A friend of my moms has a lot of chickens and roosters. A few times a year my mom feeds them and looks after them so her friend can go on vacation. I went with her one day and fell in love with this rooster. He had beautiful black feathers and a strut to match.
I’m a little jealous of people with roosters because they get to have baby chicks! My mom has watched a few little chicken families grow up. It’s really fun to watch the babies chase their moms around. Hens are surprisingly very protective mothers. Our chicken chases Ravens away from her eggs. She has even chased Stevie Wonder around and pecked him on the head. In his defense, he was only investigating the vegetable scraps the chickens were eating. Luckily he is a fast runner and got away without any serious injury.
We don’t have a rooster because I am afraid we’ll get a mean one. Some roosters are pretty docile, but others are very aggressive. The last thing I need is a mean rooster chasing me around the yard. Or chasing Tiny-Small and the dogs. The idea alone is enough to give me nightmares. Another reason we don’t have a rooster is the crowing. I’m not sure I want to be woken up by crowing every day. One of my mom’s roosters crows all day long. I’m sure her neighbors are plotting their revenge!
Anyway, I had the good fortune of capturing a few photos of this lovely rooster and painted him in alcohol inks. Now I have my own rooster and I don’t have to feed him or anything! That sounds like the perfect scenario to me!
I’m still adding hearts to my Etsy shop for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to stop by and check them out. I have quite a few more necklaces and pins to add today.
We are over run with mule deer here. So much so that people are always asking us if hunting is allowed on our property. It’s not of course. That’s probably why we have so many of them. That doesn’t stop all of the hunter-ly types from pulling out their invisible bows and arrows and letting a few imaginary arrows fly in the deers general direction. We’re not hunters so when we look at the deer we think “how pretty” and not “how delicious.” Some of our friends are certain we are doing this country living thing wrong. Oh well, I only like to shoot things with my camera!
The deer migrate across our property every morning and every evening. It’s like they have 9 to 5 jobs or something. Maybe I should name one of them Dolly Parton! My favorite part is to see the babies. They are extra adorable. They follow their moms around and make cute little bleating sounds when they get separated. It’s pretty neat to watch from the dining room window.
I’ve wanted to paint the deer for a while now, but I could never get a decent picture. They have excellent hearing and run off into the sunset the moment they see any human with a camera. I actually took my reference photos for this painting through a window! Even then they were suspicious. One was staring me straight in the lens so to speak. First one ear twitched. Then the other. Then the nose. Then the two bucks high tailed it to the neighbor’s house. The female deer are less brazen. They stick to the edges and the brush. The males walk right up to the window.
I am pretty happy with how this one came out. I feel like I made it past the 20 day slump. It took me seven days to get my painting mojo back, but that’s OK. Seven is better than ten!
I hope you are enjoying your January. Only a few days left so make the most of them. Get out there and do something to make some memories for the beginning of 2015. Get this year off to a good start.
I’m tree obsessed for this challenge. I’m just a tree painting fool. I missed posting yesterday. I painted, but I didn’t write my blog post. I don’t know what happened. I think I just got tired by the time I had an opportunity to sit down and type so I did some art journaling instead. Turning on the computer, fighting with my sketchy internet connection, and putting words to virtual paper just seemed like too much work.
I don’t know about you, but by the time 8pm rolls around my brain starts to shut down. I am ready for the work day to end. I just want to relax and not have to think too much about anything important. Getting Tiny-Small to bed is always a busy and tiring process. Some nights I am just plain exhausted.
I’m not only painting every day in January, but writing too. I love to write, but sometimes I just don’t have anything important to say. I am in awe of people who blog daily and never seem to be at a loss for words. How do they always have a topic to write about? Writing each day and being relevant and smart, or witty and emotionally connected, has to be more difficult than painting daily. My days sometimes run together and I don’t have anything interesting happen or any good blog fodder. I envy people who seem to have an endless supply of experiences to write about. Actually, maybe I don’t. Sometimes a good, boring day is better than one filled with high drama. I have to be careful about what I wish for, right? Enjoy the ordinary days more when they happen. Trouble will find us soon enough!
The only thing I have to say today is that I am starting to feel the time crunch. As I attempt to write and paint daily I am also trying to get some heart jewelry made and listed in my Etsy shop before Valentine’s Day, prepare for a small jewelry sales event I am doing in about a week, get our tax information together for the accountant, photograph work for two juried shows I am entering in 2015, and of course all of the regular home and childcare stuff that I usually do. In the middle of these new adventures Tiny-Small sprayed water on my Macbook and it’s no longer working (she was trying to help me clean up). It was terrible timing because I rely on my Macbook to get my work done. The good thing is I do have everything backed up on an external hard drive.I just have to save up for a new Mac! In the meantime I am scurrying to retake photos and relearn how to use Windows. Luckily we have a backup computer thanks to Jim planning ahead!
Anyway, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for a few days now. When I get overwhelmed I do a lot of list making and also spend too much time staring into space like a deer caught in the headlights. My brain is trying to remember too many things at the same time. The lists help, but priorities can get a little squirrely. With deadlines looming it can be difficult to decide which to-do item is most important. I’m also trying to consciously make special time for Tiny-Small because with all the things I am trying to do I don’t want her to feel like she is getting lost in the shuffle. It’s all about finding some type of balance and that is never easy!
There are times when I think about giving up on blogging and painting because I want to have more control over my time and less things to worry about. I imagine I would do a better job keeping up on the housework, preparing meals, and teaching Tiny-Small important things. House management and parenting is certainly more than enough to keep me busy. These moments always pass. I really find housework boring and I definitely need something outside of taking care of other people to feel satisfied about my life. I’ve come to recognize these moments as growing pains. It takes some time to adjust to new or bigger demands. As my businesses progresses there are new opportunities and new stressors (even good stresses are still stress) that stretch us in new directions. It’s easy to want to quit when it gets difficult and go back to what we know instead of forging ahead into unknown territory. So far I have chosen to keep moving forward despite the overwhelm and struggle. I know next week I’ll cross some major things off my list and get some relief from the pressure. It’s all part of the ebb and flow! Recognizing that is an important step in resiliency.
I hope you do something creative this Saturday or get outside among the trees!