April 20

Inspiration Files

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Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

Basket & Accordion Files

This week was another stay-at-home Artist Date. I wanted to work on my inspiration files.

Accordion File

What are my inspiration files? Generally images, articles and instructions I pull out of magazines and return to when I need an idea or inspiration.  When I see something that intrigues me, I put it in an accordion file.

Folders & Idea Binder

From time to time, I go through the accordion file and put the pictures, articles and instructions in notebooks.

Idea Binder

It was not just time for me to move things from the accordion file to my notebooks, but time to go through and do a review and purge. The weight of too many ideas can be as stifling as too few ideas.  This is not a one day project, but I can already feel a lightness.

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April 19

Poetry & Kindness 15.0

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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 15

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A Psalm Of Life. What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist.

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,–act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;–

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Kind is Kool Challenge

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Week 15 Challenge – When you feel impatient with someone, imagine they are someone you love.

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April 18

Inspiration Results – April 18

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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 comes from Kat of Dog Gone Right…WATER. Here’s the girl that came out of that inspiration…

Water Girl 1

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…My favorite brush, a #12 FLAT BRUSH.

#12 Flat Brush

Any type of work is easier and more enjoyable when you have the proper tools. The #12 flat brush is my favorite paint brush. I love it for base coating, for adding shadows and highlights and for the precise line I can get with the edge of the brush. This brush feels good in my hand.

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April 17

Can Never Remember

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Can Never Remember

There are certain words that confuse me. This is my list. What words are on your list?

Who or Whom

Any time you would say “him” or “her,” use the word whom. Any time you would use the word “he” or “she,” use the word who.

Examples

You sat by whom last night? I sat by her last night.

Who sat by you last night? She sat by me last night.

A trick to use to remember – Him and her end with a consonant as does whom. He and she end with a vowel as does who.

Farther or Further

Farther refers to a measurable distance. Further refers to abstract lengths that can’t always be measured.

Examples

It’s not much farther to the gas station.

This product needs further testing.

Lay or Lie

Lay means to set something down. Lie means to recline.

Examples

Lay the book on the table.

I want to lie down and take a nap.

Sadly, the past tense of lie is lay, which is probably why I’ll never settle this in my brain.

Fewer or Less

If you can count it one-by-one, use fewer. If you can’t count it individually, use less.

Examples

There were fewer days below freezing this year.

I drink less water than she does.

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April 16

An Oldie But A Goodie

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The last three weeks have been spent remembering some of the pups’ naughty moments. This week, I’m re-posting a story I posted on February 2, 2011, one month after I started writing What Remains Now. No puppy naughtiness involved.

 Innocent Casper

I’m not in this? Oh, that’s right, you said no puppy naughtiness involved.

It’s Good To Know How You Rate

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Most of us have a sense of where we stand in a family or social situation.  Sometimes those perceptions aren’t accurate and sometimes things happen and you get a big “confirmation” stamp on those feelings.  What follows is an incident that left me pretty clear about how I rate.

Shortly after we got the houndies, I was loading dishes in the dishwasher.  Freedom doesn’t like to come in the kitchen, but when I’m in there she likes to peek around the corner so she can keep an eye on what I’m doing…because you never know when I might get the urge to grab a snack for her.  When I’m standing at the sink, my dishwasher is behind me  I’ve done this simple act of loading the dishwasher for years with no problem, but on this particular night I stepped back just a fraction of an inch too much and caught my leg on the open dishwasher door.  Before I knew what had happened, I fell backward on the dishwasher door (yes, I broke it) and onto the floor (ceramic tile).  Me, going from standing to flat on my back (with a dishwasher door in between) makes a pretty impressive noise, so Freedom was startled and jumped back.  Immediately, I heard my husband’s concerned voice calling from the Family Room, “Freedom!  It’s all right!”  All I can say is, it’s good to know how you rate.

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April 15

In My Studio – April 15

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Here’s what’s been going on in my studio…

I belong to two card clubs where we get together and make a couple cards or some type of papercraft. One of my card clubs got together this past week and here are the cards we made:

Apr 13 Card 1

To make this card, we inked the embossing folder. Depending on which side you inked…you got the ink color in the design or in the background.

Apr 13 Card 2

We were able to get the clear flower impression on this card by using embossing powder.

Two Apr 13 Cards

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 my friend, Amy…DOG LOVER. Here are the girl and pup that came out of that inspiration…

Dog Lover Girl 3

Thank you for your compliments on my first pup. I enjoyed painting him, so you’ll see more animals in my future work.

This week’s inspiration comes from Kat of Dog Gone Right…WATER.

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April 14

What’s Next?

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I started writing What Remains Now to help me figure out what to do, now that my “mommy” years are over. I wanted to get back in touch with my creativity, so I went through a variety of books and e-courses and discovered my love of painting. During the last three months, I worked my way through Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd. I really enjoyed the process and think it will help me realize some of my goals with painting. Now, I’m ready for a little break, so…what’s next?

Over the last few years, I’ve collected these three books on writing but haven’t read them. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to read one.  I feel like doing something that is deals with a creative subject, but isn’t directly related to painting. Which one should I read? Let me know which one you’re most curious about in the “Comments.”

Page After Page

Page after Page by Heather Sellers

On Writing

On Writing by Stephen King

Bird By Bird

Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott

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April 13

100 Center

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Every Saturday, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Here’s what she says about the Artist Date:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

K & S Brewing Company Main Building

This week, I went to the 100 Center in Mishawaka, Indiana.

K & S Brewing Company Main Building Detail

The 100 Center is located on the site of the old Kamm & Schellinger Brewing Company.

The Kamm & Schellinger Brewing Company

Founded in 1853, the Kamm & Schellinger Brewing Company operated until 1951.

K & S Brewing Company Boiler House

It’s a fascinating place with interesting historic buildings and pieces of the brewery equipment set out like sculptures.

Old Machinery

The stamping shows this piece was made in Mishawaka, a reminder of this area’s industrial past.

Old Machinery Detail

The 100 Center used to have a variety of restaurants, clubs and shops. In fact, I lived in the 100 Center Apartments back in the 1980’s.

K & S Brewing Company Walkway Between Buildings

There are still some restaurants and clubs, but little else. I’m curious what’s currently happening here.

K & S Brewing Company Stables

The weather was HORRIBLE, so I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked. I’m heading back when the weather is better.

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April 12

Poetry & Kindness 14.0

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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 14

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On The Wall Top

Dancing and prancing to town we go,
On the top of the wall of the town we go.
Shall we talk to the stars, or talk to the moon,
Or run along home to our dinner so soon?

So high so high on the wall we run,
The nearer the sky why, the nearer the sun,
If you give me one penny, I’ll give you two,
For that’s the way good neighbours do.

Kate Greenaway

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Kind is Kool Challenge

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Week 14 Challenge – Send a card to someone at their work address.

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April 11

Inspiration Results – April 11

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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 comes from my friend, Amy…DOG LOVER. Here’s the girl that came out of that inspiration…

Dog Lover Girl 1

As usual, I still have some work to do on her, particularly her hair.

Dog Lover 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…BAG BALM.

Bag Balm

Recently, I noticed the sides and tips of my fingers were very dry and starting to crack. Bag Balm to the rescue. John L. Norris of Vermont invented Bag Balm in 1899 to soften cow udders. It worked so well, word got around, and Bag Balm is with us to this day. The distinctive green tin that Bag Balm comes in is virtually unchanged for over 100 years. Nikki has very dry and cracked paw pads. I just started using it on her and hope for a good result.

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