Art Gives Me An Excuse For Solitude

My friend shared a post on Facebook about people with anxiety and one of the things the author talked about was having a "people hangover" and I couldn't stop nodding. A people hangover is when you have used up all of your energy being with other people and so you feel drained, tired, and desperate for some time alone. I think this applies to introverts just as much as people suffering from anxiety. I know it applies to me. We spent 10 days driving to California, visiting family, and driving back. I didn't get much solitude. The hotel rooms were small and with three people we were pretty much on top of each other. Hiding in the bathroom was not an option, although I made some attempts. Then we were non-stop visiting people (people we love dearly) and don't even get me started on the driving. Three people in the car for three days straight (both ways) is a lot of togetherness. By the middle of the trip I was drained and by the end just plain exhausted. I need solitude and alone time and quiet and space. That is hard for other people to understand or to not be insulted by.  When you sneak off to be by yourself people take it personally sometimes. They just don't understand the need for solitude. Art often gives me a way to be alone in a socially acceptable manner. I can say, "I have to work … Continue Reading ››

Selfies Are Easy When You Are Five

My daughter can take a selfie much better than I can. The other day I picked up my phone and had 25 new photos of her that I did not take. She took them all by herself with her itty bitty hands. She didn't even need a selfie stick.
The Selfie Master
The Selfie Master
She has no fear, no shame, no concern for food in her teeth or wrinkles around her eyes. She doesn't care about her hair or her eyebrows or even if she gets her entire face in the shot. She only cares about being awesome so she is awesome. Totally. Once again my technology skills have been minimized by a child who cannot even write her own name. I'm dreading the day she changes all of my ringtones and reconfigures my text messages in ways I cannot even begin to fathom. I thought I was so hip with my blog and social media prowess and now I just feel like a technological dinosaur. My daughter is the Apple Watch and I am Atari. She is fearless and confident and I am cautious and more cautious with extra caution. She looks gorgeous without even trying and I need a visit by a cosmetic genius and an old-lady lighting crew (the kind that makes you look like you are in a permanent movie dream sequence). Phew, this being a grown up thing is getting harder and harder. I'm starting to truly hate … Continue Reading ››

I Could Be The Next Mr. Bean

Ever have a moment where you just know you could have been a British comedy star if only you had  been born in the right country? Well, I am pretty sure I could be the next "Mr. Bean" if given the chance. I can do slapstick and goofy faces like nobody's business. Especially on the days I let my chickens roam the yard like the winged free spirits they are!
I Could Be The Next Mr. Bean.
Excuse me, but I'd like to make a reservation for your Rose Bush restaurant...
We keep our chickens in a big fenced in area with plants and rocks and trees. They live the good life, protected from coyotes and dangers in the wild. Their food just magically appears and water is aplenty. Even though they are totally spoiled, with daily fresh fruits and vegetables and bugs galore, I still feel sorry for them because I know they want to run around the forbidden part of my yard chasing the dogs and nibbling on my flowers, so once in a while I let them out and they do go a little crazy. It's all fun and games until they get too close to my tomato plants and I have to put them back into their fenced-in luxury mansion with extensive grounds and property. That's when all the trouble begins. The worst part? They actually want to go in, but just can't figure how to do it. [caption id="attachment_6735" … Continue Reading ››

This Young Mom With Cancer Needs Our Help

Linda Shaver Gleason  has stage IV breast cancer. It's spread to her spine. She is 31 years old and she has a little boy named Linus (and he has the cutest, chubby cheeks I've ever seen!). I don't know Linda personally. She's a friend of a friend, but I know she is a real person and that she needs our help. Linda is a musicologist, a wife, and a mother. I find her story so compelling because, as a mom, one of my worst fears is not being here for my daughter. When I think about my daughter having to grow up without me guiding her, protecting her, and loving her I can't sleep at night. When I watched the video of Linda with her son on the fund raising site youcaring.com I knew I had to do everything in my power to help her pay her medical bills. She needs to survive this cancer. As the video says, she has a lot to live for. We can help her do that by taking away some of the financial worries and burdens her family is experiencing. Her main focus needs to be on kicking cancer in the ass and reclaiming her health. I want to help her focus on being that kind of warrior. This Young Mom With Cancer Needs Our Help   Tweet the fundraiser now:     Linda's … Continue Reading ››

Animalitos A Class With Artist Tracy Verdugo

I'm taking a class called Animalitos with artist Tracy Verdugo. It's all sorts of awesome so I had to share it with you. Tracy Verdugo has no idea I am writing this review of her class, but since I'm exuding positivity and doing cartwheels over it I am sure she won't mind.
Animalitos with Artist Tracy Verdugo
My first attempt at animalitos following the class tutorial.
What are animalitos? They are little animals painted with ink, and other mediums too of course, but the ink is just so luscious to work with.  I can't stop raving about the ink. You know I love working with ink! What is so fun is you just sort of sculpt your animal with water on some watercolor paper, drop in the ink and watch it do it's magic. SO MUCH FUN. Tracy Verdugo's class is terrific for a number of reasons. First of all it's on video and a PDF that you can download to your computer and keep forever. This is important to me because my internet is not conducive to streaming video. Plus, I like to watch, pause, experiment, and watch again. I like having the video right on my computer because I can access it even when I don't have an internet connection. The PDF with explanations and material lists is nice because you can print it out and take it to the store with you or refer to it as you are painting … Continue Reading ››

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