Holy Sh*t…

…I did it. 365 posts sharing my one year of exploring what artistic expression looks like for me. I began the journey in a home I no longer live in, made the time to do something regardless of where or how I was – Spain, Colorado, the day I moved, Arizona, my sister’s graduation, sick…

Thought Challenged

I’ve begun writing something and erased it 5 different times already so I think instead of anything coherent I’m going to write snap shots of the day. (That sentence alone, no masterpiece, got revised while being written 10 times. My brain apparently isn’t working linearly.) ~ Quinn and Isabella giggling in the back seat to…

Continuation

Tonight I continued working on my collage from yesterday. I used to different things to add some color to the wood, alcohol based ink as well as india ink. With both types I dripped the color on the top of a cotton swab and used that to dye the wood. Then I went through my…

My Kids

There are days when keeping a healthy perspective on life is a precarious balancing act; and expectations are a weight beyond my capacity to hold, let alone rise above. A scheduled, predictable life, which is so important for the health and stability of a child, well…it can sometimes make me feel stretched thin, pulled by…

Itty Bitty II

I continued my tiny tangle canvases. Sometimes it’s nice to try move to a 3D object because it shakes up my mind a bit. Like when I tangled the egg, which I still haven’t finished because the ink takes so long. Perhaps I’ll switch to a Sharpie and see if that dries faster. The photos…

Bouquet

Walking home for lunch today the sun blessed a patch of flowers as I walked past. My momentum kept me moving but head made me stop. I turned around and picked a few of the luscious purple blooms. A little further on white petals laying on green drew my eye like a spotlight. I grabbed…

Stationary Bike

Almost a year ago I took this photo of a bike. I saw it often on my morning walks around the neighborhood and something about it always made me happy. An old rusty bike finding new life as a garden ornament holding flowers. Admittedly I wished they’d taken the idea further – brighter flowers, perhaps…

Egg

I’d hard boiled eggs on Sunday with every intention of decorating them with the kids. It didn’t happen. But who says Easter is the only day to decorate eggs? We’ll still do it, perhaps this weekend. But tonight I wanted to try out the idea that Isabella gave me last Sunday. The eggs were boiled…

Blooms

If I may say so, I kicked ass today. I had a day off and after dropping the kids at school I swung back by the house to grab the dogs and took them to the dog park. Bailey ran, jumped, sniffed, and got into a few dog piles. Roxy barked. And barked. And ran…

Glimpse

Here’s a little insight into my process. I go about my day as normal and occasionally get a glimpse of what my creative adventure might involve that night. It’s like a day-long, semi-conscious, no-clues scavenger hunt. A quote that catches my eye gets filed away, an image sticks in my head as something I’d like…

Images

Being a parent is sometimes the most ridiculous thing. Late nights, disrupted sleep, early mornings, pack mule, magic maker, miracle worker, mender of hurts, creator of boundaries, giver and taker-away-er, chef, cleaner, concierge, boss, dictator, negotiator, moral compass, cruise director – these are only a few of the job requirements. Today I touched on several…

Spring Blues

Really? How can I have Spring blues. Most of the day was great and then blamo – I’m toxic to myself and everyone around me. Now I’m searching desperately for the self-compassion I’d talked to a friend about earlier today. I hate this about depression. I know I’ve written about this before and imagine it…

Weekend

It’s been a very full weekend. More digging today. And hacking at a nasty huge plant but here are two moments that sum up the day: First thing in the morning Isabella comes into the room and says, “Can you smell disaster!?” One of the cats had dropped a very stinky gift in the hallway.…

Digging

There was sun in Seattle! I jumped outside and dug for h o u r s. A neighbor, uprooting a rhodie, asked if I wanted it so there’s now a rhododendron in the front yard. I’m happy about this because a couple years ago Isabella discovered the plant through nature walks at school and called…

Tags

The kids have identical sets of markers in a nice carrying case. They’ve already had a few….ah…I’ll call them ‘disagreements’…about which case belongs to which child. I’ve decided to make tags for them out of shrinky dinks so each case will have its identifier and thus hopefully ending all arguments. Ok. I realize it won’t…

Collage Techniques

I tried out a few of the collage techniques I learned in class the other night. I tried one with paper, the other with wood. I washed the surfaces with color and allowed them to dry. The class I took was called ‘put a bird on it’ so I figured I’d try another bird. I…

Book

One interesting side effect of this year long creative pursuit is that I haven’t read a book, start to finish, since I began. Any spare moment I have from kids-life-work has been spent figuring out what artistic thing I would tackle. Recently the library notified me a book I’d put on hold was now waiting…