Friday, February 22, 2019

Seeking Something That Is Authentically Mine

If you ask my husband, he'll tell you that this is a thing that happens whenever I jump full speed into something, I'll do it to the point of burnout and then seek something else.  If you ask me, I'm still seeking something that is authentically mine.

My latest obsession of creativity has been making cards, by the hundreds.  I've been an on again off again card maker since I was in high school.  Yes, I know.  I'm dating myself.  I've had another good run with this creative endeavor, and let's be clear, I'm not done with it.  I'm just on a little sabbatical.

What am I doing while I'm on this little sabbatical?  I'm sketching, reading and breathing life back into my photography page, hate the word blog.  Anyway...moving on.  I'm still seeking something that takes my talents and desires in a creative direction that is authentically mine.  I assume this plagues many creatives.  I envy those with just one passionate, creative, endeavor but that's not me.

Over the years I've whittled things down, but I still have three things that pull at my heart - Art, Photography and Writing.  I'm now 41, still trying things with each of these areas, but I feel like I need to make this the year I find the thing that is authenticly mine.  The year where I start making more with my own art, rather than creating solely with what is available on the market to card makers.  Something that is authenticly mine, something that includes art and photography.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Currently Reading: Art Before Breakfast

Currently Reading:

Title:  Art Before Breakfast
Author:  Danny Gregory
Type:  Creativity

I haven't finished this book yet but wanted to share how it's helping me change some of my creative habits.  In the first few pages of this book, Gregory talks about how to add five, ten or even 15 minutes of creativity to any busy schedule.

While I'm not interested in drawing my daily breakfast, as he suggests, I have taken up the habit of sketching nearly every day.

Below are the first five days of sketching I've done so far.  I can say that if I gain nothing else from this book it has encouraged me to pick up my pencil and return to sketching.

Day 1:


Day 2:


Day 3:


Day 4:


Day 5:


Monday, February 18, 2019

Book Review: Notes from a Blue Bike


Title:  Notes From a Blue Bike
Author:  Tsh Oxenreider
Type:  Spiritual Growth

I wanted to like this book.  I really did, but it wasn't meant to be.  The subtitle " The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World" made me think this would be a bit of a how-to with tips and advice on small things to work toward living a more intentional life.  Nope, not really.  It's a book in which Tsh Oxenreider talks an awful lot about her children and about homeschooling her children and then putting them in public school.  Nothing about how to live a more intentional life.  This book was way to focused on her children.

I'll be honest I only made it about halfway through the book before calling it a wash.  This book was just too much "mommy life" for my taste.  I'd think twice before I would pick up anything else by this author.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Currently - What January 2019 Looked Like

We rang in the New Year in Hawaii.


I had bronchitis for the first time in my life while on vacation.


I spent some time working on my Copic marker coloring skills.


We returned from our trip to this...

Someone was glad to be home


January 10th brought us down to -23


I created cards with the snowmen I colored on vacation.


I bought a few new skeins of variegated thread for card stitching.


January 21st the sunset from my office was beautiful.


Love using fun postage to send out Happy Mail. These are for my February sending.


Here's hoping that February is a little warmer.