Artists of Sonoma

a blog about turning scraps into fine arts and crafts, by Irene Rowley:
  • Fishing for the Soul
    Posted by Irene Rowley on June 20, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I can fish.I fish in happiness. I never catch any. But I love the lake shore and nature, Off To The Fishing Ground There’s a piping wind from a sunrise shore Blowing over a silver sea, There’s a joyous voice … Continue reading […]

  • The Great Afterlife for Artists
    Posted by Irene Rowley on June 7, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Today I will share my vision of what a great heaven would be like for an artist.  You see, ever since childhood, I have all these ideas about heaven. Sometimes, my friends hear me talking about what heaven will be … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • On Painting Love and Death
    Posted by Irene Rowley on January 16, 2019 at 3:17 am

    My cat Giovanni died in my arms, one morning last fall, just as the sun was just rising and the first rays coming in through the window on us. He had been suffering kidney and heart failure and lost most … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Trees of Childhood and Long Ago
    Posted by Irene Rowley on September 25, 2018 at 2:36 am

    It’s easier to paint a tree, than to grow a tree, I think now. As I grow older and impatiently wait for the maple I planted three years ago to grow more.  My paintings of trees hold the memories of trees of … Continue […]

  • What I am really thinking… Lewy Body Disease
    Posted by Irene Rowley on August 25, 2018 at 5:57 am

    I know you are (each) looking at me as a blogger to say Pithy and interesting things, but let me tell you how I am really thinking tonight!  If this is offensive or strange to you, to hear real deep thoughts, … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A Viking Dream
    Posted by Irene Rowley on July 6, 2018 at 2:19 am

    We found out this year through the Ancestry DNA test that we have 10 to 15 percent Scandinavian blood in my paternal family; meaning I descend in part from Old Norsemen and Vikings! Ever since, I have been thinking […]

  • It’s Small, But It’s Mine
    Posted by Irene Rowley on June 28, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Here are some more of my poem fragments that I had scribbled in a notebook this year, and recently turned up again. It’s small. It’s old. It’s crazy. But it’s Mine. My mom is sick Must I see this with all … […]

  • An Artist’s Action Items … Rebuilding
    Posted by Irene Rowley on December 13, 2017 at 2:13 am

    The Artist’s Action Items after a WILD fire: Clean. Rebuild. Recuperate. Thank God that Makers Make and Makers do not rest… Beginning with Mother Nature Who kindly brings naught but fresh rain and green grass. Last week I […]

  • Sonoma Fires Part 2: Trees on Fire!
    Posted by Irene Rowley on November 30, 2017 at 3:00 am

    The Santa Rosa fires were of epic proportion. Here is a current page from my creative journal. I titled this drawing, My Memory of Trees on Fire! It is a sketch of trees that I see along the 101 Freeway after the … Continue reading […]

  • Sonoma Fires
    Posted by Irene Rowley on October 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    The fires around Sonoma County are frightening. The Ledson Winery,  the one I wrote about in The Art of Getting Lost in Sonoma, is standing dramatically against a backdrop of flames in the Oakmont Fire!  My mom’s […]

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