Boy has life gotten in the way with my blogging! It never seems like I have time to devote to this part of my life. It is either grand-parenting, filling orders, or recuperating from my busy active life with my poor knees. But, this grammie is not complaining about her time with her two adorable little girls. They are my priority, but blogging has definitely dropped down the list….so….sorry everybody.
But, let’s get on with it. As many of you know my love is creating and watercolor painting. Lately, as I have long quiet evenings I decided to purchase ARTEZA watercolor markers and a set of the fillable brushes. I LOVE, LOVE THEM! Also, to get my mo-juice flowing I went to YOU TUBE and started watching watercolor videos. Creationsceecee is wonderful to follow!!! This link will take you to one of her videos of doodling with watercolor floral examples. What she uses as her warm-ups, I love using for little thank you gifts or adding to my note card fronts.
So, for all of you watercolor enthusiasts or those that want to try watercolor, I highly recommend the watercolor markers and water brushes. They are going to be much easier to travel with and you don’t have to worry about taking a lot of brushes or containers of water. The watercolor brushes are right there for you. I do suggest at least one of your favorite brushes. I am including a round brush for my traveling kit because it does have better blending properties and gives my a little more control with my paints.
One of the great properties of the watercolor markers is that you can mix them on your paper or on a plastic pallet before taking it to the paper. The paints blend and flow wonderfully! These two paintings were done on 140 lb. Arches Cold Press paper.
I have always wanted to be able to paint a bit more loose and these markers and doodling are helping me move into that direction. I find the doodling allows me to think more outside of the box in adding lines that in reality might not be there.
So happy painting if you decide to venture into watercolor markers.
The flowers and trees are blooming in Michigan giving a sense of rebirth, renewal, and regenerating. Everyone needs this time to renew soul, obtain new knowledge, renew friendships…….what comes to your mind? For me it is becoming re-energized after a long cold winter. It is time for learning something new and spreading our wings to new challenges, to growth.
Last week I posed the question to my FACEBOOK friends at EighthAvenueDesign what they would like to learn how to do. What a fun question! What would you answer? Take a minute and write it down on a piece of paper.
I’m waiting to give you some time……………..do it!
So some of the answers I received included the following:
- ANY crafts 🙂
- Creating SVG designs
So……now what you ask. What am I going to do with this information? (laughing) Time for designing some classes for my followers, friends and family. It has been over ten years since I’ve taught a watercolor class or any other kind of class. WOW – that makes me feel old (guess that’s what happens when you do a major career change from art to higher education and wait til you retire to return to what you love).
For myself, the challenge and regenerating is going to be educating others and still learning as I go of new ways to teach, getting to know my clients, and hopefully filling a gap in other’s lives. Teaching has always been so rewarding for me in an intimate, small setting. It allows others to take time for themselves. It doesn’t matter if what they are doing isn’t a masterpiece, it is the journey. Are you getting ready for a new journey?
Well, time to begin developing and creating! It has been almost six months since my injury and rehab. IT IS TIME to get back in the saddle and grow. Come along on the journey with me.
It is a beautiful spring day in Michigan and I am so happy to be back to enjoying life and creating in my studio. I have been unable to even get to my studio for four months. In October I twisted my knee which led to falling and really hurting things. What proceeded from that point was my knee became septic with infection (MRSA), finding out I also fractured my shoulder and my knee required surgery. After two weeks in the hospital and over a month in a rehab facility I returned home in a wheel chair to regain strength.
The most difficult part of everything was missing my second granddaughter’s birth, unable to prepare for Christmas and being the matriarch of giving joy and celebration of the holidays to my family. I also wasn’t able to help my son after he had back surgery or care for his new daughter in a way that I did for my daughter’s little one.
This period of my life has given me a new prospective of being retired, family, starting a new business, and what is REALLY important to me. It reminded me that God answers prayers in many different ways and we may never understand why. Things happen for a reason. In the process, I realized I don’t need to have the PhD behind my name and family was more important than dedicating so much time to that en-devour. My love and bond with my husband also became so much stronger. He never left my side when I was in the hospital and cared for me in ways that I never believed he would. Just talking about all of this has tears running!
I am sharing this with you so that you take a step back and think about where you are today. Many of you are beginning to enter your fifty’s and are beginning to think about life very differently I am sure. What legacy will you leave for your family? Is it that you have a PhD? Is it that you taught your grandchildren how to crochet or play the piano? These were some of the questions that I now have clarity with.
My life has been blessed and I am back to bring creativity to everyone – one day at a time – with love and affection.
Come along with me for this wonderful ride called LIFE…….