Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Time Well Spent

A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
~Charles Darwin

Mondays are a long day for me, I work a full day at the kennel club and when I get home my family needs me. So, it hasn't typically been a day that I have  high expectations for getting to my studio. Last night was no different. Instead of being hard on myself for not trying hard enough to make my art a priority, I putzed around in my studio for about an hour doing silly little things like looking through old sketchbooks, making small improvements on my card ideas and working a little on the journal page I started yesterday. It felt good to do these few little artsy things.....

Found a sketchbook drawing from 2009

...Made an envelope to go with the card

...added stream of consciousness words to journal page

Monday, February 27, 2012

Filling the Well

Again I had a weekend that felt like it got away from me. For some reason the past few weeks have felt random and disorderly to me. When this happens, I feel unproductive and unfulfilled. Remembering Sarah Ban Breathnach's book, Simple Abundance I took myself on a "simple abundance" trip Sunday in an attempt to fill the void I've been feeling. Katie and I went to the consignment store where we found some great name-brand shirts with small price tags (very fulfilling!)Then we were off to the library. Leaving with a pile of books in my arms and no buyer's remorse, I felt the excitement of embarking on a new adventure, giving me something exciting to look forward to. A feeling of abundance that replenishes my creative well. What golden nuggets of inspiration await me and where will I go creatively in the days to come?

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Happy Monday everyone!

Consignment Store Score!

Organized studio space....
Journal page in progress....

new journal page

karma kard.....

and found cute pics of the girls!!! Last Easter 2011

Friday, February 24, 2012

Quality Time

Art is the triumph over chaos. ~John Cheever 

I found myself growing frustrated with timing yesterday as I kept trying to get to my artwork but life kept getting in the way (cleaning, laundry, homework, dinner...) Bedtime was growing near so I attempted to steal a few moments to myself at my art desk before the bedtime routine started and just as I sat down and got focused, my daughter joined me in the studio (my bedroom) and decided to read riddles to me out of a brain games book. At first I was like "Really? can I not even have 10 minutes to myself?" and then I stopped myself and remembered to be present in the moment. What a gift it was to have her sitting there interacting with me. She's 9 1/2 and soon will be a teenager wanting nothing to do with me. Which will break my heart. These are moments to be cherished and not wasted. So, I lightened up. Did some art journaling and had quality time with Katie. Pure Joy.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Taking a break from taking myself too seriously and just having a little fun today. Doodling with Sharpie Accent liquid highlighters. Doodling is yoga for my art muscles.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Journey


It is good to have an end
to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-Ursula K. LeGuin
In November, my dad passed away after a long (and early onset) battle with Alzheimer's disease. I can think of no better way to sum up the importance of your journey in life than to simply say don't take it for granted because you have no idea how quickly your life can change direction.
It is important to have a meaningful life no matter how it ends up. The end isn't what it's about. It IS about the journey.
I can honestly say, I never imagined my life would end up as it has but that doesn't mean I have failed.
In my journey now, I set the course with a few simple guidelines. Who am I and what do I truly need? The answers to these two questions make everything else fall into place and those are the things that make my journey matter.
So......how are you doing on YOUR journey?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Comfort Food

Food is the most primitive form of comfort~Sheila Graham

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer it is difficult to know what you can do for that person to make them feel better. Feeling powerless can drive you to question your strengths and challenge you to rise to the occasion.

My response to my mom's recent diagnosis of ovarian cancer is to cook nutritious, sustaining food for her. It's something I can do.

Mom just completed her first round of chemo, the final treatment a double dose which left her feeling tired, nauseous, and confined to the couch like having a terrible flu.

What could I do to help her stomach feel better and lift the blues that inevitably invade the psyche when you are unable to carry on with your everyday activities?

My grandmom's rice pudding is something I always loved because it was a very comforting food. It was a food my father loved and grew up with also. I no longer have my grandmom's recipe for rice pudding but I found a recipe for  in a cancer cookbook and thought it would be wonderful to make it for my mom.

This week's cancer menu: Chicken Chili and Rice Pudding

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Beginnings

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

To new beginnings!

Karma Cards, Purple Envelope, or Purple Muse? Whatever it is, I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Missing the Mark


Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

This past weekend was my birthday. I turned 41. A lot has happened in my life over the past 5 years, enough unpleasant stuff that the good stuff  has become  very challenging to recognize. I was raised Catholic and I remember a quote explaining what faith is: Faith is when have nothing left to hold on to.

Our faith in ourselves and our creativity is constantly challenged by life.
 Until it is all we have to get us through.
 Well, faith in art is what I have to hold on to now.

My college art professor loved to tell me that I "missed the mark". It used to bother me but it doesn't anymore. Maybe missing the mark is who I am.  I've spent a lot of time and energy in pursuit of perfection with nothing to show for it. In the words of Dr. Phil, "How's that working for you?" The answer is, it is NOT WORKING!

Hmmmm....missing the mark....Maybe it's time to embrace my imperfections and stop letting my fear of missing the mark stop me from aiming for the mark.
Or, better yet, OFF the mark!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Someday is not a day of the week." ~Author Unknown

I've spent most of my adult years intending to "get around to my art" and never quite fulfilling the intention. The excuse? No time, too busy, the usual, "someday when life is less chaotic I will devote more time to my art."
Then one day, my technologically savvy (and creatively talented) coworker introduced me to Google Reader and  I was instantly hooked. I searched out art blogs and started subscribing to feeds like a crazy person. So much to look at and read about! So many talented people with art to share! I was fascinated by the art communities and networking opportunities that are so readily available online for creative people like myself not to mention the endless inspiration and joy that comes from sharing creativity! 

That was it! I had asolutely no excuse for neglecting my creative spirit any longer! It was time to make today my someday.
So, one night while making dinner, I brought my sketchbook, ebony pencil, koi watercolor set, and Staedtler pigment liner into the kitchen with me and kept it on the counter "just in case". Cooking is meditation to me and sometimes I have creative epiphanies while chopping, dicing, or slicing. That day, I sliced a lemon in half for the salad dressing I was making and thought to myself, draw it! A few nights later I was beginning to fill my sketchbook with little works of art. Wow! I was doing it!

So that's what it's all about: Going to the page every day with ideas no matter how simple or complex. It keeps my sketchbook full of inspiration for weekends when I have more time to sit down and really get into a project. Late afternoons in the kitchen surrounded by the aromas of dinner cooking and the youthful energy of my daughter sitting at the counter working on her homework and talking about her day has been the most natural time for me to direct my own creative energy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day one of Dinner and Drawing, A Courtship in Creativity! My goal is to carve out quality time with my art every single day as a path to living an artful life.