A little blog about the life of a somewhat lost dreamer....looking for my grace in this crazy world.

08 September 2014

Busy, busy, busy weekend...

I woke Saturday morning quite early (insomnia... what'cha gonna do?) and for some reason decided to clean the studio... couldn't be because I could barely walk through it, could it?  Anyway... after about 5 hours of cleaning and organizing my desk looked like this...


And, about 20 minutes later it looked like this...

 

Seriously.

I cannot believe how much I got finished this weekend... must have been some sort of time warp.

I did this...  (now, to be clear, some of these projects were half way finished already)


It has a light in the base that flickers through the windows... I wish that showed a bit better.


And then these.  The house and most of these ornaments are a donation for a local cause.


Then a little painting that was floating around in my head...


And, since I had the glitter out and it was already everywhere, and I do mean EVERYWHERE, I did some mixed media houses that I glittered up.  It's a small (4" x 4" base) piece that I'm going to "abandon" for the Art Abandonment Project. The September challenge is "mini cities", this is as close as I'll get.  (Although, I do love it and plan to do more of something similar... Christmas theme maybe?)

In between all of that I did clean the rest of my living space, took the dog for a couple of walks, did dishes, even actually fixed myself a real meal rather than the yogurt or crackers and cheese I seem to have been living on for the last couple of months.  And, I baked a cake to take to work...

I'm exhausted reading the list!  What did you guys do with your weekends?

04 September 2014

A Wee Little Witch...

I've just finished up a little cutie!  Technically, she was supposed to be another mermaid like this little one...


Because I was going to teach her in a class.  But, as things so often go with me, when I sat down to re-create her so that I could take photos and really write the instructions, she just was not happening... something else was determined to come into being, and I just couldn't stop her.

I've been posting teaser photos on Facebook of late...

And you know what?  I was told I am mean...

I agreed, and said I was cruel too...

But I think I've teased enough... so, without further ado...

Please meet my Wee Witch...


She is very wee indeed, from the tip of her hat to the curve of her magical shoes, she stands about 9 to 10 inches tall.

And is absolutely adorable...

Pet spider and all.

And, while I didn't get the mermaid class written up... at least not yet... I did create one for my Wee Witch.  More details will be coming on that as soon as the dates are set!

Oh, and, there will be a give away involved... more details forthcoming about that as well!

02 September 2014

And, they're dropped...

Here they are waiting to be found...






Now, let's see if whomever finds them contacts me to let me know they've been found!

World Art Drop Day...

It's World Art Drop Day y'all...

Here's what I'm dropping today...

This one is 5" x 7", mixed media (pencils, paint, oil pastels and marker) done on 140 lb watercolour paper.

This one is only 4" x 4", done in the same mixed media... but...

This is what I've done to the back.  Cute, eh?

And, finally...

This one is a whopping 8" x 10", done in acrylics on 140 lb watercolour paper.  I guess I'm still stuck in the folk art frame of mind.

Lots of stuff done this weekend, I'll be sharing more this week!

28 August 2014

Getting back to normal...

I am finally getting back into the studio more.  I'm working on a class that I'll be teaching soon, trying to get reorganized so that I can get back on the mail art train... but in the mean time I wanted everyone to get a peek of what's being birthed right now...

And... there's more than one of them so you might want to be watching for a give away!!!

14 August 2014

Who's in...

This is exactly what I need, so I'm in.  Anyone else want to play too?


From Jake Parker's web site...

All artists, (that means students and professionals, painters and cartoonists, sculptors and illustrators, animators and fine artists, EVERYONE who creates) this September 2nd is World Art Drop Day. Wherever you find yourself that day, drop a piece of your art and tell someone where to find it. The world needs this right now. We need to feel a little more connection to each other and there's nothing like the bond two random strangers can make through the act of creating and giving.
I recently just finished a cross-country art drop this summer and it was exhilarating. The emails and responses I received from the finders ran the gamut of funny to touching. I want that for everyone!
Here's how it works:
  • Draw a picture and hide it somewhere.
  • Take a photo of either the art or the hiding spot or a combination of both.
  • Post the image, the city you dropped it in, and a hint on any social media of your choice. Be sure to included the hashtag: #artdropday
  • Then move on, hoping someone finds it. OR hang around and meet your new friend.
That's it!
I need your help spreading the word on this. Reblog it, retweet it, facebook it, or even tell someone in person!
September 2nd, lets connect the whole planet with art!


12 August 2014

My dad died...

I spent most of July in the hospital... Technically, not me, but, rather my father.  And, because no one should be alone in a hospital, especially an old man with dementia who happened to be my father, so did I.

And ten days or so after his surgery he went back to the nursing home.  He did amazingly well through the surgery and both his doctors and I were very impressed.  The pathology came back showing the cancer didn't seem to be invasive, so I was sure I'd gained at least a couple more years with him. But, things didn't go as well from there, and Monday he was back in the emergency room. 

An infection had developed in his incision, so he was admitted back into ICU.  The nurses were all surprised to see him, he'd done so well... but they were all sure he'd be better after a few rounds of antibiotics. So... we spent more time together in the hospital.

After a time I had to find a balance between work and being there so that I wouldn't run through ALL of my sick time.  I started going over for an hour before work, back at lunch, then back after work to sit through the evening, going home somewhere between 9:00 and 10:00.  Exhausting, yes, but it was a balance of sort.

He was doing really very well, the antibiotics had worked, they had his electrolytes balanced and his heart was doing much better as well.  They were concerned about his nutrition though, so decided to keep him for a few more days to watch his calorie intake. 

We spent our time talking about how beautiful the sunrises were, he told me more stories of his childhood, we talked about my kids, his memories.  I helped him to eat his meals, and when he slept I simply sat by his bed reading and holding his hand.

Early on in all of this, before his surgery, I had promised I'd bring him a strawberry milk shake, his favorite, once he was able to take in real food again, and for some reason, on Wednesday I stopped on the way over to the hospital for the evening and got one for him.  He didn't eat a whole lot of his turkey, but he drank every drop of the shake.

The next morning I thought I'd take him a couple of donuts, so I stopped by Krispy Kreme and bought him two, and grabbed a few dozen to take over to ICU staff.  I knew I'd catch the shift change, so it would be a nice way to thank all of them for all the work they were doing.  He ate both of the donuts I'd gotten him, was alert, aware and doing very well.  Things were looking good.

I visited again for lunch.  They hadn't brought his tray yet, so we really did nothing but chat.  He said he was feeling better, we talked again about his time in the Air Force, talked about his mother and his grand mother... then I told him I'd see him for dinner.  He told me he wouldn't be there.  When I asked where he'd be he told me, "I'm going home."  I had no idea how prophetic that statement was.

At 2:30 my phone rang, and I recognized the number as Good Sam.  It was Zach, one of his surgeons.  Dad had aspirated during his lunch and had coded.  They were working on him doing chest compressions and breathing for him, and would continue to while I got there.

I left my office, thank goodness my friend Kellye was in there and I asked her to take care of things.  On the way I called my sister, my niece and my sister-in-law.  No one bothered to answer their phone, so I left messages. I called my ex and my kids.  I was there in less than 10 minutes, and was met outside ICU by the Chaplain who went in to get the doctor.  Zach and J.R, two of his surgeons, came out, told me what had happened, what they had done, and what to expect, then took me back to his room.

There was an entire room of people working to keep my father here, but they had been working for close to 30 minutes, and the best they could get was a thready pulse.  I asked them to stop, the most difficult decision I have ever had to make... but as he had told me earlier, he was going home.  They made room for me so I could be beside him, someone brought a chair for me, and I sat down by his bed to hold his hand.  The doctors and nurses all hugged me and told me how sorry they were.  I don't think there was anyone there who didn't have tears in their eyes as they started leaving the room one by one.  I moved to sit beside him, holding his hand, stroking his arm, telling him how glad I was that we'd had our time and that I loved him, I promised we'd have lunch again when I made it to the other side.  And then, in the blink of an eye, he was gone.  My world was changed forever.


Someone came in to tell me the girls from the office were in the lobby, they'd be there in case I needed them, and I went out to tell them.  They will never know how invaluable it was to be encircled by their love. My ex got there, then my daughter.  Through all of this his nurses were working ever so gently in the background to get him cleaned up, they changed his sheets, changed his gown, covered him respectfully, and gave me more support.  It's funny how we'd become family in that month we spent together.  Other staff members started coming in to tell me they had worked with him and were so sorry for my loss.  His doctors came in to check on me every few minutes, and the Chaplain was a constant.  Thank heavens for all of these people, without them I don't know how I would have coped.

An hour and a half or so later my sister and my niece got there.  Choices had to be made, and I told them that, since I had done everything the last two and a half years I was leaving those choices up to them, it was time for them to take some responsibility.

I left the hospital about 5:30 and left two more of the painted stones to be found... then walked to the parking garage.  As I sat in the car, finally alone, the void hit me.  We had spent so many years apart, but the last two and a half had wiped those away.  When I finally made it home, I just felt numb.  I still feel that way to a degree.

But, time moves forward... at least according to our perception.  We had a night of visitation that was filled with people he'd known through the years... and then a funeral filled with many more who came to pay their final respects on Tuesday.  There were gorgeous flowers, and lots of stories, smiles and tears.  His casket was draped with a quilt his mother had made.  My brother sent him off with a deck of Rook cards (his favorite game), and I made one last batch of peanut butter fudge and brought him one last coke.  Monday night after the visitation I wrote him a letter and tucked it into his pocket so he wouldn't forget that I loved him.

It's been a really difficult time, I walked by the peanut butter aisle at the grocery a few days later and broke into tears.  Often, when I close my eyes, I see the scene again where everyone was working on him.  But, after a few days of reflection I feel so very blessed to have had my time with him.

And, a week to the day after his passing, I went back into the studio and picked up a canvas and a paint brush with no real idea of what I was going to do.  This is what appeared on the canvas...


I can't help but believe that it is a gift from the Universe to remind me that there is more than just this life.

Thanks to all of you for allowing me this time to grieve and this place to vent, your support and patience has been wonderful and much appreciated.  I hope you will continue to share that with me over the next few weeks as a new "normal" sets in for me and the creativity begins again.

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