Annual June Wedding Party

Hello Friends,

I was at Bunny Cottage, and Vicki is preparing for the 3rd annual Wedding Party with Stephanie at Angelic Accents on Friday, June 8th.  So I thought it would be nice to join the fun.

In Knittington, even the fairies love weddings.

But I will admit that this would be my ‘dream wedding’ look.  Or at least one of them.

Thank you for visiting Leisure Lane, and remember, the Wedding Blog Party begins this Friday, June 8th.  We’ll be linking to Angelic Accents then.  Be sure to stop by and have some fun.  And “Thank you”, Stephanie, for hosting.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

My Journey With Art

Hello dear friends,

I’d like to share with you a little bit about my journey with art.  I’ve always loved anything that had to do with creating from the time I could hold a pencil in my hand.  My earliest memories, I suppose, are from about 4 or 5 years old.  I enjoyed Captain Kangaroo, and the little shoe box containing crayons, pencils, erasers, glue, string, paper, etc. he so happily employed in his show, I duplicated for myself.  It was more of a treasure box for me….for me it might as well have contained rubies, amethysts, and sapphires.

Although I did have a few lessons here and there, and managed to attain a BA in art, I consider myself self-taught in the field of art.  Oils were my preference for  painting since I was 12 years old,  and Rembrandt was my real teacher and mentor for many years.  Then, as my work progressed and my subject matter evolved I became influenced by John Waterhouse and William Bouguereau.

In 1996 I began a spiritual journey I will not soon forget, and my paintings reflected its results.  Perhaps some of you can relate to that place of ‘going in’ where one finds yourself (who you are, what you are about)…Sue Monk Kidd so poignantly calls it cocooning…and in finding yourself, you find God; a glimpse of the Divine and your connection to It.  I think the birth of my son in 1989 began this remarkable connection to the creation of God, but that’s another story.

Many beautiful works came out of this search and Self-awareness.  They are like way stations along my life’s journey, and I learned many things from them – patience, perseverance, endurance.  But they were serious pieces expressing much emotion, passion, and expression, filled with illumination not only for myself, but for anyone who could find themselves within them.

By 2004 my journey’s path began to clear, and by 2007 I found myself yearning to express myself in a lighter way.  So I picked up the brush once again, but this time my chosen medium was also “lighter” – watercolors.   I began making fun, little pictures that I gave to friends, or used on hand made cards.  They were brighter, more whimsical, and soon led to the Knittington Fairies series, as well as the Garden Sprites series (I haven’t posted these yet, but hopefully by summer they will emerge).

I am in the process of expressing another side of myself; the whimsical, playful side. (Don’t you find that you have so many different sides to you, like the many facets on a beautifully cut diamond?)  And I must say that I am having fun with it.

Well, now you know a little more about how I got to Leisure Lane – a place I hope to showcase my work with the success that will enable me to create more, because that’s when I’m truly happy.  And the more I create, the more inspiration can flow through me and out to others.  It allows me to feel like I am using my gifts in the way in which they were intended to be used…giving joy, inspiration, and illumination to others.

Thank you for visiting.  I enjoy hearing from you, so feel free to leave a comment.   Until next time, may happy days abound.

Marianne

The above paintings  listed in order of appearance:

Into The Light, Patience II, With the Within, Love’s Strength, The Magic Mirror


The Fairy Cards

Hello dear friends,

We  had a very pleasant Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you did, too.

I have been getting so many requests for the Knittington Fairy cards, that I decided to set up a page which will allow our visitors to order directly from me for the time being.  Click on the “Contact Me” link for more information.

Elenora,  is sending her Merry Christmas wishes, and she is now added to our Knittington Fairy page.  Her friend, Penelope will be following soon to bring Happy New Year wishes to one and all.

Thank  you for dropping by, and until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

UPDATE:  PAYPAL IS NOW SET UP.  PLEASE STOP BY THE KNITTINGTON FAIRIES SHOP & GALLERY.

About the Knittington Fairies

Hello Friends,

I wanted to briefly share with you the beginnings of  the Knittington Fairies.  One evening in 2007 I had just finished making a card for someone, when suddenly I imagined a whimsical face with quirky hair frantically knitting a “Merry Christmas” message (it was close to Christmas).  As I began to sketch she took on a life of her own with fairy wings, a flowing dress and a star in her hair.  The next day I made a Thanksgiving fairy.

Before I knew it I had a fairy for every month of the year, and the Knittington Fairies were born.  It was as if each one whispered their name, and their personalities seemed to pop off the pages.

I will be adding more pictures as the blog develops, so keep checking back.  And I’ll keep you up to date on any new paintings, stories, or drawings that will be added to the neighborhood on Leisure Lane.

Until next time, may happy days abound.

Marianne

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