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Friday, May 30, 2014

Hope (Sunday Sketches)

"Hope" is my Mother in Law's word. It holds special meaning for her and helps give her strength. We will be celebrating her birthday on Sunday. I've drawn and decorated the letters of hope and I'm planning on taking pics of my boys holding the letters and framing them for her. I know these past few months have been hard on her and I know she will need strength in the months to come. I'm hoping that by seeing people who love her, combined with her special word, will help.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sea Turtle (Sunday Sketches)

Today I felt like I needed some colour and whimsy. I've been finding myself looking at a lot of beach pictures lately. It's one of my favourite places to be...sand & sun...feeling warm to the core. I've been needing to feel that safe place. We are still kind of reeling from hubby's dad's diagnosis. He is on his second round of chemo but unfortunately one of the meds is causing his heart rate to increase to a scary number so they've taken it out. This med is also a major part of the chemo so...  

Anyway, I've noticed a lot of sea turtles in my beach browsing and decided to draw a mosaic type one because I knew I'd get a chance to try a lot of different designs and colours. I don't know why I chose the patterns I did but looking at it now, I can see how they all make me think of some of the different emotions jumbled up inside of me. 

It feels great to have drawn something again and to be back on Sunday Sketches. Thank you Alexandra for hosting this art community. I hope you are feeling better. I've been avoiding the art blogs for a bit because I didn't feel inspired to do much. I'm really hoping with the beautiful weather that's finally here, that I can get myself back on track and keep making new things.

Saturday, May 3, 2014


I'm so disappointed that I haven't created anything for over a month now. I've been online...googling, reading, watching videos, wasting time, but have had no motivation to start something.

I know the reason for this funk and I am trying to work through it. For me, it feels kind of awkward to share personal stuff online but maybe putting this out there to others, who may have been through similar things, can be helpful. My Father in Law was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. It is aggressive and spreading quickly. It really took us all by surprise, he is a very active, non smoker who is coming up on his 70th bday.  Anyway, my husband is taking it ok, but has moments when it overwhelms him. He isn't a big sharer of emotions so he doesn't like to talk about it much. So I just worry quietly for him. My oldest son is 15, he knows what's going on but he is still young enough to hold on to hope that it will all go away. My youngest knows Grandpa isn't feeling well but as far as he's concerned, its like a bad flu and he'll be well soon. My kids have never lost anyone before so I have no idea how they are going to take this.  Basically, it really sucks.

It's also made me do a lot of soul searching. Thinking about things like how important it is to be around people and do thing that bring you joy. I know art brings so much pleasure to my life, yet it's always one of the first things I cast aside when something else is going on. So, my goal now is to start taking it more seriously and taking myself as an artist more seriously...Maybe serious isn't the right word here. I think what I mean is I'm going to place more value on it, give it a place of true importance in my life. I plan to get back to the communities that I've been working with and if anyone has any other community suggestions, please share. I just find that if I have a goal with a deadline I tend to work much better.

Thanks to everyone who has left comments on my posts. I feel very honoured that you come by to see what I have been working on. I appreciate the compliments but I also appreciate the tips, suggestions and critiques.

BTW...does anyone know what's going on with the slide show app for blogger? My "at a glance" hasn't worked for a while and I haven't done anything different with it.