Artists of Sonoma

a blog about turning scraps into fine arts and crafts, by Irene Rowley:
  • 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 […]

  • Celebrating Octoberfest in Squaw Valley
    Posted by Irene Rowley on October 4, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Did you know there was a Octoberfest festival in Squaw Valley, California, with snow?  I did not know…  I went to the Sierras for the autumn colors, and because I loved the mountains. If you have been following me, […]

  • The Wind is Like Fire … a Poem
    Posted by Irene Rowley on October 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    The wind is like fire tapping treetops, rippling leaves and touching me now. I wish I could stay Forever floating in the valley, From mountain peak to waterfall, As quiet but strong as a canoe. My spirit went into the forest … Continue […]

  • Making Greeting Cards and Paper Art
    Posted by Irene Rowley on August 30, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I recently made a set of personal greeting cards and thought I’d share my top secrets on how to make them with my fans. In this case I made this set to entertain my mom while we sat in the … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Angry Hermit… a Poem
    Posted by Irene Rowley on August 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    All this time since a baby, I was TOLD I was clumsy. Now I see I was just pushed…pushed down, then pushed over the cliffs. I was TOLD I wanted TOO Much attention. Their Attention As if they OWNED all the Attention … […]

  • Dad Suggested Music ….
    Posted by Irene Rowley on July 18, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Is someone in your life sick or suffering? Or do you need peaceful background music, while you paint and think? The answers for me are Yes and Yes.  My Dad must have known that, because he suggested listening to music this […]

  • The Art of Getting Lost ~ in Sonoma
    Posted by Irene Rowley on June 15, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I love living in Sonoma County. Yesterday, I was just driving to Safeway to get my mom some groceries, and I made one wrong turn. One minute later, I was driving through wine country, looking for a place to turn my car around. […]

  • Travel Sketchbooks Explained
    Posted by Irene Rowley on May 26, 2017 at 3:02 am

    A travel sketchbook is one way of recording your journey in a very personal way. I like to keep travel journals and here is what it is like to draw in one: I took a travel sketchbook on my tour of … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • My Body is Like a Boat
    Posted by Irene Rowley on April 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Yesterday I moved my computer out of the kitchen, where I could not think with all the noise and the sizzling things on the stove,  and into a newly made home office. Today I went right into my new and sacred space!! […]

  • Garden Gnomes and the Magic Camel… stories of restoration
    Posted by Irene Rowley on March 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Last week I pulled Mom’s two garden gnomes out of storage in my garage, and restored them. It is the least I can do for my mom, since she was feeling sick. Honestly I have been procrastinating. I had promised to … Continue reading […]

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