Monday, August 29, 2011

Nature, Kids and Birthdays

I have greatly enjoyed spending all the time we have in the great outdoors this summer.  I have some lovely photos along with wonderful memories and stories.  It is thrilling to have shared some of my precious memories with my own kids and have them creating similar ones themselves.  Hiking, camping, fishing, biking, just sitting in the dappled sunshine next to the river while listening to nature all around are fond memories from my childhood.  I am glad that my kids are excited to spend time outdoors playing and exploring, something we have in common.

DS celebrated his birthday recently with a car themed cake and party items.  Even some of the presents were car themed, or actually cars.  He loves his Hot Wheels cars and the Cars movies.  DS loved having the cute squish mini Cars characters on his cake, which he got to clean off and play with also.  Super cute.

Part of DS's birthday celebration was a trip to the new water pad play area at our local state park.  The kids loved it and had a blast getting wet.  The entire family splashed and played even though I wished the weather could have been a bit warmer.  Mid-seventies are fine but the cool breeze did make for a few shivers.  DH and I thought it was exciting to see the state park so busy.  Tons of people using the water play area, lots of cook-outs, kids using the the playground too.  It is certainly promising to see all the people visiting the area just for the first phase of the water park.  Should be even better when it is finished next year.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Break, Clean and Create

I've been very low-tech for over a month around here.  The kids and I have been busy, mostly out-n-about.  Visits to the library, trips up-north, bike rides, swimming, walking, camping.  It was a nice break actually.  Read some good books and enjoyed the quieter house with less electronics buzzing.  I'm ready to return to technology, enjoy it and keep it at a reasonable level.  During part of my "break" I was busy getting serious with my health.  It is time to get back to healthy eating, plenty of movement and feeling better.  All the fresh fruits and veggies are so deliciously tempting.  Spending plenty of time (and money) walking around the farmer's market. Yum!
Fresh Blueberries and Strawberries

Since the family was busy with life, things started piling up, even on my "art desk".  Because I had to dig through a bunch of stuff to reach most of my supplies I didn't create or work on much.  I spent a little time painting a class sample and mad dashes at my art journal here or there.  The stacks of items were starting to teeter every time I walked by the desk so I finally broke down and cleaned the thing off.  I didn't realize that had been purchasing so many supplies (buttons, ribbons, fibers, paper, inks, etc.) when I did a touch of shopping after teaching a class.  I also didn't realize that I had projects started that I had totally forgotten about.  Now the desk is scrubbed clean, the new supplies are put away, organized and I am feeling refreshed.  Feeling totally charged up and ready to create.

And I have been creating.  One project I've been working on is a mixed media canvas based on the song "On the Street Where You Live" from the musical "My Fair Lady".  I love the movie/musical and the song.  I also like where the piece is going.  I'm inspired to create a series based on the songs and outfits from the movie.  Looking forward to working on it all once the kids start school next month.
On the Street Where You Live, mixed media

Even though my desk was messy I did find a tiny bit of space to play in my art journal.  I had fun using the brayer to smush the paint around my pages for the first time.  It was fun and a good way to use some paints I wouldn't normally use that were left over from class samples.  I have some fun things I can't wait to try after reading the new book "The Art Journal Work Shop" by Traci Bunkers.  Great ideas and prompts, made me so eager to dig back in, good push to clean off my desk too.