let the Light guide your way…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz hold every memorywords from this special song along with a digital image of one of my photographs of bare winter trees layered with a photo of some of my artwork were the inspiration for these journal pages (see the lady above) …

Magpie's Nest gesso and paint with palette knife

lots of layers of gesso and paint applied with a plastic palette knife (the girl below is from a gift catalog)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz let the Light guide your way

  this is my first time joining Paint Party Friday and I am also linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge (my other entries at AJJ are #30, 42, 61, 85)…

Utah “Life Elevated”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Colorado

our son moved to Colorado a few years ago and we have been lucky enough to get to fly out and spend Thanksgiving with him each year…

 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Canyonlands Nat'l Park Utah

it is always exciting to visit new places but I must admit I was not totally prepared for the majesty and splendor waiting for us on this trip…

Magpie's Nest Colin S Island in the Sky Canyonlands

we chose to explore Moab, Utah

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Island in the Sky sunset Canyonlands Utah

sunset at Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park was so beautiful it made me cry…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches and the traveling tea cup

Colin gave his father a break from driving and drove us all over Colorado and Utah showing us some of his favorite places…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches

he had hiked and camped in this area several times before…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Delicate Arch Traveling T Cup

 you can see Mr Magpie and Colin holding our traveling tea cup in the photo above…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling Tea Cup Arches National Park

as you can imagine we went wild snapping photos with so much beauty all around us...

Magpie's Nest Red Cliffs Lodge on the Colorado River

the drive out to Red Cliffs Lodge for a delicious Thanksgiving buffet offered breathtaking views along the mighty Colorado River…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Snow in Arches Nat'l Park Moab

on our last day in Moab we woke up to freshly fallen snow which charmed and excited us anew…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Arches Blue Sky Snow

as we headed back to Colorado our son took us on a bit of detour through the Colorado National Monument with even more snow and awe inspiring beauty…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Colorado National Monument Park

I have a Flickr folder with a few more photos HERE …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Hartman Rocks Gunnison CO

thank you very much for stopping by as I join everyone over at Elizabeth’s T Stands for Tuesday

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and wish you a very happy first “official” Hot Tea Day too

Winter Dreams…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 1 time for something different…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 2

inspired by Diana Trout’s video here

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 3

I could not resist the chance to play and go a little wild…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams 5

letting go and making marks without censoring…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Sunday rainbow

as I was working away in my upstairs art room I spied a beautiful rainbow just outside the window…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams right

back to my art journal… I doodled the words “Winter Dreams”…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams left

and using my Judikins “Klimt Sisters” (2677H) rubber stamp I stamped twice onto plain paper using two different sized round paper punches making circles to add to my pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Dreams

lots of layers and doodling went into my crazy dream pages that I am linking to Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck

like the moon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Journal Pages

two more pages in one of my gesso journals inspired by the Artchix girl…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Art chix image

paper punched trees with layers of gesso and pencil and the winter moon…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Winter Moon

joining with Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Like the Moon

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” -Yoko Ono

one kind word…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pagesa photo we took of Sunlight Mountain near Glenwood Springs, Colorado several years ago was the inspiration for one of my journal pages…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (1)hoarfrost had turned the mountainside into a winter wonderland (the owl is a free internet image … how I wish we’d seen that too)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind word pages (3)the 1900’s image of a girl all dressed up with her warm fur muff along with a Japanese Proverb spoke to me (the photo above was taken inside and you can see what a difference good lighting makes comparing it to the photo below taken “quickly” outdoors in natural light)…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz one kind wordI fiddled with bits of torn tissue paper that I had stenciled with venetian plaster to add some final winter white touches…

Magpies Nest Patty Szymkowicz iphoneography collagesitting under a warm blanket I played with my iPhone using assorted apps and the girl from my collaged page (Diana, DistressedFX, PixlrExpress and Gloomlogue apps)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Digital SnowflakeI am entering both my art journal pages and my digital collage in Art Journal Journey’s Winter Wonderland challenge…

The Red Willow People of Taos Pueblo …

Magpie's Nest Taos collageback in November as we left Santa Fe heading north to meet our son in Colorado (about 260 miles away) we stopped at the historic Taos Pueblo which is about three miles outside the town of Taos…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Taos NMup until then it was something we had only seen in books…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos Pueblothe multi-storied adobe buildings in this Native American community have been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos Pueblo NMbuilt of mud and straw with no running water or electricity much like they have always been…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Puebo with mtnsdoors and windows were 20th century additions…

Magpie's Nest Red Willow's Drumsapproximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Chile Ristrasmost members occupy their Pueblo houses for ceremonies and live in conventional homes outside the village walls…

Magpie's Nest St Jerome patron saint of Taos PuebloCatholicism is practiced by about 90% of Pueblo Indians harmoniously combined with the ancient Indian religious rites…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Taos deer door

Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Historic Landmark…

Magpie's Nest adobe ovenwe bought some fruit filled bread that had been baked in an adobe built outdoor oven (we ate it on our way to Moab the next day and it was delicious!)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz ladder to the second storywe would like to return again some day…

Magpie's Nest Elevation Coffee stopbut it was time to refuel and head north to Colorado…

Magpie's Nest Taos NM Elevation CoffeeI am joining everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday

rest from the wheel of the mind…

for me the winter months hold cause for celebration but also the anniversaries of loved ones lost…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progressbringing a range of emotions along with the chance to notice how far I have come in the healing process which is ongoing…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (3)working in my new larger journal again with paint and magazine transfers…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (1)the heart is a photograph of a metal hanging heart that holds a tea light…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kind pages in progress (2)I printed out two sets of wings and layered them snipping the feathers on the top layer gluing just the heart onto the page so the wings are free…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gentle and Kindjoining in with two of my favorite challenge blogs:  Mix it Monthly/What Wings Are For and Art Journal Journey/Winter Wonderland

FB the idealist a broken heart awaya really special way to help pass these winter days is taking an online workshop with a brilliant artist… the talented and very generous Misty Mawn… there is an early sign up rate this week and you can find out all about it HERE

2015 in Review by WordPress

WordPress number crunchers have provided a review again this year and I want to thank everyone that stops by and those of you that make the time to leave a comment I appreciate EXTRA much … the top five always kind and generous commenters were Valerie Elizabeth Christie Jeanie and Jo Murray oxoxo

WP Reviewyour continued support of me and my creative journey mean so much as I use my blog as a visual journal to record some of my creative doings…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz starbright happy new yearhere is the link for the full report…

Why so serious…Happy New Year!

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progressmore fun with Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Journaling challenge (this really is my last entry for this month and year …Valerie and Susi inspired me to do one more and I thank them VERY much)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (1)trying to loosen up with sketching but as you can see my lady has some relaxing to do…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (3)

in her defense she is trying to balance that cup and saucer on her head (those cats eye inks had all but disintegrated so I got busy trying to use what little color was left in them)…

Magpie's Nest T Cup Lady in progress (2)Shakti Parwha Kaur’s tips for living printed on the computer in my favorite font called My Underwood was my final inspiration…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Why So Serious art journal page

wishing everyone a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year ~♥~ may your days be filled with creativity kindness and Love

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Happy New Year 2016“And now we welcome the new year.  Full of things that have never been.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

order in chaos…

the turning of the wheel of time throws me off a bit around the holidays when emotions and memories seem even more intense than a regular day which is the perfect time to escape to my art cave and play play play…

Magpie's Nest Chaos background

I folded this classic image around the edge of my new large art journal page gluing scraps of paper for the collage background…

Magpie's Nest Gesso wash

a light wash of gesso adding heavy textured gesso for her hair making ridges with a plastic palette knife…

Magpie's Nest paints for chaos journal pagethe piece for her dress was from a scrap of vintage paper stenciled with thick gesso and glued in place

Magpie's Nest Pink Stencil Dressthe words came about by writing quickly on a piece of scrap paper and then deciding to cut and paste each word as I often do with computer generated text…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz order in chaos(the bit circled on the lower left was revealed when my pages stuck together overnight peeling away a top layer)…

this really is my last entry for Art Journal Journey’s Collage/Journaling challenge since the end of the month is upon us…

finding my way…

my art journal page began with the beautiful free image of the girl with antlers which is a gift when you sign up for Jeanne Oliver’s blog…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Deer Me supplies

I added the fleur de lis brad and rub on stars as extra decorations along with some other ingredients…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Jeanne Oliver image Finding my Way

one last page along with my other Collage/Journaling entries (#111, 157, 165 & 183) for Art Journal Journey

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Collage Sampler

you are the sky…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Gesso Journal filling fastcollage and quotes and paper and gesso and paint…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Everything Elseare just a few of my favorite things…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Just the Weather

postage stamps speak to me too…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz you are the sky journal pages

two more pages for the Art Journal Journey Collage/Journaling challenge this month (my other entries are #111, 157, 165)…

2015 T Tuesday Review…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Seasonson the last Tuesday of the year…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz collage

for several years now I have done a photo review for T Stands for Tuesday letting my photos do most of the talking…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Teapots and Art Journal Pages

many thanks to each of you for another fun year of sharing all around the globe…Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Travels near and far

and extra thanks to our host Elizabeth and her sidekicks Bleubeard and Squiggles for bringing everyone together each week…

Magpie's Nest Mosaics

may the New Year hold all that you hope for and more … 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Teapot Pixlr Artwith Brightest of Blessings to all oxo

Traveling T Cup almost out to sea Ocracoke

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorothea Lange