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Butterflies and Lilacs

“Through a Butterfly’s Eyes” 

Ruh-Roh Raggie…  Not everything has to be totally abstracted out I’ve discovered.  How about a little realism/abstract combo action.  This image was just my first attempt, so it’s not a finished product or anything. I thought I’d share the very first one so that months later I can see how far I’ve progressed..

Man, I tell ya, that gimp is a fascinating tool.  As I learn more and more (all completely by accident) about the wonderful things gimp can do, I see endless possibilities.  Or maybe it’s just the drugs I’ve been on for the last few days for an incessant migraine, I dunno! Not that I like the drugs, I hate the drugs, they make me tired and I know my aura is filled with black clouds because of them.  Nothing can really be done about a brain injury though, so I just need to feel grateful that I don’t get seizures which were also a possibility when the brain injury occurred.

I don’t know if it’s the migraine, the creative burst I’m having out in the studio, all the eclipses and solstice energy or the disturbing discovery that some people lack integrity and will steal my images and words, but I’ve been strangely mute for the past week or so.  I’m still feeling pretty mute, but thought I’d stop in and say hi.

It just occurred to me that I’m also gearing up for some throat chakra work so that could have something to do with it too. Much of the imagery I’m creating right now is in blues with some purples thrown in which is a good indication that I’m moving up into the higher chakras.

I really want to put a chakra guide page at the top of this blog, but being mute doesn’t seem to be conducive to writing.  I did manage to get a “What is Reiki” page up, so that’s something at least.  If only I could multi-task like my sister who can do a million things at once and do them well!  I’m not like that.  Working out in the studio takes away my interest in writing and words (and cleaning and reading and everything for that matter!). .  The creative process for me doesn’t include words.  My brain thinks in terms of imagery, shapes, colors and patterns.  I like fantasy land better than literal words so I might be there for awhile.

Well I’m already talked out……




Energy Art using Gimp’s Airbrush Tool

Work in Progress by Primal Painter

I’ve started to do some actual rendering with Gimp as opposed to my usual freestyle happy accidents.  This is one of my first attempts.  I came up with a happy accident, then went into it with the warping tool and starting moving things around and painting with the airbrush tool.  If you enlarge it, you can see the details better. I’m torn between making the details in her face more distinct or making them even more vague.

 I’m really clumsy with that darn mouse, I wish I had one of those tablets where you can use a pen to draw on the screen.  Wow, I could really do some awesome things with that, but alas, it’s out of my reach financially at the moment.

Now for a little something I don’t normally do.  Sara, a wonderful painter who creates very inspirational work, tagged me on her blog Simply Sarafina Paintings to fill out the ABC’s of Me questionnaire. I’m not usually into that kind of thing, I might moan and groan a little at the thought, but I didn’t want to let Sara down.  Copy and pasting wasn’t working, and after answering the questions twice (TWICE), I finally gave up.  So Melinda from Inspiration Earth, sent me a pdf file and lo and behold, I think it’s going to work…..(groan…just kidding).

So for the THIRD time…………..

A. Age:  50 (what?) Did I say 50? I meant 49
B Bed size:  Twin size which is right next to my boyfriend’s queen size. Weird, you might say, but frankly I got tired of being bounced around all night like I’m riding in the back of an old pickup truck driving really fast through a bumpy pasture.  (That’s fun, by the way, when I’m AWAKE)
C. Chore you hate:  All of them, especially dishes….and vacuuming…..and dusting……
D. Day:  Today or maybe tomorrow
E. Essential start to the day:  Doggy kisses.  Boyfriend kisses? Eh, not so much (just kidding, that’s too mean….heheh.)
F. Favorite color: All the shades of purple
G. Gold or Silver:  Gold…..or silver
H. Height: 5’8″
I. Instruments:  Piano and saxophone when I was a young whippersnapper. Actually I wasn’t a whippersnapper until I was in college…What is a whippersnapper anyway? Is there any whipping of any snappers going on? hehee (don’t go there, Laurie)
J.Job title:  Professional….uh…….Bum?  Oh I meant Professional Artist
K. Kids: A 21 year old daughter, Andi and a bunch of furry, feathery kids – 5 dogs, 3 cats, 2 goats, 2 bunnies (down from 28 when I realized the meaning of humping like bunnies), 9 chickens
L. Live:  Yes, I Live, some days more than others.
M. Mum’s name: Velma, she passed on from bone cancer in ’99
N. Nicknames:  Laurie Belle, Mama Cat
O. Overnight hospital stays:  4 overnighters
P.Pet peeve:  People who eat crunchy food with their mouths open, like Doritos (Gah! I’ll keeell you!!)
Q. Quote from a movie:  “Ai-Yi Yi Yi Yi Yi Yi Yiiiiiiiiiiiii”  from the movie Avatar
R. Right or left handed:  Right
S. Siblings:  Older sister and brother Nancy and Steve, a younger brother Eric
T. Time you wake up:  6:30 to 8:00 a.m.
U. Underwear:  oh uh, (blushing), no thank you
V. Vegetables you dislike:  slimy cooked spinach like they used to serve in the school cafeteria (grrr-ossss)
W. What makes you run late:  My dogs chasing the car down the road then having to turn back and put them in the house, forgetting something and having to go back, putting things off until the last minute, not accounting for traffic, photo ops
X. X-rays you’ve had:  tons which may explain my unearthly glow
Y. Yummy food you make:  Hahahahaha, I don’t cook (at all) but sugar snap peas that I’ve grown in the garden are the best
Z. Zoo:  Zoos suck

Well I did it!

By the way, I got the most amazing package from Melinda, Taylor, Jordan, and Riley yesterday.  It made tears come to my eyes it was so sweet.  Melinda sent me some orange flavored lip balm and my lips still feel soft from yesterday. She also sent me some Invigorating Hand Sanitizer made from witch hazel and essential oils…it’s really amazing stuff, and so is she.  The handmade cards she sent are absolutely gorgeous….and I mean gorgeous!  Taylor sent me a lovely purple bookmark with my name on it, Jordan sent me a super cool handmade card and four of her needle felted acorns (so cute! I have the perfect little bowl).  Riley sent me a handmade zebra card and a sweet note.  Let me take a picture real quick…….

That photo doesn’t really do those handmade cards justice, they’re extremely well done and appealing! Thank you so much Smitten Family.  It wasn’t expected or necessary, but I’m thrilled and touched!

Now for a couple of pictures of the things I smell when I walk outside (in addition to dogs and goats….)

 Orange Blossoms are loaded this year….

 Nothing is better than honeysuckle!

 Mini Holliehocks are gorgeous!

Wild roses….yum…..

I think I forgot to size all these photos down.  Does this page load super slow because of it?

Have an Awesome Sunday!!!


A Creative Evolution

Sometimes the best way to start the day is a with a big laugh, accompanied by an “Awwwww”!

This is the evolution of my most recent photo alteration.  I’ve started checking into online printing companies in an effort to possibly incorporate some of these altered photos into my wall sculptures.

I was thinking about how weird and twisty (and strangely appropriate for my state of mind) this concept is.   1) I make the original wall sculpture 2) I take photos of the wall sculpture  3)  I manipulate the photos of that wall sculpture into some groovy abstract art  4)  I make prints of that abstract art and incorporate them into a new wall sculpture  5)  I take photos of the new wall sculpture  6) I manipulate those photos…..and so on…….like looking into mirrors that are reflecting each others……worlds within worlds within worlds.

                      Below is the original photo from my wall sculpture entitled “Breaking Free“.

                              Add some contrast and some other stuff, I can’t remember what……

I remember discovering a totally fun warping function. (Warp-a-mania….warp-zilla…..warp-alicious….warp-a-zoid….Warpy McWarp-erson….)

Oh yeah, and there it is…..a portal to another dimension, maybe to the third eye and that intuitive sixth chakra zone.

Hehee, that’s some trippy sh#%!   The creation of these abstract images is the epitome of how I interpret “Energy Art”. There’s a little bit of left brain activity in the creative process, but it’s mostly an intuitive right brain approach where my mind is filled with only imagery and energy, just flowing along with what feels right with no structured thoughts or  analysis

It’s fun, I tell ya!

From a budding Warp-a-Maniac,


The Morning Laugh

I woke up this morning feeling really……ummm… you saaayy ……..bitchy.  I’m thinking it’s the “whore-moans”.  In desperate times such as this, a funny picture to giggle at is some really decent medicine.

LOLOLOL…..the look on both of their faces  is priceless!  It reminds me of the time years ago, when my “then” boyfriend and I went to a drive-through zoo in Branson, Missouri.  I was in the passenger seat, we had the windows rolled down and there was a big bag of zoo treats between the seats.  Ahead were two camels (camels are really strange looking creatures aren’t they…..I mean, that hump?! How weird is that…lol).  One of the camels came towards the car and the other one took off behind the trees. We stopped to feed the one camel, who was politely waiting at the car window.  While we were immersed in picture taking, the other camel snuck up to the passenger window, stuck his head all the way in the car, smashed me against the seat covering me with funky camel smell, grabbed the bag of treats and then both camels hauled ass across the field.  LOL  Diabolical! 
I had to post a few pictures today of my latest gimp experiences.  This first picture is the original photo that I began with, a closeup of my wall sculpture entitled “Flashback“.  Following that is the evolution that took place in order to get to the final, most kick-ass image I’ve made so far, in my opinion…

Ooooo, such groovy colors…
A Heart!  That’s a sign……
Oh……My……Gosh!!!!!  Freakin’ kick ASS!!
I’d so totally hang that on my wall!  I did manage to pull a print from it on my crappy printer.  It was an 8 x 10 print on glossy photo paper and turned out really beautiful! Much to my surprise, the colors from the print match those on my monitor, so I think my monitor is fairly well calibrated…one less thing to worry about.

I’m going to take the print I made and incorporate it into a three dimensional wall sculpture.   Today it’s supposed to be in the 60’s (can’t wait!) so it’s studio time for me!  It’s supposed to be sunny and in the 60’s all next week, so if I disappear, that’s where I’m at… or soaking up some rays.



I’ve Been Thinking…….

I’m falling deeper into the world of gimp. The possibilities seem so endless as I discover all these different things that I can do with imagery.  I want to incorporate this newfound passion (dare I say addiction? lol) into more three dimensional art, but how, and is this real or am I just distracting myself with something I’ll never really apply to the real world?

The above picture is a close up of a photo I took of one of my wall sculptures entitled “Renewal“.  I did something with gimp,  (I can’t remember what it was now lol), and somehow came up with the image below.

It looks kind of like a butterfly doesn’t it?!  Maybe I need to read the gimp tutorial and figure out how to do things with purpose instead of these happy accidents.  Actually, I tried to read a little of the tutorial, and as expected, my eyes started to glaze over, colors started flashing before my eyes, and I started thinking about how I needed to vacuum.   Needless to say, when the thought of housework jumped into my head, I took that as a sign to get out of there and fast!!!  Can’t stand all that technical mumbo jumbo.  Unfortunately, I need to figure out things like how to get rid of that little white dotted border around the colored part, and if there’s some trick to controlling those paint tools easier, stuff like that.  The tutorial seems the way to go……..shudder.

Anyway, I was thinking that based on my current fascination with the photo manipulation properties of gimp, that I might have some fun  incorporating these images into my three dimensional wall sculptures somehow. I’m not sure if I would try to reproduce the colors and patterns with paint on wood, or if I would use an actual print of the altered image and glue it onto the wood, enhancing and adding to the image with paint.  Hmmmmmm……….I’ll have to think it about some more.   I’m sure my printer is inadequate for something like this, I certainly don’t have the correct paper, but maybe I’ll try a prototype of some kind with what I’ve got and see what happens.  What kind of glue would a person use I wonder? What kind of paper? So many questions……I don’t know why I can’t just keep things simple, but that’s the story of my creative life…….always gotta stir things up!

When I try this,  I’ll have to pay attention to whether or not it makes me feel tingly and expansive or tight and stressed.  That’s how I tell if I’m on the right track.  That might sound weird,  but that’s just how I roll……!