Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WOYWW 102

So, we're getting closer and closer to the long anticipated second anniversary of WOYWW where the creative world spends the day sailing around the globe and looking at other creative souls' desks. And all this thanks to the wonderful Julia of Stamping Ground who consistently makes this blog hop possible every Wednesday. Julia, you rock!

My mojo had gone out the door for quite a while. I hadn't been very creative - I was either working out in the garden or I spent considerable time with the owls. As some of you might know, the "fallen" owlet had been released back to the site, and it's doing well. Last time I saw them on Saturday, and both owlets were cuddling on a branch with the mom close to them. The family really is reunited. I am so glad about that.

Yesterday, though, I was really frustrated. For one, the bad weather has returned - rain and cold, I actually had to switch on the heater because the house was so cold. And I'm NOT living in Minnesota, no, this is "sunny" California! Huh! That didn't really anything good to my mood and I was feeling useless, had this "I'm not good enough" mood - it was highly unpleasant. Then I grabbed my art journal and started to play around with my water colors - and that actually helped!!!

So I got out a small canvas, 5x5, and some acrylics.


And what is missing here? Yes, you got that right - an owl! I'm thinking of creating the owl with fabric, I have some nice fat quarters that I'm going to cut up for that. Sooner or later I had to start creating owls after spending so much time with the owl family.

Oh - and I made an owl book today - uploaded my owl photos and made a photo book at Shutterfly for my Dad's birthday.

I think my mojo is back.

37 comments:

peggy aplSEEDS said...

hi Carola, i think the link you posted in WOYWW goes somewhere else so you have repost this one. i like the sound of your project with a fabric owl!

Carola Bartz said...

Thank you, Peggy, I just corrected it!

Neet said...

I was trying to work out how to get to you - thanks for posting another link. Love your little canvas and the fabric owl sounds good. Glad the owlets are reunited. #10

Elaine Harding said...

What a sweet start to the canvas - and that owlet is adorable - so fluffy!

Kay L. Davies said...

What a wonderful idea, the owl book for your Dad's birthday.
I'm SO glad Mama Owl has accepted her lost offspring, He Who Falls From Trees. I was so afraid she wouldn't.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Roban Studio said...

Yay, your mojo is back! Carola, please don't ever think you are not good enough. Promise me you won't do that again! The painting you have started will be so cute once your little owl is added to it. And nobody can do it like you can. It's your signature! Just remember to always be true to yourself, especially in your art. Happy WOYWW! :-) Hugs xo ~Rhonda

Dragon said...

Thanks for correcting the link!!! I have come via someone else's blog to tell you!!! Sorry to hear you had a bit of a black mood, but isn't crafting a great way round things??...
Frankie
xx

foxysue said...

Hi Carola,

Lovely to read your words here, frustration can lead to some wonderful new creations, I have experienced this myself. Both me and my love have followed with interest your owl journey, can't wait to see the evolution!

Sue x

Cathy said...

Fab project, love that tree, and so pleased to hear the owls are doing well. Happy Wednesday,
Cathy xx

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

lovely looking canvass on your desk.

Doone said...

Was going to say the same as Peggy... I found you from my favorites, please let me know when you put your owl canvas up for sale _ I have really enjoyed following your story. So glad you have chosen to illustrate your photo journal with a canvas too...

Dx

jude said...

Lovely creative messy desk hun!So glad the owls are doing well.Have fab creative wednesday
hugs judex 14

Helen said...

so glad there was a happy owl ending!!Love the start of your canvas.

Spyder said...

yes your link goes to somewhere else! But I found you, you can't hide!! What a great inky/painty desk!
Love it!! ((Lyn))
((happyWOYWW!))

JoZart said...

So glad you reposted as it saves me getting to you a roundabout way. Lovely post and story about the owls . I just adore owls and I'm pleased they are all safe again. I look forward to seeing your canvas finished.
Hugs JoZarty xxx

Dawn said...

Now this is a desk I LOVE paint and canvas every where I believe the golden paints are very good (tad pricey though) let me know what you think of them

Love dawn xx

Linda Elbourne said...

All looking good to me! Have a good Wednesday ... you were a little tricky to find by the way :0)

Kathleen said...

Hi Carola, your canvas looks interesting. You are not on your own I often feel that my work is not good enough or even worse the lack of creative imagination hits me the most. I love your work it's inspirational.
Kathleen x

Monica @ bohemian twilight said...

how wonderful you have your mojo back!

i didn't quite lose mine, but it does shift during the Winter. now i'm back to journaling and paints. loving it.

Sunshine Girl said...

Looks like fun! definately needs an owl though! I am off to a quilt show tomorrow and am hoping to come home with a few new fat quarters! Also we usually visit California at the tale end of May (unfortunately not this year though) it can be surprisingly cold in the mornings cant it! Thanks for sharing. Sunshine Girl No. 40

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

This will look lovely with a fabric owl on it. It' s freezing here too -I have a heater right at my feet! I hate being cold! Happy WOYWW
Rebecca(51)x

NatashaMay said...

An owl would look great on there. I seem to be more creative when it's cold outside and I'm stuck inside. :) Happy WOYWW!

windrock studio said...

Hey Carola, good news about the owl family! and about your mojo, sure looks like it is back! can't wait to see how the owls come into play in your art ... so sorry to hear about the weather there, it sure has been crazy.

Quirky Boots said...

what a sweet little canvas x

The Crafty Elf said...

It definately looks like your Mojo is back, looking good. I think we all get in those moods every now and then. They never last and that's a good thing!!! Happy WOYWW ;)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I am so happy that the owls are together again and that the mother owl accepted her baby back. I think that an 'owl' project is a perfect way to celebrate.

butlersabroad said...

That's a great idea to make a little canvas with owls on it. I saw some of your earlier posts, glad the little owlet is back with his family.

Hugs
Brenda 84

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh well done Carola, those owl photos deserve a book. Love the idea of adding a fabric owl...somuch fraying and texturing can be done for it that way. Yep, look , you've even got my mojo a going!! Weather here is pants too...funny how it affects a mood.

scrappystickyinkymess said...

I totally needs an OWL! Very sweet canvas start - as they say, small, but perfectly formed. Just the ticket to lift a black mood! Cold here too, at least it was yesterday. Here's hoping for the weekend!

Mary Anne

see you there! said...

Your adventures with the owls had been enjoyable to follow through the photo's. I think there is definately material there for an owl book.

Wasn't the weather yesterday awful? Relentless! Not that today is all that much better but at least it is dry.

Darla

Chrissy said...

Love the fabric owl idea! It's cloudy in Arizona too but I welcome the cool temps, I'm not ready for the 100's!
Chrissy

Terry and Shirley SU said...

I loved the owl story, as well as your idea to make a fabric owl for your canvas piece. I made an owl using punches for graduation cards this week. I love 'em!

Terry #129
http://goinovertheedge.blogspot.com

Molly said...

I just love that background color - and the tree is adorable. I am very anxious to see the owlet when you have it complete.

So glad to hear your mojo is back --- I hope to have time to find my mojo next week when school is out for the summer :)

RosC said...

Great story about the owl family. And I love your desk. It takes quite a time and lots of work to create that patina of work that covers your space. It's like an old hat. I have a couple that I wouldn't part with and that have taken ages to look satisfactorily battered. Looking forward to the finished canvass.
Yours,
Ros. (140)

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

This photo is so exciting. I bet that art piece is going to be a beauty. Love the workdesk. Inspiration central. *smiles* Norma

angelfish said...

Looks like a great start to the little canvas. I look forward to seeing your fabric owl:)
What amazig photos of the owls too.
Fiona x

lisa said...

I'm glad your owls are doing well. I adore owls, they are fascinating.
Your canvas is looking great too. What a good idea to just play when Mr Mojo goes walkabout. Can't wait to see it finished.
Hugs Lisa#94