Category Archives: Music

teach…

an all time favorite Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ¬†inspired this two page spread for Elizabeth’s BACK TO SCHOOL theme over at Art Journal Journey…magpies-nest-teach-inspiration

I challenged myself to use colors I don’t often use and found a napkin along with some of my mother’s old paints that helped move me in that direction…

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not totally comfortable with my color matching my favorite heavy gesso came to the rescue once again…magpiess-nest-distracted-by-dried-paintthen I got distracted for a bit by my paint tray noticing a small corner of paint sticking up… sure enough the layers of paint peeled out easily and yes I did save those bits for what I am not exactly sure ūüôā …magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-rainy-day-fun

then it was back to trying to make my pages work on a lovely rainy day here in Virginia…

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it was fiddly fun cutting and pasting thin pieces of napkin to carry the design from one page to another (that napkin was too good to cover up completely)…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-right-page

it took me awhile to get some matching turquoise and greenish yellow for my painted pages…

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some Adirondack BOTTLE stamping ink applied with a wet wipe worked for one part since a lot of my Tim Holtz DISTRESS STAINS seem to have lost their color over time…magpies-nest-patty-szymkowicz-teach-art-journal-pages

a little more doodling with my gold paint pen and my pages are complete (tricky to photograph on a rainy day)…

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well,
Their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
Songwriters: Graham Nash
Teach Your Children lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group

bleu… blue… blau… azul… blu… blauw…

inspiration for these art journal pages began with an ArtChix Studio 2002 BLUE Image sheet… I am always drawn to cyanotype images…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blue right pagethe small squares are from a resized photo of an inchie collage I made a few years ago…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Blue left pagemy blue Stabilo pencil came in handy for shading along with a bit of musical tape so I am joining with¬†Art Journal Journey‚Äôs February challenge ‚ÄúIf Music Be the Food of Love‚Äú…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz BLUE Art Journal Pages“I met a girl who sang the blues, And I asked her for some happy news, But she just smiled and turned away” -Don McLean

and another shiny thing…

still inspired by PaperArtsy’s 2015 Topic 2: Shiny Things challenge (you know what they say about Magpies and shiny things!) I thought I would share a piece I created for an upcoming swap in our local Mixed Media Collaborative group…

***Spoiler Alert for art friends participating in the swap***

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin

the initial inspiration for our exhange came from my collection¬†of empty candy tins (ahemif you’ve tried them you of course understand how they could become a collection)…you know how it is when a container is just too good to throw away…the see thru window in these makes them handy for storing beads and baubles and more…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (1)

the group of talented artists that I am lucky enough to hang out with each month immediately came up with the idea of altering the tins and swapping them randomly one for one at our February gathering… we decided on the theme of “Love”…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (3)

with ideas swirling in my head I came across a scrap of my¬†wool needle felting to tuck inside the tin… some sari ribbon for a hanger and a lady stamped on a brass charm that has been around for years just waiting for attention (she was one of four ladies representing the seasons and I cannot put my hands on them at the moment..I got so excited that I forgot to snap a photo of her before she was stitched inside the tin)…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (2)

when I spied some turquoise netting I knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow so I stitched a piece and ruffled it…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (4)

going with the teal and gold theme I painted a piece of lace to add as a deco…

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (5)instead of using the layered gesso and paint tin that I started in the second photo I shared with you I decided to sand another tin and cut out the plastic window adding pieces of my favorite gold gauzy paper¬†with matte gel medium coloring it with a wash of Waterfall Green Pearlescent acrylic ink…

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I had to search for where the inspiring words I had jotted down for my altered tin originated…

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 turns out they are  from a beautiful Elton John song

Magpie's Nest Shiny Tin (8)

“The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true
Until you give your love
There’s nothing more that we can do
Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen
You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you
Love is the key we must turn
Truth is the flame we must burn
Freedom the lesson we must learn
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen
Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen…”
Elton John, Love Song, Tumbleweed Connection Album

all through the night…

the end of the year always fills me with mixed emotions…

Patty Szymkowicz bits of fa la laa

happy to let go of some things…

Patty Szymkowicz Peace

grateful for so many blessings and looking forward to new adventures…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (2)

but also realizing that time will take me further and further away from precious memories and sounds of the voices of loved ones that are no longer here with us…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (4)

time is a great teacher proving to us that life goes on…

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holding on to hope like a bright shining star…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (1)

sharing my collage pages with the Art Journal Journey challenge¬†¬†(I am #198, 131, 98 and 81 in this month’s challenge participants¬†… ¬†special thanks to Johanna for her generous gift of some beautiful Edelweiss postage stamps whose symbolism worked so well here to highlight my page)…

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark (6)

~‚ô•~ wishing you a Very Happy … Healthy and Creative New Year oxo ~‚ô•~

Patty Szymkowicz Dancing in the dark

“Love, to thee my thoughts are turning, All through the night. ¬†All for thee my heart is yearning, All through the night. ¬†Though sad fate our lives may sever, Parting will not last forever, There’s a hope that leaves me never, All through the night. ” ¬†– Ar hyd y nos, Welsh Folk Song, third verse

“Half of my Heart”

Magpie's Nest John Mayer collage

singer and songwriter John Mayer is a favorite artist of mine and I am lucky to have seen him live in concert several times¬†over the years…

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his song “Half of my Heart” from his Battle Studies album inspired some journal pages in one of my larger (7.5 x 10″) art journals…

Magpie's Nest Half of My Heart (1)

lots and lots of layers using tissue paper… the inside of a pink security envelope with the window… scrap papers… stencils… paint… gesso… Behr Venetian Plaster and more…

Magpie's Nest Half of My Heart (2)

the Tin Can Inkadinkadoo dreamy face rubber stamp from long ago and a favorite burst of mine using a bit of golden flimmerstern¬†with¬†some bits of German scrap…

Magpie's Nest Half of My Heart

my newest Stencil Girl burst stencil from our wonderful local Goldenshill Papercrafts¬†helped add the finishing touches to my pages which I am entering for the first time in the Moo Mania & More challenge of “Music is in the air¬†…

~‚ô•~

music has been an inspiration to me since as long as I can remember

“I was born in the arms of imaginary friends
Free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I’ve been

Then you come on crashing in
Like the realest thing
Trying my best to understand
All that your love can bring

Oh, half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart’s got a right mind
To tell you that I can’t keep lovin’ you, can’t keep lovin’ you
Oh, with half of my heart

I was made to believe I’d never love somebody else
Made a plan, stay the man who can only love himself

Lonely was the song I sang
‘Til the day you came
Showing me another way
And all that my love can bring

Oh, half of my heart’s got a grip on the situation
Half of my heart takes time
Half of my heart’s got a right mind
To tell you that I can’t keep lovin’ you, can’t keep lovin’ you
Oh, with half of my heart, with half of my heart

Your faith is strong, but I can only fall short for so long
Down the road, later on
You will hate that I never gave more to you
Than half of my heart

But I can’t stop lovin’ you, I can’t stop lovin’ you
I can’t stop lovin’ you, I can’t stop lovin’ you,
I can’t stop lovin’ you with half of my
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart

Half of my heart’s got a real good imagination
Half of my heart’s got you
Half of my heart’s got a right mind to tell you
That half of my heart won’t do

Half of my heart is a shot gun wedding
To a bride with a paper ring
And half of my heart is the part of a man
Who’s never truly loved anything

Half of my heart, oh half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart
Half of my heart, oh half of my heart”

Art Journal Journey “Flower Power” July Challenge

AJJ’s theme this month is “Flower Power” which is right up my alley as flowers are one of my favorite things…

Flowers in your hair (2)

my paint scraped pages have been sitting waiting for sometime now with some wild mod style tissue flowers and the couple that I cut out of the newspaper who need to change their clothes (he needs to lose that suit and tie *ggg*)…

Flowers in your hair (1)

finally I knew where to go to finish the pages adding some white gesso and oil pastels along with a few cut out flowers and shading with my Stabilo pencil…

Flowers in your hair

here is an oldie but goodie

it took me until early 2000 to finally get to visit San Francisco for the first time…a place I really enjoy and there are lots of beautiful flowers there!

where the Light is…

turns out this is not the first time that John Mayer’s “Gravity” lyrics have inspired some of my art journal pages…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is

I have liked capitalizing the “L” in Love and in Light all rules aside for some time now…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (1)

here are some of the ingredients that I used to create my pages (the Heidi Swapp Color SHINE sprays are wonderful with their metallic shimmer!!!)…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (2)my Tim Holtz star stencil came in handy…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (3)along with some great pencils and pens…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (4)cigar box papers…an image from a gift catalog with a piece of golden paper doily halo and some gouache touches too…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (5)

I like that the lines in my spiral notebook show through a bit as I worked on the bare pages not using gesso first as I sometimes do…

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (6)joining with Art Journal Journey (AJJ) this month for their SILENCE/STILLE theme

John Mayer inspired where the Light is (7)thank you again dear Estivalia for helping make my photos clickable = you ROCK!!!

and special thanks to Misty Mawn for offering another online class which I just signed up for (she is SO generous…talented and amazing!!!) …

this quote is one she shared and I could not help but enjoy how it clicked with my LIGHT word of the year…

‚Äú‚Ķas we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.‚ÄĚ ~Marianne Williamson

Charm City Tea…

we had another reason to be away from home over a long weekend…

Baltimore City collage

traveling to nearby Baltimore, Maryland (also known as ¬†Charm City) to spend a couple of nights at one of our favorite hotels¬†which happened to be around the corner from the Baltimore Arena where a favorite artist of ours was performing on Saturday night…

John Mayer Baltimore Arena

we got to see John Mayer perform in August (twice in one year…be still my ‚ô•)¬†…

JOY snowit felt like Christmas came early (or I was still celebrating my birthday!) getting to see him on his Winter tour too…

Phillip Phillips with John Mayer

Phillip Phillips opened the show with his band and was really great getting the crowd on their feet and warmed up…

John Mayer 14 December 2013

thirty-six year old¬†John Mayer is a generous and extremely talented artist secure enough to take time to give other musicians a chance to showcase their talents saying that he has been more than lucky and blessed with opportunities in his career…

John Mayer Credits

at the end of his shows he shares credits¬†acknowledging¬†everyone that helps make the magic happen (Mr Magpie was ready with the camera this time and snapped these photos)…

John Mayer Credits 2John Mayer also took time to thank the audience more than once for sticking with him over the years and making it possible for him to do what he loves…

John Mayer Credits 3

YES I confess I am a BIG fan ‚ô• and it was a really fabulous time…

Hotel Monaco Staircase Traveling T Cup

we did take the Traveling Tea Cup along for the weekend posing it on the marble staircase of our hotel which used to be the Beaux Arts style B&O headquarters building¬†(I added a circle around the teacup in the photo on the right otherwise you’d never know it was there lost in the grandeur)…

Hotel Monaco marble staircase sign

I had a chance to enjoy some tea at the hotel’s B&O Restaurant¬†made with loose Earl Grey Tea served piping hot in a teapot ‚ô• along with a delicious scone (the restaurant makes their own strawberry jam and fresh croissants too=YUM!)…

B&O Sunday T

needless to say all of our running has not left me very much time to focus on Christmas preparations…

Rawlings Conservatory Baltimore MD

it has been fun running away from it all and I am not stressing too much¬†about what is not getting done…

Inner Harbor & Christmas Market

I am joining in with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today

Faa la laa Patty & Jimmy

‚ô• Thank you very much for your visit ‚ô•

Journal Journeys Challenge 11

this month Dawn has given a recipe as a prompt for her art journal challenge which consists of:

“Photograph (digi image, of a person/s), ¬†Stamps, Design Papers & Glossy Accents”
my inspiration came from the Olympics
don’t you miss it …
Great Britain really outdid themselves by putting on a spectacular event from beginning to end …
although I am not sure how long I could¬† have kept up that TV watching pace…
I took a line from Eric Idle’s very British “Always look on the bright side of life”¬† from the closing ceremonies…
using the supplies above which include torn pieces of scrapbook paper from Paper Pizazz called Green Map on the tops of my pages…
the bird was handy on my work table which made for a spontaneous addition since I really did not have firm plans for the pages…
the lady is from my personal vintage postcard collection and I got to use some of the dotted paper strips Mr Magpie brings home for me…
 
I would have called my pages finished but still needed to use the glossy accent part of Dawn’s recipe …
so I used Diamond Glaze
over the words since that is what I had on hand…
(it is a similar product and missing from my supplies photo above as is my white gesso that was also used on my pages)
there is still time to play along in Dawn’s August challenge
the more the merrier
*some of the other pages in my journal can be seen here*
 

“heart” story tea…

last Tuesday was moving day for our youngest son…

he is now back in his favorite college town where the pace is a bit slower than here in the DC Metropolitan area and hopefully a job will be a little easier to find…

seeing him drive off with all of his belongings stuffed into his car was bittersweet while knowing that it was time for him to move forward…

about an hour after I was rattling around here in the empty nest (mind you we are each enjoying our new freedom) the postman knocked on the door and delivered a package…

the always thoughtful and sweet Sue of My Arts Desire (who I REALLY miss in blogland) totally surprised me with special {heart} gifts and I wanted to share the beautiful story and gifts with you today…

I sat down with my cup of tea and the camera to see what Sue was up to…

her notecard was written on “Jan. 13, 2012”

here is a recap of some of what Sue wrote:

while she was rummaging through a box of goodies she had stuffed away she came across something she’d purchased earlier in the summer to send to me…

she wrapped the framed piece (reveal to follow) in a piece of wonderful hand stitched quilt top and tied it with some pretty hand dyed ribbon and promptly got distracted by her day…

you know how it is…

you pass by the kitchen sink and decide to take care of the dishes…

then the dog needs some outdoor time and so on…

¬†in the middle of that Sue felt the urge out of nowhere to visit my blog …

she hasn’t posted on her blog since last summer so this was quite significant too…

it happened to be the day of my “13” post remembering our Alex

Sue has a heart of gold and said how moved she was by the Tracy Chapman song and what I had shared in my blogpost…

she figured out that the swan she picked up at a great bargain (25% off the lowest price…that’s why she left the sticker on) was about 200 days before…

so what were the chances that on this day …

well you know

we both believe there really are no coincidences in this life …

to quote Sue just a bit here: “…In my world and way of thinking it happened for a reason.¬† I would like to believe it was a message sent straight from heaven to you, from your precious boy, Alex, saying “I miss and love you too…”

WOW…

Yes and thank you both for touching my heart and Mr Magpie’s SO sweetly!!!

wishing one and all a really special T Tuesday…

be sure and visit Kimmie for not necessarily just tea



… 13 …

thirteen years now since our precious Alex left this world …

he was born on the 13th of February 1982 …

he crossed over on the 13th of January 1999

exactly one month away from his seventeenth birthday…

which is now his spirit birthday as we have heard it called…

13 years gone …

more than 4,745 days without our boy here to hug…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvC77iWO648

I watched Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman last year and parts of this dialogue helped put words to some of what I feel these many years down the road…

Becca: Does it ever go away?
Nat: No, I don’t think it does. Not for me, it hasn’t – has gone on for eleven years. But it changes though.
Becca: How?
Nat: I don’t know… the weight of it, I guess. At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and… carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you… you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and – there it is. Oh right, that. Which could be awful – not all the time. It’s kinda…
[deep breath]
not that you’d like it exactly, but it’s what you’ve got instead of your son. So, you carry it around. And ….. it doesn’t go away.
Which is…
Becca: Which is what?
Nat: Fine, actually.
our Alex is with us everywhere we go and in everything we do…
forever young…XOXOXO

Elbows Down…Pinkies Up Tea

now for a little something different with greetings from our California travels…

still in Halloween mode…

welcome to the tea party (nothing political whatsoever!)…

please excuse any ads before the actual video…

here is the THE link just in case my embedded video link did not work…

I submitted this music for the Tea and Sympathy’s call for music to drink tea by …

hope you are having a Happy T Tuesday pinkies up or not…

I look forward to checking in with you all upon my return

Nice Light Tea

a cup of something soothing with the recent nip in the air…

the young girls black patent leather shoe that I planted and have had out in the garden for a few years is showing some wear…

which is normal with the passing of time…

now for something very exciting…

if you enjoy tea AND music you will want to pop over and visit 

Tea and Sympathy

“…an English Tea Shop in New York City” …

they recently put out a request for favorite “tea” tunes

I joined in and was honored to make their list with my Stevie Wonder song selection…

“Come Back as a Flower” reminds me of sipping tea out in the garden…

you will not want to miss the brilliant and varied selection of great tunes offered here

¬†Happy T Tuesday one and all…