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This is my first week of getting back into painting. While my son is in preschool (and daughters are in grade school), I paint. I bring all my stuff to the school and paint in the parent room. Sometimes I end up talking to other parents, sometimes I just read, but mostly I paint. I like to think of myself as the artist-in-residence at our school. Quite an official sounding title, isn’t it?
This painting here is from last school year’s batch. I usually mask out areas, then paint with watercolour, and add the pen work last. That’s the hardest part, for sure. I want to use my own words, but I don’t consider myself a “good writer”, and I am unsure if my words will appeal to others, so I tend to use quotations that resonate for me. I’m starting to grow into the idea of using my own words now, to keep the art more my own (does that make sense? See?! Sometimes I don’t know how to put into words what I’m trying to say!!).
I have had some really great compliments these past two days. One was about me as an artist, and one about me as a friend. The last one was really touching – my friend told me she was thinking about me in the car, about “how cool” I am. Just the fact that she was thinking about me was so wonderful to hear.
I bought these super cute skeleton earrings from a fellow Alberta Etsy Team member, Frog Princess Designs! I lost one of my dear skeleton earrings a few years ago, and was very sad about it. Unfortunately, these don’t dance the same way the others did, but they are so sweet. I’m glad to have something to adorn my ears for the month of October! Thanks, Jasmin!
I’ve been reading about the Law of Attraction. It seems to have some sort of truth to it. The book I’m reading now recommends thinking about the things that you want in order to attract them to you. I think this conflicts with my attempts to remain in the present moment. How do I get around this? I am thinking that dedicating a few moments to really focus on what I want, and then live in the moment the rest of the time works. Hm…
I am laughing at myself now as I type this because my kids keep asking me questions, and the music is playing from iTunes, my son wants to “type on the computer”, and I am desperately trying to write a new post. Hardly living in the moment!! When my son asked what I’m doing, my husband said, “recharging her batteries”. Ha ha! Blowing up my batteries is more like it.
What a great night! We went to our friends’ wedding and had a blast dancing all night, right to the closing song. The only people left were the people from Core Connexion and the bride’s sister’s family (which included to little boys – they were very enthusiastic break-dancers!!).
It was a lovely ceremony. At our tables, we each had a little card with a description of someone else in the room. In order to figure out who it was, we had to do some serious mingling! The bride and groom (pictured 2nd and 3rd from left) put a lot of thought into who they matched up!
I can’t wait to go to another wedding and dance all night!
We are going to our friends’ wedding this weeked. They asked for no gifts, but I still wanted to make them something – this is it! I hope they like it. It will be a great party, I’m sure, since we know each other from Wednesday Core Connexion dance. I’m looking forward to the dancing!
We are having two 9-year olds over for a sleepover party (with our 2 9-year old daughters). Lots of laughter coming up! I just hope they let my 4-year old son play with them! The girls are getting to the stage where they want their own time with their friends. I don’t blame them (I know what it’s like to have younger brothers!!), but it is way easier for me when they do let him play!
I’ve noticed a large spike in viewers to this blog since I have been posting more, and getting my work on craftgawker. Please feel free to comment! I love getting feedback.
My kids are really good mirrors for me. Whenever I am getting frustrated about something they do, if I stop to think about it, then I realize that it’s because it’s something I do, too. That’s the case with everyone, really, not just my kids. It just happens more often with them!
My friend Caroline posed for me for the leg drawing. She’s modeled for me before. I’d like to do more of these combo watercolour paintings/pen drawings. I like how they look next to each other, and they usually make for interesting titles.
I’m realizing that I don’t do well with only 6 hours of sleep!
Another in a series of older paintings from my sketchbook, still several months ago! I really like this block style for writing. I can let it flow and I don’t have to worry about structure too much.
The whole thing with the magnets worked out in the end – Sundara received them, but she was in the first trimester of her pregnancy, so she had other things on her mind than magnets!!
On a totally different topic – my 9-year old daughter was reading a book to my 4-year old son today. I love that. It’s a nice change from all the screaming.
I am finally getting around to scanning some (what are now) old drawings in my sketchbook. They are from at least 4 months ago, I think, if not more. There is a lot of catching up to do!
Babylon (drawn on the left) is a great little game that takes about a minute to learn, and not much longer to play. Really easy for little ones to understand (like my 4 year old son). It’s a great time waster when you are waiting in a doctor’s office, or waiting for food to come to the table at a restaurant.
I signed up to do the Sketchbook Project: 2011! It is such a great idea. For $25, anyone can get a sketchbook mailed to them. All the sketchbooks will go on tour, and eventually be permanently housed in the Brooklyn Art Library! I think part of the draw is the sketchbook thing – I really love the idea of people poring over artist’s sketchbooks, but there’s also my past life as an art conservator at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Good excuse to go back and visit! Also, the sketchbooks will have bar codes and the artists will be notified when people sign them out! How cool!! Talk about great publicity for artists! I had to choose a theme (out of listed themes, which were all somewhat random), so I chose “Help”. It seems to align pretty well with my art, in general.
I do feel a bit of pressure to make this a GOOD sketchbook… I guess that’s going to be one of my challenges! I just have to be myself, and hope it works out.