Well, it's been so long since my last post, I doubt anyone is out there anymore. So many of the folks I followed have migrated to Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and other platforms. But that's okay. When I go back to the first post I wrote in 2007 or '08, I was just doing my online journaling, talking about art and learning to paint, creativity and such. No one was following me at that point and, quite frankly, it didn't bother me. I was just thrilled at creating my blog and posting a few times a week. Eleven years later and in semi-retirement -- Good Lord, really? -- I'm still working part-time, but have found that the creative side has somewhat dissipated. I suppose that's life and how it goes sometimes. But after this first year of adjusting to retirement, I think I'm getting my sea legs under me once again. I may not post about painting, but there are other areas of life I'm free to explore that sort of got pushed aside over the years -- cooking is one of them. Never had much time for it -- although I love to eat! -- except to slap something on the table for the family at 8pm at night. Writing is another area I've been exploring, especially with the ease of indie publishing. I belong to a local writer's chapter and have published several novellas under my pen name. It's fun and not as stressful as if I had an editor breathing down my neck.
I may write about handcrafts, too. I always have several projects going, especially in the winter, whether it's quilting or knitting or crochet.
And finally the garden. I spend soooo much time out there come the spring and summer, I lose track of all else -- well, almost. This summer has been difficult with the heat and the weeding, but I've made progress (I think).
So I hope some familiar bloggers will stop by and say hello, as well as new ones. Until then, stay cool out there!
Social media has subsumed so much of online communication and sharing -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr -- that sometimes I forget about my blogs, which is a shame because the nature of a blog is more intimate. Blogs encourage writing -- duh, it's was all about journaling when blogs first started.
And I've drifted from my artwork -- yes, I'll admit that work and family and other issues pretty much took over my life these past years. I can't remember the last time I picked up a paint brush. But things are changing for me once again. Retirement is coming up and frankly, I cannot wait!
So this morning I decided it was time to begin dabbling again. Because time is short and I wanted to get outside and enjoy my Sunday afternoon before returning to work tomorrow, I decided to play with small digital collages.
It's almost like learning to ride a bike all over again! Lots of 'mistakes' later, I was finally happy with what I did. Time to share!
These little works are all available on my RedBubble site -- greeting cards, prints, mugs, journal books and more. I hope to keep up on these small tidbits until I feel like I'm not such an amateur!
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
Sometimes it gets to the point of ridiculousness how time slips through our grasp. Today is New Year's Eve and, quite frankly, I'll be happy to see this year end. But then again, I always feel this way about the current year as it comes to a close -- I suppose because the holiday season just rushes ahead, leaving us frazzled and stressed out. So today, on a freezing cold day, I'm sitting in the lower level of the house, hunkered down and playing with stuff I never got around to posting / sharing. I guess in some ways, I'll enjoy January - March just because it tends to be quiet and one feels quite content to hibernate. Here are a few pieces I did in the past year or so -- sometimes these images get lost in the shuffle, buried under other "stuff."
Gosh, it's been so long since I've posted on my poor blog, I'm ashamed to admit it! And yet life has a way of distracting one from all the ideas you had planned, the projects that you want to tackle -- and before you know it -- poof! -- weeks, months have gone by. But October is one of my favorite months, as is Autumn in general. I love the summer and being able to move around without coats and boots, but at some point all the heat and brilliant colors become overwhelming, and one ends up waiting for a chilled breeze, the scent of fallen leaves scuffling underfoot.
Combing through my photos from when I started this blog back in 2007 or '08, I found some season-appropriate images that I thought I'd share. I do have new ones, but like many of us these days, they're lodged in my cellphone -- someday I'll download them and play around with them.
I hope you're all enjoying the fall season so far, although many areas have been hit by such horrific disasters, those from Nature and those from our fellow humans. But even a moment to find that hidden last blossom of a rose or a spray of little helicopter pods turning the most amazing array of hues should be a moment to relish!
I'll try to be more diligent about posting. When I read back on my entries, it was a great reminder of how much the journaling helped with so many aspects of the creative life -- and how many wonderful friends I made over the years!