Monday, 28 March 2011

Art journals, doll making, cuffs and gardening in Autumn (New Zealand)

Detail of "My Garden Soul" Journal - D.Price-Ewen
Doors to journal (detail of journal cover)

More detail of cover: hand-dyed petals, dried grass and hand-sewn flower buttons
Garden Shots for Autumn

Jase in the vege garden

Butterfly friend

I love annuals...so delicate and beautiful...
Poppy seed case for a head?  Why not?
Autumnal cuff

TO AUTUMN

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'erbrimmed their clammy cells.

John Keats (1820)

I'm so funny.  No really.  I tell everyone that I am too busy to do art at the moment, especially this last month.  Yet, here I am listing photo after photo of creative productivity.  I feel like I've had no time, really, to have done any of this.  But somehow, I managed to squeeze it in!  

What's getting me inspired at the moment is my garden.  After years of dormancy and a layer of weeds, I've re-invigorated my garden and by default, my soul...and I'm happy.  Another way put, the garden has fed my soul which in turn has fed my art: hence my Garden Soul Journal and my little poppy head doll (I'm still working on him, mind) and even my autumn coloured cuff.  Keats was right, Summer has indeed o'erbrimmed!  Now I'm reaping the mellow fruitfulness of it all....

For those of you in the Northen part of the world, I hope summer holds as much promise for you :-)

Till next time, dear friends.

24 comments:

Dorthe said...

Dear Debrina-
your blog was the first one to open ,this morning- and what a wonderfull and joyfull sight-this grey morning in Denmark.
It is so powerfull in every way-your wonderfull art-the little boy-the nature around him.
Your journal are fantastic, I hope you will show more--and I love the doll, and his hat , and your heawy and beautifull cuff.
Thank`s for the summer wishes,-we can use it -but seems not to be summer soon,yet....
Than`ks for this lovely vitamin injection, Debrina.
Hugs from Dorthe

Lynette (NZ) said...

Great looking journal cover - LOVE that gorgeous blue...and those hinges...and the flowers :-)

Debrina said...

Hello lovely Dorthe - you are such a treat. I am glad you got your vitamin injection of summer sweetness. A little bit of creative nectar will hopefully fuel your soon to come summer sojourn!
Lynette, it's so nice to have you here and for me to have found you again. I think seeing you the other day certainly inspired me to push on a bit with my journal. Thanks sweety!

MrCachet said...

I do all the heavy lifting whereas the wife does all the planting. She's got heritage seed started for tomatoes and leeks. Our shared garden is going to get a healthy dose of 'road apples' the end of the week. Have I been productive in the studio? Oh my, yes. Can't stay away, Debrina.

Debrina said...

Hello Dave! Yes, I've seen some of the fruits of your labour in your last blog posting! What juicy treats they were too! Ahhh...you must insist on not doing all the heavy work. You really must get down on your knees and feel the earth with your bare hands once in a while. There is nothing more satisfying than patting the earth down around a seedling. I would love to see the heritage plants when they finally come into maturity. :-)

lyle baxter said...

deb, the journal looks wonderful! But the biggie for me this post is to see how your son has grown! not mom's baby now! enjoy the Autumn days in your garden you can paint when its too cold to be out!

Elizabeth said...

Oh I aam so glad that you ahve revivied your garden!!! It truely does feed my soul and art and It appears to ahve done the same brillinatly for you!!! Your journal is lucious and the doll is brilliant!!! Love the shots of Jase in the veg!!!! If there is a will we ususally can squeeze in the art!!! Happy Autumn Deb!! thanks for sharing Keats with us as well!!!

La Dolce Vita said...

oh yeah, that is how it works for me! the more time spent in my garden, the more creative I am! it feeds the soul for sure and reminds us of the organic nature of life. take nothing for granted it is all so precious...
great journal, love the art doll and of course your darling babe with the flutterby!! cheers to changing seasons! xx's

Cathy said...

You have indeed been wonderfully creative Debrina. My favourites are the lovely cuff and the beautiful lady with the poppy seed case head. What ingenuity. She is so sweet. Your garden looks great. Ours has just had its first haircut of the new year and I have just relocated a buddleia into the back garden with two others. I am keeping fingers crossed that they like each other and get on enough to bloom beautifully this summer. I do like my buddleias. Have a great creative week.

Flower said...

I love...those doors...that head ( you crafty witchy poo) and a certain little man amongst the flowers! Yes dolly that witchy time of soup, night walks and garden magic has begun!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Well all I know is I wish I had no time like you to create...hehhee..Beautiful work and the image of Jase with the butterfly friend..so special!!Hugs,Cat

Debrina said...

Thank you lovely blog friends!! I'll be coming round to each of you to say hi!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

AB FAB Debrina! Love that journal with the doors. What a treasure! You are really making that blue your own and your art is certainly looking strong!
Love the photo of your boy and the butterfuly. Great pic!

Deborah said...

So many wonderful creations! Great photo of your little boy!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Debrina, Thank you for your sweet comment! I'm glad you found me again, so that I found you again :-). I've changed my sidebar link to your blog.
Your garden journal is fantastic! Those doors are graeat and I love all the wonderful details and material mixtures. The cuff is beautiful too and what a cool idea to use a poppy seed case as a hat. I would like to have a garden and now I know why I need one :-).
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Julia

ArtPropelled said...

You always make me smile Debrina. It's amazing how different things feed our art. I'm Glad gardening is getting the creative juices flowing (Love your journal).I can't wait for our Summer heat to phase out so that Autumn can get on with it's mellow fruitfulness.

Jasmine said...

Beautiful post. Is this your new blog address. I'm not sure which link to put on my blogroll. Maybe you can email me the link? xJ

Lovey said...

Debrina, I found you through Suzy Q's blog! I love your art and kind nature about you! Adding you to my side bar and following you! Nice to meet you...

Lovey said...

Oh funny..already following! I knew you were awesome!

Gaby Bee said...

The journal looks wonderful, Debrina! What a cover! I'm so impressed with this eye catching explosion of color. LOVE this vibrant blue!
Your garden pics are lovely! We are having amazing weather too... very welcome after the long winter.

Have a sunny week my friend!
Gaby xo

Debrina said...

Hi everyone - I know, so much confusion over my new blog url (address). I will keep visiting and reminding you all, lol. Lovely to catch up with everyone of you and I'm glad you like some of the strong colours I'm embracing. I'm getting a bit tired of the rusted, weathered look these days....

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What an incredible assortment of your new works...your son is growing so quickly. The journals and such are impeccable. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Amy said...

um. i was already following this blog, but you straight up never showed up on my blogger thingie. I was like, heck. what?
so here i am again.
quit hiding, it's exhausting tracking you down.

i am restalking you but i haven't got the energy to do it a third time, so quit running about.
Xx,
Amy

Monica said...

i want to push my hands into that delectable journal of yours, and sink my nose into your garden - how lush!

and what a sweet boy!