Thursday, March 31, 2011

Busy in a Good Way ~

It has been so long since I've visited my blog.  I've been very busy for the last few months...busy in a good way.  Although, I do admit, my blog has left me a bit frustrated, as my typepad friends have such a hard time leaving comments.  I've tried to "fix" the problem, I've checked my settings and so on....but so far, I can't seem to get to the bottom of the problem.  So...for all of my typepad friends, I truly appreciate the effort you've put into leaving comments.  I know it takes a long time.

Now...on to all the goodness ~ 

My friend and artist, Rochelle Rosenkild,  has started a project called "Dragons for Nathan".  Nathan Lev is a 7 year old boy that adores dragons...all things dragony.  He loves to draw them as well as collect dragon art.  He is also a very sick little boy.  Nathan has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Through "Dragons for Nathan", it is our hope that we can collect oodles of small format dragon art to be delivered to Nathan within the next month or so.  We are inviting any artist that would like to participate, to create a small format piece of dragon art.  Some artists have chosen to do ACEO size (2.5" x 3.5"), and some artists are doing pieces a bit bigger.  We even have a kind gentleman that decided to create his dragon art in the form of a poem.

If you are interested in participating in "Dragons for Nathan", please feel free to contact me, Kimberly Wlassak, at  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to read more about Nathan...

Here is my dragony piece for Nathan.  It was a collaboration between my husband, my daughter and myself.  My husband designed the dragon, my daughter did the modeling for the image of the dragon slayer, and I colored the dragon and did all the collage elements...

"Nathan's Dragon"

For those of you who would like to contribute to "Dragons for Nathan", but may not want to create a piece of dragon art, "Nathan's Dragon" can be purchased in print form at Gerushia's New World.  50% of all sales will be donated to Nathan and his family to help them through this very difficult time.

This project is a labor of love, and Rochelle has put her heart and soul into creating and running it.  We can't cure cancer, we can't make it go away, but in this small and dragony way, we may be able to bring a smile to Nathan while he's going through treatment.

Along with my work for "Dragons for Nathan", I have been busy with all sorts of upcoming art projects. Several months ago, I was invited to participate in The 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts.  Purely by coincidence, I have been fascinated with Welsh mythology and legend since I was a young girl, so participating in this Welsh Festival of Arts is quite an honor for me.  I will have work in the Mythology and Legend art show, as well as a piece published in "A Welsh Alphabet" by Lorin Morgan-Richards.  I am over the moon excited about the festival as a whole.  I am happy that I still have many months to work on my piece...the festival isn't until September 23 - 25.

Being a part of the festival also forced me to finally write my "artist's bio" and have a decent photo snapped.  I do not like having my picture taken, and this was a difficult task to get through.  Thank goodness that my daughter is a fabulous photographer AND a patient person too!!

My Bio Photo

Looks like I have a busy September.  The first Friday in September is the opening reception for the show "Connected Spaces".  There is still a humongous amount of work to be done between now and then, but I have to keep things in perspective, or I will find myself overwhelmed!  The show will highlight my work, as well as 3 other artists, and it will take place at The Riverside Arts Project.

I have a few other bits and pieces of news, but that can wait for another time.

In between arty projects, I have found myself craving time in my garden.  I planted Sweet Pea seeds a few days ago and am waiting anxiously to see my little sprouts pop through the soil.  While waiting for this years garden bounty, I am enjoying bouquets of my current blooms ~

I adore a sunny bouquet of Nasturtiums ~

Ohhh, and yesterday evening, I heard the first Oriole of the season.  He was chittering and flitting all around my garden~

This photo is actually from a couple of seasons ago, but this is just what my Oriole looked like last night.  The males are such a bright, beautiful orangey color.  The females are more of a drab yellow, but beautiful as well.  The pair that are now here, will stay here at my feeders, throughout the entire season.  By mid to late summer, they will introduce a youngster or two.  Nature is amazing, isn't it?

Recently, I've re-discovered the joy of keeping an art journal ~

Keeping an art and poetry journal was something that I did all through high school and into my 20s.  But, life changes and moves onward...marriage and kids and all of that kind of goodness.  Journals can sometimes get put away for a time, but not forever.  Now, I'm journaling again ~

"In the Beginning"


So fun to just open a page and draw whatever comes to mind at that moment.  No planning, really, no thinking ahead, just doodling!

Ohhh...and my daughter and I have been eating so healthy since the New Year.  I am ever so thankful that she is a fabulous cook.  Have a look at these delicious low-calorie Margherita Pizzas ~

The pizza crust is whole wheat, low calorie pita bread.  The sauce is a simple homemade tomato sauce.  My daughter created the recipe and we have been feasting on these pizzas once a week!

I know this blog post is so scattered.  Jumping from art shows to journaling and to pizza feasts!  I had so much to tell you, because we haven't talked in so long!

I won't say that I'll be back again soon, because it seems that every time I do say that, I'm gone for months.  I'll just say..."thank you".  Thank you for stopping by and reading about my world.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

P.S.  If you have any questions about the "Dragons for Nathan" project, please do not hesitate to email me.


Diane Duda said...

i love "all over the place" blog posts! sounds like you've got a lot going on, kim. i'm going to try my hand at dragon-sketching this weekend and see if i can come up with something. i'll let you know. :)
Happy Pizza Feasting!

Marie said...

So much to read here this morning Kim and all lovely!! So good to see a post from you and to catch up on all your doings. I love that picture of you. You are such a beautiful lady. Love the journal and the thought of dragon sketching. I should see if I can do one too. I have been so pre-occupied with stamps lately that I haven't had the chance to do a lot of other stuff! I send love and hugs and happy springtime wishes! xxoo

jdavissquared said...

So good to hear from you! Glad all is welll with you. What a great project for Nathan! I'm certain it will bring many smiles to his face. My husband is a survivor of that same form of Leukemia. {he had it as an adult} I know the treatment is far from fun. Thanks for taking the time to help brighten Nathan's day!

Kathy said...

Boy, when you catch catch I am always happy to read your blog posts...and so happy to chat so much on Facebook. Great post for sweet Nathan....bless him!

connie said...

love the piece created for nathan! what a great project and great post!

shell-rose creations said...

Update on Dragons for Nathan Project:

I guess we now have all of the artwork that was being sent in, so I'll be getting together with my awesome friend / helper, Kim, who has also gathered artwork and made some as well. We'll take photos to show all of the generous donations of dragon-art! From there, I will plan a date on when I can deliver it to Nathan. Thank you to all who are a part of this!

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