I can't believe the year has passed.
It's been here.
Many times, when I take pictures of the local sunsets, the sky is ethereal and all of the tones just cannot be captured as I would like to skate them.
This has pushed me along thought-lines about why art exists, what are the true capabilities of digital photography, and how I choose the actual moments of sunset when I to take the punctures. In other words, I second-guess an awful lot.
The painting, although not actually planned for the capture, gives some of the light purples and blues remaining as the sun moves toward a gradual exit of the stage.
In real life, it's just as spectacular as the sunset.
Well, close? Naa. But I like the colors!
I am deeply grateful to have these colors swimming through my intuitive mind.
There was another craft show today and I can say I took part. In fact, I can say I've taken part in three of then this year! That is three more than last year and two more than ever.
The important thing is I've participated!
By January first, I have to apply top two BIG shows for the new year. One is an alumni show and the other is an art show in my hometown of St.Charles, Illinois.
Also floating around in my had is what to do for my next 365....so not sure yet.
Anyway- time for bed.
I really did create this art in the evening, but will complete it in the a.m.
Peace and cheers!
It's all fine and good to have chocolate until your dog eats it.
I had purchased some semi-sweet chips to make hot cocoa for art day tomorrow with the kids. I left the bag in a box near the door when I got home today. As usual, I got distracted because I was so happy to have found a place for our pooches and a house-sitter while we are on vacation.
I took two eager dogs on a walk, returned to feed them, and then went on my way to dinner.
When I got home, I let the dogs out and gave them treats. We were just settling in for a long winter's nap when Louis threw up on the couch. It smelled like chocolate and I freaked out!
Poor Louis was shaking and I got up to find the only possible chocolate from that bag I brought home only to not find it anywhere. I'm still searching! I've looked it up and it seems like he will be ok now, but it scared me- and the hallway where he repainted in chocolate...
I hope he is ok. We will visit the vet in the a.m. goodnight, all!
Spread good cheer!
Not just this month,
But throughout the year!
After a crazy Monday, today was much better. No tripping, dead batteries, or poor favor. Instead, I packed up and sent done Etsy orders from the past few days.
I like the shipping process and the self-serve machine has been my friend for ages. I love being able to do all the work if it means not having to stand in a line of peeps... So today was like any other.
However, at our post office, people are very rude when it comes to the parking lot. Honestly, the parking lot setup is probably the worst I've ever seen and it exists here in the town where I live. People will honk at someone trying to back out of a space. It can get very loud and distracting just getting into the building.
I have to admit I was ready for a confrontation upon entry into the building. But, I would be next behind a woman with a huge box that was just big enough to fit in the mail bin. The customer seemed nervous because she had and the mail attendant walked off again. I told her if she needs help, I could help her a little.
so, as the screens came, she passed through without a hitch. She hugged me and thanked me foot helping her without any hitches. I feel like I did nothing, but those are the kind of gifts I love to give.
It was the kindness.
The "vote of confidence", as she put it.
And so as I type this blog entry on my phone, I want to let you know my time has come to get my computer fixed! I can't wait!
It has been at last six months.
I wasn't tired a half hour ago when I started this post, but I just dropped the phone because I'm drifting to sleep.
Good night, and GOOD CHEER!
The past week has been so busy and it is catching up with me. While walking this morning, flurries of thoughts were running through my mind when I lost my balance and fell to the ground. My ankle has swollen and bruises decorate my left knee and palms.
Later, upon leaving my "first" school, my car wouldn't start. This, after finding raccoons had gotten in it the night before because the driver's side window doesn't go up all the way and I'd left marshmallows inside, just added to the excitement. Ugh. I was able to get a jump and move on to Laguna Beach.
My science group made polymers today. It was fun being able to laugh at the slimy goo made with poly vinyl alcohol and sodium borate and a little paint for color. The kids made me smile and I got the weekly view that is the only cure for the "Mondays."
The art is just a start- my intention is too go back in with more details in the next couple of days. If you are following the blog, tasty means you'll probably want to check back in a couple of days to see the progress.
As for now, I'm posting and going to sleep. Again. (The first time was a few hours ago on the couch....)
Thanks for stopping!
When it snows, it's always fun to lay down and flail...I mean, make snow angels! Of course, I may have to settle for 'sand' angels these days, but that's hardly a problem I would complain about at all.
These winter days bring such joy, no matter what part of the globe finds you at home.
And probably the easiest way to capture that joy is with little kids- whether they know it's winter, or not.
Here's to living in the moments!
It looks like they will be asking me to make some art for the kids at school- meaning, I will create what looks like clip art and they will have me create it on word searches and other helpful exercises too help the kids.
This one might be good for them to fill in their favorite holiday terms and read them aloud. I guess I will find out!
Upon returning to work today, I asked a coworker about her holiday break. She told me, "It was lovely."
Lovely is such a warm and beautiful word.
Lovely was the sunset tonight as I walked away from job numero dos in Laguna Beach. I am so blessed with that location!
As I drove away on the Pacific Coast Highway, I decided to get a better view of the molten clouds. I may never have seen the sky so red! My phone died just shy of that, so I wasn't able to capture the sheer elegance anywhere but in my own mind.
Lovely, don't you think?
Have a great week!
Stars are a recurring favorite of mine. They are so fun and appropriate for many celebrations. This one is stylized, but has also come out of nowhere.
I can't help but think more will be done to this drawing.
It isn't finished, yet this is all I had for today. I have been working on some other collage pieces and enjoying the slow, yet productive, pace of the weekend. Maybe more details will follow as the new week (and month!) begins.
December is here!
Catch it before it's gone.
Here is a set of tags I created today while the turkey was roasting. I'll be selling these at two craft gatherings this week. These are designs I've been making for years and it is really fun to see them all together in one place.
Let me know if you're interested :)
Katy Perry's song came on today and it made me feel good. It feels like I have overcome a very rough time in life and am beginning to notice the beauty around me again.
My plan for the "roar" is to make it wearable. Maybe that will take time and money but it will definitely be well worth it.