Serendipity

Back in May I began the work of transferring my 365 days of a creative journey into a Blurb book.  Somewhere along the way from May to November, work on this project halted but last week I delved back in. I’ve noticed the universe has an interesting way of showing up when I put myself…

Peppermint Bark

My motivation for Nano has halted. It occurred to me this morning that when the act of achieving a goal kills the desire for the activity itself, pushing through probably ain’t such a great idea. I’ve had wonderful moments with my kids and I haven’t written them down. My Dad almost died and I haven’t…

Time for change

I’ve been meaning to freshen up the look of my blog for awhile now and my brain has felt numb and soft recently so this seemed a perfect time to make a change. It’s not big but sometimes tiny shifts can make all the difference. I’ve flat-lined creatively the last few weeks so perhaps seeing…

Processing – day 7 Nanowrimo

The universe is a crazy place. This Nano thing has me running circles around in my head. I have vague ideas but no solid ways to flesh out the concepts. Except – twice now I’ve been wondering about how I might set up something and the answers have come to me in external ways. One…

Processing – day 2 Nanowrimo

This is ridiculously difficult. Writing fiction feels like such a different thing that what I normally do, which I think is process on paper or documenting memories for my kids. The process of crafting a story…well, frankly I’m lost. I have ideas and I can get a vague idea of what I want to do…

Extracting Isabella

The past few weeks I’ve not been doing much other than focusing on ADWAS’ auction. I’ve been doing fairly well and the event was last night. Today, after going in to work for the post-auction audit, I got home and felt all the adreline that’d been keeping me going leech away. My legs felt shaky,…

What have I done?

I’m having a giant, humongous ‘OMG what have I done?’ moment. A few weeks back I thumbed through a continuing education catalogue and saw a once-a-week evening writing class that looked interesting and signed myself up. Nanowrimo is the class title. I had no idea before reading the description that November is National Novel Writing…

Fall Colors

I snuck out for awhile this afternoon and headed to Greenlake with my camera and tripod. I’d waited all weekend for the sun to come but it never did so I took my chances with the flat grey afternoon to see what I could capture.

Temporary States

I love waking up in the morning before everyone else. It feels like stolen time and when it happens I feel almost giddy. It’s different somehow if I set an alarm. This morning I woke naturally at 7:02. There are two amazing things about this. One is that I rarely sleep in till 7:00. In…

Alone

Derek took the kids to see his mom in AZ for a couple of days and I’ve had the house to myself. Alone. It has been lovely beyond expression. This is not a comment on my kids or Derek but it speaks loudly of me. How much I need time doing things for and by…

Charcoal

Part of today’s assignment had me playing with charcoal. I haven’t used it before and I liked it. Pictured below is the ‘try to capture the form of something in only a few strokes’ exercise. It continues to amaze me how having limits can be so freeing. It didn’t have to look like anything. Just…

Blobs

New challenges are great…right? The online class, Imaginary Creatures, I’m taking has a flickr site where anyone in the class can upload images of their completed homework. This is intimidating. I suspected it might be but now that I’m in it my old critic is taunting me by waving her big bright banner of ‘not…

Sidewalk Crack

I’m taking an online class from Carla Sonheim called Imaginary Creatures. The tagline on her website is ‘the art of silliness.’ I definitely need more of that. Here are some animals I liberated from a photo she sent of a sidewalk crack.

Apple Cider

Last night as I hugged Isabella goodnight I told her she could read a bit later since it wasn’t a school night and she could sleep in. “Then after I get up can we have a lazy day? We can practice everything we know – Kung Fu, Gymnastics, mathematics, history.” “How about piano?” “I can…

Gratitude

This morning as I got the kids ready for school I caught a glance of the vitamin bottle as I closed it. DHA and Omegas – the kids have consistently received them starting with my pregnancies. My mind immediately went to all the benefits they’re supposed to have and an almost overwhelming feeling of  gratitude…

Splatter

Quinn and I were both cranky today and found ourselves cuddling together on the couch after school. “What would you like to do Quinn?” “I dunno. What do you wanna do?” “I want to draw.” I went to my studio space and went looking for a light sketch book and instead found one with sturdy…

Paper Ball

A cold, rainy, blustery day seemed a perfect one for pulling out some cutting supplies, paper and glue. I look forward to experimenting more with this idea – as a little book or card or decorations.  

Last day of summer

Ok technically it’s not the last day of summer, that’s tomorrow but Seattle had it’s last actual day of sun and summer weather today. Everywhere I went – “Are you enjoying the last nice day?” “Mmmmm, soaking up the sun before it goes away.” Weather reports all had the same message “get out there and…

Card

The other day I spent time playing with paper. This is the end result. I made a card for a co-worker/friend who is moving away. The picture in the upper corner is the card folded up in the box I made.

Contour Drawing

Apparently blind contour drawing is a good way to loosen up the pencil, get rid of the fear of white space and remember how to play on the paper. I took a picture with my phone with bad lighting so the photo’s not great but these are some of mine from tonight. They’re kind of…

Not Guaranteed

Today was the life celebration/memorial for a friend’s 22-year old daughter. I spent the early morning keenly aware of this as I sat cuddling with my son who nestled into me the same way he did when he was two. Afterwards I was in the kitchen baking muffins so the kids would have them for…

Night Off

One night a week I get to leave the house in the evening and go do whatever I want. This has been going on ever since the kids were born. This week I went out Wed night and I was feeling emotionally, socially, and physically drained. I drove to Greenlake, pulled out a picnic blanket…

Snapshot of my kids

Here’s a written snapshot of my kiddos from today. Isabella’s Question Isabella wasn’t responding as quickly as Derek would’ve like this morning while getting ready for school. Finally he yelled at her. A few minutes later I went to say goodbye to her, as I was heading to the gym, and she pulled me close…

Social Norms

I work at a domestic/sexual violence agency and there’s an ongoing discussion in the field about how to stop violence and the role of people when it comes to community accountability.  There are also trainings around oppression and un-earned privilege. The following is an email I sent to my co-workers this morning. In it are…

How?

How did 4 days go by so quickly? Although I haven’t been posting, I have been creating in one form or another. I brought a small sketchbook with me when I picked Isabella up on Friday and did a blind contour drawing of she and her friends playing. Wow, I didn’t like it but starting…

Back to School

This morning the kids allowed me to take first day of school photos of them. I’m not exactly sure why this is a tradition in so many families but I like having the record – their height against the doorway and how it changes year-to-year. These are the first back to school photos in this…

End of Summer

Today was the last day of summer break for my kiddos. Quinn had a friend sleep over and Isabella played most of the morning with the girls from next door. And while they were happily occupied I processed 40lbs of fruit – I washed, dipped in boiling water, and peeled nectarines and peaches for most…