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
5. Music continue reading

A Wine Country Treasure Box

Soda Rock Winery, Tin Box

finished treasure box

I come across pretty wine labels all the time.. a benefit of living in Sonoma Wine Country.  I began to think of ways to incorporate wine labels  into home decorations. Here is my first idea, A Wine Country Treasure Box. I just used some pretty vintage wine labels that I found at a local antique store. I also used a tin basket from the craft store, Elmer’s Glue, white spray paint, and spray varnish. continue reading

A Summer Dream Painting

new painting, acrylic on canvas by Irene Rowley

new painting, acrylic on canvas, by Irene Rowley

Here’s a painting I’ve been working on this summer… the first painting I’ve done in a long time!

In this case, I am working with acrylics on white canvas and I found that time had passed so fully, that half of my acrylic color tubes of paint had dried out. So, I managed this much, with about one third of my regular color palette. continue reading

Ceramic Inspirations

ceramics by shosana parry
Shoshana Parry is a ceramic artist located in Marin County, California. Recently she wrote about working with clay textures, with photos of her work:

“I love texture. I love all the bumps, spikes, ridges, scratches, swirly grooves, twisting branches, and overlapping scales that make my pieces so much more interesting. You already know that I’m constantly inspired by nature, and it seems that everything I find captivating and beautiful to look at either has a texture or a pattern — and textures are what we’re talking about today. continue reading