Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm pooped. I really just want to take a nap already and I haven't been up but 2 hours. My mom and dad are coming from Texas and this morning is the only time I have to clean the house. A friend and I fed our church family last night as we did "Good Girls Go Greek". We cooked them a Greek meal with Greek music and told them of our travels to Greece in March. They seemed to really enjoy it but it took a lot of time and effort. And now I'm reeeallly tired.
I've said "yes" to too many things lately. Not realizing that all the regular things I have to do can pop up at anytime - and of course, this is the time they all pop up.
Other than coffee, what is it that keeps us going? I've learned to just do the best you can with the day you have. Nothing more than that can be done. I've learned that when we you say "yes" to someone, you're saying "no" to someone else. Most of the time that "no" is to you... For me today, it is: no to rest, no to painting, no to couple time with hubby. I've learned that... but I still haven't found a good balance.
Oh well, as a new song says: I can sleep when I'm dead.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Well you can't stay red hot forever. I decided that I would try to sketch these lovely compositions with a cooler palette. I'm not usually a pink girl but there was something about these colors and treats that drew me in and made me want to be prissy like a little girl playing tea party. I do love tea and all things tea! And tea cups and all things sweet - because I need more sweetness in my life, a lot more gentleness. I need softer edges and cooler colors instead of the intensity and boldness my character leans toward naturally. Needless to say, these are not my compositions, or palette - nope, no originality here from me. If you want to see the real artist that inspired me to attempt to sketch these - take a look at this eye-candy . But maybe her sweet pinkness will rub off on me - just a little. They do cool me off a little- but they make me hungry - not good.... not good....
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I can feel something like new growth inside - from a seed to a bloom. Not pregnant, not possible!!!! But there are new things sprouting in me and my mind. Some people plant gardens and then there are some people who dig up and till the good, rich soil in their own heads and plant and nurture those new creative thoughts planted there. I think we have to pull weeds, and rake the ground of last year's debris and successes and work that soil with all the passion and struggle of a sweating gardener. We let the good Lord water and grow the things He is leading us to, and let Him leave the tares that will make us push passionately toward the sun (SON), and rid ourselves of the things that rob our nutrients.
After all, we started out in a garden walking with Him in the cool in of the evening. Maybe now that our body is His dwelling place, it's not too far a stretch to think His Spirit grows a garden within us. I hope mine is vibrant and hopeful as poppies!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Oh yeah, I've missed my blogging friends!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This will be my last post for a week or so. I hope I'll have some new ideas with my art as this teacher (Mary A. Beckwith) shows us how to use watercolor and acrylics and all kinds of stuff in our paintings- mixed-media which I play at but have no idea what I'm doing. Mary Ann Beckwith is famous and has written books and won many awards on the subject.
I'll look forward to catching up on your posts. Have a good week and remember your fathers! I sent mine a fresh basket of pears (his favorite thing) and they accidentally wrapped it in "IN SYMPATHY" ribbons. My brothers are giving me heck so next year I think I'll make it a tradition and always send him "in sympathy" baskets just for fun.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This is what I love about art. If you're not happy with the image you created, you can always change it. My daughter left her Oprah magazine here, and it had this art image with a title "Bird's Eye View" to the article. I sketched it and painted it in my art journal and used both sides of the paper. On the first one, you may be able to see the previous day's art coming through (that's why I never use both sides). Anyway, I took it to Flickr and played with it and I like the abstract image on the bottom. What is your favorite?
A Bird's Eye View - what does that mean to you? Apparently the most generally accepted definition is: the summary of a subject or broad overview of a topic.
Do you see any resemblance to this aerial photograph? I thought it was interesting.
Sometimes we need to step back from our own lives and take a bird's eye view, see the bigger picture and not get so caught up in the details. And like the lovely thing with art I mentioned earlier - change it if we don't like the view we're looking at.