Monday, July 11, 2016

Muddling Through

 First of all I want to thank all of you who have sent love, prayers and hugs regarding our recent loss. It's hard to put in words the gratitude for your kindness and understanding.

 I finally decided to go back into my art room and create a bit. I chose to do another lesson in the Radiant Faces class. This one was taught by Dina Wakley and actually turned out to be a very appropriate lesson for me at this time.

 This is a page of quick simple sketches done with Stabilo pencils to get started on "The Stranger".

And this is my finished journal page:

 It ended up being a self portrait exposing my heart.

  Still in "Dina" mode I created this journal page:

 Paris is on my mind especially since I've been following the Tour de France, and of course Patty's magnificent posts of her trip around France have me wandering. I used a French napkin and the colors of the French flag along with white and black gesso. The Eiffel tower is a rubber stamp I stamped and fussy cut. A recycled French stamp at the top. Silhouette was cut from Gelli Plate printed paper. This is also to celebrate the French Independence day  (Bastille Day) on Thursday.

 Linking the above to Art It Friday- Show Your Face; Moo Mania (theme is Paris); Try It On Tuesday (theme is Happy Holidays); and Paint Party Friday.

 For T Stands for Tuesday:

  A light petit dejeuner (breakfast) outdoors on a warm summer morning. Just perfect.

 We celebrated my Mom's birthday over the weekend with French food, wine and music of course:) This is the card I made for her:

 Linking to the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is flora and fauna).

 Looking forward to catching up with everyone this week!

   "The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love."      Hubert Humphrey


  1. You must give yourself time to get over your loss, and doing art is a great way of healing yourself. Love all you made. Thanks for joining us at TIOT and at Moo Mania and More. I love both of your pages, they convey so much. Happy Birthday to your Mom, your breakfast looks great, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. your "dina" inspired art is gorgeous. i just love the eye at the top of your post, it is perfect and beautiful! and the paris page in the French Colors is great as well!
    happy t-day, linda!

  3. Oh a lovely art page. I like it!
    You have a fantastic outdoor space there! Your garden looks very relaxing. Actually your tea tray has a Paris theme as well, lol.
    Great quote.
    Thank you for visiting,
    Happy T-Day,

  4. So glad to read that you are starting to heal after your incredible recent loss. Although the healing will take time, losing yourself in art is one good way to lessen it.

    I was so impressed with your lost and empty face. The eyes were magical. I also liked the Paris entry and the image you created from the gelli print.

    Your mother's card is beautiful. I like how you used so many disparate colors and designs that came together flawlessly in the end.

    Of course I really enjoyed a bit of breakfast on the patio with that lovely poppy mug. The omelet looks wonderful, too. Thanks for sharing it, along with your beautiful art with us for T this Tuesday. Let the healing continue, dear.

  5. A lovely post linda, crafting does help the healing as it takes our mind away from thinking.
    Your pages are beautiful, I love the Paris one and thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's as well. I hope you enjoyed your delicious breakfast.
    We are watching the Tour this year as well, have you picked a winner yet?
    Yvonne xx

  6. Where to begin dear Linda.
    Your sketching is wonderful and you do eyes exceedingly well.
    Oh how I adore your Paris piece...every detail is magnifique!
    Thank you for the sweet shout out ♥
    Your breakfast tray looks just perfect too.
    Take care sweet we know Art does help heal and it's a perfect way of running away without even leaving home.
    Happy T Day oxo

  7. Art heals us sometimes. I was sorry to read about your loss. You created some wonderful things and your lunch looks very tasty.

  8. Art definately helps you breathe, I think I first heard this from Patty and it is so true! Your art is so meaningful and beautiful, Paris always makes my heart soar! Looks like a beautiful morning to eat al fresco, take care and wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  9. Oh, a petit-dejeuner outside is such a wonderful summer thing to do. And I love Dina Wakely's style. I have taken a few classes with her in the past and she is such a good teacher. Your pieces came out beautifully. I think you have masted the face and I love your journal page. I hope you are holding up ok from your loss. It can take a long time since dogs are really members of the family, aren't they. Still thinking of you. Hugs-Erika

  10. Life really has its ups and downs...thank goodness for healing through art. Love your faces and journal page, what a beautiful card for your mom too! Wishing you sunnier days ahead...glad you joined us for T today ♥

  11. Oh Linda, you have captured your heartbreak in art! I have been thinking of you and hoping you are doing o.k. Good that you got into your art room again. The Paris piece is wonderful as well.
    You did a lovely job on your mother's birthday card.
    gentle (((hugs))),

  12. My heart goes out to you during this time. I'm glad you're finding some comfort in your art, but it's hard to deal with this, I know.

  13. Grief takes it's own time and it's own course. Using your art to learn to deal with it is a good plan and your art is deep and full of emotion this week. Sending your Prayers for Peace and Strength as you walk the healing path.

  14. I always try to journal away my troubles! I love your face and the sketches! Your Paris page is wonderful - great way to make your silhouette! I bet your Mum loved her cheery card! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Hope you are enjoying Le Tour - I guess you see it in the mornings? Happy T day! Hugs, Chrisx

  15. Making art is a good way of healing as we know. Your pages , faces and card- all is so beautiful!. Thank you dear Linda for joining us at TIOT and at Moo Mania and More.♥ with such beautiful pieces! Happy Birthday to your lovely Mom, your breakfast looks yummie . Happy T Day to you!
    oxo Susi

  16. It will take time and I don't think you ever get over losing a beloved pet, but you will have the happy memories when they are gone. Returning to making art can be very soothing. Hugs! 💕

  17. Oh Linda ~ good for you doing art which is so healing when we least expect ~
    beautiful works ~ lots of healing to you and family ~

    Soothing and healing week to you ~ ^_^

  18. Beautiful card and journal pages.
    Happy T day....a day late!

  19. Linda, your face is fabulous, especially the eyes and I love the beautiful French page. A great post!!! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday.
    Mar :)x

  20. A fabulous page using your sketch of the face Linda, you've created such a wonderful expression. Love the Paris Page using the French colours.
    Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
    Avril xx

  21. Happy PPF Sweetie, and hope you are feeling better! Hugs, Valerie

  22. so sorry you lost your beloved pet. Lovely work this week and your mom's card is beautiful.

  23. Lovely post, Linda. Your artwork is gorgeous. I especially love the card you made for your mother. Sad, sad news from France this morning - again.

  24. awwww, so sorry for your loss :( I just looked, she looked adorable

    these are wonderful journal pages and artifacts to commemorate

  25. Sorry for your loss, take time and be gentle, I understand how your heart must feel! I'm happy you are creating and healing slowly in your own way with all these expressive pieces, best wishes
    Kat xx

  26. I love how we are greeted with the eye on your page... This is such an amazing powerful piece of art you have created.I deeply feel your pain in this picture...worth a thousand words! Happy Birthday to your dear mom! In light of what just happened in France in recent days I hope your tender heart is okay! I know how deeply this will affect you as it has many of us! Sending you love and light for solace.

    Big hugs Giggles

  27. Thanks for stopping by again with your lovely comments ~ Sending lots of healing hugs ~ xox

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

  28. So sorry to hear about your loss. Annie looks so sweet and I can imagine how you must miss her. The poem from last post really says it all. I love the close-up of that eye, and the journalpage is very touching, especially in the light of what happened in France last night. When I heard the news I had to think of you, knowing how you carry France and its people in your heart. Wishing you strength and healing through your art ♥

  29. I agree, Making art really does always help! Great journal pages, thanks for sharing.

  30. Hi Linda! I am so sorry about BooBoo. I haven't been out posting or visiting for several weeks. BooBoo looked like one very happy pup! Thank you so much for your sensible comment on me and the flower/vase weird thing that has come up for me. I actually have two more paintings of the same theme coming up.

    I LOVE your "self portrait". I think that would make the most wonderful card for someone who has just suffered a loss. It's beautiful and meaningful. Great job!

    So sad you had France on your mind this week prior to the tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you as I am sure this has hit your heart more than most. Big hugs and healing thoughts to you today, Rasz.

  31. My condolences on your loss. Missed your post last week. The art is tender and touching. Take care.

  32. Hi Linda. So sorry for your loss! I am glad you were able to create some art. Your journal page shows so much emotion and I love the card for your Mom. Hope you have a great weekend.

  33. Love the girl paintin, she is so expressively beautiful. I feel sorry for your loss.
    With best wishes xx

  34. It takes time to get over loss. I have recently lost two of my cats and can totally understand you. But art has helped me to keep going.
    Love your pieces. Hugs! <3

  35. Such lovely pieces! It is eye candy!
    I'm so sorry for your loss, and can empathise. We do adore our pets and they are part of the family.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  36. I'm sorry for your loss. Your art is lovely. There's such a sweet and poignant feeling to your pages right now.

  37. Oh Linda, I came to visit earlier today, but after reading that beautiful poem for Annie (BooBoo) I had to come away. With my Muffy being 12 years old now I'm aware that we have only a limited time together... even though she's still acting like a puppy. It was heart-wrenching. I can't say anything to help with your grieving... only to say I hope you are able to remember the joy and good times you had together.
    On a lighter note I'm happy that your art was able to give you some comfort. It's beautiful.
    Happy Belated Birthday to your Mum... what a perfect way to celebrate. Her card is beautiful.
    Hugs to you

  38. sorry for the loss of your furry family memeber

    lovely artwork :)

  39. Your beautiful journal page expresses your grief perfectly, Linda.

  40. So sad what happened in Nice, France...
    But your art is beautiful.
    I might join the face project, need to draw more (and more)...
    Have a good week ahead!

  41. Very pretty CAS card! Lovely flower! Thank you for sharing your project with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Hugs, Marzena

  42. Congrats on your mothers birthday.
    I love your Dina journal pages. It's nice to take classes and learn new things, isn't it.
    I hope you are enjoying the tour de France, I'm watching too, but not as much as I would like.

  43. I suppose it's not really surprising that how we are feeling comes out onto our pages... but I can feel your pain and sense of loss.

    I'm sure your mum loved her sweet card... and your breakfast looks gorgeous :)

    Karen x

  44. A beautifully expressive self portrait, Linda, and a gorgeous journal page. Your Mum must have been very happy to receive such a lovely card, and that breakfast looks yummy!

  45. I like this journal pages of you very much! They are so expressive.
    And I'm sorry about BooBoo and hope he/she has a good time up in the dog sky...

  46. So sorry to hear about Boo Boo. What a precious little face. It is so wonderful that you can express your loss through your journal pages

    Happy PPF
    Emma x

  47. I am so sorry for the loss of Boo Boo. That is a beautiful tribute you did in your journal. Thank you for your visit on the 15th, and sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but I was out of town. Blessings!


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