Not from home, but from the blog! Can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything here! And not because I don’t think of it often but more that I felt that I’ve run out of interesting things to say. I notice that I have three draft blogs I started since I last posted, but they were seeming kind of lame so I left them. I’ve kept busy taking some classes and dabbling in some art and usually that means that I have a lot to tell you all – but that’s not been the case this time.
I’ve been taking time for art – since we last spoke I also attended three days at CREATE mixed media retreat in Seattle and had a GREAT time in classes, learning new things, meeting on-line instructors in person and getting to know some new instructors and arty friends. And we threw a 2 week vacation in Cabo into the mix as well, so things have been happening! I’ve been following through on watercolor classes and getting things done. I learned so much from Jacqueline Newbold in person at CREATE on how to keep a watercolor travel journal that is also a mixed media journal – an idea which really resonates with me since I’m not so good at always following through on the drawing part but I’m always good at the picking up odds and ends part! The timing was good, too, since we were headed to Mexico shortly after classes so I could put some of my learnings to work. And low and behold, I actually made some marks in a travel journal before I came home, a goal I’ve had for a couple of years!
I also really enjoyed taking another class from Ingrid Dijkers. You may or may not remember my successes and then not with the Twirly Swirly journal but I really like Ingrid and her style and was able to take her file folder journal class and get totally energized in that process as well as found some ways to move forward with that older journal. Yay, me!
I also found a new love – journal making, as taught by Katherine England. I loved the process, I like using the paper and I kinda kept up with drawing or writing before I went on vacation. I love how she draws and even went so far as to almost copy one of her pages – there is something easy, breezy about the banners in that hair that just sent me, how they intertwine with each other that I wanted to capture so that I can remember and use that process again.
We are back home, getting ready for a major interior painting and the holidays so I’m expecting that there will be even LESS time for blogging! I decided that there is less time now for creating art to sell so have put the Etsy site on vacation even though the holiday gift giving season is upon us – just too much pressure to keep up. I’m enjoying a new watercolor on-line class and think I’m getting better and know that I’m being more diligent about following through with my ideas.
I hope that you all are enjoying spending time in doing what you love – it makes a day more enjoyable than getting the dusting done, I’ve discovered!