Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blogging will resume in 2015

16 x 20
acrylic, oil pastels, Caran d'Ache, Inktense, Pitt pens

Hello dear followers! My sincere thanks to all who have stayed with me while I was gone.   Here we are, just a few short days before Thanksgiving, and the last time I blogged was way back in April.  It turns out that I really, really needed the break.  I've been able to work through quite a few things, and I've got a clear idea about where I want to go from here, especially in my art.

After not painting anything for over a year, I finally finished the painting above, which I started in late summer of 2013.  I'm calling it "Celebrate" because it was inspired by a photo I took during a very special family celebration several years ago.  And because I feel like celebrating that I'm finally painting again!

I'm looking forward to many new beginnings in 2015.  And I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful blogs and bloggers I've neglected for so many months.

In the mean time, I wish you all a most blessed and joy-filled Holiday Season, whatever you celebrate.

See you in 2015!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

a random passion - catching the sunrise

I rushed outside in the middle of breakfast this morning to quickly take this photo before the light changed.  A cold night, a bit of snow, and clear skies at sunrise made this moment possible.  I'm so glad I looked out the window at just the right time!

"Every morning
 we are born again.
What we do today
is what matters most."
~ Buddha

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

a random passion - minutiae

The pattern of frost on the car this morning.  A few minutes after this photo was taken, the early morning sunshine reached the roof of the car, and this gorgeous example of nature's art was merely a melted memory.

As I'm learning to go with the flow (see previous post), I find I have more time to notice and appreciate the minutiae of life.  The amazing things we are all often too busy to notice as we scurry thought our lives. 

plural noun: minutiae; plural noun: minutia
the small, precise, or trivial details of something.
"the minutiae of everyday life"
synonyms:details, niceties, finer points, particulars

At one time, I thought I was too sophisticated and important to notice such trivial things.  Now I know that noticing and appreciating such things makes my life richer and fuller and more beautiful.

image found on Pinterest

I hope you find something that makes your life more beautiful today.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

just going with the flow. . .

I walked past this lovely little spot on a long walk last weekend.  If you look very closely, you can see the teeniest hints of green tentatively beginning to appear.  I always thought blue was my favorite color, but I've come to realize it's actually green.  My eyes hunger for signs of green.

This long, cold winter has taught me to just go with the flow.  What will be, will be. . .

After what seems like ages, my creative juices have started flowing again!  I've been invited to participate in an art show again later this year, and all participants have been challenged to incorporate brown wrapping paper or brown paper bags in the artwork.  I've been looking for some new ideas to try this year, so I'm really looking forward to working with brown paper.

I won't be rushing.  I won't be forcing anything to happen.   But I will post some pictures of my progress here throughout the next several months.

Just going with the flow. . .

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  
Don't resist them - 
that only creates sorrow.  
Let reality be reality.  
Let things flow naturally forward 
in whatever way they like.
~ Lao Tzu

Monday, March 24, 2014


A little sunshine (although temperatures were only in the upper 20s), and my trusty old camera (I'm still using the one I bought back in 2005!) persuaded me to bundle up and take a little walk yesterday.

I think it was these gorgeous flowers my daughter received from her boyfriend that finally convinced me that Spring must be on the way.  :)   Aren't they beautiful!?!

I've lived most of my life around the Great Lakes, so one of my favorite places to see is the lakefront along Lake Michigan.  This part of the art museum looked so spectacular against the blue sky, I had to take a photo.  This museum is a local treasure, inside and out.

There's still lots of ice.

The wind was brisk and cold, but I hardly noticed.  Just look at those blues!

The snow fences are still up, but other than this little bit of graffiti, the lakefront area was very clean.  I was glad to see that.

The lighthouse on the hill looked especially fabulous yesterday.

There is a lovely park surrounding the lighthouse, guarded by several of these wonderful lions.  It's such a nice touch you don't see too often anymore.

So!  I think my long period of hibernation might finally be over!

Thanks for stopping by.  See you again soon, I hope!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

random passions

crochet and snow
light and shadow
from 2009, I think. . .

I was going to crochet some new things again this winter, but couldn't decide which project to tackle first.  Another scarf, an afghan, something completely different?  So all I accomplished in the end  was finding and organizing my yarns and crochet needles.  That in itself felt like quite an accomplishment, so I'll enjoy how that feels for a while.

I've been thinking a bit more about blogging.  How it's changed over the years.  How I've changed over the years.  How I really don't want to completely let go of blogging, but how I need this blog to be different going forward.  So for now I've added a new subtitle at the top.  "random passions"  Maybe that will tie together the rather disjointed posts I've managed to squeeze out lately.  :)  I have a strong feeling that this simple addition will inspire me to post more often.

We'll see.

When I started blogging, I was so delighted to have a place online to put all my words, and to actually find so many wonderful people to connect with!  It seems to me that I had so many more words waiting to be expressed back then.  These days I find myself with few words to share much of the time.  I often find myself thinking in images, colors, and emoticons instead. :)  It feels like too much trouble to put them into words, because the words either won't be read anymore, or worse - they will be misunderstood.

Then I found this quote on tumblr this morning ( I LOVE tumblr!), and I had one of those "AHA!!!!" moments.

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? 
Pythagoras was misunderstood, 
and Socrates, 
and Jesus, 
and Luther, 
and Copernicus, 
and Galileo, 
and Newton, 
and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. 
To be great is to be misunderstood.” 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Self Reliance"

Not that I'm comparing myself to any of these great thinkers, but it does put things into perspective doesn't it.?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Finally, a new post

colored pencil

I came across this interesting video on Tumblr today and felt it was worth sharing.

It's been a long cold, winter here, but I'm not complaining because others have had it far worse.  I haven't created any new art in months, and I don't know what the next few months will bring.  I haven't given up on art, I've just needed a break.

View from our kitchen window

I'm hoping to see the first signs of spring someday soon.