Saturday, July 12, 2014

Babes in Wonderland~ Welcome to our Mad Tea Party 2014

 I am so very glad to see you here today!

Happy Mad Tea Party day!

I would like to thank our host, the illustrious Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist.
Thank you dear for 7 years of delightful madness and wonderful spots of tea from all over the world! 
Such fun indeed!

Did you ever wonder when the first mad tea party was? I don't mean the fanciful twist kind but THE actual FIRST ever Mad Tea Party? With Alice and The Mad Hatter himself?  Did you ever wonder?

You did?


Feast your eyes on some very antiquated photographery of the most fantastical kind! 


Yes that is right! Alice and Hatter go way, way back! 

You don't believe it do you?

Well seeing is believing, so take a gander below and gawk and gaze and be amazed at the utter cuteness that no one can resist!

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you...





Sometime in Wonderland...

Alice and Hatter sat to tea for the very first time. 
"Goo goo, ga ga" They said. Which meant "How splendid this is!"

Umm... I think I should just translate the baby talk from here on out. :-)

"Good Day, Alice." Said the super cute Mad Hatter, as he kindly tipped his hat.

 "Care for a spot of tea, Alice?" asked Hatter and before Alice could say anything he began
 to pour the tea. 
(His mother was securing his hat for a moment there)
 "...and more tea, and more tea and more!" shouted hatter as he began to furiously fill every cup on the table with tea.
"Oh poo,there are no more cups." said hatter with a little pout.

 "Hatter you are quite mad, are you aware of that? I think I shall call you the Mad Hatter from now on because you are simply mad about pouring tea!" said Alice with a chuckle.

Hatter gave her a look...

Alice quickly thought and said "Though I have never had such fabulous tea, Mad Hatter. I can see why you love it so!" she said, in a loving way as to not offend her companion.

 "Mmmmm... such good tea and sweets" Said Alice. "I think I shall relax a bit now, since I am in the company of a friend. Isn't that right Mad Hatter? Can I call you my friend?" Asked Alice.
 Hatter was very moved at such a notion of friendship that he removed his hat and gently wiped the confectioners sugar from his face. He had secretly hoped that this would happen.
"Why, nothing would make me happier my dear Alice" He said in a faint voice, for he was very moved indeed.

"Wonderful!" said Alice. The she whispered "I think you shall be my very best friend, Hatter."

"Oh how splendid that is my dear Alice!" Said hatter, "Now let us celebrate our best friendship with more tea, shall we?"

"And cakes! Don't forget the cakes!" said Alice.

Then Alice proceeded to not forget the cakes.

"More tea please?" Asked Alice.

"I'm working on that now." said Hatter
" does this work? How do I make more tea? Oh I know, simply pour all the old cups of tea into the teapot. Yes that seems to have made some fresh tea." mumbled Hatter to himself.

"Fresh tea at last!" said hatter as he continued his mad pouring of tea.

"My hat feels a bit heavy, let me adjust it a bit" said Hatter as he fiddled with his extraordinary hat.

"Uh oh. Alice! Alice! Its gone dark, Alice!"

"I do believe I am lost inside of my hat, Alice." said Hatter calmly. "Would you mind helping me?"

"Oh dear, Mad Hatter. I do believe you may need a break from that hat." suggested Alice.

"There. Oh I like how it feels on my head." Said Alice, "How do I look?"

"Silly." said Hatter "You better give it back and have some more tea and cakes!"

So she did and they continued this way happily for quite some time. :)

The End.

Thank you for attending our little party today!

We are so happy to participate in the 7th annual Mad Tea Party.

You can see our past Mad Tea Party posts in the links below 

A very special thank you to my very good friends The Bordeau's, for lending me their 2 youngest children for this special photo project. I do believe we all enjoyed watching this pair of young siblings enjoy the delights of tea partying! :-)
 I am blessed to have great friends.

{My husband and I have a small but thriving photography business. You can see our website here . You will see these very children there quite a bit! The little girl{Alice} is just one year old and her brother {Mad Hatter} is just over 2. They are the most busy, smart, and the sweetest pair of little humans that you will ever meet! :-)}

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Working on the shop on and off...

Right now in my art shop I have a few things, I feel like I used to have a lot of things but somehow, they have sold or were destroyed by my leaky studio roof after a lot of rain came some years ago....

 So slowly I am rebuilding a new body of work. No prints since my large format printer died. I really need to find someone to print my art prints for me! I will. Soon.

 Anyhow heres what is new and old in there...

This is one I painted in 2009 I think. Not sure, its been a while but it was always a favorite! I've decided to part with it. I have big plans and illustrations on purses wasn't as diverse as I had hoped. Or I just got tired of it. Can't I move through art projects so much.

Click on the photos to visit them in my shop! Or click HERE to go there!

And Original pieces from my mixed media on wood period. Which I still think I will visit with again, just not at the moment.

Well that is all the new/old pieces I have in there this week! I have also added a few more and will be rebuilding the shop as the summer comes to an end.

 With that I leave you and turn in for the night. Sweet dreams my friends, sweet dreams....


Monday, July 7, 2014

The meaning of things.

 How has your summer been so far? That is if you are in North America like I am, I do hope its been good! Days seem to be just flying by here. Its been a very good summer for me and my children. We've been going all over town every day that we can. This is our last summer that my son, my oldest, will be under age and still in High school. Yes my young man starts his Senior year of High School in August. I have felt a rush of emotions and really am trying to seize the day with him in tow. He has his first job this summer and so time has become more precious with him. We're halfway through our summer break and I still have lots of plans for us as a family.

 In other news, I've had ups and downs this summer with this Anxiety thing. But I tell ya, I have learned a LOT about what triggers it and how to stop it with my thoughts and words. Amazing stuff, our thoughts and our words. They can create and kill anything, whether we acknowledge it or not. They are a powerful force. They determine the meaning of everything we experience.

 I've been painting again! Yes I have a few I am working on or re-working on at the moment. I had a hard time moving forward after my family accused me of painting them like a political cartoon of some sort. I explained that in this post if you want to know what I am referring to.

 I sat and really dug deep and asked myself the question "did I intend to paint my aunts? and did I intend to do it in a harsh manner?" I mean my twin aunts really REALLY got pissed at it along with their older sister my other aunt that I once lived with at age 15 when my mother didn't want me for a spell. So naturally I think, "It must be me that doesn't see things clearly." Or at least I thoroughly sit and reflect within to make sure what my motives were. (How I wish I wasn't the only one to do that in my family) 

 The answer I found within was and still is and has always been NO. It definitely was not about them. At least not in my reality. However remember, thoughts can change from person to person. I am not in control of how something I do is perceived. That is solely other peoples responsibility. It bares no weight in my perception. Well, Not anymore anyway. :-)

This piece above was, is and always will be about me! I think my twin aunts must really believe that they are the ONLY twins in the entire world to me. They also think that they hold much more importance in my life then they really do. Its not sad, its just the way things are.  I never felt very close to one of the twins, being that she lived in Michigan most of my life and I lived in New Mexico and she never really cared what was going on with me. The times I was with her she was rude and disrespectful because she thought that was what being older than someone in your family was all about. Knowing my family dynamic, you cannot really fault her for holding that misguided belief.

 The other twin, now that was a different story entirely. I loved her very much as a child because she would get silly with me and my sister and have fun and always seemed to be happy. She came to live in New Mexico to be near us when I was 14 (which now, looking back, explains a lot of why my mom sent me away at 15). I thought it was going to be great, and for a time, it was. But that time is over. I kept getting kicked out of her life, without notice, and without reason given. Then after a time she would welcome me back, without reason and I would go. Hoping to find that "fun" aunt I used to know. But I think she died somewhere inside that flesh of the person she is now. The last time I interacted with her, she had my grandfathers widow visiting her from Indiana, at her house and there was NOT ONE person in our family that she didn't verbally tear apart in front of me and my grandfathers widow! Not one family member! I mean gossip, gossip, gossip and playing the victim of EVERYONE in the family, don't you know that EVERYONE hates her and is jealous of her? Oh yeah, and hoping to find wisdom in my grandfathers widow, she just sat and shook her head and added to the conversation. Not gossiping, but adding fuel to my aunts victim fire. I felt so let down. It hit me that day that there was truly no wisdom was to be found in my elders. None.

 I remember leaving her house, in total disgust of my aunt, my grandfathers widow and myself for sitting there so long, listening and trying to point out anything good to stop the ranting. The evening ended with them purposely ignoring me while she showed my grandfathers widow her online farm game. Literally not looking up at me when I would try to talk or engage with any kind of communication with them.

 I promised myself that day that I would NEVER enter that house again and NEVER sit through that kind of talk again. It was hard because it really meant not being around my aunt ever again. She has an INSISTENCE on dwelling on the negative like no one you have ever known. She has a way of manipulating you into agreeing with her so she can feel loved. I mean you REALLY want to validate her so she can be happy even a little! Looking in from the outside I see now that she is very sick. Mentally sick in fact. She needs a lot of help that I just can't give. Though I have wanted to in the past, I know now, the help she needs is far beyond human capacity. So I have had to let her go. That was about 4 years ago. At first she didn't even notice that I was gone. I thought that was a good thing, that it would be easy to slip out of her radar once and for all.

 But I was wrong.

Well there is so much more I could add to this. Telling you the terrible things she has done, convincing herself and others that she is justified because I wasn't there to be abused whenever she called. I could tell you SO MUCH more negativity..... but I won't.

That is the ONE thing I have become ever watchful for. I mean my aunt didn't just get this way overnight. Its many generations of negativity that she is carrying. For that I feel a deep compassion for her. But I have to focus on my own thoughts and words, both spoken and written.

 For it is in your power to create your world. Your perception IS your reality. Whatever way you choose to perceive life (and YES it is a choice) is in fact your reality. Negative or positive, life itself is no judge of that only you are. So YOU create what you experience.

Think on that while I show off some of my new photographic artwork:


YES! Finally with the help of all that I have learned with photography and Photoshop I am FINALLY able to get some art out of my head that I didn't have to paint! I mean I LOVE painting but sometimes I get so absorbed in an idea that I can't wait very long to get it out, much less as long as it takes me to paint a piece! lol

 So If I could paint more realistically or shall I say surrealistically, I would have painted these photos above. Oh yeah there is that "Twin" thing that will most likely have my twin aunts egos set a flame. But the truth is about my painting and these photographs is that to me, in my mind, they are not twins, in fact they are not even sisters. They are one person. A duality if you will. I have some plans go bring them together slowly but for now they float and remind me of what I know of life.

 Incompatible- is me in a sense. I had a void in my heart and attempted to fill it with the love and affections of others but it never even made a dent in the loss I carried within. Not once.

Unfulfilled- is again me in a sense. And really everyone. Have you not, ever once, gotten what you wanted or tasted the fruit of perceived success and not felt what ever it was you expected to feel?
 I have.

So that's what these pieces say to me. That is what they are in my reality. To others, though they may see their unnecessarily large egos in it.... well that is also a reality I suppose. But that has absolutely nothing to do with mine.:-)

You can find my prints for sale here in my art shop on Etsy. 

On that note I leave you with my weeks musical muse. This song.... SO MUCH inspiration for me! I can't wait to show you...:) soon. {yeah I like to tease}



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