Food For Thought

What Inspires YOU?

Longwalks App

This is such a hopeful, happy quote to start off a new week and Daylight Savings Time (extra coffee??)

Lately, I’ve found myself interested in drawing, painting, and watching BIRDS.


Inspired by artist creating art using birds.

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Food For Thought · Personal Growth

Making Time for Myself

It’s been a year since I’ve been able to take art classes at Briah Lucky Studio inNew Haven, CT.

I’ve really missed it and struggled to make time for art at home in the midst of working from home. SO… this was my therapist’s solution:

Make Art Every Day by Katie Vernon

I have recently found that I need strong structure to make time for myself and things that are important to me. Otherwise, WORK and Exhaustion take over my life 😖.

Week One
Food For Thought

Thankful Thanksgiving 2020… Is it an Oxymoron?

I know this year has been a challenge and a trial for all of us. COVID-19, Politics, Protests, communities (friends and family) being torn apart by differences in opinion and beliefs… 2020 has been a rough road all the way.

Wherever you are, in the USA or abroad, I pray for you. I send healing and love to sooth our tired souls and weary hearts. I send thoughts of healing and peace, gratitude and love. May these “vibes,” “thought,” and “prayers” find you in your struggle and give you strength to keep up the good fight: loving yourself and others, supporting your community in healing, sharing the grief of loss and hope for better times ahead.

That said, I turn my thoughts to Thankfulness, for it is in gratitude that I find my strengths keep going ❤️.

Things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving 2020:

My family ❤️
  1. A warm home
  2. My little family of 3
  3. All the Thanksgiving Greetings received from friends and family
  4. Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner with my daughter & enjoying being part of some of her “Firsts”
    First Pie (pumpkin) made by herself. First Apple Crisp (made w/no help from me). First time making her Great-Grandmother’s Mac & Cheese. First time prepping and seasoning a Turkey.
  5. Quiet homemade Thanksgiving dinner at home, just us ❤️
  6. Our health
  7. A fun day staying home and enjoying each other’s company
  8. Zoom call with my family: brothers, sisters, mom, nieces & nephews… all living far away from us, and still joining together to share the holiday.
  9. Watching Christmas Chronicles: Part 2 (we loved #1)
  10. Feeling creative again and relaxed enough on doodle.
  11. Feeling some peace for the first time since March.
My doodles

Wow! The world may be CRAZY in 2020, but there are still pockets of JOY to be found!

Blessings to all ❤️

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Puns For Fun & Laughter!

Have you seen #peadoodles? They are cute and humorous artful puns made from everyday items such as fruits, vegetables, furniture, and tools.

I think the artist, Lisa Slavid is clever and creative. Check her out on Pinterest, Facebook, or her website:
https://peadoodles.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/welcome-to-peadoodles/

By the way… I appreciate all of you who follow this page and find my journey of self-discovery and community building worth your time ❤️

Food For Thought

The Power of an Artistic Mind

Steal Like An Artist

“Steal Like an Artist” by At Home in Love, is a great read… All about how what we know, build on, and create come from information inspired by the past.

The article gives a great list, accompanied by amazing quotes, that show how we can grow in our art and experience by acknowledging where our inspiration comes from.

from the article: Steal Like An Artist

How many of us truly realize what the greats before us have taught us? Where these seemingly “random” thoughts or ideas (inspiration) originated from what we: have heard, seen, read, experienced in our past?

My favorite: from the BIBLE… “There is nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9

If you take the time to read… I would love your thoughts!

Thank you, http://www.athomeinlove.com, for the inspiration and ideas.

Random Thoughts

A Little Sunshine On A Grey Day…

Original May 2020

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature

~ Gerard De Nerval

I was struggling today. It was grey outside, and feeling grey on the inside.

What to do? Channel it into my #100daychallenge2020 to Art Journal every day.

I found some lilacs on a struggling tree in our yard, which was the inspiration to get me started.

Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I REALLY need Nature’s patience right now. Like, 10 weeks+ of patience is running out. BIG TIME.

#loosingit #hangingon #openandbrave

Random Thoughts

2020: The Year of Living Virtually

I’m perusing through our local paper and hit the “Arts & Events” page. I stop! Arts & Events??? What??? I thought we were”Shut Down!”

Then I read and realize… everything is “Virtual”: Facebook Meeting… Zoom Event… Virtual Tour.

I’m thinking we will look back at 2020 and realize it was the TRUE COMPUTER AGE! The age of looking at everyone and everything through a screen: TV screen, Computer screen, Phone screen, Window screen and… the screen door.

How many “virtual” events have you attended?

My daughter has “virtual” school every day.

All of my work is done via computer or phone… and occasional snail mail.

I’ve been attending a weekly art group through Zoom, and our family has celebrated 3 birthdays via Zoom “Parties”

What do you see as the most interesting or memorable part of Quarantine 2020: The Year of Living Virtually… or “Social Distancing”?

What events in your life were experienced differently?

Inquiring Minds want to know!

#ooenandbrave

Random Thoughts

Share Your Soul

#100daychallenge2020 Day 34/100
Personal Growth

I Rise from the Ashes

Art Journal Project #100daychallege2020

My Affirmations lead to

My Gratitude, which leads to

Me: Rising from the Ashes of FEAR.

#artjournal #openandbrave

Random Thoughts

Nature Inspires Art

#100dayChallenge2020

Spring Walk pictures inspired watercolor Journal Entry.

My Five Minute Journal keeps me focused on Gratitude… something I desperately need these days ❤️.

#livecreatively #openandbrave