Monday, January 30, 2012

Across the Sound

January is almost over and, while anticipating spring, I have started working on some florals...pretty soon the tulips will be out for real. Meanwhile, here is a small landscape adapted from a photo I took last summer. I am looking forward to a full year of painting with a workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry in March, travel to France in the spring, and then Italy in the fall, and my last week in Italy will be a workshop with Jerry Fresia on the shores of Lake Como. I am making choices that will compliment my living a full life. And, so, life is good, and I am very grateful.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Me and Mom

Zoom - there goes January! Okay, not quite, but it is quickly coming to a close, and that makes me so aware of the importance to be present and attentive to 'right now'. The cold and wet of January in Vancouver is perfect for sorting and clearing. This past week I have purged a mountain of doll making and quilting supplies, reducing the stash to somewhere in between a foothill and a mountain. Next time around I'll get it to between a foothill and a mole hill. Four bins of quilting fabrics and cotton battings are off to the Fraser Valley Quilters Guild for use in making preemie quilts. The doll making supplies, together with a huge bag of yarn, was donated to the Salvation Army Thrift Store. So, others will have some fun with all that stuff, and I feel good getting it out of the house. Think in terms of 7 big Rubbermaid bins, stuffed full. I think I will make this a regular January project...after all, I didn't get rid of EVERYTHING! A girl has to keep some of her 'stuff'...for awhile. This is my first 2012 painting - 36" x 48"...let's start everything bigger.