Saturday, September 27, 2008

StoryPeople are up to good stuff... and free!!!

Cover of Strange Times by StoryPeople Digital.

I got this email a couple of days back, very humorous and my yes, these are peculiar times!!! So I read the email and buzzed right over to StoryPeople and picked up my free copy of this new eBook. And now I'm sharing it with you.
Dear Friends,

These are some peculiar times, aren't they? We like them a lot.

We can't help it. We love to get all dramatic and wound up & then let it go, so the studio is full of laughter, flying all over the place. (It's also good exercise, dodging the out of control giggles).

We wanted to share some of that but couldn't think how & then Brian got that look. 'Let's do an e-book!', he said & we oohed & then tried to get all business-like (it's something we work at regularly, with varying degrees of success :-)). 'What price should we make it?' someone said & he laughed & said, 'Why not free? Free's a good price.'

So, that's what we did. We can't wait for you to see it. Because we think it's more brave, witty & inspirational than we thought an e-book could be. Best of all, it's called Peculiar Times!

Drop into as soon as you can & be one of the first to get it!

The book is available there for you in PDF format (which almost every computer in the world can read). Just a couple of clicks and you're on your way...

with love,

The Crew at StoryPeople

Don't you love the crew?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Two new dolls (so far)

I love these wrapped dolls. You can wrap secret messages into the doll as you go, tie all kinds of shamanistic do-dads to them, and embellish, embellish, embellish.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Back from Montreal

I'm back from the conference in Montreal, which was a great success. One of the best things was a wonderful doll-making workshop given by Jhan Groom.
We got to play with a great technique of wrapping cloth around foam and pipe-cleaner. All softness and soothing, colors, fibers, embellishments and energy.
Here's the group of doll makers and the dolls, and here's mine going off to Israel to live. I need to find some foamy stuff around here to make a new one!

Jhan learned this technique from Joy A. MacLeod of Calgary who's a wonderful generous artist. Thank you Jhan and Joy!!

More soon!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Resilience eZine is ready...

I just finished the Art and Resilience eZine and now I'm getting ready for the Trauma conference in Montreal. I'll be doing a Resilience and Puppets workshop which should be a lot of fun. It will be a full day creating little puppets and a book for them to live inside. Everyone will have a little treasure of renewal and resilience at the end of the day.
So this is the cover of my eZine. Nice and Wabi Sabi looking, no? And you can find it at Lulu's AND there's a free excerpt you can download there, so take a look. (They have a yellow virtual dust jacket covering this lovely cover if you can imagine such a thing, but the zine itself will have this one.) Have fun with the art directives.

Support independent publishing: buy this e-book on Lulu.

OK, I better get my slides and supplies together! Maybe bring some of my Suzi puppets, eh?

Friday, September 12, 2008

e-Artella Magazine is out!

Just looking through e-Artella Magazine Issue #e-10 and it is lovely! You can get a pdf version or one that the pages turn and make that turning-paper sound. And both versions are jammed with creative, inspiring articles and tutorials and it's all ad-free! $4.95 and you get a coupon for $5.00 off any downloadable Artella product. How attractive can Marney make things? REALLY attractive. Get your copy now.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Have I mentioned how much I enjoy photoshop? Here's a little photocollage of medieval paintings altered and photoshopped for The Artist's Healing Journey. (I love medieval art, how passionate and self-taught so much of it was.) That has been a very challenging course and a lot of fun too. Actually I'm finding it's increasing my energy, thinking about life as a kind of Joseph Campbell type journey. (20 days until the next course begins.)

Also Patti Edmon tagged me, says she loves this blog and that I should look at the blog of the person who tagged her, and the one who tagged that person, and the next thing you know I'm caught up in a whole lovely web of fantastic inspiring blogs. In the middle of my wanderings I came across the 37 Days blog. I'm enjoying that blog something fierce. A really passionate, wake-you-up and make-you-think kind of blog. Listen to why she chose 37 Days and read about why we should stop doing insignificant work in the world. She says it all boils down to 6 ways of being in the world: love more, say yes, slow down, trust yourself, speak up, and be generous! Doesn't that make sense? Heck just bookmark that blog and go back often! Meanwhile I'm going to see if I can get my hands on a copy of her book.

Thank you SO MUCH Patti Edmon!!!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Dear Lani

A page from my art journal, practicing my SuziBlu girl.
I got this note in my in-box the other day, and once again it seemed like a universal problem/challenge/issue, so I thought why not blog the answer. Here's the note:
Dear Lani,
I read your blog a lot and it seems like you are always working on something. How do you do it? How do you keep those fires of creativity burning? I guess I'm going through a bit of a slump at the moment and although I believe with my whole being that I NEED to make art, I just can't seem to get motivated.

And here's my answer:

Dear In-a-slump,

Actually, I do know about the cycles that we tend to go through, with times of greater and lesser creativity, and I have some ideas and links for you. The first idea is from Sally Turlington. She says when ever she hits one of those dry spells, she pulls out an envelope and decorates it all up and sends someone some mail art. You can read about that and other ideas of Sally's in my Zine 6 which you can download here.

Because I personally feel that we are better off, physically and mentally, when we do a little art every day, I have a morning practice of art journaling. I used to write morning pages after reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron but then gradually shifted into more art and less words. There are a lot of websites out there devoted to art journaling but my favorite is Teesha Moore's website.

A third thing that I have observed is that I can get a lot of inspiration from reading artist's blogs and there's a blog out there, The Altered Page, that introduces you to a lot of artists by survey and pictures. One entry dealt with the question of how to "get into your creative groove" and there were 25 separate answers to that question from 25 separate artists. Great ideas!!! But the whole blog is worth pursuing!

And of course you could sign up for the Artist's Happiness Challenge which starts on the 15th of September, and work on a couple of challenges a week for 12 weeks. Taking a class always gets me in a very creative mood!

Take heart. We never know what amazing adventures are just around the next corner.


Saturday, September 06, 2008

Have you ever met a baby weasel?

Have you ever met a baby weasel? Well, meet Tim Finnigan! (My friend Sue Brown's dog Lucy brought this cutie home for Sue before it's eyes were open, and all the hair it had was a little ridge down the back. She hand fed it with goat colostrum and it's moving up the food chain now. Don't ask!)
He's got a great little condo / bachelor pad with fur lined baskets and ramps and rugs galore.
He has a toy mouse he likes to wrestle with.
And when it's nap time one of Sue's socks makes a lovely sleeping bag.

Time for bed. Good night all!