Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Adventure

Last weekend we traveled to a neat new place and explored with nothing more than a spectacular packed lunch, a few bucks, and a camera.
Is spring here yet?
The lunch was homemade tuna salad wraps, red grapes, pistachios, yogurt with fruit and granola, and chocolate milk!
Here are some things we saw:
Some of the tallest trees I've ever seen
Beautiful and tall
This little old squirrel was very squinty and slow-moving
Cold water

 I also had the chance to see the artwork of Lenny Lyons Bruno.

The pictures of her work in the link above cannot compare to the warm and intricate layers I saw up close in the gallery.  Her interesting use of antique found objects had me peering into each chunky and complex three-dimensional piece like my favorite hidden object puzzles.  Each part of her Coal Camp Series had a really neat narrative that could only be recognized after lingering for several minutes at each piece.  I found this thoughtful article about her in Virginia Living.

I hope you are able to squeeze in a special adventure of your own soon.  I felt like my internal well of imagery had been sufficiently refilled and I was creatively inspired by the time we got home that afternoon.  I've found that when you work from home and you live out in the middle of nowhere, it's so easy to become a hermit.  Planning these weekend adventures is my way of making sure that doesn't happen.  :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Reading up... on Extra Yarn

I found a link to this sweet little book recently.  It's called Extra Yarn.  It's about a knitter named Annabelle,  and her magical box of yarn.  
I think it's a really cute storyline and the illustrations are very unique.  What a colorful, warm little story to spotlight as we all try to make it through these cold brown and grey winter days, isn't it?

You can take a look inside this book HERE.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Snowy morning

We thought we might be done with winter, but here it is back again.

The month of January flew by for me.  I have closed my Etsy shop and have set many ambitious goals for the next few months.  I have started a self-directed course in Adobe Photoshop and it's a challenge but so necessary for my other goals!  I have also been working in the inspiring book by Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way.  I highly recommend it for any artist (visual, dramatic, musical, written word, etc.) who has been struggling with a creative block.

I hope to have a new shop venue opened this spring.  I look forward to sharing the progress with you. 

This fresh snow invigorates and excites me.  I hope you are having a productive and inspiring new year too!
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