Tuesday, May 26

Where have you been and where are you going?

I've always loved art and gravitated towards anything I could make with my own two hands. As a child I found happiness hand sewing the bits of fabric that fell from our dinning room table as my mother sewed above me. I was in the 6th grade in 1976, the year of the bicentennial, and I was voted by our class to paint a mural of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride on the side of one of the school buildings as a gift from our class. When my son was 5, I built him a tee pee after he found one that was finacially out of reach for us. So it's been for as long as I can remember... I've played at art and loved everything about it.
But when I discovered blogs a few years ago, a whole new world opened up to me creatively. I never imagined the impact it would have on my life as a whole. I remember reading about Silver Bella on Teresa McFayden's blog, and thinking it would be such a extravagance to even consider attending. But the following year after taking a class with Teresa when she was in California for CHA, I came home full of excitement and announced to my husband I was indeed flying to Nebraska come fall for that years event. And I did, that was 2 years ago. Since then I've been fortunate enough to attend several art retreats including Art and Soul, The Art Nest in Utah, and this August I'm thrilled to be hosting Judy Wilkenfeld in a 2 day workshop here in SoCal.
Never having had a creative goal in mind, I was happy to simply go where I wanted and play at the art I've found stimulating and fulfilling. I've been lucky to be able to take classes with those who's work I admire, and to have learned more than I ever thought I would. But last year I happened onto a blog post which spoke of naming what we want creatively. Specifically it spoke of being published and the author told of pursuing that, if it was what you wanted. I hadn't ever thought about it before then, but for some reason the idea resonated with me, and those words began to cross my mind more and more. So I made it my goal to at least try and see what would happen. Happily it's become a reality this year. First with Stampington's Marie, and now with Sew Somerset. Amanda Nolan contacted me a few months ago and asked if I'd send in a book of mine she'd recently seen on my blog. It was the book that was the basis for a class I taught last year, In the Company of Women. 
I know my creative journey is far from over, but I can't help but feel like I've come full circle. I love where I find myself creatively and I'm sure I'll be surprised by where artful blogging takes me in the future. So tell me... where have you been, and where are you going creatively? If you find yourself waning more, go for it. It's a lot closer than you might think!

Monday, May 25

Happy Memorial Day

Thanks to all of you who so selflessly serve this great country of ours. May you serve with pride, and return safely home to us all. God Bless America!

Sunday, May 17

Gone Fishing...

We're home from a week of camping at Lake Nacimiento and what a great time we had. My husband has long been a member of The Long Beach Bow Hunters, and for about 25 years several families have spent the week after Mother's Day at the lake camping and of course fishing... these are manly men after all.
There were 20 of us all together ranging in age from 4 to 74, what a fun bunch! We made smores, had fish tacos, and many, many cold beverages were consumed and enjoyed!
I haven't been camping for long time, but I can tell you for sure I hope to join them each year from here on out.
It's funny how soon we forget these family fun pastimes once our own children grow up. Thanks to LBBH for reminding me how much I love this stuff... dust, dirt, icky fish and all!

Saturday, May 9

Happy Mother's Day

Monday, May 4

{Spoiler}

Last month to celebrate the Marie magazine, Maria Rodarte hosted a Marie Antoinette canvas swap. Though I don't usually participate in swaps I joined this one.
I was paired with Heather of Speckled Egg, and this is what I sent her. She doesn't have it yet, as we both were late in sending our canvases. It's also not what we were called to do, but I was happy to see that Heather too is a rule~breaker and clearly went with what suites us creatively. Here's what is fast on it's way to her...



My canvas is done in a much softer palette than Heather's, but I think she'll be happy since I believe she said her colors were white, and cream. 
Here is the lovely canvas that was delivered on my doorstep today. Such an explosion of springtime color, and texture!


Heather also sent this sweet cameo bracelet! Thanks so much Heather, this was a fun swap and you were a great swap partner!
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