Saturday, October 05, 2013
WELCOME to Day 5 of the "Doodle Circle" Blog Hop!
I am so honored to be part of the book launch for artist/author Dawn Sokol's latest published work...
To celebrate, I'm sharing the Top 10 Reasons I LOVE this Book and you will too!:
1. The book is a perfect size. It easily fits in my purse so I can carry it with me.
2. Plenty of pages to doodle on, but not so many that it makes the book bulky or heavy.
3. Very nice paper quality! My pencil glides across the page "like butter" and the book holds up to travel in my bag without bending or tearing.
4. Gorgeous backgrounds throughout, with colors that are fun, happy and keep me from feeling afraid of the dreaded blank page.
5. The difference shapes in the backgrounds, such as paint splotches, drips, dry brush marks, and fun illustrations are wonderful catalysts for new doodles.
6. It is a great way to jump-start my creative juices with easy prompts.
7. It is a great place to unwind and relax my brain.
8. My copy is unique and not like any other artist's copy because of my doodles and my friend's shared doodles.
9. It is a super book for both beginners and advanced artists, alike.
10. And BEST OF ALL... I get to invite my friends to doodle in my "Doodle Circle"!
You can purchase a copy of "Doodle Circle" at your nearest book retailer or on-line.
Dawn is also hosting a giveaway that includes a signed copy of the book, some pens, a handmade journal, and other goodies. Sign-up for the giveaway on Dawn's Blog. The drawing will be on Saturday, October 12th.
The "Doodle Circle" Blog Hop continues.... so be sure to visit each artist below!
Oct. 1: Michelle Geller, www.michellegeller.typepad.com
Oct. 2: Aimee Dolich, artsyville.blogspot.com
Oct. 2: Aimee Dolich, artsyville.blogspot.com
Oct. 3: Pam Carriker, pamcarriker.com
Oct. 4: Tammy Garcia, daisyyellowart.com
Oct. 5: Tracie Lyn Huskamp, thereddoor-studio.blogspot.com
Oct. 6: Jill K. Berry, jillberrydesign.com/blog
Oct. 7: Carla Sonheim, carlasonheim.wordpress.com
Oct. 8: Tamara LaPorte, www.willowing.org/blog
Oct. 9: Micki Wilde, thesecrethermit.blogspot.com
Oct. 10: Mindy Lacefield, www.timssally.com
Oct. 11: Jane Davenport, janedavenport.com
Oct. 12: Dawn D. Sokol, www.dawndsokol.com<
Saturday, August 10, 2013
“Love is eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence” ― Vincent van Gogh
I can hardly believe hubby and I have been together for 22 years. Well really 27 years, as we dated five years before we married. I am so incredibly lucky to share my days with a best friend and even after all this time I continue to fall more madly, deeply in love with this man. He accepts me for all that I am and am not, always there to be honest but kind, my biggest cheerleader and a shoulder to cry on (which I have used a lot this year). Don't get me wrong, our relationship has had ups and downs, but we have always clung to each other in the good and bad times. And I wouldn't want it any other way.
So Happy Anniversary to My Still Mr. Right. I know our love is eternal!
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
During most of July and now August, I have found myself, with great anticipation, gazing out the kitchen window at least a dozen times a day into the backyard. As a cathartic way to help lighten a heavy heart, I have been outside this summer more than normal, tending to my small garden even more carefully than ever.
In mid-May as I was busy formulating a botanical plan by pulling out flower and vegetable catalogs, garden books, etc., I uncovered several seed packets, which instantly reminded me of my obsession from the previous year to grow big beautiful sunflowers.
Quite the impact such a longing can make, as it even provided me with artistic inspiration, as seen from the artwork above, painted last year, and now featured in my new 2014 calendar. Also at that time, I ordered sunflower seeds of several varieties, but received them too late in the season to plant because they had to be in the ground no later than June 1st. However, this year I was just in time!
So over the Memorial Day weekend, I dug a small trench in the backyard and poured a hearty handful of seeds in the dirt. Since I usually select already established plants, it has been exciting to watch my sunflowers from small seedling sprouts. Although I am not sure I chose the best location in the yard, being on the east side of the house with sun only to mid-day, they have continued to steadily shoot upward. My Mammoth variety are suppose to reach around 10' to 12' and are currently 6'. But the lack of height has not dampened my spirits. Despite their dwarf stature, I finally see the beginning leaves of the blossom, and I still have high hopes for big beautiful blooms by fall!
|Purchased from Burpee|
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Dawns turning to twilights, days drifting by, the summer slipping away... And I finally find myself ready to step-out from under this protective emotional cloak I have been wearing since March... since my mother's death.
After four month, the dust has settled, somewhat, and we are left to carry-on... but how? I continue to ask myself... how? I have changed, I am changed, forever. Never having been touched by any real tragedy, some would say, "Consider yourself lucky." But I don't feel lucky, I have felt lost.
Slowly, I have been making my way back to art and joy. In the beginning, completely fueled by work demands of deadlines and expectations, I dragged myself down to the studio. But once I had settled myself into doing the task at hand, I felt glimmers of hope.
Today, I continue to gain strength and gather momentum. I am not 100% yet, but I am ok with the gradual recovery and taking small steps. I have learned to question my tasks and actions, striving toward the meaningful, while weeding out all of the empty fillers.
I am happy to be back to blogging because I have missed sharing with my creative tribe. And am grateful for all for the kind words and messages, comments from friends that have continued to check in on me. All of these have been a true comfort. You may notice in the coming weeks, months... a few changes, a new direction as I continue to uncover this new self.... I hope you will journey along with me.