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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Strawberry Fun at Lisa's







Sunday afternoons creating art is one on my favorite things...
Lisa, Carol, Kathie and I sat in her beautiful studio in Fremont and I taught them the fine art of a velvet strawberry pincushion. These gals were rockstar sewing goddesses.....and their creations and color combinations were nothing short of amazing. A delight for the eyes .....
not to mention the envy of all the other pins and
needles that don't have one!!!!




Friday, November 13, 2009

Strawberries of a different kind

What fun it is to teach an old dog a new trick!!!
I have been creating velvet strawberries for about 7 years now and discovered recently a new love.......being able to print directly on fabric from my inkjet printer!!!!
Now, I can incorporate my art and illustrations in these little works of art....useful works of art. Filled with a mix of sand and emery, this pincushion promises to keep your needles and pins sharp!
Next up.......wee little purses...stay tuned!
Dreamscapes & Seascapes for Cottage Jewel, Danville
A labor of love...for sure! These took ages to make since my paws are still sore and not fully strengthened from surgery last year. Little birdie and seahorse worlds under glass......inspired from vintage parlor domes of the Victorian era where they would put preserved flowers and animals under glass for safe keeping.....and to keep the elements at bay.
"...why, all birdies and seahorses wear crowns, they're just invisible
to the eye in real life......"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A poem from a loving daughter

My girl, Sara has a gift....an amazing gift: of words and insite and heart.
She surprised me with this poem last week. It touched my soul deeply and my heart immensly. She gets me....that's hard to do.

"Mothers who love your children, do not set them too soon in the study of history; let them dream while they are young. Do not close the soul to the first breath of poetry. Nothing affrights me so much as the reasonable, practical child who believes in nothing that he cannot touch." -Edward Laboulaye
Thank you mother, for bestowing in me the talent and the heart of a poet. I owe it all to you. Please remember, there is no cage that can contain you, you hold the key to any lock that stands in your way: imagination.

For the woman who sacrificed all for me... my heart is forever kindled with yours.

NO CAGE TOO VAST
Sara Giancarla Juliani
midnight eyes kindled with two
twinkling stars
like the lullaby she used to sing me to sleep
when i was but a mere yolk in her viscera
tranquil dove is she
pale plumage of austere allurement
she cannot fathom her demise
her liberty seized,
by golden-crowned kinglet of domesticity.
now she, with wings of winter wren folded
and pinned to
suburban house with cracked green trim
two brown-speckled eggs so lovingly hatched
and the incessant call of her mate,
to the mercies of this cruel blizzard
pelting her with a hail of woes
she's withstood many an avalanche before
but none so bad as this.
the winter wren wonders
if it will ever fly again.
she is stout and tough with
melodious songs enough,
but i would also declare her a scarlet tanager,
the red bird of the sun
bold and unafraid,
wings ever-desirous
to lift toes off dirty paved streets,
the sky disappearing from view,
ever moving forward into sunbeams
she cannot decide which to be.
one day the hook will push up and outward,
the bar will drop,
and gentle breezes carry the wire door
farther beyond yourself,
until the universe has its way,
its natural order
the cage begins to falter,
as gingerly one foot steps towards freedom,
her bright pinions shudder hesitantly
will i be a winter wren forever?

Christmas Sneak Peek....







As an artist....who sells to retail establishments, one must start working early in the year to prepare for the holidays. I've been in love with the sea for some time now and wanted to reflect my dreams of the sea into my art this Christmas. Marcia at Cottage Jewel, in Danville loves the sea as much as I, so with a perfect business marriage arranged, I began working last week with an abundance of seashells .....starfish 12" large, pink sea urchins and giant scallops, not to mention the arsenal of glitter and vintage goods at my fingertips down in the studio (see older blogs for pictures of where I create). Here for you, is a special sneak preview of the work being accomplished...enjoy, And, come gather some seashells at Cottage Jewel this holiday season!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Fox and the Child


Wow....get your hankys ready and settle in for a most beautiful film. Made by Luc Jacquet (who filmed March of the Penguins). A stunning masterpiece that made me want to go camp out at Lake Chabot and wait for foxes or coyotes or mountain lions to come around so I could befriend them!
Eye- candy to be sure..sad in some parts but the film really captures the innocence of ten year old thinking and wonder. I LOVED it!!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

unconventional still life

I came across this artist (Kimbrini......on Flicker)
who photographs "found" animals and pays tribute to their
untimely deaths in beautifully and haunting photographs.
Fox....just made me want to weep.....
beautiful, fragile and peaceful at the same time.

What a sensitive heart.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

eeeensy bears, oh my!







I used to create these little guys along time ago. My hands got broken.....and I couldn't sew teeensy anymore. I still have troubles sewing, but I love them so much that I can't resist making them from time to time........her name is Papillon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kaleidoscope Frivolity

Oh, I know it's a huge waste of time looking for minutes on end at the amazing, intricate patterns inside of my Kaleidoscope......hey, I would say looking for hours, but there are dishes to be done and kiddos to pick up from school. Karima from Castles In The Air filmed the inside of one of my kaleidoscopes for their blog.....cool.....so here is my attempt at turning, whilst filming, whilst trying not to drop my toy...it took me 8 tries. I am not as professional as Karima.
Hope to see you at a class so you too can make your own.....and waste minutes. Hey, the dishes can wait!
video

Thursday, April 30, 2009

"Under the sea...under the sea..."


I love that little mermaid song!!!
Well, most of you know about my Dreamscapes.......(see older posts) Here is a Seascape!
Seahorses dressed up to go out on the town!
They are just as delightful to make as the Dreamscapes...I am a happy camper!!!
Did you know that seahorses are a master of disguise? Yes....the larger ones can't hide as well with camouflage techniques, so they dress themselves up in barnacles and sea shells to hide among the seabed. I'm just taking inspiration from them.......I am not really that loony!


Spring Art Classes




Here is a listing and pictures of the classes that I will be teaching at
Cottage Jewel on Railroad Ave, Danville for the month of May.
Please call Marcia at Cottage Jewel for times
Butterfly Under Clock Glass: This beautiful wall hanging is 7~1/2" diameter. You will learn the spreading and mounting technique using real butterflies. We will use collage elements and pretty papers to embellish our creation. $45 per student. May 14th
Kaleidoscope: Oh, the magic of Kaleidoscopes! No two patterns will ever be the same. You will learn how to construct one from acrylic pieces and embellish the outside tubing with pretty papers and decorations. $45 per student. May 28th


Castles In The Air Class







What fun I had last evening with Carol and her daughter, Rebecca! I taught them the ways of the makings of a Kaleidoscope at Castles In the Air~ Berkeley, CA. We crafted ours from acrylic pieces, we put all kinds of fun and bling in the chambers in which to create fab designs......then we did collage on the outside of the tube housing until we were crazy in love with them!!! The gals did truly wonderful work!!!
If you have never been to Castles......you must GO...now....go...go!!!! I can't say enough about this little shop of fun and delights. Located on Fourth Street. Have a burger and pom frites at Cafe Rouge' and an alfrajore cookie at the Pasta Shop Market, then buy all the dresden and German glass glitter your arms and your friends arms can carry, and go home and play!!
I will be teaching another kaleidoscope class there hopefully in the summer.
For my other class schedules around the bay area, you need only look to the next blog.
Happy Creating!
Tweet & Sparkles,
Denise




Friday, March 6, 2009

Starfish wishes


"Starfish are amazing creatures, and I think when they go dancing under the sea, they dress up in the prettiest shells and sparkle that they can find...... that is, when we're not looking."
-Denise Juliani