Monday, December 27, 2010

lavonne ~ watercolors, soft pastel, colored pencil and casein paint on muslin

watercolors, soft pastel, gouache, colored pencil and casein paint in zecchi journal

i was feeling like i couldn't think of anything 'good' to draw, and then i was thinking that that was a very silly thought. so i started drawing whatever came to mind... and then i was happy because i got to play and color...

i've laid down 'bird on a wire' to stitch this silk together. a friend sent me the center piece wrapped around a gift, and all i could think about was making a scarf out of it. i've slowed down from my initial charge to complete it, though; stitching silk to silk without a backing is like stitching clouds! i have to keep giving myself pep talks about how soft it'll be when it's done...

thank you, ruth, for telling me that the painting in my moleskine was by suzanne valadon.

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"I understand that Picasso told my Dad, "Just do it, Henry". And that's what Henry told artists and writers all his life. Paint or write every day, and it will get easier, and it does."

~Valentine Miller speaking about her father, Henry Miller



  1. Super beautiful creations...wonderful!! All unique and inspiring! I love the much soul..I also love the softness to this piece! and the other piece.. beautiful feather ..powerful and symbolic!

  2. the purple hair etheral
    and your living hand stitching clouds !

    so nice

  3. am loving the delicious, mauve haired lavonne! And also this wonderful reminder: "Paint or write every day, and it will get easier, and it does."
    Now just to have the discipline to follow it. There are so many hours in a day, why don't I just do it??? I am always inspired by your wonderful artful journey through life. Thanks, Lynne, for being!

  4. I like the soft colors of your drawings and the richness of the color in the fabric.

  5. Beautiful, beautiful, paintings, colors, textures, and I love the quote. Thanks!!
    Happy Holidays!!

  6. Ah, winter work and thoughtful words. -J

  7. I love the thought of stitching clouds - so soft. i am off to the studio now, feeling so fired up, thank you! Happy New Year!

  8. Happy new year, Lynne! So happy we worked together again in 2010...hopeful for what 2011 will bring too.

  9. Just a quick note to wish you and all the "little ones" still to be drawn a HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear friend. :)Bea

  10. Your blog is so beautiful, I love the prayer flags below, the way your colors stand out in the white and bright of winter snow. sending love and wishes for the greatest year ever...

  11. I love your feather
    and that you had fun
    once you just drew
    thank you for this wonderful 'just do it'
    that is what I am going to do right now~

    wishing you a wonderful 2011 ~

  12. I love your drawing with the spiral snake and feather- very cool!

  13. Thank you for Valentine Miller's quote about her father...I am passionate about making my Art...a little bit at least each day. It sounds so simple but the truth is ...Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  14. Hi Lynne, Coming out of my own cocoon to catch up with you and all your lovelies. I love the thought of a scarf all hand stitched together out of soft silk--it would be wonderful to wear.