March 21

Inspiration Results – March 21

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Every Monday, I’m posting a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I’m posting how I interpreted the 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. For the next several weeks, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you sent me.

This week’s inspiration is from Lynne of Dip-Dip and The Bridge…SPRING FLOWERS. Here’s the girl that came out of that inspiration…

Spring Flowers Girl 1

I’ll probably work on her a bit more. I’d like to beef-up her bouquet and perhaps add more definition to her hat. When I’m working on a painting, the longer I work, the more I find myself focusing on small things. I like to stop, then come back to it. Often, after a bit of a break, I can more clearly see the details or colors I’d like to add.

Spring Flowers Girl 2

How to be HAPPY!

HTBHappyBadge

Every Thursday, Jay of The Depp Effect, posts something that makes her happy, and I’m playing along. She encourages us to look around and notice the things that make us happy. I enjoy this challenge because it makes me consider the things that make me happy, but are easily overlooked. It’s a wonderful exercise in attention and gratitude. Please grab the badge and join in.

Here’s something that makes me happy…COMFORTABLE SHOES.

Comfortable Shoes

I’ve always been particular about my shoes, mainly because I have a wide foot and medium-width shoe (read cute and inexpensive) are excruciating on me. A few years ago, I decided I would try my best to ONLY have comfortable shoes in my closet. I still have a few “ouchies” I need to get rid of, but for the most part, I have pretty happy feet.

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March 20

12 Steps To Creative Thinking

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Grand Cayman Floor

This list comes from the book Lists to Live By compiled by Alice Gray, Steve Stephens and John Van Diest. Last year, I did a similar post, 25 Ways To Get & Stay Creative. I like lists.

1. Right away, write it down.

Record ideas as soon as you think of them. Keep paper and pen handy at all time–in your car, by your television, on your nightstand.

2. Listen to music.

Listen to whatever sparks your imagination, whether it’s Bach, the Beatles, or something you’ve never heard before.

3. Exercise.

Go for a run, shoot some hoops, do jumping jacks–anything that starts your blood pumping and keeps your mind sharp.

4. Brainstorm with a friend, co-worker, or six-year-old.

Talk with someone who looks at the world a little differently than you do. Chances are he or she will inspire a new approach.

5. Do it poorly.

If you’re a perfectionist, don’t be. Create something that isn’t necessarily your best work, but that gets the job done. Then go back later to fix it or redo it.

6. Watch people.

Go downtown or to the mall, sit on a bench and observe the passersby. Imagine what kind of life they lead.

7. Keep a journal.

Write about your life and what’s important to you, then revisit your old thought when you need new ideas.

8. Pray or read the Bible.

Putting life into spiritual perspective can take the pressure off and jump-start the creative juices.

9. Free-write.

Sit down at the computer or with pen and paper and write whatever comes into your mind. You might be surprised at what comes out.

10. Change your locale.

Find a new quiet place–a park, the beach, a library, or just a different room–and let your mind wander.

11. Wash the dishes or mow the lawn.

It’s easy and it gives you a feeling of accomplishment while you’re trying to think.

12. Sleep on it.

If nothing is working, your best bet may be to give up for now. Let your subconscious create overnight and you’ll have fresh ideas tomorrow.

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March 19

Window Glass + Nose Slobber = Glue

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Does this look familiar?

Bad Window

My husband usually takes care of the window glass on those rare occasions that we take care of it, but it often includes a lot of HBO language, and I fear for the glass. So, I searched the internet and found these three suggestions for cleaning doggy nose smears:

Kaboom

Kaboom

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber Cloths

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The winner…

Good Window

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It works with water and without a lot of elbow grease. Easy peasy and no HBO language.

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March 18

In My Studio – March 18

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Here’s what’s happening in my studio…

New Camera

PROCRASTINATION! I’m working on an e-course demonstrating how to make fabric flowers. I got my video camera last week, but I haven’t tried it out yet. I don’t like learning new technology and equipment, so I’m going to have to kick myself in the butt and make myself do it.

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 from Sue of Graceful Greyhounds…LOVE. This is the girl that came out of that inspiration…

Love Girl 3

Sue thought of her inspirational word for March because March 10 was Mother’s Day in the UK and March is her mother’s birthday month

This week’s inspiration is from Lynne of Dip-Dip and The Bridge…SPRING FLOWERS.

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March 17

Creating A Life Worth Living – Part 11

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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 10, “Magic at Work,” reinvents your workday. You’ll be asked to analyze your current lifestyle and build a new model for your everyday creative process.

Creating a Life Worth Living Book

Here’s how the author begins:

“Up until this point we have been basking in the expansive views of “eagle vision”: identifying dreams, setting long-term goals, and making plans. Now it’s time to return to the world of the squirrel, where all the real work gets done, step by step, day by day. You have created a goal and developed an action plan, now how will you bring the project to fruition?”

This chapter deals predominantly with establishing a daily creative process.

The author states that your creative process is a mixture of four elements:

1. Your Routine

2. Your Attitude

3. Your Motivation

4. Your Emergency Plan

CLWL Part 11

Here’s my creative process:

Routine: 

I’m very flexible when it comes to painting. I don’t have an “ideal” time. For me, the key is sitting down every week and planning my week. Without a plan, my default is to spend more time than I should watching television or playing on the computer. I like a balance of routine and variety, so a weekly plan works best for me.

Attitude:

Here is what I believe…

I’m not responsible for my work’s meaning or whether anyone likes my work; I’m only responsible for making the work and putting it out there.

The people who respond to and want to own my art will find it, if I do my best to be accessible.

It is my responsibility to do my work with honesty and heart.

Motivation:

Here is what motivates me…

My work comes from a desire to express myself and to honor the gifts I’ve been given.

My painting springs from the sheer joy of painting and creating something that evolves and surprises me.

My work comes from the desire to see what comes next…the joy of my journey through life.

My work is there to help others see their strength and to help them discover their art. It offers kindness and friendship.

Emergency Plan:

Here’s what I do when things aren’t working…

Make sure I have balance in my life.

Spend time with family & friends.

Pray.

Help someone.

Two of the most important things the author reminded me of are…”your creative process is never ‘finished,’ it is in constant flux,” and “processes evolve slowly.” These are things I have come to know as I’ve gotten older, but reminders never hurt because we can be terribly hard on ourselves.

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March 16

Copshaholm Gardens – Winter

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Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

Copshaholm 1

This week, I spent some time in the gardens at Copshaholm where I am a docent. The links lead to two other posts I did about Copshaholm.

Winter Garden 2

Copshaholm is the home built by J.D. Oliver for his family.  J.D. Oliver’s father, James, developed processes to create a better plow and his the business eventually became the Oliver Chilled Plow Works.

Winter Garden 3

The mansion was dubbed Copshaholm in honor of the birthplace of J.D. Oliver’s father, James.  James was born near Newcastleton, Scotland.  In ancient times, Newcastleton was called “Copshawolm” which literally means “clump of trees on a hill overlooking a river.”

Winter Garden 4

The grounds consist of 2.5 acres of landscaped formal, informal and recreational areas. While changes were made to the grounds over the years, these were usually additions or stylistic changes that did not remove all traces of the previous design.

Winter Garden 5

The 1890′s and early 20th century saw a tremendous growth in outdoor activities.  Houses flowed out into their grounds with pergolas and walkways leading out to open terraces, recreation areas and teahouses.

Winter Garden 7

The gardens as they exist today, began around 1907 when J.D. acquired the property adjoining Copshaholm. The Olivers first hired Alice E. Neale to design the gardens. Neale laid out the pergola in 1908. This vine-covered walkway leads west from the porte-cochere to the sunken garden.

Winter Garden 8

The garden is representative of the Edwardian period of garden building which occurred in the early years of the 20th century. Edwardian gardens were distinguished by a rigid formality in the overall design and the use of classical design elements.

Winter Garden 9

The gardens have changed over the years, but the changes are fascinating and add to the sense of how the house and family evolved.

Winter Garden 6

The gardens are bare this time of year, but still lovely, peaceful and quiet.

Winter Garden 10

I’ll spend other Artist Dates there this year, and show you how the gardens look during the different seasons.

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March 15

Poetry & Kindness 10.0

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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 10

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A Patch Of Old Snow

There’s a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I’ve forgotten,
If I ever read it.

Robert Lee Frost

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Kind is Kool Challenge

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Week 10 Challenge – When you’re at a store, if you notice a loose shopping cart in the parking lot, retrieve it, and drop it off at the shopping cart receptacle or return it to the store.

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March 14

Inspiration Results – March 14

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Every Monday, I’m posting a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I’m posting how I interpreted the 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. For the next several weeks, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you sent me.

This week’s inspiration is from Sue of Graceful Greyhounds…LOVE. Here’s the girl that came out of that inspiration…

Love Girl 1

Sue thought of her inspirational word for March because March 10 was Mother’s Day in the UK and March is her mother’s birthday month.

Love Girl 2

How to be HAPPY!

HTBHappyBadge

Every Thursday, Jay of The Depp Effect, posts something that makes her happy, and I’m playing along. She encourages us to look around and notice the things that make us happy. It really makes you consider the things that make life good, and often those things are small but powerful.

Here’s something that makes me happy…HAND LOTION.

The Naked Bee Hand Lotion

This is my current favorite from The Naked Bee. I like a light lotion that smells good and this one fills the bill.

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March 13

Every Day Ugly – Part 2

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My friend, Amy, inspired this series. 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.

This is a picture of the infamous Christmas travel mug and it’s lovely replacement.

Travel Mugs

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. The second Wednesday of every month, I’ll tell you about something I’ve improved upon.

Last month, I told you about replacing my chipped dishes. This month, I replaced a laundry basket that was acting as a hamper with an actual hamper.

Laundry Basket

This was a nice replacement because I’d been wanting another laundry basket. Now, I have one.

 Hamper

This hamper is from Curver, and I picked it up at Target. It has the look of woven natural fibers, but is made from plastic. It’s also cool because you can attach the lid to open from the back or open to the side.

Want more ideas? Here are some things my friend, Amy, took from every day ugly to every day pretty.

Her old robe, with holes courtesy of her greyhound, Zonda…

Old Robe

…was replaced with a soft, fluffy robe. This is actually my robe. Amy liked her new one so much, she gave me one for Christmas.

New Robe

She also replaced her disposable plastic liquid soap dispenser with a refillable glass liquid soap dispenser. Very pretty!

Soap Dispenser

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.

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March 12

Pick Me

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A couple weeks ago, Kat from Dog Gone Right posted Gwyn’s “available for adoption” picture. That sent me scurrying to dig up Freedom, Casper & Nikki’s photos. Here’s what they looked like before they were blog stars with their very own mini-me’s.

Freedom, aka Free Spitfire…

Free Spitfire

Casper, aka Try N Ryan…

Try N Ryan

Nikki, aka Silver Nikita…

Silver Nikita

Nikki’s “adopt me” picture is unique in that it doesn’t have a pair of human legs in it.

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