Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Another Adventure...

Way back in June of this year, there were several of us who attended Artiscape in Jackson, Tennessee and stopped at a local eatery for dinner before the trek back to the Memphis area. We were talking about all the wonderful people we would like to learn from, and an idea was born. Robyn Sharp, Michelle Murphy (Wilkerson), Roxi Phillips and I pursued this idea and it has come to fruition. Now, we need help from you.

Mixed Media Mélange (M³) is excited to announce a three-day artist retreat to be held
September 2009 in LaGrange,Tennessee. We are currently searching the globe in a quest to find talented artists/instructors to offer a variety of dynamic mixed-media classes. If you are interested or know someone who you'd like to recommend, please email us at mixed.media.melange@gmail.com, and we'll send the proposal forms.

I'll be posting some photos of the area tonight, so check back.

A Sad Day

It's 4:22 a.m. and I have been awake since 2:45. I don't know why I couldn't sleep, but when I can't, I get up and go to the computer. A quick game of Spider Solitaire usually does the trick, but this morning it didn't. I went into my e-mails and found the sad news that our dear friend Mozelle Smith had passed away. Now all I can think about is her dry wit, her tiny little shape and her quick smile. She was a joy to be around and brought sweetness everywhere she went.

She was a wonderful stamper, always wanting to learn new techniques. She was also a world traveler. I remember her trip to Egypt and her ride on a camel. She always brought treasures back from her trips for her friends. I still have a packet of bits of flotsam and jetsam from that Egyptian trip - some papyrus paper with a King Tut image, a couple of postage stamps, just little things that may not have been much to anyone else, but they were symbols of her letting us know that she thought about us on her adventures.

I have a tendency to hoard things: beautiful papers, one-of-a-kind trinkets, bits of beautiful ribbon and packets from Egypt. It's time to get those things out and make a tribute do my dear friend. She didn't give me these things to be put away and left for my family to try to figure out what they were. They were meant to be used and I will do my best to honor her memory. I'll post the finished product soon.

Have a good day. Hug your family and friends....and tell them you love them.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Autumn in Tennessee


I know that Vermont is beautiful in the fall. I've been there.
I know that New Hampshire is drop-dead gorgeous in the Fall. I've been there.
I know that Maine kicks butt in the fall. I've been there.

BUT....have you ever seen such a beautiful autumn in Tennessee as this year? I have taken about 300 pictures of the sugar maple tree in my front yard in the last week. I can't walk out the door without pulling my camera out of my purse and snapping a few shots.
When Larry and I leave the house, no matter where we're going or how late we are, we always take the long way through the backroads surrounding our neighborhood. The colors just take my breath away.

That's it. Just wanted to comment on what a great artist God is.