February 18

In My Studio – February 18

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Here’s what I’ve been doing in my studio…

Hmmm…Nothing I can take a picture of, but I haven’t been idle.

Last week, I received an email about Artful Gathering 2013. I took three classes last summer and enjoyed them tremendously. I would love to teach at a wonderful online retreat like this, so I put together a proposal to teach a fabric flower class. It was a lot of fun to put together the proposal, and we’ll see what happens.

This Week’s Inspiration

In 2013, I’m doing Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration.

Last week’s inspiration was a BOOK COVER. Here is the book cover I used for my inspiration:

Book Cover Inspiration

…and this is the little girl that came out of it.

Book Cover Girl 3

This week’s inspiration is inspired by my Artist Date…ICE.

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February 17

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 7

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I’m reading Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. I picked this book because I’m trying to figure out the place I want painting to play in my life.

This week…Chapter 6, “The Drudge We Do for Dollars,” explores the paradigm of the day job. It describes the various kinds of jobs and how they can support or undermine your long-term creative goals.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t feel a horrible tension in my life with regards to my creative work and the work I do that pays a wage. If you do, this chapter has a lot of good information with questions and suggestions to help you align your life and work to better support your future goals.

This is interesting…The four basic types of day jobs most artists must consider when planning their lives.

In the Big Tent – These jobs may not require the actual skills of your art, but they do put you in contact with the people, organizations, and publications that produce your art.

No Contest – When it comes to decisions between No Contest day jobs and your art, there’s no hesitation, you know where your priorities lie. No Contest jobs never tempt you away from your dreams; you never worry about them when you are not punched in. Often they require little formal education and no long-term commitment.

Counter Balance – The Counter Balance job demands that the artist do something very different from his or her art form.

Wellspring – The Wellspring job directly feeds the source of your craft or art.

If you feel dissatisfied with the work you are doing on your way to the work you want to be doing, this chapter is very helpful.

CLWL Part 7

This book is divided into four parts.

Part 1: The Dive (Chapters 1 & 2) – Engages you in the process of strengthening your relationship to your dreams with rigorous daily habits.

Part 2: The Dig (Chapters 3, 4, 5 & 6) – Engages you in a process of search and research–churning up all your ancient desires, present needs, and timeless inclinations.

So, this week I finished up Parts 1 & 2. Now on to Parts 3 & 4.

Part 3: The Design (Chapters 7, 8 & 9) – Guides you through an in-depth planning process, thereby developing your “eagle vision.” These chapters will lead you deep into your own ideas and dreams, compelling you to give them life through concrete detail.

Part 4: The Doing (Chapters 10, 11 & 12) – Lunges you back into the power of “squirrel work.” Through specific exercise and techniques, you will work toward making today a vehicle that can transport you into your chosen future.

I’m ready to go!

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February 16

Magical Ice Fest

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Every week, I’m going to take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Generally, Artist Dates are time alone, but last week I went to the Magical Ice Fest in St. Joseph, Michigan, with my friend Amy. It was a great time full of interesting images and inspirations, so I’m claiming it as an Artist Date.

Magical Ice Fest Banner

It was a great day. The sun was shining and the day was cold, but not unbearably so.

Lunch Menu

We started out with lunch at Tosi’s, a cute little coffee shop.

Lunch Photo

I’m including a photo of my lunch, a trend that I find kind of funny. It was a great lunch. I had the chicken salad.

Ice Eagle

We walked around and admired the ice sculptures.

Eagle Nest

I found ice very difficult to photograph.

G&M Variety

One of my favorite things was stopping by G & M Variety Store.

Ride Sandy 10 Cents

What a blast from the past! Does anyone remember Sandy? You can ride her for a dime.

Oil Cloth

How about oil cloth by the yard?

Ice Squid

Back outside, there was plenty to look at.

Ice Carving Tools

You definitely got the idea that ice carving isn’t for sissies. Amazing.

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February 15

Poetry & Kindness 6.0

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Every Friday, I share a poem. Friday is also the day I post a prompt of something you can do to make the world a kinder place. I call this the Kind is Kool challenge.

I offer both the poem and the kindness challenge without any obligation, so “Comments” are turned off every Friday. Enjoy.

Poetry 6

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How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Kind is Kool Challenge

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Week 6 Challenge – Buy someone a surprise lunch, coffee, drink or snack.

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February 14

Cruising With Pip & Puddles

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P&P Banner

Recently, we took a wonderful vacation…the TCM Classic Cruise. We were honored to have two special guests join us, Pip & Puddles. Pip, who writes the blog Pip Gets Back In The Game, is getting a little older and has experienced heart problems, but he’s not one to sit back in a rocking chair and watch the world go by. Pip, with the help of his friends, is on a world tour. Puddles, who write the blog We Three Doxies, agreed to go along and play nurse.

I found this letter that Pip & Puddles wrote home:

Dear Assistant (aka Pip’s mom) and Kerazy Lady (aka Puddles’ mom),

Just wanted to let you know how well-behaved we were while cruising with Miss Lori & her husband.

We started out by flying from Chicago to Miami. Once we got to Miami, we were hungry, so we had dinner at City Hall. We were the perfect guests and ordered a modest meal.

Monday morning, we boarded the ship. We were happy to find that it was deluxe. Obviously, they heard we were coming. The furniture was nice but a little weird.

Tuesday, we were at sea all day. Fortunately, they had fun, wholesome activities…plenty to eat & drink… and games to play. There was also a great big movie theatre.

Wednesday, we stopped at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. We went shopping and met some nice local folks. When we got hungry, we stopped at a family-friendly restaurant…where we had fruit juice. They have a fun custom at this family-friendly restaurant. You write your name on a dollar bill…and they hang it up in a family-friendly place, so you and your friends can find it when you come back.

Thursday, we stopped at Cozumel. We went to the Maya ruins of San Gervasio. We won’t go into details, but we started to think that Miss Lori’s judgment wasn’t the best. But, don’t worry. We are safe, we just needed a little fruit juice. Miss Lori got back in our good graces by making a contribution to the Cozumel Humane Society. Then, we had another little incident, but again, nothing a little fruit juice wouldn’t cure.

Friday, was a day at sea. We were up bright and early every morning and the last day of the cruise was no exception. Wouldn’t you know, on the last day we met new friends, Olivia & Taylor. They where just like us. Well…they are grandchildren and we are blog stars, but you get the idea.

It was an awesome cruise and we acted like a little gentleman and a little lady throughout.

We only had one hiccup during the whole experience. When we got back to Indiana, we couldn’t find the car. Oh well, Miss Lori said she would send it on to us as soon as she finds it.

Hugs and Kisses,

Pip & Puddles

They didn’t include pictures, so I thought I’d add a few pictures and quotes to give a more complete picture of the trip.

Dear Assistant (aka Pip’s mom) and Kerazy Lady (aka Puddles’ mom),

Just wanted to let you know how well-behaved we were while cruising with Miss Lori & her husband.

We started out by flying from Chicago to Miami.

Airport

Pip & Puddles – “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

Once we got to Miami, we were hungry, so we had dinner at City Hall. We were the perfect guests and ordered a modest meal.

Miami Dinner

Pip – “I’ll have the filet mignon and a cheeseburger.”

Puddles – “Do you have squirrel? No? Okay, I’ll have the lobster with a side of Cheetos.”

Monday morning, we boarded the ship. We were happy to find that it was deluxe. Obviously, they heard we were coming.

Marble Steps

Pip & Puddles – “Where are our posters! Don’t they know we are blog stars!”

The furniture was nice but a little weird.

Big Sofa

Pip – “I feel a little lost on this couch.”

Puddles – “Wonder if we could shove this outside. I like a couch outside on the porch. Check the cracks for Cheetos.”

Tuesday, we were at sea all day. Fortunately, they had fun, wholesome activities…

TCM Speakeasy

Pip & Puddles – “Woohoo! Now this is what we’re talking about.”

plenty to eat & drink…

Bahama Mama

Pip & Puddles – “Bartender…More Bahama Mamas!”

Puddles – “Can I have one of those little paper umbrellas in mine?”

and games to play.

Blackjack

Pip – “Hit me.”

Puddles – “I’ll bet $200. Charge it to Miss Lori’s room.”

There was also a great big movie theatre.

Theatre

Pip – “I see two chairs down there. Do they want to interview me & Puddles? Who’s Debbie Reynolds?”

Puddles – “I’ll bet they’re going to show a movie of me deading things.”

Wednesday, we stopped at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman Islands Sign

Puddles – “Miss Lori! Help me, I’m slipping behind this turtle!”

We went shopping and met some nice local folks.

Blackbeard

Pip & Puddles – “Miss Lori! What do you mean you’re going to duck into this store and this nice gentleman will watch us!?! Pirates!”

When we got hungry, we stopped at a family-friendly restaurant…

Margaritaville

Pip & Puddles – “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”

where we had fruit juice.

Margaritaville Drinks

Pip – “Pina Colada for me.”

Puddles – “Mojito for me. Can you put a little paper umbrella in mine?”

They have a fun custom at this family-friendly restaurant. You write your name on a dollar bill…

P & P Dollar Bill

Pip & Puddles – “Where should we ask them to put it?”

and they hang it up in a family-friendly place, so you and your friends can find it when you come back.

Tiki Bar

Pip & Puddles – “Hang it up in the Tiki Bar…over the beer!”

Thursday, we stopped at Cozumel. We went to the Maya ruins of San Gervasio.

San Gervasio

Pip – “Hey, Puddles. Do you hear something moving at the top of this wall?”

Puddles – “Hold on, let me turn around and look.”

We won’t go into details, but we started to think that Miss Lori’s judgment wasn’t the best. But, don’t worry. We are safe, we just needed a little fruit juice.

Iguana

Pip & Puddles – “Aaaaarrrrrgh!! Get us to the closest bar.”

Miss Lori got back in our good graces by making a contribution to the Cozumel Humane Society.

Cozumel Humane Society

Pip – “Miss Lori, this is a good cause. Please write them a check for $1000.”

Puddles – “Write them a check for $1000 from me too.”

Then, we had another little incident, but again, nothing a little fruit juice wouldn’t cure.

Cozumel Puppy

Pip – “Hey, little buddy.”

Puddles – “Hey little buddy is trying to eat me! Help!”

Friday, was a day at sea. We were up bright and early every morning and the last day of the cruise was no exception.

Morning After

Pip – “What time is it?”

Puddles – “Where are we?”

Wouldn’t you know, on the last day we met new friends, Olivia & Taylor. They where just like us. Well…they are grandchildren and we are blog stars, but you get the idea.

New Friends

Pip – “Nice to meet you, Olivia & Taylor. Olivia, watch that little foot please.”

Puddles – “Taylor, you’re sitting on my ear.”

It was an awesome cruise and we acted like a little gentleman and a little lady throughout.

We only had one hiccup during the whole experience. When we got back to Indiana, we couldn’t find the car.

Borrowed Car

This picture was done by Ann of Pawsitively Pets. Thank you, Ann!

Pip – “Hey, where’s the car?”

Puddles – “Hey, where are Freedom, Casper & Nikki?”

Oh well, Miss Lori said she would send it on to us as soon as she finds it.

Hugs and Kisses,

Pip & Puddles

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February 13

Every Day Ugly

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My friend, Amy, inspired this post and this challenge. It started when she realized that she would buy herself something nice, like a piece of jewelry that she would wear occasionally, while every day she was drinking her coffee from a thermal travel mug with a Christmas graphic clouded by condensation…during the summer. This inspired her to look at the things she uses most and upgrade them to something special, functional and beautiful.

New Dishes 1

I thought this was a great idea and made a lot of sense. So, I’m on a mission to “notice” what I use the most and make sure those things are my best things. I would love to have you join me. If you have some horrible thing that you make beautiful, send me a picture or pictures and tell me about it at whatremainsnow@gmail.com. The second Wednesday of every month, I’ll tell you about something I’ve improved upon and post any pictures I receive from you.

Chipped Dishes

My first upgrade was a long time in the making. My dishes were horrible. They were an inexpensive ceramic and started to chip almost the moment I took them out of the box. We’ve used these chipped dishes for seven years. A while ago, I did a post about Friends’ Favorite Things, and Bunny’s mom, author of Tales and Tails, was my guest. She mentioned her love of Fiestaware. I loved the idea of an American-made product and all the beautiful colors.

New Dishes 2

I finally made the plunge and purchased Fiestaware. I love that you can buy individual items, the wide variety of pieces and the wonderful range of colors. It’s so nice to be eating off these lovely dishes every day.

How to be HAPPY!

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Every Thursday, I participate in the How to be HAPPY! challenge hosted by Jay of The Depp Effect. This week, I mixed up my schedule because tomorrow I’m posting about Pip & Puddles’ cruising adventure, part of the Bucket World Tour. So, this week I’m posting my How to be HAPPY! response on Wednesday.

Let me tell you a little about this challenge…This is great fun because it really makes you consider the things that make life good, and often those things are small but powerful. You can participate too…Take a picture and write about one thing that makes you happy in some small way. Then, head on over to The Depp Effect and link your post.

Here’s something that makes me happy…LIP BALM.

Lip Balm Collection

I’m a lip balm girl. I have it everywhere, in a variety of forms and flavors. It’s so tempting when I see something new. As you can see, I give into temptation regularly.

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February 12

Inspiration Results – February 12

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This week, I’m flip-flopping Tuesday’s and Thursday’s posts. Why? Because Thursday I’ll be reporting on Pip & Puddles’ adventures on the high seas…part of the Bucket World Tour. I hope you’ll join in on the fun.

P&P Bucket World Tour Badge

Every Monday, I’m posting a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday (Tuesday this week), I’m posting how I interpreted that inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

This week’s inspiration was a BOOK COVER. I wanted to add a “random” element, so I decided to use the 5th book on the 2nd shelf of the bookcase in our bedroom. Here it is:

Book Cover Inspiration

…and here is my result.

Book Cover Girl 1

I started out to paint a little girl that looked like one of the girls in the book, but as I painted I change things and before I knew it a totally different girl appeared.

Book Cover Girl 2

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February 11

In My Studio – February 11

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Here’s what’s going on in my studio…

Art Journal 2012

I finished!

Art Journal Starting Fresh

Last year, I started an art journal project using prompts from Art Journal All Year E-Course from Red Velvet Shop. The course offers an art challenge and a journal challenge for 52 weeks. My plan was to do one prompt a week in 2012, but I stalled.

Art Journal Head Space

Even though I don’t consider Art Journaling a passion, I did enjoy this and I think it helped me loosen up, so I want to finish it up…

Art Journal Filled Up

…and I did! Finally!

This Week’s Inspiration

In 2013, I’m doing Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration.

Last week’s inspiration was LIGHT, and here is my interpretation.

Light Girl 4

This week’s inspiration is a BOOK COVER. To keep it “random,” I decided to use the 5th book on the 2nd shelf of the bookcase in our bedroom. Here it is:

Book Cover Inspiration

There is a little change though. This week, instead of posting my inspiration results on Thursday, I’ll be posting my results tomorrow. Why?

P&P Banner

On Thursday, I’ll be reporting on Pip & Puddles’ adventures on the high seas…part of the Bucket List World Tour. I hope you’ll join in on the fun.

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February 10

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 6

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I’m reading Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. I picked this book because I’m trying to figure out the place I want painting to play in my life.

This week…Chapter 5, “Neglected Needs: Time, Money, and Desire,” will help you rethink your relationship to time, money, and desire.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

I feel I’m in a stable place with regards to time, money and desire. For now, I want to paint as a part-time pursuit. I want to do this because…

1. Time – I’ve made creative pursuits a priority in my life, so I set aside time to work on my projects. I’m new at this, so I know I need time to learn and grow. Painting part-time and working a day job part-time gives me a nice balance.

2. Money – I like my day job and want to keep it. I’m very grateful that both my husband and I are employed, so we don’t need my paintings to pay the bills. I work best creatively when I’m motivated but not under intense pressure, so for now my situation supports that.

3. Desire – I want painting to become more and more an important part of my life, but I want to take my time and grow into it. I know if I put unnecessary and complicated demands on myself, it will make painting unpleasant and I certainly don’t want to do that.

Time, Money & Desire

Carol, the author, asks this very intriguing (and important) question: “What does creativity and success actually mean for you?” I think the trickiest part of that question is the word “success.” In my opinion, that is the word we have the hardest time defining for ourselves because most of us are susceptible (consciously and unconsciously) to letting other people and society define it for us. Carol offers a lot of interesting questions that get you thinking and redefining what these things mean to you.

I particularly enjoyed doing two of the exercises. The first was, “Narrate your perfect day from the moment you wake up to the moment you close your eyes. This is a working day–not a holiday…” The second was, “Based on your new understanding of your daily needs, think about what kinds of help you might like from other people.”

My perfect work day would be painting, painting, painting, but when I thought about it from a business point-of-view, I found myself thinking about interacting with customers and people that enjoy my work. That leads me to think about doing art fairs and gallery shows where I can meet people and talk with them.

The second exercise made me realize that I do need to ask for and/or hire help for tasks that I don’t like doing, because without planning for that, I’ll procrastinate myself into inaction. It’s good to know your weaknesses.

Now, for something a little different…

South Asian Challenge 2013 Badge

Last year, I participated in the South Asian Challenge hosted by S. Krishna’s Books. I committed to reading four books, but only read two of them. So, I’m joining in again and will finish the two books I didn’t get read last year.

There are two ways for a book to qualify for the South Asian Challenge:

1.  A book must be by a South Asian author.  For these purposes, South Asia includes the following countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and the Maldives.  There are no limitations on what the book can be about.

2.  A book must be about South Asia or South Asians.  In this case, it can be set in a South Asian country or be about South Asians living abroad.  It can also be a biography or memoir of a South Asian, or of a non-South Asian traveling or working in South Asia.  In this case, the author does not need to be South Asian, as long as the subject matter focuses on the region, peoples, or cultures in some way.

Here are the two books I’m reading for the challenge:

The Lost Flamingoes of BombayThe Emperor of All Maladies

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February 9

Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

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MPHPL Sign

This week, I had my Artist Date at the main branch of the my local library system…the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library.

MPHPL Building

A library is a great place for an Artist Date.

Sunny Main Level

Finally, the sun made an appearance, so everything looked bright and beautiful.

MPHPL Perkins Windmill Below

The Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library is a great space.

Perkins Windmill

Lots of windows and open spaces. In the middle, a Perkins Windmill, that you can see from all levels.

MPHPL Perkins Windmill

Last year, I wrote a post about “my” library (Harris Branch)…the one closest to my house and the one I go to most often. A representative from the library contacted me and asked if they could mention my post on their Facebook page. I was honored. Then, I was put in contact with another representative who asked if I’d like to exhibit my art the Main Branch in the Spencer Gallery in 2013. I said, “YES!”

MPHPL Stairs 

I am honored and delighted to exhibit my art for the first time in my local library…a place I value and have loved my whole life. So, for my Artist Date, I went to take a look at the Spencer Gallery.

Spencer Gallery Sign 

The Spencer Gallery is a multi-purpose room and artwork is displayed on the side walls. A meeting was taking place in the room, so I didn’t take any pictures.

Giving Tree Detail

Another cool thing…I can hold a reception. I’m really looking forward to planning that and everyone’s invited!  I’ll keep my pieces hush-hush until they go on display, but I’ll be sure to share the agony and ecstasy of the whole process.

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