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03/30/13
Low Tide at 3:51pm
Filed under: General, Photography, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:15 pm

It was low tide at 3:51pm at Hammonasset today and it was sunny and warm for March in Connecticut, so my son and I took a ride down to the shoreline with our cameras in our backpacks. There was a stiff offshore breeze that was bone chilling at times but the air was crisp and clean with the salt spray I love so much. You could see Long Island clearly across the sound, about 20 miles away. It was magnificent to be there as always and my hair still smells like the ocean.

Yesterday UPS brought me 2 new inspirational books: Inner Excavation - Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media by Liz Lamoreux; and Brave Intuitive Painting - let go, be bold. unfold. - techniques for uncovering your own unique painting style by Flora Bowley. Both books are just what I need at this moment in time.

I would like to share an Irish Proverb from Flora Bowley’s book.

Work like you don’t need the money.
Dance like no one is watching.
Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Live life every day as if it were your last.

I am taking the 21 Secrets Art Journaling workshop that starts April 1st and can’t wait!


Mary MacIlvain

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03/23/13
Book of Days January 2013
Filed under: General, Mixed Media, Painting, Creativity, Inspiration, Art Journal, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 7:32 pm

I am taking an art journaling class called Book of Days and have been enjoying the process of keeping an art journaling practice. Each week there are different videos and prompts for inspiration. Sometimes I follow the theme and sometimes I don’t, letting my muse take me wherever she wants to go. The most important thing is to get yourself into the creative space or zone and once there to let art happen spontaneously. Here are my spreads for the month of January. A variety of techniques were used with acrylic paints including stencils, punchinella (sequin waste). hand carved rubber stamps, writing with ink pens and gel pens, and Rorschach style prints made by dribbling paint on one side of the spread and then pressing the two pages together and brayering the top page. You don’t know what the print is going to look like until you carefully pull the two pages apart, so it’s always a serendipitous surprise.


Mary MacIlvain

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03/05/13
Jeanie’s Quilt
Filed under: General, Photography, Creativity, Inspiration, Family and Friends, Design, Quilting, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 10:11 pm

Last weekend I went to a quilt retreat at YMCA Camp Hazen in Chester, CT. I had a wonderful time in the lodge with my quilting friends and over the long weekend I made this photo graduation quilt for my son’s girlfriend. When I came to the retreat I had a gridded plan on graph paper, 16 photos printed on Printed Treasures pretreated printable fabric, and a sweater box filled with a varied selection of purple fabric. The quilt went together like a puzzle and then was free motion machine quilted on my Bernina. Last night I gave the quilt to Jeanie and she was thrilled to have this warm cuddly memory of her college graduation.


Mary MacIlvain

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