Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Words To Live By


"Every moment is a golden one
for him who has the vision to recognize it as such."

~Henry Miller


I am in week two of teaching "Introduction To Watercolor" at the 
beautiful "Waterloo Center for the Arts" and what a joyful group.  
There is so much to say about the connections made and the 
beauty created in live classes, it is so fulfilling for me.

For this first session in spring I am already inspired by the creativity, 
passion, and beauty that each of these creative beings brings to the experience.  
We have six wonderful weeks together and I am amazed at the journey unfolding for them already.

It is true, every moment IS a golden one, if we stop and look at it that way.  
Golden and jewel encrusted!

For more info of my upcoming live classes, and my one-day workshop
 on "Keeping A Watercolor Sketchbook" scheduled for May, please click here.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by. xx

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lost in Roses


When I was in my 20's and living in Melbourne, Australia, I owned a house in the bayside suburb of Brighton.  It was a beautifully old and very raw house and one that I truly loved. 

I loved it more for it's garden than for any other reason.  That garden had over 30 old and well established rose bushes and I remember endless giddy moments of utter joy, wondering throughout them marvelling at their form and color.

I remember trying to chase of possums that would often feast on them, and battling armies of aphids in the late summer months.

I always had masses of roses in vases throughout my house.  There was never any design to the bouquets, I would pick whatever was blooming and the colors were always chaotic and vibrant, and every vase was a picture of beauty.

Roses grow differently in the mid-west.  They don't like the bitter cold winters and there summer performances are often minimal and lack-luster.  \

So as the cold drags on, I've been spending my time plunged in memories of that gorgeous rose  garden in Australia.

Enjoy your own memories, hold them close and make new ones.

I hope you have a great day.  Thanks for stopping by. xx

Friday, March 6, 2015

Morning Ritual


I'm an early riser.  I love the morning, it's my favorite part of the day, and I love it most when I can witness the sunrise with a hot cup of tea in my hand.

I am predominantly and tea drinker, and an old-school one at that.  

I like loose-leaf tea, preferably Sri Lankin or English black tea, made in a pot.  The former is unheard of where I live, and the latter is very hard to find so I mostly get it online.  I also like to drink it from a tea cup and saucer.  I don't favor big mugs for my tea because it goes cold too quickly, I like my tea hot.

So, today I'm sharing a sketch I did late last year of my tea cup and tin.   It's watercolor and ink in a Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" series sketchbook.

Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by. xx

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In Need of Spring


This past few months has found me very consumed with family, private art, and other projects.  Although I had no intention of taking such a long blog break, sometimes it just works out that way. 

Rather than continue my silence, I thought I'd start sharing my daily sketchbooks, which are far from noteworthy, and often not even interesting.  But they are my anchor to a daily sketching habit, and it's all I've been able to manage.

Winter is a tough time for me, and particularly so in the mid-west.  It's usually the time I make bad decisions, withdraw, get grumpy, and shut down.  This winter has been no different. But taking time out for other pursuits, and re-calibrating my priorities have been helpful.

This page I did yesterday is more about my yearning for spring rather than a record of my day. It is watercolor in a Stillman & Birn "Alpha" series sketchbook.  Not my usual choice of paper, I prefer the "Beta", "Zeta", & "Epsilon" books, but I have this "Alpha" and I am surprised to say I am enjoying it immensely.  

Maintaining a sketchbook habit has powerful and profound benefits and I have been constantly reminded of this so far in 2015.  

Perhaps this is going to be a year of reflection and discovery for me....I guess we'll see!

Thanks for stopping by. xx