experiences with gel medium…

I love transfers and transparencies but haven’t find…yet! the right amount to use it in a way that suits me.I’m resisting photoshop but when I see the tons of papers I use printing and reprinting it’s not very ecological though I keep the waste papers for notepads still… it’s a lot of waste. Doing my first album for my 40th birthday.Wow!!! Feeling very excited about it and working pretty fast    Have found in New-york “the prophet” Khalil Gibran that I’ve been reading for 20 years now , here are one of my favorites poems: then a woman said, speak to us of Joy and Sorrow. And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? …. When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find …

New homemade agenda…

Just arrive from New-York, which is one of my favorite town in the Us along with San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. I made this new agenda a few days before leaving who happens to be very heavy as usual…I can’t travel light I told you! Found this bookstore “The Strand” in broadway and bought a few leather books for 6 usd! I’ll return there in june with an empty suitcase… Those are just the 5  pictures from my agenda that I can download in blogspot as I haven’t figure out how to do it otherwise? As long as I can remember I always loved homemade agendas. Carry with me the photos of my beloved ones, little notes, tickets…making huge lists of what to do today, tomorrow… in 6 months …my projects, goals thoughts…girl stuff! But I realize that writing down is a good way for me to stay focused and structured. I haven’t found a way, yet, to prevent my swing moods. Took the omega3, ginseng etc… nothing seems to work there are always a time in the month where …

10 days away from home…a suitcase will certainly be the object that defines me the most for the last 18 years! I’m an expert in packing…do I travel light? Rarely on the way back as I always seem to bring half of the town I’m visiting. I even bring branches from Houston…and had to hear all the jokes about not having trees back in Lisbon…..bla bla bla that’s part of the fun…not always though! I remember the nightmare when with my friend Franck, we decided to buy 38 plates…in a market in Bangkok I couldn’t even lift the luggage and… never use them as my husband don’t like them!!!!(/&%/&&/%:::::) My wild dream now( among others) would be staying in my own beautiful bed every night and creating every day from 9am to 9pm an WHOLE YEAR…sleep 8h, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and….hide my luggage Ok tomorrow I’m heading to New-york which I absolutely adore and my husband comes along. Planning to find vintage stuff, fun objects, eat donuts, day dreaming with “mon amour, mon amant”… Enjoying sharing LOVING …

Stephane’s album

I made this album for my” little big brother” for christmas and have keep it with me ever since!!! I need to show him around, along with others  altered books when presenting my work but I’ ve seen the look in his eyes last time he was with me…I will keep it a for a  while but it’s definitely yours. I much admire my brother at 33 is very handsome(as a lot of success with girls…) doesn’t plan to settled for the moment despite my mother’s pressure! and mine! has always been very successful and passionate in his life. Knew forever that sport’s was his life and stick to it. Very protective and caring, present and supportive, he’s the best brother one could wish, I am thankful for that too. I’ll show the inside later on if he’s ok! Enjoy create…Have funI  

Livro preferido da Adriana

It’s my friend Adriana favorite book. It was fun doing it as I use curry… mustard… it’s a very tasteful book! All the butterflies come from Bangkok (need urgently to go back there out of supplies) took some quotes from a meditation book. A very relaxing and fulfilling afternoon Just playing around, experimenting without any goals and it turned out very cool. I don’t know for you but as I learn more and more techniques sometimes they seem to be on the way! This week was an enormous step forward for me as I didn’t try to do everything! So I manage to stay away from my studio while doing some shopping for the house… and now that I’m going to work again and will be away from home for 10 days, seems easier. Let go… day after day. I’m not wonder woman (though I know the song by heart!!!) it’s ok to relax everything will turn out as it should in the end so why the stress.I’m flying to Beirut and am planning to sightsee if it’s possible as …

My Mother’s cats

I made this little album for my mother with her cats that she appreciates so much. Milord was like a dog, we had a very special relationship. Whenever he heard my car he would run to the door and welcome me, I just have to call him and…he would come, I could hold him for hours and hug him. I loved this cat so much  and missed him a lot.You can’t see in the pictures how skinny he was as he had swallow detergent and almost die.   This one is Moumoune, 15 years old and looking like a lady. Very shy and independent, my mother is almost the only one who can hug her and the rest of the family has tried!!! without any success… Sweetie was so cute also very independent… Oscar still a baby so full of energy! Prevents my mom from sleeping, ruin her plants, broke 2 vases!! yes there were flowers in it…and yes he received them in his head! a snapshot would have been fun. The adventure is just beginning…more to come

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

 Bonne fête Maman… My mother was the first love of my life. I’ve always been in awe of her beauty, her energy, her strengh. She could write a book about her life, she lived a thousand lives! I much admire her how she deals with the problems, how she struggles, how she has changed and  evolved. She is truly the backbone of our family, one knows that with her wisdom and great knowledge she is there for us ALWAYS and what seemed at first a enormous ordeal will turn out ok after speaking with her… Merci Maman pour ton amour inconditionnel, ta présence, ta disponibilité, ta PATIENCE!!! Je t’aime et t’admire profondément. Je remercie le ciel de t’avoir choisie  Bonne fête Maman

Mamie…oh Mamie blue

The first title that pop out was “missing you” so while drinking my coffee(just wake up…I love the jet lag!) I just realize how lately I’m in the mood of the past, when everything seemed possible. I believe it’s still is I tend to be a fighter “never give up” but as my 40 arrives I’m questioning a lot about what I’ve achieved so far. I met this beautiful and fun girl back in Port Towsend Amy who just quit her job after Artfest and decided to be an artist…Wow! Chapeau as we say in french. I was much impressed as I’ve been flying for 18 years now and my wildest dream would be precisely that, to have the guts to work at 50% (have only the best part of flying) and create CREATE  CREATE…  and if God allows it, conceive my daughter Sasha or boy Andrea. I told you it was wild! As one is so used to struggle a day after another the urge to just let go becomes overwhelming. I ‘m still on the edge of the cliff…still trying …