Category Archives: Life

The Power Of Touch

I do not believe we can ever understand the depth of love…

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And the power of touch!

I started my two hands in watercolor last week, if you recall:

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And added the finishing “touches” in ink over the weekend.

Two people who “touched” my life with love recently passed.  One a family member and the other the mother of a friend.  Both ladies were 95 years old.

It has made me think more about how others touch my life and how I have the power to touch others with love.

Cheers! 🙂

A Milestone…

I read an article from our local newspaper yesterday about a mom whose son recently graduated from high school.  No big deal, right?  Happens all the time…

Upon further reading, I learned that her son was born with a hole in his diaphragm and the doctors only gave him a 50/50 chance to survive.  While he was in the hospital Neonatal ICU, struggling for every breath, this new mother placed two fingers on his laboring chest and whispered, please.  When he exhaled, she whispered, thank you.  

In the weeks that followed as her son grew healthy and strong with no lingering complications, each breath seemed like a miracle.  This mom continued her prayer ritual of whispering, please when her son inhaled and thank you when he exhaled.  Faced with the fragility of life, each year became a milestone to celebrate with her son!

This story reminds me of taking the time to say, thank you to people who I appreciate in my life.  Sometimes it is good to recognize the milestones that are big and small…

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I made the above card for a friend recently.  I was inspired by these beautiful pink roses:

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I thought you might like to learn how I made it.  🙂

I discovered that sea sponges make great roses!  Just dab a damp sponge lightly in acrylic paint  and twist your wrist as you apply the paint to paper.  Adding several colors, gives it some depth.  And a few splatters of watercolor gives it pizzazz!

My lettering came from an idea in this book from Joanne Sharpe.  I used a permanent black Micron pen.

One doesn’t have to have a milestone to say, thank you; who do you know that would appreciate getting a handmade card in the mail?

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend…

Cheers! 🙂

Switching Gears

Lately, I haven’t had much time for creative play…

And when I do, I seem to have difficulty switching gears in my brain from work to art!

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I really liked this quote from Audrey Hepburn; when life feels overwhelming or impossible, I need to switch gears in my thinking…

How about you, how do you get past the impossible to the I’m possible?

Cheers!  🙂

Nancy Drew And Dapper Dan

I decided to add a little mystery to my post today…

I was at a thrift store yesterday, buying old books for a collage class I’m taking…

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I’ll share more about the online class in Thursday’s post! 😉

I found several old Nancy Drew books, like this one:

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I remember reading the book series as a young girl.  How about you?

This book was only $1.00 so I bought it, thinking it might be fun to read again!  😃  And possibly, include a page or two into one of my weird birds!

Which brings me to today’s post… Dapper Dan:

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Dapper Dan almost turned into Dapper Damn when I was creating the hand lettering for his name and messed up!  Ugh! 😬

Thank goodness for white pens (much like white-out!)

Apparently, the “Old Maid” card game was subconsciously on my mind… Do you remember these cards?

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Funny how one memory leads to another one…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

May it bring you happy memories of your childhood…

Cheers!  🙂

I Don’t Know…

Sometimes, I don’t know what to blog about…

Does this ever happen to you?

Or do you find yourself not knowing what to create?

I had another busy weekend with not much time to create art.

The new fridge was delivered on Saturday so we spent a greater part of the day cleaning inside and under the old fridge… before the new one could be installed.  (We moved the old fridge to the garage.)

One has to wonder why they have so many bottles of half used condiments just sitting around on a shelf, taking up space in the refrigerator.  😉

There was also those unexpected surprises, like the moldy cheese in an ugly shade of blue hiding in the corner or the lime that is no longer green.  (Oh, that’s what that was!)

The new fridge did get installed but the water hose leaked to the ice maker.  Luckily, my hubby was able to buy a part and fix it himself.  Fingers crossed that it is fixed! :-0

So back to creating art, I realize I got a bit off track…

I spent my evenings finishing this doodle of squares and circles with pencil shading:

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I don’t know what month I will use it for my project… I’m finding planning ahead does have its advantages!  Like cleaning out under the fridge more than every 20 years…

Happy Monday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Finding Balance

I started this drawing of squares and circles recently with a Micron black pen:

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I was thinking of using a drawing for one of my monthly Square Projects;  you can read more about my project here: February’s Square Project

I think we all struggle with finding balance in one or two areas of our lives.  I know I do! 😉

Sometimes I wish life was as easy as balancing lights and darks like this collage:

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The collage is still waaay too busy for me, much like life is some times… and yet cutting up the original collage and rearranging the pieces helped me to focus on the whole picture, not just the annoying parts!

It also helped me create balance in this drawing:

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Creating art teaches me a lot about finding balance in my life.  How about you?

My drawing is almost complete, next I will add pencil shading.

Cheers! 🙂

 

Every New Beginning…

I had a busy weekend… still fridge shopping.  I think we have it narrowed down to the one we want!  Hoorah! 😉

We made a slight detour to a furniture store on Saturday and I got the bargain of the century!  Score! 🙂 I think everyone likes a good bargain, I know I do!

I got this table that is counter height, includes 4 chairs for $230.00 – all because it had a slight dent in one corner.

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I am very excited because the middle of the table has a lazy susan that spins.  It will be the perfect table for my art space!  And it has storage in the middle section of its base, which you really can’t see in this photo.

I have been looking for a table that is counter height and was thrilled to find one. 🙂

I am in the process of selling my “formal” living furniture and changing it into a creative art space.  More on that later…

I thought this quote was fitting, Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

Do you have a creative space where you create?  I’d love to hear more about it!

Cheers! 🙂

Goodbye Refrigerator…

Our first fridge has quit,

I feel rather sad…

You kept our food cold,

A long time, I’m so glad!

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In our first home,

You were shiny, brand new…

When we moved, you became

The garage fridge, thank you!

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It seems only fair,

Your photo I share now…

A Gibson – golden edition,

For over 30 years, wow!

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Extra food and drinks

I relied on your place…

Filling your shelves,

When I ran out of space!

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So what will I do?

Without you, oh, my…

I know it will cost us,

Sorry to say, good-bye!

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I hope this silly poem gives you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂

Where Everyone Hugs…

One of my favorite poems is by Shel SilversteinHug O’War:

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If you memorized a poem, what would you choose?

Cheers! ❤️

We Grow Old…

I was experimenting in drawing and collage yesterday.   When I remembered this quote:

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I used my non-dominant hand to write it:  “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

I like how my scribbly handwriting adds to the playfulness of my collage.

How do you keep playing to stay young?

Cheers! 🙂