Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saturday Art Overload

I spent most of Saturday finishing up the New & Improved Snow Family. Originally, this was a painting of three snow people caroling that I did before the minions were around. Since I was repainting it, the girl thought it would be a good time to add a fourth girl snow person "to more accurately represent our family."

I couldn't argue with that, now could I? It was a bit of a challenge figuring out how to ... well ... cram her in there without making it look like I crammed her in, but I think it works.

And it's a lot cuter than the old version, so bonus!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

An expected turn in your life ...

The prompt yesterday was "An unexpected turn in your life." I didn't like that cancer was immediately where my head went. I'm tired of thinking in terms of "before cancer" and "after cancer", but it is what it is.

I had cancer.

I don't have it right now, but it coming back will always be a worry in the back of my mind. As will worrying about my kids, my husband, my family, my friends....

I hated it when people would tell me cancer happens for a reason, that I'd learn something from the experience. I recognized that it was an attempt to put a positive spin on the situation, it was someone trying to commiserate with me and lift my spirits. But it's a pretty crappy way to learn a lesson and I'd been a mostly good person up to that point, hadn't I? I'd gone to college, I'd never been arrested (still haven't been, btw), I was working, married, paying taxes, raising two kids and a dog. I never expected to get cancer.

But then who does?

In the grand scheme of things, my life has been easy. Cancer has really been the only unexpected thing that has happened, and in comparison to other events in our world, it was a blip in an otherwise charmed existence. So maybe there was a lesson to be learned.

Stuart Scott said, "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live."

With this second chance, the second half of my life, I want to be better. A better wife, a better mom, a better friend ... more patient and compassionate. More understanding. I've realized that everyone ... every single person, young and old ... is battling something. And it's probably something I can't see just by looking, so I try to be more kind and a whole lot less judgemental.

I may not make a huge difference in the world, but maybe I can make a huge difference in one person's day. That would be pretty cool.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Still Cranking Christmas Around Here.

The Workshop Is Hopping.

Next week is Thanksgiving, when the hubster and minions usually decorate the yard for Christmas. I need to have the new snow family of four done by then.

And I decided to make some gifts for family I'll be seeing.

And I need to figure out a Christmas card design and get it printed.

And I have a couple of paintings to do for friends.

And the new puppy we're getting next week will have his crate in my studio.

I may have overestimated my ability to juggle multiple projects.

What makes you laugh

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Teacher You Are Grateful For

I'm not sure I'd be an artist if it wasn't for Mr. Charlesworth. He was a drawing, painting and ceramics instructor at my high school and I spent most of my senior year in his classroom. He helped me build confidence in my skills, but more importantly, he helped me believe in my creativity.

I went back to visit a few times after I graduated, but he died before I felt like a success as an artist. He didn't see me land a job with a downtown advertising agency, paint two 10' tall fiberglass guitars for GuitarMania or attend any of the art shows I've participated in. He never saw my artwork in stores or on TV or for sale on the internet.

Still, I hope he knows ... somehow ... that he was THAT teacher for me. The one who truly made a difference in my life.

Letter an Emotion

This little guy is joining our family after Thanksgving. I got to visit him over the weekend and I have a pretty serious case of puppy love.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Long, But Productive Day.

After school and work, we headed back to Artist For A Day to try painting Foxy Cat again. This time the figurine survived the painting process. We also let the boy tag along this time.
He always seems to pick fairly complicated car/truck items - go figure. This also survived the painting process. Yay.

Of course, I had to work on something, too. I could happily spend an entire day there. Or longer.
Then after dinner, I put the finishing touches on the Jolly Old Elf. He looks a lot happier and less creepy, if I do say so myself.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Someone's Almost Done.

I have been working on Santa for the last few evenings and I should be able to finish him tomorrow. I made him pre-kids, so he's around 15+ years old and he was looking a little rough.

He's part of a set of patterns that was available in the 50's and my husband's family had the whole kit and kaboodle: Santa, the reindeer and a sleigh.

I think it's cool that they are a part of my kids' Christmas traditions now, too. Although this is the only picture I have of a kid with the Santa.
I'll have to see if I can get a shot or two this year since he's been refurbished.