Thursday, September 2, 2010
I have a few things to share with you today. First, the above painting is the result of my second "Mystele" piece. This is the background I completed, and posted, last week. In my earlier post, I mentioned that I was seeing a face within it ~~ a distinct chin, and a slanted eye. Well, I broke out my watercolors and began painting the face I saw. Thankfully I used watercolors for this process, because it just didn't feel right once I got further into the process. The "graffiti-type" background wasn't working with the face that was forthcoming. So, being watercolors, I was able to "wash" it away, like it never excited. Then, I realized I have never done a piece of art for my DH ... other than several cards. This seemed the perfect piece to dedicate to him. So, the 'face' became a heart instead, and the rest just flowed. After 24 years of marriage, we have just gone through one of those "stale" periods, where things had become too routine, and we're now currently in the process of re-dedicating ourselves to each other, and attempting to renew our feelings and love for each other. In our first years of marriage, I would frequently sing my version of "You Are My Sunshine" to him, so I included the sunshine in this piece, as a way to express the feeling that he remains my sunshine on this sometimes cloudy earth. I was thrilled when he seemed to truly appreciate this piece, and has placed it in his hobby room ... filled with hunting and fishing "junk" ~~ containing all his favorite things. So, I discovered, again, that it pays to follow my heart with my art, and be flexible with the direction in which my heart wants my art to go.
Then, yesterday, as I was rushing to leaving the house to begin a second part-time job (at another eclectic shop), I discovered a package on my doorstep. I just LOVE getting mail and/or packages ~~ who doesn't?!? This package was very special, as it contained the items I had received in my first-ever blog giveaway! It was from Close2myArt, and I rushed to the car, box in hand, to rip it open and find my goodies! And here they are:
And the last piece received from Close2myArt is this cute little house box:
Speaking of packages, I received another package in the mail this week! This one wasn't for me, but for a dear friend whom lives "on the other side of the pond" and occasionally has items she purchases within the US shipped to me, that stay in my care until she has a collection of packages that I then ship to her, overseas. I love receiving her packages, as they traditionally contain beautiful Sid Dickens memory blocks, that we both admire. This week's package contained my favorite memory block of Sid Dickens entitled "Black Lace."
Lastly, I can't help but mention "Earl." He is that Category 4 hurricane that currently resides 410 miles off of North Carolina's coastline, with current wind speeds of 145 miles per hour. Earl is attempting to ruin many folks' Labor Day vacations, as many locals travel to the NC coast on this holiday, to enjoy their last summer vacation. Evacuations have already begun along our coastline, and, as the Dixie Chicks song goes, "Earl [has] to die, Goodbye Earl!" Let's all hope that Earl is drawn out to sea, and finds a quiet death in the middle of the ocean, providing no harm to anyone.
And so, that is my ramblings for today. Thanks, to each of you, whom read my blog and/or comment. Admittedly, I'm not a great artist, or writer, but I truly enjoy blogging, and your visits and comments provide me much joy and many smiles. My desire is for you to feel "at home" here on my "front porch." I wish each of you safety, happiness, and much inspiration for creativity today and always. May your days be filled with all of these, and more.
Posted by Jeanne Nelson at 9/02/2010 09:22:00 AM