Friday, September 19, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - Black

The White Rabbit in Wonderland said it best - I'm late! I'm late for a very important date! So odd to be posting my Roy G Biv photos on Friday rather than Thursday, but...well...I am. My apologies for that!

Oddly enough, while I was excited about photographing blacks...and have had 9 months to do wasn't until getting ready to edit the shots that I realized my black folder was empty. I sat there staring at it and that little folder simply stared doubt wondering what all the staring was about. A peruse through the blog archives followed. Below are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

watchful cat in Newburgh, Scotland

brick work in Newburgh, Scotland

workshop last August

giant chess pieces in Cancun

a gift from Pam to remind me to....

merry-go-round in Boston

section of a building - the building next to it had been torn down


For more blacks, stroll over to see what treasures can be found at Julie's Julie B Booth Surface Design, Lisa's arzigogolare, Maya's Million Little Stitches, Yarngoddess's Sooner or Later, Sharmon's Sharmon Davidson Contemporary Mixed Media and Mary Ann's Blue Sky Dreaming


October 16 - white
November 20 - brown
December 18 - blogger's choice

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Studio Table

My studio tables at the moment.

They've been neater...and messier. So has the floor, but that's a whole other matter.

Care to peruse others' studio tables? Stroll on over to The Altered Page. Seth has a list of 80 artists who are sharing photos of their studio tables. What a great idea. Thanks Seth!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Searching for Roy G Biv 3 - reminder

A quick reminder that the next installment in the search for Roy G Biv is this coming Thursday, September 18.

discharged fabric detail 2012

As with last month's search, Julie and I are exploring colors outside the Roy G Biv alphabet. September's focus is black. 

If you'd like to participate, on the 18th post a few shots of black on your blog. Leave a message on Julie's blog or mine and we'll be happy to link to you. The more, the merrier. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

3 to celebrate

Many thanks to all for the lovely comments you left on my 509 = 3 post! As promised, the little urchins and I drew names this morning to see 

 whose homes these 3 journals would soon be winding their way to.

 Grace drew first. 

 Then Ellie.

Then it was my turn.

Congratulations to Wildnana, Dorit Elisha of life as a five ring circus and Barry of Rustnstuff!

Wildnana and Dorit Elisha, if you would send me an email at jcqart(at)yahoo(dot)com with the address you'd like the journal mailed to, I'd appreciate it.

My urchins are already asking when they get to draw names again... January will mark 5 years of blogging. What do you think? Will another give away be in order then?

Monday, September 1, 2014

509 = 3

Wondering just what sort of art math I'm up to now? In what universe 509 = 3? In the blogiverse, of course!

In celebration of passing the 500th blog post milestone (this post is #509 - 500 was back in Cleveland - day 4's morning walk, in fact), I've made 3 journals to give away as my way of saying Thank You! to everyone who reads my little blog.

The journals are made of papers that I marked on after returning from this year's artist retreat at Pam's .

Roughly measuring 6 inches square,

 each has 18-20 pages, including the cover.

There is movement

and color.

Mostly blue as I was dreaming of water as I did these.

The edges are rough

as are the journals themselves. They are imperfect and incomplete. Every other spread is blank - awaiting your own marks and words.

If you fancy having one of my little journals, you have until midnight New York City time on Saturday, September 6, to leave a comment here or on the corresponding post on my Facebook artist page. Next Sunday morning, the little urchins and I will draw names. Don't forget to leave your blog address or email address in your comment in case your name is drawn.

Good luck! And Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A little feathery fluff

Hey Susan! These are for you.

Just couldn't resist after re-reading Susan's post titled a bit of fluff and frivol. It's about feathers, tea bags and books. Three of my most favorite things.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A few weeks ago my family ventured to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for our annual family beach week. We were blessed with ideal weather this time and enjoyed spending most of it outdoors.

Ellie and I walked over to the beach one morning just after sunrise.

My little urchin brought her boogie board

and braved the ocean's morning chill

while I waited on shore,

taking photos

of shells


and feet. Hers, not mine.

After breakfast, we went to the race track

and bumper cars.

Along the way, the girls spied this beautiful butterfly (or is it a moth?) on the ground. Lifeless, poor thing. Made me think of Velma and her penchant for sharing dead critters on her blog, this one's for you.

Evening found us back at the beach for a bit of water time.

The tide was turning and not ideal for righteous boogie boarding, but Ellie and Grace didn't let that stop their fun.

Ellie was queen of the hill

while Grace made jellyfish cairns.

Back at the house, I decided it was time to try out the kayak that John made.

Pure bliss.
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