I make most of my gifts. It would be easier to buy something, but I just dare myself to make something out of whatever is in my studio. Both of my nephews had Harry Potter Birthday Parties this year. I made them both gifts like the ones in this photo-a photograph I took at Glastonbury Abbey and edited to look "magical" like it was Hogwarts, a vintage glass bottle with white glass glitter in it, stopped with a cork sealed with white wax with a little note saying, "Phoenix Ashes", a large Peacock Feather dyed orange in a chiffon bag, and a little leather eye kind of patch thing that I made(on of the characters had something like it?). I didn't know what I was doing, I was just happy that they both liked their gifts.
Progress? I do many sketches at one time and then paint 2 or 3 paintings at a time. I wear moccasins all the time. This all makes sense to me!
Finally, I have been working on 2 new series of self-portait photographs-one series is about female creatures of myth and legend(for that series, I built a "beach" in my house-no big thing). The other is exploring different themes about what makes a women look like a "Lady"-see! I am talking to myself in my head again!
"Wearing Pearls" merle 2011
Passing on lots of Love and Light!