spiral love 4.4.2015

Getting a chance a couple times a week now to draw and paint. The minutes and hours and days are less momentary and are beginning to have form. Less crazed and more calm. More space and breathing. I won’t write my usual monthly review post, because there just isn’t much to write about this month.…

still here 3.18.2015

My new and temporary role as caretaker to my healing son is taking up much of my time. I haven’t been able to draw and paint quite as often as planned, but am still here, working in small chunks of found time. And those chunks are getting bigger and bigger. This is a watercolor I…

back in Portland 3.2.2015

I’m back in Portland, Oregon, hanging out with my healing son. I brought my sketch pad, a small variety of pencils and pens, and, of course, my little Sakura watercolor set, so I am set for my daily art practice. Portland is a great walking city. Spring is just starting here, and the sweet streets…

a practice 2.23.2015

I continue to practice several things that I think I can start calling “habits.” For almost five months now, I’ve sketched or painted every day. I’ve exercised every day. I’ve practiced yoga and completed sets of squats twice a week. I feel like these are turning into habits because most of the time, I just…

valentines 2.16.2015

I kept very busy last week, making four Valentines. I found the idea at Design Sponge. Each Valentine includes an envelope that I made out of heavier paper with a cut-out heart in the front.  A little booklet or “mini-zine” slides into the envelope, full of pen sentiments and watercolor drawings. The first photo below…

midwinter 2.9.2015

It’s midwinter here in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.  When I look up the definition of midwinter, it’s the winter solstice. But I feel like it’s the middle of winter right now – halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The daylight hours are getting longer, the sun is shining higher, but it’s still very…

february intentions 2.2.2015

My January intentions were to keep it simple and basic: 1. Draw every day. Done. “Draw” includes sketching and painting. 2. Exercise every day. Done. Airports are a fine place to walk! And in beautiful Portland, Oregon, I could walk and walk and walk and… 3. Yoga twice a week. I didn’t meet this goal…

back home 1.27.2015

I’ve been home for 3 days, after being away for 10. I didn’t draw every single day while on the road, but am pleased with what I did accomplish. I took pencils, colored pencils, paper, and my small watercolor set, and sat down (almost) each day to draw or paint. Drawing and painting helped me…

moss 1.21.2015

I’ve been in Portland, Oregon for one week. What a delightful change in weather from the frigid, cold, white and gray of Madison, Wisconsin! Here in Portland, it’s rained steady only two days in the past week, and the sun has been out for half- or full-time the other 5 days. Portlanders tell me it’s…

hearts and love 1.16.2015

I try to post each Monday, but I’m on the road in beautiful Portland, Oregon, and I’m a little discombobulated. Better late than never! My heart is full of love. And it’s the result of a health scare in my family – bad shit creates great love. Huh. Seems like a contradiction, but I’m not…