Artists of Sonoma

a blog about turning scraps into fine arts and crafts, by Irene Rowley:
  • The Art of Peace Gardens
    Posted by Irene Rowley on May 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    In Sebastopol there is a Peace Garden: I know because my Mom was one of the “hippies” who thought of the idea and planted it over 30 years ago. Actually, she planted it as a member of the EarthStewards group. I have photos of Mom and the […]

  • The Art of Ashes, Urns and Alters
    Posted by Irene Rowley on April 30, 2020 at 6:42 am

    I have been living with death for about two years now, so have already passed through many stages of grief, and so let’s talk about the bittersweetness of death, urns and ashes: First my cat Giovanni, then my next door neighbor, … Continue […]

  • The Art of Woven Letters – In Mourning
    Posted by Irene Rowley on April 2, 2020 at 5:55 am

    Hello.  Today I am sharing about a paper weaving technique as a way to mourn for the death of a loved one. I am very much mourning lately, since my mom died four months ago.  Did you know there is a … Continue reading → […]

  • 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 → […]

  • 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 → […]

  • 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 reading → […]

  • 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 → […]

  • 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 of the Vikings and seeing a […]

  • 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 … Continue reading → […]

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