Tuesday, May 3, 2016

painting every day . . .

Whatever you decide to do.
Make sure it makes you happy.

I found these pieces of cardboard last night when I went to put something away in a drawer.  (Who knows why I keep some of the things I do.)  Looking at them I thought they would be perfect just to mess around  with - with some doodles and paint.  I gave them a coat of gesso and now I have a whole stack of little pieces to play and experiment on.  My personality - who I am truly needs to create something every day  . . . whether it be a doll or a doodle or just a little painting on a piece of cardboard.  I also believe that the more I paint . . . I may just find myself painting what I want to paint.  I may just be able to put the ideas in my head on a canvas and have them look the way I want them to.  My goal . . . to paint something (not matter how small) everyday.  I am thinking that can only lead to something good.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

enjoy the process . . .

"To live a creative life, we must
lose our fear of being wrong."
~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

 I seem to like my practice painting better than the other things I am working on, 
but I am thinking of it as a process . . . and I always try to ENJOY THE PROCESS.
I'll just have to see where this crane painting goes . . . I don't like it - but who knows . . . I still might.
Now that I think about it, I do that when I make dolls all the time.  When I don't like how a doll is looking . . . I know that eventually I will come up with something and then I will like it.  Hopefully that happens with painting also.  (Enjoy the process . . . right?)  I probably need to paint more like Charlotte . . . just paint . . . and then proclaim, "Look, it's so beautiful!"
We can learn a lot from children!
This weekend went by way to quickly, but then weekends have a way of doing that.  
The weather was everything you could ask for on a weekend . . . perfect for being outside.  
We even had a small surprise thunderstorm last night . . . nothing huge, but enough thunder and lightening to make sitting on the patio while watching Fear the Walking Dead a little more fun.

1. Charlotte's help watering the garden
2. Lunch with Jennifer and Lily
3. Working on my rock peace sign in the backyard (finally)
4. Charlotte wanting to paint rocks.
5. Sarah coming over . . . staying late . . . and drinking champagne
6. A little thunder and lightening
7. "Love Suds" Open House . . . a friend of Jennifer's makes her own natural and organic spa products.  They are wonderful!
8. Sitting outside reading 
9. Richard making a fabulous dinner
10.  A relaxed, lazy Sunday . . . 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

just because . . .

Yesterday was simply a fun day.
Flowers, polka dots, doodles . . . little stuff that inspired me.
 Inspiration is everywhere if you just take the time to notice.

Then there was Charlotte. . . who seemed to think painting her face at preschool was a good idea.
  She was as wound up and silly as she could get last night.  Grandpa had gotten her some strawberry ice cream for dessert . . . maybe that was why.
She told him that the ice cream must have made her crazy. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

painting paper cranes . . .

Whatever is good for the soul ~ do that!

I am determined to learn a more about painting and to just paint . . .
and I figure I can only improve - right?  
This isn't exactly how I wanted it to look, but I can live with it.  I like the look of the practice flowers in the left top corner better.   
Part of my problem is I tend to get impatient and then get in a hurry to finish.  
I am working on that . . . so I got this far and decided to take a break.  

Monday, April 25, 2016

doodles and paint . . .

"Allow yourself to be a beginner.
No one starts off being excellent."  
~ Wendy Flynn

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Friday!

I am always talking about "finding joy in the small stuff" . . . 
. . . such as a hat on the man that you love that simply makes you smile.
(Where did this hat come from?)
Happy Friday!  

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Shabby Charlotte voodoo doll . . . Ghislaine

So I seem to be a little bit back on track - feeling more settled and getting some things finished . . . like this little doll.  I am not sure that I like her name . . . I may change that, but there is always something about each doll that I make -  that I like and seems to be the detail that makes me like that particular doll.  With this one it is the little pearl necklace . . . 

Ghislaine is a very clever little voodoo doll
and made with hopefully enough magic that she brings a smile to your face. 
She is nearly always happy, somewhat sarcastic, and also very determined. 
When given a job to do . . . she doesn’t quit until it is finished. 
 Loyal to the end . . . Ghislaine will do whatever she has to do to help the people she cares about. 
Keep this little doll around as a reminder
that life is too short to let anything or anyone bother you . . .

Monday, April 18, 2016

good things this weekend . . .

We decided to hang our chalkboard instead of just leaning it against the wall . . . 
. . . and of course Charlotte had to help Grandpa. 
She measured . . . and marked . . . 
and as usual made the whole process much more fun.  
It may not seem possible to actually enjoy every moment . . . but I can find some joy in every day!
I can find joy in the small stuff!  I can choose happiness every day!

1. Our new chalkboard . . . and drawing with Charlotte
2. Yard work 
3. Temperatures in the 80's
4. Sitting outside reading
5. Getting up early
6. Visiting Jake and Kasey
7. Painting Charlotte's nails . . . (why don't I have a picture of that?)
8. Hot tea . . . with a message
9. Fresh fruit for breakfast
10. Laughing so hard it hurt

Saturday, April 16, 2016

CH is for Charlotte . . . and chalkboard

I've been wanting a large chalkboard and Richard finally got around to making me one. 
I think I will be sharing it with Charlotte . . . all the more fun!