Hello February.

elewisLast night I was overjoyed to see Google’s doodle of Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of African American and Native American heritage to achieve international recognition as a sculptor. I wrote about her eleven years ago, so I was ecstatic that more people would learn about her. I hope that this also means that more is discovered about her and her groundbreaking body of work.

Hello February.

Inspiration Wednesday 11

Watercolor and water-based dyes are really big in paper crafting and art right now, so my latest Inspiration Wednesday project proved to be extremely fun and useful.

iwed11It can be done with just about any watercolor type of medium mixed with acrylic paint. I used gelatos and white acrylic paint. The black lines were from a fude pen, but a lot of my brush markers could have rendered the same effect. I mixed a little bit of white paint with glazing medium and added it when the paints were almost dry (before I added the black lines) to soften the colors a bit, but it looked perfectly fine without.

I had so much fun doing this that I can see myself playing with this technique a lot as I find new ways to use it. 🙂

Inspiration Wednesday 11

Podcast 8: Embracing the rain.

For now, the rain has returned to my corner of the Northwest. It came back in a major way. This morning I was awakened by the sound of it pouring on the roof. I was thinking about how much I enjoy the sunshine when I remembered that the rain brings life to all of the trees, flowers, grass and vegetables I enjoy when the skies are clear.

wpid-20150601_131109.jpgMy personal life can be like that, too. This week I have been dealing with a lot of rain in terms of the conflict between my children’s need to test boundaries and my need to maintain sanity. At moments it has been a thunderstorm, but just like the vegetation, we need these episodes to grow and become the people we were created to be. If only it could be done in peace and quiet.

In the podcast I talked about the fun I had with my most recent Inspiration Wednesday Project, which will be featured in tomorrow’s post. The quote of the week is from Georgia O’Keeffe, “The days you work are the best days.” For the most part, I agree.

Podcast 8: Embracing the rain.

Podcast 7

This week we had a Monday holiday and a few days of amazing, blazing sunshine, so here is my podcast, better late than never. I shared how the process of making the get well cards proved to be a real growth process creatively. The response from the recipients made any extra effort worthwhile 🙂

podcast7The quote of the week is from a prayer written by Eleanor Roosevelt to commemorate the sacrifices of this country’s military. I thought it would be a good way to observe the recent Memorial Day holiday.

“A man died for me today
As long as there be war
I then must ask and answer
Am I worth dying for?”

Podcast 7