Lost in another world

I can’t believe I haven’t been here since J U N E! Yikes. Time flies by when we are distracted by life emergencies, learning to do new things and being a full time caregiver with a capital “C.” My creative side has taken a back seat in my life, but I am hoping to find it again. My sister started it with a little gift, actually a whole box of gifts, just wonderful little things that I love. Included was a small watercolor sketchbook. One day I just decided to do some opening pages. It’s only 4″x4″ so I knew it wouldn’t take long and it would feel so good to feel paint and glue on my fingers again! And it did! So… a connection was made, wires were reconnected and my heart started to open up a bit.

thank-you little sister

 

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Postcards to myself

I’ve been in need of some personal pep talks as I have become a caregiver over the last six weeks. It’s a good thing that I am healthy and strong, but it can be tiring, exhausting even, at times. I haven’t touched any art supplies in weeks and weeks, so I finally found some old pieces of paintings, cut them up and reworked them into postcard pep talks to myself. Maybe you’re in need of a pep talk to? Read on!

(Note that they will also be posted in PostcardsfromTampalanta.com)

Hello April!

March blew out with some rain and wind. I left for Atlanta and Asheville on April 1 for one giant art date with my friend Patti, the SnowQueen. We had been planning this “Birthdaycation” for a year!

It took me ten hours of driving to get to Patti’s. The next day we drove 3 hours to Asheville and checked into our home away from home, Watauga Woods, a cozy, comfortable airbnb.

Patti had a beautiful bedroom with walls painted by our hostess, Brenda and I had a hideaway on the sunporch… my treehouse room with three walls of windows and plants all around.

There were restaurants nearby, big beautiful homes with flowering front yards and towering trees and a little lending library!

When were weren’t roaming around Asheville galleries, art studios, bookstores and restaurants, we were on the porch with our own little art fest going on…

Immense fun!

Diving deep into a windy March

It’s been busy here with getting ready for Art Festivals and then being in Art Festivals Friday-Sunday. I love meeting other artists and talking with people about art. It’s beautiful in Florida right now, so it’s great weather for being outside. I have one more Art Festival this weekend at Winthrop Art Festival in Brandon.

Sometimes it’s actually hard to let go of a painting… at least for me. One of my favorites “Diving Deep” sold at the last Festival. She was inspired by my love of water and swimming below the surface where all is quiet and serene. I miss her but hope her new owner is enjoying it.

February Fun – Two! Artist Dates for me!!

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I haven’t really taken myself on an Art Date (highly recommended by Julia Cameron of the Artist’s Way) for quite awhile, at least not one by myself. I went over to St. Petersburg, FL to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Dali Museum on the waterfront. It was well worth the $10 parking fee and $17 ticket to see it… paintings, drawings and photos with lots of great explanation. I followed with a tapas lunch in the museum and a visit to the gardens. Then I went on to Whim-so-Doodle just see what was new and hit a big sale… fill your shopping bag from their bargain tables for just $25. Now that was fun. I got papers and paints and stamps and washi tapes. On to the Chihuly Glass Museum in its new location. It’s quite a bit larger and very modern. I stopped into the Morean Arts Center across the street to see the Photography exhibit and then went on to Haslam’s Used Bookstore. Whew! I was a happy and inspired woman after all that!

I must’ve really enjoyed myself, because 3 days later I took myself into Hyde Park and breezed through Anthro, Papyrus, West Elm, PB and a new store call Moon Scapes. Not a lot of shopping but a big input of inspiration. I must make a note to do this more often. I get too bogged down in my own little world sometimes. What will you do on your next Artist Date? Please let me know!