Fafnir the not so little kitty anymore. Furry creatures so improve the quality of life and add so many sweet moments. I am so glad Nathaniel rescued a tiny wild kitten and brought her to become part of our family.
New Zentangle cards! Now I am trying to decide if I should leave then black and white—so the sender or receiver can color it in—or if I should pre-color them. Let me know what you think!
Thinking about my time spent in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Pictures and videos can’t do justice to the raw beauty of living in the woods for a time. I think my favorite thing about backpacking is that the landscapes are personal and often you are able to enjoy vistas that can’t be reached any other way.
More trees! Still playing around with watercolors and practicing patience between painting layers. 🌿
Playing around with trees, depth and watercolors this weekend.
It is gray and rainy today, so here is some brightness from a few days ago :)
Our backpacking trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness was magical. Don’t get me wrong, it was filled with adventure and lots of moments where life happened—like getting stuck in a rain storm the first night, Nathaniel wearing through the straps of both of his chacos and his amazing repair job, when a bear ran through our camp, etc. but the magic was how wonderful the experience was even during the unexpected. Learning to fly fish and finally understanding the love of fishing this way. I continually felt like we were in Narnia with new beauty all around. This picture is from a morning where we woke up completely surrounded by fog and got to see the sun slowly burn it away—revealing the peaks and South Fork.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks—I’ve gone out on some great adventures and hung out with lovely people. On the art side I have not benign doing a whole lots. Partly because of time spent elsewhere, but mainly because I’ve been feeling not on my resilience game. About three months ago I put some art and cards on consignment in Kalispell and I am pretty sure nothing sold. In the grand scheme of things, that is not a big deal, but it is so tough to keep creating when I have all this previous art hanging around. I’m not trying to get sympathy of guilt people into buying my art, this is just a big personal struggle. I really hate the selling side of art—because of having to place a price on a creation and the rejection piece. I understand that for a artist to be successful it takes so much time and effort of putting your work out there and I have just not been feeling up to it. So that is my struggle and rant. I will continue to make art and when I can to put my work out there.
The mornings are getting crisp and chilly. Although I don’t want summer to end, I also love fall. It reminds me of all the “normal” fall things—seasons, growth, and the passage of time. More than that, it brings me hope for what it to come, of the changes that are in process and will soon come to light.
Spent a lovely stretch of time in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Pictures never do justice to the beauty of nature and the peace of solitude. Sometimes you just gotta get out there and BE. Experience the moments.
Fafnir, what a darling. ❤️
Some days are tougher than others. But each day is another step towards the future and who we are becoming. Some days you gotta hang on to the light and the good moments. We will make it through.
🌿 Sleepy Sunday 🌿
Thank you to @sketchbookcoshop and the wonderful @artchiu! I am so pleased with my new sketchbook! Not only is it beautiful, but the packaging was so sweet. They invoke the feeling of an heirloom—having lived a life packed with treasured moments and now starting the next chapter of its story. 🌿🌿🌿I tend to stay away from bound sketchbooks as with a spiral bound it is easy to edit—to pull out the pieces that don’t quite meet the standard. This is a step for me in self-acceptance. My life and art are not perfect and through embracing that fact—I can find joy and beauty—even when things don’t go according to plan. 🌿🌿🌿
The struggle of life is real—it looks different for each of us, but it is always there. Don’t get lost in the hardship and let your light dim. Remember you are not alone and from the hardship comes unexpected growth and deepening of heart. Ask for what you need. You are worth it.
Fun zentangle doodle on my sketchbook cover. Today is one of those Monday’s where it is tough to get moving and stay motivated. Which is odd to me because I got a lot of needful things done yesterday and found myself empowered and not drained. But then again, it is easy to do what feelings tell you and harder to acknowledge one’s feelings but move on with life and be intentional. So here’s to more coffee and making today a great day.
The wood between the worlds. I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia and always loved “The Magician’s Nephew” the best. My favorite part was how the Wood Between the Worlds was described—the peace and quietly forceful life pervasive in the air. This is the feeling I get in the wild, that deep stillness of the soul and clarity of perspective. This is my first attempt at depicting this feeling and I am excited to see where this will go.
Thanks to a beautiful picture by @claireswanderings and her permission, I have taken another leap outside my comfort zone and attempted to depict something real! I am pleased with the piece and proud of myself for pushing towards something new.