Well, today was a really good day. I am still working, was on call today for 5 hours at the airport this morning, but didn't go anywhere. While I was there I got to see a few of my favorite flight attendants and reconnect the way we do after long periods of not seeing each other. I love how that works with real friends. :) This afternoon I got some really good news! I am one of the runner ups for the Live In The Vineyard wine bottle label contest!! My design pictured here got me 2 tickets to the event at the beginning of April. (www.liveinthevineyard.com) So my hubby and I are taking a much needed vacation to Napa, California for the weekend! I'm really excited about it! Not bad for a last minute entry!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Fun day today! Served a lot of Baileys and coffee this morning :) Still have 3 days out for work, but am day-dreaming of painting more city scenes when I get home. This is a sketch of the Opera House and an old church that is now an antique store. I've been trying to figure out how to get these 2 landmarks together, since they in the same area, but not right beside each other. I wanted it to be a little curvy and funky, but couldn't get it figured out. But FINALLY, I think I have it set up right. It will be more quirky and "movey" (Dawna word), with music and such in the air when it's done.This sketch is a mess, but it gives me general guidelines to get the painting going. Now I'm just excited about it! What I'm really hoping for is some nice weather so I can go sit on the corner and paint it live. Come on Spring!!
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On a long flight between BWI and DEN I put down on "paper" (paper towel) what I have in my head for my next city scene of Lexington. When I first started coming here to visit my then-Boyfriend, now-Hubby, Theo, there was a huge GREEN SPACE, or open grassy area, in the middle if the city. There've been some legal issues with the land, build/don't build, stuff I don't know much about. In the meantime, the city was using it for festivals and such. I've been to St. Patty's parades/festivals, Halloween stuff, Thriller dances, and everything in between. But recently, the excavation of this wonderful area has begun. It's now a huge hole in the ground surrounded by chain link fence, and soon to be a big hotel, condo, shopping whatnot. (See below) So in order to remember what these great old buildings look like, when they could still be seen, and how the empty field used to fill will people, music, and laughter, I will paint a few of these scenes as I remember them. Above is the sketch of the first one. Just a rough outline, but I'm really happy with what I "see". Now I just wanna go home and paint! Instead, I'll sleep in MSP tonight. But at least I've got a good start on what's next on my canvas!
A beautiful start to a Saturday!! Talk about creativity!! This is one VERY good reason to be up and working this early 😍 Grateful for this! And green beer...grateful for that, too.
Have a great weekend!
Today my creative endeavors once again revolved around food. My sweet hubby is sick with a cold :( so what better to fix him with than a batch of home made chicken soup?!?! So for today you get a recipe, from my kitchen and from my heart. ❤️
I used mostly organic stuff, but not all. I used what I had on hand.
1 box chicken broth, low sodium
2-3 cups carrots cut about 1inch long
3 cups fresh spinach
1 cup sautéed mushrooms
1tbsp crushed red pepper
3 chk breasts cut in cubes and lightly seared in olive oil
❤️ Lots and lots if love ❤️
Throw it all in the crock pot on high and then go have coffee in the porch. Cook till chicken starts to fall apart. Then enjoy!
Sometimes, being creative can be a struggle. Think "Writer's Block." That's when I know it's time to do what I call "feeding my soul." Today that's exactly what I did. I found this great book many years ago called "Paint Happy". It has been a great source of inspiration and has helped me to get out of a funk on more than one occasion. There's a particularly interesting activity where you use both hands at the same time to draw a symmetrical picture, like a flower or a heart or something. (See picture below) It makes you use both sides of your brain, takes focus and concentration, and stimulates visual perceptual centers and coordination areas. I find that it helps to get me thinking creatively. Try it! It seems to work best if you can do it with 2 different colors on a dry erase board or something like that. But paper and pen or pencil work just as well. Just tape the paper down so it doesn't move around while you work. Let the pencil/marker just flow over the paper, and always move both hands at the same time. Don't correct "mistakes", just let it become what it becomes. There's no wrong or right, good or bad, it's just an exercise for your mind. I'd love to hear how that works for you! Better yet, email me a picture!
A little grumpy today, tooth hurts, and not liking the cold. Went to my studio for a bit, painted some stuff I didn't like. Started over. Scraped that paint off, left it to be painted over. Rearranged the paintings on the wall. Questioned the logic in having a studio when all I wanted to do was go home, put on "Love Actually" and sit on the floor in the living room and paint. Went home. But this evening I made these funky clunky earrings. Eh... Ok I guess. Day wasn't a total waste- I made good spaghetti for dinner :-) Some days are just like that I guess. What do you do to get out of a funk? Comments?
Today was not a terribly creative day. I had a root canal this morning that sort of slowed down my mojo. I did work in the garden and planted some seeds for spinach, lettuce, and radishes. That's creative enough! And so I sat down at the computer tonight to tell you that was all I had, when I saw this. Below is what I wrote, I'm assuming, on NYE this year, but thought it got deleted. So...Without further ado, here's my New Years Eve post:
2014- This year is a new beginning. For me 2013 brought a lot of the things that you might expect in life - surprises, tragedies, romance, heartbreak, sunrises, sunsets, smiles, but also tears. I feel so lucky to have had one of the best years of my life, full of happiness and love, but filled also with lessons and growth through the sorrows that have occurred. I've sure been reminded to trust the process, and that despite my best efforts I cannot control everything. It was a year of changes - moving, my daughter moving far from me, adding "bonus daughters", changing dreams, changing focus, changing my name... All big events packed into one year. So as I start the new year, (as Mrs. Scripps!!), I am resolving to be grateful for everything I have in my life, and for the rich experiences that I am so fortunate to be a part of. I will keep my eyes and heart open to all the beautiful people and things around me, and not take one person or one second for granted. And thank you, Mr. Scripps, for bringing such a wonderful, positive, loving, and encouraging influence to my life. Happy New Year, everyone!! It's your story - write a good one!
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Today was a very creative day! I finished and delivered my rain barrel for the Bluegrass Greensource Rain Barrel Auction. I will post some full pictures of it tomorrow, but here is the top of it. I added a short poem that I wrote today just for the heck of it. I was feeling inspired by the first flower that showed up in my garden today. (see next picture)
Also finished today is the Dancin' Daisies trio. 5 x 5 squares with pretty little Shastas on them. I'm thinking of doing one big one, on a 24 x 32 canvas. It's good to be home and in the studio!
This pretty princess! Not sure what this was about, but as I was leaving Kentucky Crafted, I got to watch her stroll across the street. Please help me with a caption for this - (click Comment or Reply)
Also, I realize I missed yesterday but...I'm giving myself a break since I was commuting home for the first time since the 23rd. I was busy being HOME. :) And I didn't do anything more creative than eat sushi and frosting. Not at the same time.