb everyday just to make sure that my left thumb was not getting any smaller than my right.  I still have both thumbs to this day.

Portrait of my thumbs!!!



It is unlike me to share such personal stories, but I just had to let this one out of bag.  :)



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dreaming inside clouds

As summer is coming to the end, I can feel the tug of fall pulling at my heals.  I feel a pillowy softness that beckons me into a more internal life.  These images were taken while I sat in the park, looking at the trees, the insects, and the sky.  I do love how the clouds speak after the wind has given them a different shape.  Let the wind of fall begin the descent into ourselves, allowing our souls to mingle in the joy of being alive.




Monday, August 20, 2012

Oh la la


In celebration to my trip to Paris in the spring of 2013!!!!

I love making these hats!!!  Now the next step is to wear it out!!!  Oh la la!!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

To celebrate children both young and old

A personal intention in my life to see with child like eyes where everyday is fresh and new and full of adventure.  I remember as a child I loved to draw and create many different things.  I was able to bring this into my adult life, which I feel much gratitude.

My Mom just found these two drawings I did as a child.  My Grandmother was an artist who did pastel drawings of horses and dogs.  She also lived on a farm, so these drawings have a strong connection for me to my past.




In celebration to all children both young and old!!!