Thursday, November 27, 2008

Over The River...

I am thankful to be able to spend this day at home (dare I say it?) alone. No sympathy, please. It is my choice and I am also thankful my friends who invited me to dinner, thereby giving me a choice. Both my girls are busy elsewhere today and I choose to take advantage of some desperately needed downtime at home.

I am doing things that one does when at home with no demands - a little cleaning, a little cooking and eating, a lot of coffee (made in my French press, yum), and my favorite: randomly going through books and other "stuff". I recently brought out the old Childcraft books. They were published one year before me. I fondly remember my mother reading poems to me from the now battered Volume 1: Poems of Early Childhood. I want to share this page in honor of the day. Click on the image to view it full size.

Note: I had to play around with the scanned images in Paint Shop Pro to stitch them together. So I even learned something. I think, by George, I am nurturing my muse. Go figure.

Being Thankful Today

I have much to be thankful for
And I am

For family and friends
For food, clothing and shelter
I give thanks to God

Most of all
I am thankful to be loved
By a merciful God
For blessings, grace and mercy
Freely given to to one so unworthy
For the promise of eternity
To be lived in His presence
For the gift of Faith that came
With the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ
Who lived and died and lived again for me
For a heart that was changed
Jesus, I thank you

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pushing Through The Gap

Just one more, then I must get some work done. As you can see, I have been sitting here rambling around cyberspace. This video is from Ira Glass of NPR. He is talking about the gap between what is created and what is in the mind of someone who is new at their craft. It is so true. How many projects I have abandoned because the work did not meet my standards. Then I revisit it, sometimes years later, and wonder why I never finished. It's because I wanted instant mastery without going through the steps to get there. Hmmm, I think that applies to more in my life than art. That's food for thought, eh?

BTW, The Redhead Creates is where I stumbled upon this.

Building A Starry Night

I know. I never post anything. I have things to say. I really do. But, by the time I sit down here at night, my mind can't find them.

Life is good. I am struggling to finish unpacking eight months later (sigh), trying to find time for art and find my quiet time again. I am making progress in everything, though you might need a microscope to detect it. You see, I still spend a lot of time overwhelmed and doing, well, nothing.

Today I ran across this video while doing "nothing". I am lately amazed at the creativity found in some of the videos out on youtube. I love it. Enjoy.