Doesn’t time go past fast when you are having fun, or prevaricating – er, sorry – incubating new directions in your art work………
The large work in progress on the easel remains just that, a large work in progress on the easel. I shall probably finish it just because I am tired of skirting round the thing as I try to get at other supplies. If you are new here, (and there have been so many new follows since my last post, and I am inordinately grateful to have you here, thanks for coming by and please do feel free to jump into the general chat, we love that!) here’s a link to where we were at two months ago and where we’re pretty much still at as far as this particular piece goes……..
Now to catch us all up. It, the painting, got neglected due to the fact that other tasks called me. I’d call them commissions, except no money changed hands other than between me and my art and craft supplier 🙂 I am repaid in love and in a hundred other practical ways including the majority of the photos in this post, so lets just call it Creating Happiness and Fun Everywhere or CHaFE, which is somewhat of an unfortunate acronym ( I wish I could input a belly laugh emoji here)
First there was a living room do-over. From this:
YD did the couch covering job while I was involved as colour and pattern consultant, chief cushion maker and this arty creation
A wall of Inkies doodled and undoodled, framed and artfully hung to make a colourful backdrop of YD’s favourite colours over her newly covered cream couch.
Isn’t it lovely! I think even if you don’t like pink particularly (Marlene I’m looking at you) you’d have to admit it is a lovely transformation, yes?
Picking up on the colours used in the wall art, I also made a sooper-dooper large lighcatcher to fill the room with sparkles and rainbows
While I was at it I made four more catchers, including a very special one for YD’s friends who lost their little dog in a road accident and who just a bit later farewelled their beloved, aged cat. So, for Karen and Craig, a commemorative lightcatcher for Ruby and Bear which will twinkle and glimmer whenever the sun shines and remind them of happier days with their four-footed friends
The other three are to go into my shop which is having a bit of a do-up itself and I’ll show you them in the next post.
I also am involved in making lots of cards as I work my way through my huge back-stash of crafting goodies. I received a lovely birthday gift from my friend Alys, a stamping platform, and now can use my stamps with impunity. Here’s a small sprinkling of what I’m creating – a bit faded I’m sorry. The sun disappeared and gave me a thunderstorm just as I got them ready for their close-up …….
Of course life contains many more interactions and activities than is revealed here. Siddy and I continue to walk every day – not one day missed this year – and I continue to enjoy my moments of quiet contemplation interspersed with a chat to a favourite tree or a person we meet along the way. This walk very often serves as my daily meditation and I have added in a really gentle yoga programme, to accompany my friend Robin over at Breezes at Dawn on her 40 day programme. We are over half way through and I have the feeling I’ll just keep doing these gentle bends and sways and holds. #FeelingGood
We need to feel good these days don’t we – as the world bends and sways under the weight of lunacy and egos and ignorance. The only valid way to respond is with more peace, more calm, more thoughtfulness and more compassion. Starting with ourselves and moving out through our circles of loved ones, colleagues, neighbours, out further to those who suffer, those who are lost and eventually to those who incite hatred out of their own need to raise themselves out of their own personal hell.
Create beauty, spread it about and smile at a stranger.
Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did!