Wednesday, November 8, 2017

playing a bit of catch-up ... Happy November

When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. 
Marcus Aurelius

Feel free to download and print out this calendar 
for your personal use this month.
p.s. if you are having problems downloading 
or printing the calendar, 
just leave a comment & email and I will send you a PDF.

thank you and peace

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Happy October, or for some ... Inkober!!

So it is officially October,  and with a new month comes a few things ...
First, your 'just-for-instance' gift, a printable calendar for your personal enjoyment: 
(if you have issues with downloading the image, email me and I will send you a PDF)

Feel free to download and print out this calendar for your personal use this month.

Secondly,  a mini moth-in-review mash-up.  Somehow I missed doing a 'best-of' August so I have combined the best of August AND September from my Instagram

 I am always interested to see which and what images of mine make the 'best of'.  One of the reasons that I participated in the #100day challenge was to see which of my different art interests would be most prevalent.  As usual what I discovered during my #100daysofvirginiacreates is that I am drawn to many, many artistic endeavors.   Another plus of participating in the #100day challenge was that it made me conscious of creating each day.  At first I thought that I didn't need the 'challenge' as I am usually 'creating' something every day.  
However when I reached my 100 days and the pressure was off, that when I realized that I needed the 'challenge', not so much as a reminder to 'make something' but as permission to create every day!  The desire to make art and the ideas are with me ALL the time, but unless I have some kind of exterior demand, such as a gallery opening, a due date or even a casual challenge, I tend to let life outrank my art.  
(I believe this stems from my catholic upbringing, if I enjoy doing something just for myself, it must be WRONG?!?!? anyone else familiar with that thought process?!?) 

So with my new awareness of the importance of some exterior commitment, I am jumping on to the #inkober bandwagon.  

He also has set up some 'rules' and an official prompt list: 

 So let the fun begin.  
I will definitely posting my drawings on Instagram and FB and I hope to post them here as well.  

Please join me in this creative endeavor, as I so strongly believe in the benefits of creating 


Friday, August 4, 2017

more great art from Potato Hill Poetry's Creative writing program

Before the summer ends I want to share some of the awesome work created by the terrific kids at Potato Hill Poetry's summer writing program.  I had the pleasure of being the guest artist for two more sessions and it is ALWAYS such a treat!! 

Potato Hill Poetry's Andrew Green sets an inspiring environment in which these kids flourish.  By the time I arrive, these kids' creative juices are flowing, making my job just that much more fun.

One week the group was working on written pieces about an imaginary place so I decided to have them create a mixed media map or a travel poster about their place.  Once the map was finished, we folded it up, just like a map, and put it into a cover, ready for a backpack or glove compartment.

The following week I shared my love for the master of color, Henri Matisse.  The Boston Museum of Fine Art had just hosted a beautiful exhibit of Matisse's work and so I thought I would join in on the matisse buzz that was happening.  
I focused on Matisse's later works, his collages. I gave the kids some basic instructions and lots of colored paper and they created some brilliant pieces.  Also to end the session, each writer shared a short story or poem about their collage!! I was over the moon!!!
I am sad to say that the Potato Hill Poetry Writing program is done for this year.  It is truly one of my highlights of my summer!! It is such a treat to work with these creative kids. And an extra special bonus is that Mr Green is alway an eager participant in my art activities which is fun for me and the kids.
'the sisters from Hamilton

I guess all I can do now is to wait for next summer .... 
peace,  virginia

Monday, July 10, 2017

awesome accordion books from potato hill poetry's creative summer writers

For the past few summers I have had the joy of being the guest artist at Potato Hill Poetry's summer writing program and last week I lead my first activity. This summer I decided to try something new so we made accordion books and the end result was truly inspiring.

After we each made a basic accordion book, I gave very loose instructions about filling their newly created book. I pointed out the unique element that an accordion book offers which is the option to use each separate page or to use all the pages for a long or tall design and many campers did just that.

And as is common with most of my art lessons, I brought my endless supply of materials and supplies for the campers to use in their books!! 

And even though I appreciate that too many choices can be overwhelming, these kids weren't intimidated one bit and each created a lovely and unique book. It was a truly inspiring morning!

Please enjoy these treasures of creativity.  And I will be working with Potato Hill Poetry's Summer Writing Program a few more times this summer, so if you are interested make sure to check out the information at  


Friday, June 16, 2017

what I'm doing this summer ...

Note the awesome starbucks frappuccino including straw!!!
And the bright & colorful collage that matches her bracelets!!!
Note the top collage skyline with pavement made out of text!! 

The lower left shows the collaged book cover of the journal 

that they use during the week!!! And see how the collaged character 
is wearing the same shirt as the artist!!! 
How I LOVE summer camp!!! I mean what is not to love??? 
long warm days, with friends, arts and crafts?!?!? 
So I am SO happy to say that I have been invited to be a guest artist
 at Potato Hill Poetry's Creative Writing Program for the third year in a row!! (happy dance)
(the 2 above photos are from last summer ...)
click here to register
poet/teacher/writer, Andrew Green.
reception card book- in progress
made of art gallery announcements 

For the past sessions I have lead these wonderfully creative campers in collage, drawing and Zentangle and this year I am planning to make some books, one of my newer obsessions.

spread from reception card book - in progress
So if you are in the area Metrowest/Natick area and you have a little writer on your hands, definitely check out this program.  It is an inspiring way to spend some of those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
a camper's collage from 2 summers ago

Thursday, June 15, 2017

'There is no such thing as bad publicity' ...

I was totally shocked to see that the first lady wore 'black widow ...' 
a sculpture that I created in 2008, made out of vcr tape?!?!

No wait, someone photoshopped Melania into my sculpture?!?
this 'article' is on a satirical site called, Opposite Views.
To read about the real 'black widow ...' (aka the vcr tape dress) and the story behind her creation,
click here:
'cause this gal has quite a story!!

and tell me your thoughts?!?! is there no such thing as bad publicity???
I'd love to hear what YOU think. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

'dailydresses' go to the mall ....

top left: 'beach muse ...' ; top right: 'from the ground up...'
lower left: 'wedding dress...' ; lower right: 'on thin ice ...' 

Last week I did the finishing touches to my window display at Uni-T at the Natick Mall. I dropped off a number of photographs from my #dailydressseries.  Each photo is in a 8x10 mat, and can be shown as is or popped into a frame for yourself or as a gift.

These are smaller version of the #dailydresses that are accompanying 'torqued and tethered ...' in Uni-T's shop window.

Uni-T also has a good selection of notecards from my dailydress series, the ever growing collection of ephemeral dresses made during my everyday journey.  Click here to purchase these notecards from Uni-T's online shop and to see more more of my #dailydresses, as they are created, check out my instagram feed, virginiacreates.