Still happy, still making art

Almost 20 years ago, I added my husband — then, a stranger over 1500 miles away — to my LJ Friends list.

We got to know one another, fell in love (during a year of online chats, long before Zoom, etc.), met, moved in together, and soon married.

We're still in "happily every after" mode. I'm still making art, but I'm also writing. He's still in pre-press, and — though the pandemic has kept us at home, mostly — we still get out for adventures, now and then.

You can still follow me at Aisling.net, where I'm posting lots of art again. (There are over 400 art-related articles there, now. I wrote all of them.)

If you're reading this and know me from way-back-when, I hope you'll leave a comment. 

I'll check back now & then, and enjoy the smiles.

Meanwhile, I hope you're safe, happy, and healthy. And enjoying the holiday season... no matter which holidays you celebrate, and what time of year it is as you read this.


SketchCrawl Inc.?

The good news is, the next announced sketchcrawl is October 16th. I may organize one around Salem, MA. It could be cool.

Well, maybe.

Right now, I'm on the fence. The email I rec'd from SketchCrawl.com was very different from the fun, wide-open, no-rules announcements of the past.

First, there was this:
- A key thing, help us spread the word!
If you are reading this, we are sure you have a number of friends that might be interested in this as much as you are. Tell them about S

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Wrist Dolls - Idea Sheet 1

Wrist dolls are part of an idea that's been in my head for a few years. It's not a wholly original idea; my inspiration is elinor peace bailey, who wears dolls from head to toe, wherever she can imagine them.

In my mind, a wrist doll is any doll that can be worn as a bracelet, or something even vaguely resembling a bracelet.

Though my first wrist dolls idea sheet -- shown below -- is designed around a fabric art concept, your wrist dolls can be made from something else.

For example...

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Art and Feeling Good

Free posterWhen I create anything artistic, I feel good. I've also noticed that my life goes better... I attract more good things into my life.

So, when Bob Proctor sent me this quotation this morning, I knew I wanted to turn it into a mini-poster and put it on my wall.

The quotation is:

"It's really important that you feel good. Because this feeling good is what goes out as a signal into the universe and starts to attract more of itself to you.

"So the more you can feel good, the more you will attract the things that help you feel good and that will keep bringing you up higher and higher."

Free poster at Aisling.net ...


Disneyland Tribute - to My Mom

Disneyland is celebrating its 55th anniversary. I'm commemorating it with an artistamp design featuring art by my mother, Muriel Joan Bernier (1919 - 2010).

The artwork at left (in my actual blog post... not here, obviously), which was also on the Fantasyland board game, was my mother's art. She freelanced for Disney in the 1950s, and I remember her drawing this.

My mom passed away earlier this year, and -- I'm not sure why -- she didn't want me to post her artwork online. (My mother's always been eccentric. Once she decides something

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