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Art Scraps Blog

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

  • 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 […]

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