Monday, April 27, 2015

Don't Look Back

I have so. much. stuff. All over the living room floor in preparation for the Red Dirt Art Festival this Saturday.
Laundry is everywhere.
There are not one, but TWO to-do lists laying around. (One for home, one for art show prep)
They look at me and vie for my attention.
But I don't think I'll give them that much power today.

I'll pat myself on the back when I cross something off,
I will do laundry as I can and give myself a treat.
Maybe I'll mop the floor this week.
But probably not.
I'll write a blog post on a Monday instead of a Friday.

I will enjoy the mess before the show and remind myself I like to dig around, gather and put things together and make it look pretty.

Cause if I keep looking back and seeing what I didn't do, this week will be a wash. And who wants to live in that kind of negativity? 

Let's look forward this Monday.
Look forward to the good the week will bring, what we will release and let go of and what we can enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things

I sat down at my desk this morning and realized that is was Friday.
I knew it was Friday.
But as I sat at the desk, I KNEW it was Friday.

As in:
I haven't done a blog post yet.
Laundry needs to be done today.
A large canvas I started is whispering at me to finish it.

Brenna has a dr. appt. this afternoon AND it's Light and Power Prom tonight.
The calendar screamed at me that my next show is two weeks away.

As I feel the familiar fear creeping into my body, I decide to listen to Rend Collective on Pandora and write out the quote,
"Celebrate the small things."

How often do you do this?
If you are like me, it isn't much. 
I'm better at throwing a party to tell myself I haven't done enough.

So not inspiring. 
So bad for my internal health.

I'm gonna practice turning it around.
Let's celebrate.

Did you forget to write a blog post on the only day you write one?
Write a little one, put a picture up and say, "Happy Friday, friends!" 
Now go outside and lift your face to the sun and say "Yes. Thank you."

Was there a load of laundry done? Maybe not three or four, but one?
Buy yourself a CUPCAKE.

art journal entry done with Rapido Sketch pen .35 and Staedtler pigment liner 0.5

How about lunch? 
Maybe there might have been an apple in there somewhere instead of just the left over bag of baked cheetos consumed.
That deserves a big HOORAY and a pat on the back.
Way to go, you.

Doesn't the day seem a little better?

30x30 canvas in progress

I'm gonna practice this all day today and see what happens.

Happy Friday, friends.
I'm going outside to say thank you.
Love to you.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Puppy Love

Meet June.

 She's a ten-week-old-puppy-breath-bundle of love.
And she isn't mine.
June belongs to my eldest daughter and son-in-law.

However, Miss June has been spending time with us for a couple of days while her "mom and dad" settle into their new digs.

Not that we mind.
June shares a lot, and likes to lay on a blanket in my art room.
I know, I know. She'll wake up any day now.
But by that time she will be at her house with mom and pop.
So, I'll soak up the puppy love for a few days.

Do you remember those first weeks with a puppy at night?
I think I've blacked them out. It's seriously been so long that all it took was one sleepless night to remember why I don't ever want a puppy again.
God Bless my daughter and her husband-youth is on their side.
I'll just do a puppy fix and hand her back.

Speaking of love-
I think you might love these....
(geez. what a segue.)

I call them "Small Truths" and they will be available at the Red Dirt Art Festival, Saturday, May 2nd.


The Balboa Art Walk, Sunday, May 17th.

They are simple, but carry a hefty message with each one.
The size is approximately 5x5 and they can hang or tuck into a bookcase or a bedside table or even a kitchen back splash to bring some truth into your day.

Short and sweet today, as I'm short on sleep...

 But very blessed.
Enjoy your weekend!

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