Category Archives: Reflections

Life’s Path

Some days I wonder where life is leading me…

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I wish it was as easy as “following the yellow brick road!”

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Yet, when I feel cloudy on the inside…

 

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I know that God’s Son-shine will always give me hope for a new day!

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Cheers Friends! ūüôā

Dear Friend…

Have you ever written a letter to yourself?  In your own handwriting?

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I have been updating my MIL’s address book on my computer. ¬†(A great gift idea BTW for a family member!) And it got me thinking about writing a letter to myself.

Have YOU ever done this?

I wonder what my letters would say if I addressed myself as a friend?  Would I be more kind to myself?  Would I show the same kindness I do to others?

And then I wonder, what seems so important now… would it still be… a year from now?

I have decided to write a letter to myself today and treat myself as I would a friend.  In one year, I will mail it.

I encourage you to do the same!

Cheers Friends! ūüôā

P.S. I used purchased stationary here but it might be fun to create a border with your own artwork for your letter.

“R” Is For Rest And…

I have been taking a little blogging break to rest and recover from a recent car accident where I was rear-ended.

I needed this time to heal my body and recover from the trauma. ¬†Although I’m still not fully recovered, I am starting to feel better so I returned to work today.

Yesterday, I realized that it would be fun to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal that I started in 2016… Why not create a page of “R‘s” that I add to each day this week?

Really, I could do this! ¬†So here is my beginning in a 11×14 inch journal:

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I drew the flowers on a separate ¬†piece of lightweight paper in pencil.¬†¬†I darkened the¬†lines with color pencil. ¬†I stitched over the flowers using “Sewable Swedish Tracing Paper” that I purchased on Amazon for one of my online classes and previously painted in watercolor.

The flower stems were cut from purchased handmade paper that I also painted with watercolor.  I attached the flowers and stems with dark green thread on my sewing machine and then glued the paper to my journal:

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I finished my piece by adding details with color pencil.

It was fun to experiment and I look forward to seeing where tomorrow’s reflection will¬†take me.¬† I hope you join me!

Cheers! ūüôā

Soothing Colors

I was rear ended in my vehicle yesterday… this will be the second time in less than two years by people NOT paying attention. ¬†It makes me very upset.

I do not feel well to create art so I’m sharing these photos from the lake last weekend:

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I find the colors soothing and the memories of this place, healing…

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What colors do you find soothing when you are upset?  I hope you share it with me.

Cheers! ūüôā

Celebrating Our Freedom

Red, White and Blue…¬†Today we celebrate our freedom in the United States!

I thought it would be fun to revisit what I posted on my blog in 2016:

Red, White and Cyan?

And 2015:

Happy Independence Day!

Wishing you ALL a day celebrating WHAT and WHO you hold dear!! ‚̧ūüíô‚̧

Cheers! ūüôā

Nature’s Canvas

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Apple tree budding,

One brilliant blue canvas sky

Nature brings new hope.

May you find peace in your heart today!

Happy Easter! ūüôā

Stop A Moment

I created this journal page before my surgery using this foam stamp, that I showed you how to make previously here.

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Instead of using paint, I stamped my paper with gesso and then finished it with watercolor.

Today, I wrote this quote by Leo Tolstoy:

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I have been forced to stop¬†a moment as I recover from foot surgery and I miss my daily art practice a great deal.¬†¬†I realize it has only been a week since the surgery yet I long to be able to sit again at my art table without my foot screaming in pain.¬† I must be patient…

Taking a break does have a positive aspect too as it allows time for me to evaluate where I am currently on my art journey and where I would like to be headed in the future.

Do you take the time to¬†assess your¬†creative practice from time to time?¬† I realize that it’s not easy for me to do this assessment¬†but important.

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

A Pile Of Pinecones

I thought you may enjoy a day at the lake with me.¬† So grab your sunglasses…

Chimney Rock

This is Chimney Rock.  You can see there is still snow on the mountains.  I will never tire of this view at Priest Lake, Idaho.

Oh, look Рthe wild strawberries are in bloom!  I look forward to the sweet burst of flavor in these little red gems:

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Ah, the sun feels so good, doesn’t it?¬† You can see it reflecting off the water.¬† Not much wind today just a gentle breeze.

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Come on, let’s go to the beach!¬† I saved you a chair right by the water so you could relax and breathe in the fresh air…

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And watch the waves gently¬†caress the rocks and sand –

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As you and I get ready to leave, you notice the wild rose bush unfurling its tender green leaves.  New birth next to the dead, dried rose hips from last fall.

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We linger for one last moment, next to a pile of pinecones.

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Listening to a woodpecker tap a tree, its rhythm reminding us that it is time for us to leave, this place of heaven on earth.

(No birds today – I will make-up for it tomorrow!)

Happy Creating!