Thursday, October 30, 2014

Close, But Not Quite.

Another one of those days where the image in my head is not translating to the paper. I'll have to try again and maybe go slower. Or faster? It's hard to know with watercolor. Sometimes it works and I have no idea why.

Good news is my mom likes them.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Speed of Life

Like most months lately, October is passing me by. I turn the calendar to a new month, get a game plan for everything I want to accomplish set in my mind and the next day it's another new month! Or at least that's what it feels like.

When I was a kid, it took forever for time to pass, but now life seems to be on fast-forward. And it's flying by faster and faster every day ... hour ... minute ... second. Friday is Halloween and we'll turnaround only to find we're waking up on Christmas morning and then 2014 will be history.

Try to slow down ... just a little bit ... over the last 63 days of the year. Enjoy the time with family and friends, but sneak in a few moments to be still and savor what's good in your life.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

You Are Here.

I'm finding that what several women told me when I started this cancer journey is true. You're never really done with cancer. Once you've gotten the diagnosis, it's something that's always in the back of your mind.

I see a curly-haired stranger in the mirror with scars and a body I don't recognize. I worry about my family, children and friends and hope they never have to face a cancer journey of their own. I celebrate doctor visits and treatment milestones along with birthdays and holidays.

I'm slowly coming to the realization that it's not about getting back to normal because I'm not that me anymore. This illustration is my way of acknowledging everything I've been through to get to this moment. It's also a reminder to leave all of that where it belongs ... in the past ... and enjoy where I am now.

Prints are available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I've Said It Before. I'm Sure I'll Say It Again.

This whole working for a living thing seriously cuts into my creative time.

When I add in helping with homework, cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping and schlepping, some days I feel like I barely have time to breathe.

I need a 25th hour that's just for me.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back To InkTober ... Days 18 & 19.

I guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow.

Buying more pomegranates. I never thought I would like them, but they're really good. Different, but good.

And for what it's worth, mom, I did recently try asparagus again and I still don't like it. Blech. Not sure what fruit or vegetable will be next, but it won't be asparagus.

Or brussel sprouts.

Or beets.

Or turnips, cauliflower or rutabaga.

Maybe kumquats.

Happy Fall, Y'All!

We've hit the peak of the season's color this weekend. What leaves haven't fallen – and most of them are still on the trees – are gorgeous.

And it's a sunny day!


I'm off for a walk with the dog to enjoy it.

Happy Weekend!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Slight Departure.

I started a new freelance gig today that will hopefully stretch out for the next few weeks. Since my hair seemed especially curly this morning AND I actually thought it looked cute, I decided to commemorate the occasion with a selfie.

I'm surprised at how hard it's been to adjust to my new hair. It's taken almost two years to get it back to the length it was before chemo. And, as my hubster is fond of pointing out, I always complained about having straight hair so you'd think I'd be happy.

Let's just say I'm getting used to it. I'm starting to look in the mirror and see me instead of a stranger – with my luck probably just in time for it to start straightening out again. ;-)

No new drawings for InkTober, but I did finish up the illustrations I started last week. I'm thinking these might be greeting cards and prints soon.