Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy HOOloween!

Just a little wide-eyed owlet to celebrate this seems I can't ever paint or draw enough owls! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Forget Me Not

Yay!  Today I have found time and energy for a bit of blogging!  Here's another page from my ongoing "Scraps" journal featuring more painted flowers and a pie chart page inspired by a prompt from the incredibly informative and inspiring Daisy Yellow zine.  I work on this journal in little chunks of time throughout each day: a swipe of paint here, a collaged scrap there.  I am taking my sweet time with this journal, returning to it whenever my everyday life gets a touch too troublesome.  As a result, this work feels calmer and more spacious than much of my previous journal work as seen here and here as well.  Art journaling morphs to accommodate and reflect the artist's needs, state of mind, daily struggles, and inner desires.  It is truly a fabulous coping mechanism for living.  I have no idea where I would be without my journals...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tiptoe in the Wind

Working to find my stride in the middle of chaos...sort of like trying to tiptoe in the midst of hurricane force winds.  I am hoping that, as in the past, my determination will carry me through to the other side of bad times.  As always, my journal provides a soft, quiet place to land, even if only for a few minutes here and there throughout the day.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Every Thorn Has Its Rose

My progress around the studio has slowed to a crawl as I focus my attention on simply navigating life and all its hassles, expected and unexpected, mundane and exotic.  There is a possibility I will need surgery (on my left foot yet again) and that news, while far from concrete, has me reeling because I'm just so tired of health issues.  Ugh!  If I do have to go under the knife again, that will make my 11th trip to an operating room.  As the saying goes, if it weren't for bad luck, I might not have any luck at all...

I'm trying to visit my journal a little bit each day even it is only for a few minutes...just not very enthused about art right now.  Still, each little bit adds up and I do have a few things to post over the next few weeks.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Slowly Getting Back into the Moments

*sigh* After an absolutely crazy couple of weeks, life is starting to settle down.  Yesterday was the first day in 16 (!) that I was able to stay curled up at home all day long.  I am exhausted.  However, the show is up so I can relax a little bit for a week or so.  Next up:  Some intense lesson planning for a new round of art classes to begin the first Friday in November (due to run through the end of January.)  I know that I'll be teaching cartooning for certain but I haven't made a firm decision about what else to teach.  I'd better hurry up and make up my mind!  Anyway, Lost Coast Post will be slowly coming back to life although I'm really not able to make any firm promises about a regular posting schedule.  Right now I am focused on just trying to remember to breathe!  Thank you to all who continue to grace this space even when I am absent! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Moment 3: A Finished Fishy

I'm in panic mode for my upcoming art show, trying desperately to dredge up the energy and enthusiasm I need to crank out some more small paintings before the official "opening" next Friday evening.  I completed quite a few big paintings this summer but it's the small ones that actually sell so I am pushing my body and mind to the brink so I can get some more work on the walls.  (Zoomed in close on this one to pop the texture of the canvas...sort of looks like tiny scales!)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Moment 2: The Sweet Spot

I promise that not all my "Moments" photos will be of my cats but this snapshot of Tuscany perfectly captures my yesterday: quietly dodging the shadows to soak up what sunshine I could find.  Some days, that warmth and peace is more elusive than I would like but every day I hope to discover the sweet spot, at least for a little while, and drink in the fabulousness of life.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Beginning "The Moments"

I'm supposed to be on a hiatus from blogging to concentrate on my painting but my sweet friend Tammy over at Daisy Yellow has posted another fantastic challenge so I thought I'd try and participate in between frantic brush strokes.  October 1st marks the beginning of a 31-day photographic challenge called "The Moments" in which bloggers are called to post a photo each day this month (with a brief caption or explanation) that documents a moment in their daily lives.  I've never tried a photo challenge before and I love to support Daisy Yellow's endeavors so off I go!  We'll see how far I can get!

I had to begin with this sweet moment: Marley Bear snoozing on my studio table.  I don't accomplish much art when this big, loveable cat takes center stage but I do get to bury my hands in his thick, soft belly fur and make him coo in his sleep.  The stress reduction that provides is invaluable...
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