Fun things to do online…

To keep myself challenged and inspired, I often join an online group. There are so many! But Susannah Conway always does some heartfelt, soulful workshops that speak to me. Right now I am following along with her April Love challenge to write a love letter every day. She gives a daily subject and a sample. Of course, I couldn’t just do a written letter.. I had to include art, postage stamps and start a new journal! Here’s the cover and some of the spreads… What do you do to keep yourself challenged and inspired? I’d LOVE to know.

AprilLoveCover

AprilLoveHelloAprilLoveLoveAprilLoveMorningAprilLoveFeetAprilLoveHome

On not painting…

I do try to get to my studio everyday and do something! It’s good to keep the connection and keep the work in a flow, but sometimes I like to make other stuff. I crochet and have started a Shawl in a Ball with Lion Brand’s new yarn. Crocheting is meditative and great to do on car or plane trips. I have also made some fun little felt pockets to hold jewelry or little trinkets and charms when traveling. They fold up and secure with a button or open into a box for easy access. Quite fun. Now I am thinking I might want to try them out of some painted canvas and see what happens.

Pockets

StoryBox work-in-progress…

RoseStoryBoxThis is a beautiful mahogany wooden box I have had for a long time. It’s finally finding its way to a new life instead of hiding in my closet. It will be a shower present for a new bride… one who loves English Roses and music, pink, cream and gold. This is the cover, and there’s more to do inside, but I am enjoying collage and paint and adding a symbolic doorway… a never-ending theme for me.

Remembering my young artist self…

At one of the Art Festivals I was in last month, two little girls Gigi (8years) and Celia (6years) had their own booth under the name G & C Designs. They each had paintings and shell necklaces they made for sale, and good sales women they were! I bought two necklaces and this painting. I wish I knew how to paint so colorfully and abstractly when I was their age! I was busy back then drawing with pencil and trying to do portraits of my grandfather and Walt Disney with Mickey… Anyway, this beautiful painting by Gigi went straight to my heart and now hangs in my home.

GIGIsHeartPainting