From my journal – Hello November

I like to celebrate the start of each new month with 2 pages in my journal. I usually include a little calendar and an intention or list of my wishes for the month. November, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, reminds me to be thankful for all my blessings, to live life with grace, to feel my creative energy and find magic in the moments… those little things that make up one big life! Hugs, friends, family near and far, sunshine, cool breezes, leaves flying, a smile, colorful paints, warm apple crisp, cranberries, green tea, dark chocolate, yoga, cozy socks and the purr of my cat. I have so much more than I could have ever imagined for myself when I was younger! What are you grateful for and what moments are magical for you?

I wish you a month bursting with wonderfulness!

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Bees and things…

Life has sped ahead of me. I feel like I am still in the beginning of June, but the calendar says it’s the middle of July! How does this happen to me? Does it happen to you?

I do take time to stop. I just stop and notice the blooming plumeria or the new orchid…and the big skies at dusk stop me in my tracks…

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…and these skies are inspiration to paint or journal or collage…

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I’ve been working in my Creative+Practice sketchbook, experimenting with gouache paints, I’ve been making some zippered canvas pouches (that aren’t done yet) and I’ve been working on my SAVE THE BEES project:

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… and that has involved painting flowers, sewing, writing and making little books!

SO… I guess that’s where June into July went. Now to get back on track! It shouldn’t be too hard. The days are so hot (94F) that I really just want to stay inside in the cool AC and hang out in the studio making things, reading and writing. What are you doing this summer?

Life is large. Life is good…

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May was B U S Y!!! It wasn’t originally planned that way, but life happens… throw in a 10 day vacation to New Mexico with Mr. French to celebrate a special anniversary and POOF! it’s June!!! But traveling is always inspiring and uplifting… and going to New Mexico just grounds my soul and makes my creativity sing. We explored the many, many art galleries along Canyon Road in Sante Fe, we ate sumptuous tapas at El Farol. We climbed up into the rock caves in Bandelier, we explored Plaza Blanca, the White Place, that Georgia O’Keeffe made famous in in her paintings. We visited Sam Brown of Abiquiu, an artist that does amazing spiral paintings and makes spirals with rocks in his gardens. And we experienced a very special workshop at Ghost Ranch with Catherine Anderson… Photographing the Space between Heaven and Earth. I took enough photos for a years worth of inspired paintings. I learned how to take macro photos with my iPhone and a small Lens embedded in a rubber band! We met wonderful, heart-full souls in the workshop who shared our love of nature and photography.

We hiked and we hiked…We hiked a rocky switchback trail high up (7100′) to Chimney Rock… we were on top of the world and we had it all to ourselves. We hiked into Box Canyon. We hiked a cliff trail that overlooked turquoise Abiquiu Lake and had a close view of the dark and brooding Pedernal (above) in the distance. We hiked up to our Tumbleweed Casita at the ranch. I walked a Ghost Ranch Labyrinth. We documented our time with photos and art and journaling…

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And I made a book (thanks to Catherine Anderson) with some of our photos when we returned home…

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