Friday, August 19, 2011

On gloomy days....

On rainy gloomy days,this is where my soul takes a trip. :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Creative week

School has been back in session now since Aug. 3rd and I am finally catching up on my artwork. The summer was spent traveling and enjoying our time together so I didn't have much time to create other than to journal.

On our trip to Santa Rosa Island in Florida we combed the beach everyday. :) I left with a pretty good amount of shells. When we came home I cleaned, labeled and put aside some to use on my art pieces.

Here is my little stash from Florida. :)
(Actually this wasn't all of it the bags were full by the time we left Florida)

I had a dream of these cute little creatures that were water sprites. A water sprite is a sprite (an elfish person) known to inhabit or haunt in water-water nymphs. I painted and assembled a collage to try to convey what was in my dreams using the shells and other found objects to create them. Here is the outcome. They are not completely done yet but close to it.

My sprites

The next day I painted my piece for Total Alignment.

Total Alignment-Balance

I am also working on my table leg dolls :)

I am thankful to have the time to immerse myself in my creativity mostly when my nerves are frazzled. I am very proud of both my sons but also nervous at the same time because both of them passed their driving tests. My eldest Nick passed his actual driving test to now have his intermediate license which will last for 6 months then his actual license will be given to him. Jared my youngest passed his written permit exam and now can start driving to log his hours in so that in 6 months he can test out to get his intermediate. So the other day I couldn't sleep well and was nervous that morning when Nick drove his brother to school. Watching them drive off just sunk in the reality that our kids are growing up. I must not be the only one having a hard time with letting go because Bo chose to go to work later so that he can follow them to school the first day to make sure they made it safe. I was proud of myself I didn't cry but even this morning it was so awkward not to see them get on the bus and to have Nick wave goodbye as he got into the driver's side of the car. Time is flying by.

First day Nick drove to school on his own with Jared.

On other notes the weather finally cooled off a bit for us. We are in the cross country season for Nick and Bo is in full swing at his new job. I will also start online college classes on the 1st of September. It will be a busy year but hopefully we will have time to stop and enjoy the meaningful moments and not forger to smell the roses.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Been off the grid over here....

Yes I am alive and here and busy. I think I over use that word now. LOL! Since Bo arrived we have traveled pretty much the whole summer. Spending a week in Florida in June then a sporadic trip to Asheville, North Carolina in July to run away from the high heat index here in Kentucky and spend more family time together before Bo signed back in. Then last weekend we were in Mt. Juliet, TN for a wrestling camp for the boys. The great thing was that we were able to finally see our great friends, Jen and Amy and spent a wonderful brunch with them. 5 years has passed since Bo and Amy graduated nursing school together so it was really nice to see her in person again and reconnect. Then today was the first day of school for the boys. Can you believe it, I have a Junior and a Senior now!!

I have so much to share and I know I will do it one post at a time. I feel so bad for neglecting my page. :(

With much heaviness in my heart at times and frustration it impedes on my creative processes which then I tend to put aside my creativity. That of course is not such a great thing for not only my psyche but my soul. So I am very grateful and thankful to have met Connie Hozvicka in one of my online workshops. On her Dirty Footprints Studio she has a free online course on Total Alignment. Here is a snippet of the course.

My intention behind Total Alignment is to share with others a series of powerful tools and techniques that can be used to help "totally align" one's body-mind-spirit with Creative Source. Through the fusion of FEARLESS™ Painting and basic Yoga techniques we will move through five invitations designed for you to explore and experiment with in your own creative process and life. The invitations will be centered around:

1. Opening The Heart Center (Monday, August 1)
2. Balancing (Tuesday, August 2)
3. Energizing (Wednesday, August 3)
4. Full Self Expression (Thursday, August 4)
5. Grounding (Friday, August 5

I dove right in staying up late at times to paint. Not all the time would my paintings come out "pretty" but the energy of delivering the paint to a board or canvas was therapeutic. I am hoping with my classes I take for painting or mixed media it would open the doors for more creativity with my jewelry.

If you happen to have time hop over to Connie's page and check her new site out and her workshops offered.

Today I am running off to deal with cross country team pictures plus senior picture with Nick. Sigh.... I cannot believe that much time has already passed. I will be back to share pictures of beautiful sights this summer and hopefully get back into the grind of sharing my creations.

Talking about my jewelry I opened up my Etsy store again if you want to pass by and check it out.