Sunday, June 30, 2013

a little drawing time

While my sister enjoyed herself and laid out in the sun.  I sat in a chair beside her, my pencil in hand, my pencil box to my side, and I just drew away.  I'm having a delightful time drawing in my journal.  There are no expectations, just taking the time to practice my skill.  Here are the results.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Daring Greatly

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
...believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path."  

This is an excerpt from a speech given by Steve Jobs.  The first time heard it, it resonated with me.  Lately I have been drawn to it again.  I know within my heart that I am moving in the right direction yet there are times that those little voices seem to be overwhelming and  trying to knock me off my creative path.  I've been here before, as I'm sure you have, too.  I am, as my Mom use to say, "stubborn as an ole mule", so there is no changing my course.  I'm sharing how I feel because I have been reading a book by Brene Brown titled Daring Greatly.   She speaks about shame and how it can haunt us.  One of the essential ways to loosen the grip and affects it has on us is to talk about it.  Well... that is what I am doing here, today.  Nuff said!  -  Thanks for listening!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

out of the mouth of babes

Yesterday I had my grandchildren, Delaina and Brayden, at my house all day.  We ALWAYS have a good time.  When I really watch and listen to who they are, I am amazed.    These little beings  have so much to say and so much they can teach me.  I have absolutely no words that can express how much I love them!!!
Anyway...we decided (they actually coerced me) that at 10:00 in the morning it was OK to eat ice cream at Grandmas.  So we did!
Later in the day, while Brayden napped,  Delaina and I got out scissors and I told her we were going to cut some lavender to make some posies.  She was so excited to be able to cut lavender with big people's scissors.  Several times she told me how pretty the flowers were and how much fun she was having.  Then she stopped cutting, looked right at me with a quizzical look on her face and said, "Grandma... is a posie like in the song ring around the rosie,  pocket full of posies,  ashes to ashes all fall down."  
I smiled real big and said, Yes!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

create art with a free spirit

My husband and I just returned from our vacation in Mexico.  We have gone there for the last 14 years. We just hang out on the beach, play in the ocean, listen the waves from the ocean,  take many beach naps, drink margaritas, walk along the shoreline... I'm sure by now you get the picture.  We simply go there to reconnect with each other and relax.  This time I took my sketching tablet with me and I made this commitment in my journal.  

Then I did as I committed and I followed thru.  I was going to draw each day and not be concerendd about the outcome. 
There I sat on the beach with a towel folded up as my make shift desk, my pad on my lap, and my box of pencils to my side,  just drawing away.
Here are the results of my very own artist retreat in Mexico.
This one I did not finish in Mexico, she will be done soon.  

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