This morning I got up, cleaned up the mess from the book I finished yesterday, and out of the blue, heard myself say, "I have to paint today".
Nothing else mattered. I just had to paint. I hadn't realized how long it had been since I'd painted anything other than a photograph. It didn't matter whether the painting was successful or not, that didn't seem to be the point. I've learned that there are times when you just need to listen, and not ask 'why'.
I went to the park the other day and the pink trees are bursting with
bloom. What is it about pink flowering trees that makes me so happy? Here are a few of the photos that I took after minimal post processing in photoshop. I was in a vintage mood last night...
Do you know Carla? If not, you're in for a treat! She's a fabulous teacher, and she's offering her first online class: The Art of Silliness. If you know her, then you already know that it will be a great class. Check out the info on her blog... but hurry! It starts April 1st!
I love my doggy! She makes me laugh so much. I can't resist her charms... seriously, I'm putty in her paws. I sit on the floor and tell her to give me a hug, and she lays her head on my shoulder and leans into me. Sometimes she'll even put her paw on my arm while hugging. I nearly melt....
Today I almost finished a little book I've been working on, just need to bind it tomorrow. It's a very late gift...
The words are from a mid 1800's book called Procter's Poems.
There's a tiny book in a pocket made from plastic hotel door keys:
I really love this tree photo that I took while in Crescent City. It seems so confident and self-assured. Deeply rooted. Like it sees the bigger picture; there are only self imposed barriers when we feel wind blown and weary.
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
This next one was taken down the road from here. I'm so in love with electrical wires in photos. not sure why....
I used one of the backgrounds I created yesterday, along with other texture shots, and one of my cow photos in this digital collage. These are neighboring cows that my husband loves to watch out the window while at his desk, so I thought it would make a nice birthday card image for his upcoming day.
I just love the doves that come feed in our back yard. They are so sweet. This guy is the first one I've ever been able to photograph. They're so shy that normally we enjoy them from the kitchen window, but yesterday, I was able to get a few shots while he ate. I was so excited.
One of the projects I'm working on is more images for making books. Here are a few backgrounds I made today:
I took a break today and snapped this shot of a mountain jay. Many people consider jays a bother, but I just love them. I played a bit in photoshop with it and enjoyed the way the cut rock texture ended up looking like wings, or maybe a royal robe. I also noticed the texture above his head seems to suggest a crown. I love when I can create intuitively and cool things happen without any effort or intention.
Here's the rock I scanned to use as texture. I found it in an antique shop and fell in love with the texture. It's only about an inch and a half in diameter, but the detail is breathtaking.
I finally finished this painted photo and will be mailing it to Clara Boza who won
the drawing that I held a while back. I'm catching up with everything I
got behind on the past few months and it feels so good.