We had a great day on Sunday celebrating Father’s Day.
We escaped the heat and drove up the mountain to cooler weather. It was such a beautiful day.
We hiked, had a picnic and
found some cool moss.
We also collected some mica flakes that were on the trail.
I am so fortunate that my best friend, my husband, is the perfect father for our children. He is loving, attentive, involved and encouraging. He provides a fun and safe environment for them to grow and become little men. I am forever thankful.
I am finally back to my morning walking, feeling better and better every day! Last night was the first time in two weeks that I slept through the entire night without coughing once. It feels amazing. A good night’s sleep is like magic!
I had forgotten how much I love my morning walks and wanted to share all of the beautiful Tucson gates that I have been collecting since I started my walks in February. If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen them already.
I’ve seen so many, yet there are tons out there still. I love finding them. They are like treasures throughout the city. The people of Tucson love their grand gates, walls and color too! There are definitely parts of Tucson that are not this artistic, so I tend to favor the more colorful parts of town and walk only in places I know I’ll find lots of treasures like these.
With the weather temps getting high, I can only walk before 8am (earlier would be even better), so I’ve also been riding my bike when I can’t get out the door in time. This at least gives me a little breeze.
6 x 9 original acrylic painting
mounted in 9 x 12 double mat
for sale here
This was a late night painting, a few nights ago, when I thought I was feeling better (see below). I stayed up a little too late painting this pretty girl and liked her so much that I got a special little mat for her to make her look extra special.
For those of you who don’t follow me on FB, I’ve had a very persistent and cruel cough for over a week now. I finally went to the doc yesterday, which I HATE doing, but I was pretty miserable not having had much sleep. I found out that I have acute bronchitis progressing to mild pneumonia. Ugh!! So, for the first time in 7 years, I am very happily taking some antibiotics.
I wrote this almost two years ago on my blog when my youngest had pneumonia. It is totally how I feel now:
“For a nurse, I am pretty anti medication and will turn to nutritious foods, herbs, teas and tonics first. I always trust that our bodies will do what they need to do to reach health and homeostasis. When it doesn’t work that way, I worry, worry, worry, wondering what I did or didn’t do.”
I spend a lot of time working hard to take care of myself. This cough has been like a rug pulled out from under me. I don’t know how it got so bad. But, I will get back on track — I feel the end is in sight!
I bought this pretty little rose plant for my studio, but it’s been hanging out on the dining table because it looks so darn pretty on Katy’s table runner.
The pink planter was looking a little too blah to me, so I pulled out my washi deco tapes and gave it a little make over.
I love little projects where washi & deco tapes are used. It’s so liberating to finally use my tapes like this. I always feel like the tapes are precious and I never want to use them! So silly!
The rose plant will need a better planter eventually, but I’ll still be able to use the little tin pot for my brushes or pencils or something.
I also think I should mention that I had to put a few coats of collage pauge over the tapes to help them really adhere and give them a little extra protection.
acrylic painting on 12 x 12 x 1 inch wood panel
for sale ~ $150
prints will be available soon!
I’ve had this little elephant in my head since I made this heart, wanting to do the same technique.
It is so much fun to play with color this way and then watch something emerge by adding the white.
I think it is hard to be different. I’ve often been the different one–in my family, at work. I eat differently, have different beliefs, ideas, and I have to create and make. This makes me strange to some.
But, in order to walk the path where you are true to yourself, you should walk proudly and show all your colors.
Like Brene Brown says in her book, Daring Greatly, “We must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen.” It’s a great book by the way. I’m giving myself permission to finish reading it over the weekend, heal this nasty cough I have so that I can show up for my creative self and work my magic on Monday.
What are you giving yourself permission to do this weekend? Whatever it is, I hope you have a great one!
I wanted to share some pretty new gifts from 3 of my lovely artist friends. The four of use have decided to do a little swap every few months because it is so fun to get stuff in the mail.
This agreement has been evolving into so much more. An amazing art/love/friendship/support group. I love these gals!
So, I wanted to share a few of the pretty items now adorning my home, reminding me of the special gift I have in them.
The beautiful table runner is from Katy. It goes so perfectly with my vintage blue jar and purple sage flowers.
On my front door is a lovely reminder from Suzanne. It makes me smile every time I walk through the door.
And this sweet little snowman, from Tammy, promises to help me keep my cool as we head into these hot summer months.
You can see what I made them HERE.
acrylic on 4×4 canvas (sold!! Thank you Elsa!)
We found this sweet little bird in the middle of the road on Monday when we went out for a family bike ride.
The kids spotted him and we are so thankful that we didn’t run him over.
It was already starting to get hot (we hit 95 degrees that day ~35C) and he was sitting in the full sun. I was able to coax him onto a stick and carried him to the side of the road under a shady tree. We hope he did okay. He was so cute, only about 2 inches big!!!
That sweet little bird is what inspired the fun little painting above.
I finished my little challenge of painting a faces every day. Above are the last 5 faces.
And here are all 25 faces together in order.
I had a lot of fun filling up my journal with these faces and now am trying to think up a new challenge for myself. Maybe to just get some portraits onto canvas or panels.
First, I have to get working on 3 big deadlines I have coming up.
Have a great weekend!
This is my 1920′s girl with bird, somewhat inspired by The Great Gatsby. I loved that movie and all the sparkle and glamor. Spectacularly dramatic!
This was painted on an 11×14 flat panel. I took the picture late this afternoon and the colors aren’t totally right. The shirt is more purpley-pink and the blue more turquoise. I might have to retake the pic.
Anyway, I really enjoyed dipping into those purpley-pinks. I used to really love purple, then I didn’t, now I do again. Purple, I missed you!
Here is day 12-20 of my daily portrait painting challenge in my art journal. My art journal is getting nice and fat. I love that!
I am still doing them within a 20-30 minute time frame. I plan on doing 5 more days and then will start working on actual canvas or wood panels. It’s time to get over my fear of big blank canvases.