I have been so out of touch for the last two months. I’m so sorry. You see, all of the sudden we had to move (landlord wanted to sell the house though we had 2 years left on the lease). Life got hectic and we had to fast forward ideas that we were kicking around for the future. Of course we didn’t just move up the road or across the town, we disrupted everything and moved 800 miles!
Now that life is normalizing somewhat (very little, actually) I am promising myself that I will keep this up. Wish me luck!
Oh, and here’s some art…
Have an amazingly peaceful day.
I don’t know where my husband got this but it summed everything up… it’s time for a new adventure. And when followed by this…
Well, how can you resist?
So my family and my menagerie of paintings and drawings will be making a move of approximately 800 miles. I’m excited for new experiences and kicking some art into high gear.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? This just might be my crazy.
It also may be time to decide on a focus for my art. I hate the idea of being limited to a style or medium but being taken seriously is important. So, pencil?
Or paint and mixed media?
Have you ever spent days (weeks, months, years) planning and researching and scheming and reading and writing and, and, and…?
I have (and still do) and I find it prohibitive after a while. If you want change you have to make it happen. You just have to take that first step. Then you have to take the next. And you have to keep on stepping no matter what.
And yeah, you’re going to step in some shit along the way.
Do you take enough time for yourself? I don’t mean relaxing on the beach or snoozing by the pool. I mean time to relax but be aware and really look around.
My kids think we went on a walk for physical exercise. Nope. We went on a walk to explore. To see what was around us. To smell the pine needles and see the wildflowers up close. We chatted and laughed. We saw butterflies and heart shaped leaves. We worked on filling up our visual dictionary.
Creativity is so downplayed. Just having the time to be creative without expectation, without explanation, It’s such a necessary part of me. So when I take little excursions I use every moment to look around. I listen. I touch.
Inspiration comes from many directions. It comes from experiences big and small. Where do you draw your creativity from?
When your son walks in frustratedly exclaiming he broke his g-string and your husband happily tells him that he has extra your mind goes off in weird directions.
Just a doodle as I sit with my little artists (and my biggest fans). I must have water on my mind.
Playing around in my art journal. I had started the page gluing the word ‘connections’ and playing with some paint. I then started browsing older sketches and came across a black-napped oriole I had met at the zoo years ago. So he became my model. Orioles symbolize friendship and I thought it fitting for the theme. Who knows what else will end up on the page?