Travel Sketchbooks Explained

Irene Rowley

Irene when in Rome, Italy … when I was young.

A travel sketchbook is one way of recording your journey in a very personal way. I like to keep travel journals and here is what it is like to draw in one:

I took a travel sketchbook on my tour of Italy when I was young and on my own. Let me heighten this story adventure by saying I sketched on the very first day in Italy, right after being robbed by a taxi driver. continue reading

Garden Gnomes and the Magic Camel… stories of restoration

Irene Rowlery painting two garden gnomes

Me, retouching the two garden gnomes with acrylic paint.

Last week I pulled Mom’s two garden gnomes out of storage in my garage, and restored them. It is the least I can do for my mom, since she was feeling sick.

Honestly I have been procrastinating. I had promised to do this years ago, but I did not know how to restore garden art, while still retaining its original charm. I am a good girl when it comes to maintaining “original charm” and “artistic authenticity.” continue reading

Seven Ideas from Pinterest

Irene in sunglasses, Life size fluffy white rabbit Puppet., and Airstream Trailer in background.Well I have been off working on my new vision board collage, the sparkle collage, where I envision what I want in life. So to keep you all busy while I work, here are 7 new ideas from Pinterest that I liked, and so thought I would pass along. Pinterest is a great jump off point for creative folks.
These suggestions are based on my own interests and browsing history …. buyer beware they seem to think I am a little kid at heart! continue reading

Holiday Trees and Handprints

my handprint in a birch treeI have this handprint cutout on my fridge ever since Thanksgiving, when  I visited my brother Walt, and his six kids. We all made these handprint cutouts for a little “Thanksgiving Tree”. This is a very simple and scrappy idea for any family gathering or holiday. On each finger of the handprint, we were told to write something we were thankful for. Here are the five things I wrote:

1. Trees
2. Family
3. Creative mind
4. Arts and Crafts
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Celebrating the Day of the Dead

Dia de Muertos, Mazatlan, 2016

A little Catrina girl

I was in Mazatlan during the Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday, and I was BLOWN AWAY!  I must share it. This festival is a fantastic blend of thoughts on life and death, wrapped together with artistic visions. At first, the folk art captured my heart, and then it shook my bones. Because I saw things I never expected. I was just experiencing this holiday for the first time in my life…and I really got into it!

Here is a gallery of the glorious things I saw that night:
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