Thursday, February 26, 2015

chip clips, happy faces and Sugar Man

i'm happy to say that things are better
than they were on my last post. :)
So many of you out there
are so wise with your words.
Your thoughtful comments always bring me back
to what's important in life
and remind me that I am not alone
in my ranting. 
They also remind me that in the grand scheme of things -
a bad day is just that - a bad day.
Not a bad life.
So thank you for that.
There is always tomorrow, right?
Or the day after.
My little chip clip.
It could close bags of rice cakes,
or raisins,
or peanuts,
but in this house - it closes bags of
Sour Cream & Onion, BBQ or Roast Chicken chips. :)
 Day 25 - Crayola wax crayons on paper
Day 26 - acrylic paint on paper.
I am trying to limit my time
on these little index card drawings & paintings
and so far, i must say,
i haven't spent more than 30 minutes on any of them.
Proof again that we do not need 2 or 3 hours to make art.
Just a bit of time,
a few supplies,
and the desire in our hearts.
I cannot wait for the weekend
to visit all of your blogs & see all of your 
29 faces in February!
Can you believe it's almost over?
I'll be visiting a few of my other favorite blogs too,
so already, i'm excited.
Hang in there folks.
The weekend is just around the corner. 
Love & lollipops

...for those of you out there who aren't familiar
with Sugar Man & his music - look him up.
So worth it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

rough day = rough art

The real voyage of discovery 
consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
It is so true that we paint what we feel
and not necessarily what we see.
Day 23 (yesterday) was an ok day.
Nothing extraordinary, but sometimes,
having an ok day is good enough for me.
Day 24, however... not so good.
Long story short: work was hell.
One of those days where I see
all the injustices
and the greed.
If there is one thing in life
that grinds my fucking gears -
it's greed.
And this place bleeds greed.
I'm sure you've all had those days.
I came home tonight
not knowing whether i wanted a warm bath
or chocolate
or a punching bag
or my journal
or pizza
or a walk outside
or just to flop myself in front of the tv
and not move until bedtime.
Slowly, i had a decent meal,
watched a bit of tv,
then put on some zen music,
lit a candle,
and painted today's self portrait.
Right after i post this,
i'm going to write a bit in my journal.
Just thinking about that makes me feel better.
I am so behind on visiting all your blogs
and although I'd love to see your lovely art tonight,
i will wait until I feel a little more rested.
A little less frustrated.
A little more grateful
and a little more like myself.
Big bear hugs to all of you.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

time flies when you're having fun

How did it get so late so soon?
- Dr. Seuss
Day 20 - coloured pencils on index card.
Gentle Jesus, where does the time go?
When the weekend gets here
i always think I'll have more than enough time
to do the things I wanna do...
and then all of a sudden,
it's Sunday night again
and I need to prepare for the work week ahead.
This 9 to 5 - 5 days a week crap is killing me.
ok, maybe i'm being a little dramatic
but I am not liking it one bit. ;-)
 Day 21 - acrylic on index card paper
Day 22 - acrylic on index card paper.
I have to say i don't know WHO this woman is
but she's certainly not me.
We are already nearing the end
of 29 faces in February (only 7 to go!)
I must say that I've really enjoyed this.
It got me sitting at the art table
when it would have been so easy just to watch TV.
Plus, i've learned something
with this series of selfies.
It is very difficult to paint myself from the mirror.
If i'm looking at a photo, not so bad.
But from the reflected image - so much more difficult.
Makes sense, since the mirror image is reality (3D)
and the photograph is flat - 2D.
Maybe it goes deeper than that.
Who knows?
I just know that i'd much rather paint
from a photograph.
This is the real me.
Dressed for the season. :)
Thank you ALL for your wonderful comments
and please know that i will respond soon
by visiting your blogs 
and catching up with what you've all been doing.
I saw this quote last week
and thought it was an important reminder
for us all.
Happy week everybody!