A few days ago I alluded to something exciting I was preparing to reveal. Well, I am thrilled to announce that my work will be included in a new book by Diantha Smith Harris entitled "Living With Simply Color"! The launch date is set for this month and I will share more information as it comes available. In the meantime, if you'd like to pre-order a copy for yourself or as a gift, contact me through the e-mail address on my sidebar and I'll provide you with all the necessary details. Have yourself a Color Full day! *Table of Contents image used with the author's permission.
I've been making a concentrated effort to spend time in my studio illustrating and I'm happy with the results of the increased practice.
It's also my intention to reproduce several of these images as prints. As soon as I have that worked out, I'll be announcing it here and making those available for purchase.
It feels like Autumn is rapidly approaching. Nights are very cool, although the days are still hot and humid. I'm beginning to harvest fresh produce from my garden and the dinner menu is dictated by whatever is ripe.
Are you seeing signs of the changing seasons where you are? I'd love to hear.
I grew up on this gum. I was always chewing it. I don't see it around much anymore, but when I do I can't resist buying a couple for old time's sake. The scent alone takes me back. The cartoons contained inside the wrapper still suck, but that's part of its charm.
Funny, it's only today that I noticed it's not spelled "Double".
What sweet memory from childhood do you recall? I'd love to hear.
I love lanterns. They exude a soft warmth and harken back to a time when things were simpler. While I've admired lanterns for years, this is the only one I own. I could easily become a collector of these.
Today's photo prompt is Favourite Smell. I have lots of favourite smells and the scent of fresh lavender ranks right up there with the aroma of freshly baked bread and the first cup of coffee in the morning.
I've had some small success with growing lavender this year and it thrills me to no end that the bees are enjoying these delicate purple flowers, as well.
About this time Last Year, our little flock of hens were settling into their grown-up home in an old grain shed The Frenchman had renovated for them. They were growing up fast and we were soon to discover that Pearl was not a girl, after all.
What was happening in your world Last Year? I'd love to hear.
This is the fireplace hearth my husband made out of spalted maple. He hand sanded the surface to bring out the spectacular grain that appears to ripple and move even though it's perfectly flat. Honey golden, it practically glows when the sunlight falls on it. Unique and beautiful, it's one of my favourite things in our home. Do you a favourite thing in your home? I'd love to hear.
It's been months since I've written in my journal. Julia Cameron calls them morning pages and I first started the practice while reading her book, The Artist's Way. Today's photo prompt felt like a nudge to take up my pen and begin again.
I have beautifully bound notebooks, all neatly stacked and sitting empty. I can't bring myself to mar those pristine pages with my hasty thoughts. I prefer inexpensive, spiral bound journals with lined pages and my pen of choice is equally modest. The ink flows freer on these simple sheets and my thoughts seem to follow suit.
Do you have a journalling practice? I'd love to hear.
Today's photo prompt was good timing, as I was already slicing lemons for a new batch of my Homemade Lemon Iced Tea. I love the transparent quality of those juicy pockets of lemony goodness. So fresh and delicious.
Monday was the last day of a hot long weekend here in Canada, so I'm doubling up on the Augustbreak photo prompts today. The Frenchman and I took our dog, Willow for a drive and let her splash around in the shallow end of a local lake. She panics when her feet no longer touch bottom, so she's not much of a swimmer, but her long legs take her pretty far out into the cool water and she has a good time anyway.
Stark and eerie, these monolithic structures are mesmerizing to watch as they carve the air with their elegant blades. With no other visible signs of life for acres and acres, they have an alien, otherwordly feel. Are you participating in Susannah Conway's August Break 2015? I'd love to know!
We've officially listed our home for sale and our search for a new one in British Columbia has begun in earnest. It feels like the calm before the storm because, as anyone knows who has ever sold a house before, once things start happening, it takes on a life of its own.
It's a stressful time and The Frenchman and I decided to take a weekend off from everything "house" related last week and go exploring. We share a love for abandoned buildings and I was drawn to the starkness of this old homestead we happened upon. It must have been a hard life, living out here on the bald prairie.
What's been happening in your corner of the world? I'd love to hear.
Well, it's official. We've enlisted the aid of a realtor to help us find a new home in British Columbia. We love our house here on the prairies, but just can't handle the weather any more. It's a land of extremes here, with temperatures dropping to -40 degrees Celsius in the winter (and that's not including the windchill factor) and soaring to the mid-thirties during the summer months. The wind is a constant on most days and it's relentless. It's a move of choice, not necessity, so it may take some time to find the right place. In the meantime, we're preparing for a move. I'm not exactly sure how it's all going to play out and just the thought of moving the chickens makes me hyperventilate. I'm praying for an easy transition. Wish us luck! Anything new in your world that you'd care to share? I'd love to hear.
We've had an extremely dry Spring this year and are currently experiencing a heatwave with temperatures in the mid-thirties Celsius. Naturally, it's the one time when we don't have a hint of a breeze to help give even the illusion of cooler temperatures. It's at times like these that my Mother Hen comes out in me. Which is good for my animals, I suppose, but keeps me in a constant state of anxiety worrying about their welfare. Because the hens ate every last blade of grass in their run last year, The Frenchman built a chicken tractorfor them earlier this year so we can get them out on the lawn. It's been working really well, but with the soaring temperatures, we decided to let them free range yesterday so they could find comfort on their own. They behaved quite responsibly and stayed close to the house. It's also where the best shade could be found. We kept several waterers filled with fresh, cool water and added electrolytes, as well. I also wet down the grass frequently to help cool their feet. Frozen unsweetened applesauce is an excellent treat for them in this heat and it also helps maintain proper gut bacteria. Our dog, Willow, enjoys it as well. Speaking of Willow, both our dog and cat were extremely polite with the hens and Pearl, our rooster, didn't seem at all concerned about them either. All in all, a good day all things considered.
I'm slowly beginning to return to the land of the living. The trouble with being sick for so long is that things tend to pile up and I was faced with a long list of things to do once I started to feel better. I took my time weeding my garden plot and planting a few things that have been successful in the past. It won't be a big garden this year. After the demoralizing harvest we had last year, hailstorms notwithstanding, I wasn't going to wear myself out over it. I still tire easily and am approaching it as a lesson in self-compassion by resting when I need to and generally cutting myself some slack. I've started to spend time in my studio again and, while I haven't committed to another 100 Day Project, it is my intention to establish a daily practice. I have a ritual of sorts I employ when I sit down to create. I bring a cup of freshly brewed herbal tea with me, light a candle and invite my muse to join me, along with whatever agents of good would like to enter into my company. I highly recommend this TedTalk by Elizabeth Gilbert. I've also gotten into the habit of listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks when I sit down to illustrate. I never read the series and do enjoy the imagination of J.K. Rowlings. It also seems to occupy my left brain so my right brain can be free to create without critique. What about you? Do you have creative rituals you engage in? I would love to hear.
All in all, 2015 has been a disappointing year, so far.
My husband and I have been struggling with our health since February and we now have Walking Pneumonia. We're on our second round of antibiotics and resting as much as we can. It's sapping our energy and we have barely enough to accomplish the simplest of tasks. Walking up a flight of stairs has me huffing and puffing like I've run a marathon.
Consequently, my plans for this year have been severely curtailed until I recover. I was unable to keep up with the daily drawing and set it aside in favour of afternoon naps. I did enjoy the practice and I will begin anew .... when my health returns.
In the meantime, my priorities are all about getting well and looking after my animals. I'll check in from time to time and hope to have better news soon!
The drawing continues. I'm starting to fall into an uneasy rhythm. I say that because most days, I feel like this is just one more thing that I have to get done in an already busy day. That said, I'm determined to make time for it.
Even if I only have time to toss off a quick sketch on the back of a shopping list, as I did the other day when we took a day trip out of town. The hawk in the top right was the result, hastily drawn at a restaurant table with what I had on hand in my purse before our meal was served. All of that aside, I'm enjoying this project. I'm enjoying the discipline and the creative process as much as, or more than, the finished project. I'm also pleased to see a body of work forming in my sketchbook. And, you? What have you been up to lately? I'd love to hear.
It's been a busy week. In addition to my regular responsibilities, there was a thorough Spring Cleaning, that included washing doggy nose prints off windows, baking and, of course - drawing. I'm 10 days into the 100 Days of Drawing project and there have already been days when I feel like the creative well has run dry. Nevertheless, I sit down at my desk, light my candle and put pencil to paper. Amazingly, something comes out. This quote has been a big source of encouragement to me this past week: "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they're deciding, make even more art." Andy Warhol, Artist. What has your week been like? I'd love to hear.
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