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?

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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.

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