Sunday, July 16, 2017

Catching up and finally back to art…

It’s been an interesting past few months… I’ve done some traveling to Tangle U in Florida plus additional time to explore and visit Norm’s mom, a family vacation at an amazing ranch in Arizona, and Southern Utah while my dad had surgery. We also moved our youngest daughter to a new place to live while at college, and dealt with a scary health situation that my husband had. Norm is still recovering, and hopefully he will be completely healed soon. 

Needless to say, besides the Tangle U portion (WHICH WAS AWESOME) of my traveling, I haven’t had a lot of time to create. The past couple of weeks I’ve been starting to steal bits of time here and there and it. feels. so. good! Here are some photos from some of these adventures… (I promise there is art in this post... just scroll quickly past these photos!)

Lovely location of this year's Tangle U
We enjoyed staying here!
A beautiful sunset to welcome us
Wonderful dinner out in Naples... Stone Crab!!!
Alligators near the road in the Everglades. HUGE!!
Lovely time together with relatives.
Celebrating Norm's birthday and enjoying dim sum.
Seeing a Perfect Circle at the Hollywood Bowl.
Family vacation in Arizona
We had such a wonderful time together!
Leila bravely holding the DEAD rattlesnake!
Cami and roommates
They're so much fun to be around!
Weekend in Santa Barbara. Celebrate Leila's birthday and see Boston at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
I love the scenery of my hometown. Southern Utah.
Lovely morning walk with my mom.
Another walk to see the petroglyphs...
They always leave me in awe...
More than a thousand years old. 
My furry son, Clark, turns 7.
Norm's poor leg... Blood infection/cellulitis. Definitely. not. fun. 

You made it! Now time for the art!

Last week I had the opportunity to perform my civic duty and wait ALL day at the courthouse to see if I would be called as a juror. I was prepared… I brought my sketchbook and pens/pencils. It was a lovely day! Uninterrupted art time is a pretty rare commodity! I played with Eni Oken’s technique for twisted ropes for the first time. I LOVED it! Twisty ropes are so organic. I enjoyed adding some mooka weaving in and out of it.

This week’s diva challenge #324 by guest blogger, Jessica Davies, is “Tangled Hearts.” I decided to explore the twisted ropes a bit more with a very loose heart shape and some additional mooka vines. I thought about my journey as I worked on this tile… about how your heart guides you in the direction you should take, yet many times you have distractions or pretty shiny things that mislead you towards a path that may direct you away from the truth of your heart. This is my “hearts journey," a reminder to focus on my path and stay true to my self/heart.

"Hearts Journey" Diva Challenge 324

My Inner Light girl has been patiently waiting for me to finish her for months. I was stuck for awhile as I considered how I could express/paint her inner glow and show her values/goals/mantras. I think I was a little afraid of finishing it and it not being what I had visualized in my mind. I finally forced myself past that barrier and started gluing the dimensional pieces down and added additional layers of color/shading/details… and then it happened… I had that moment when I looked at it and said… it’s done. Here she is preparing for her photo shoot in my lightbox. 

It’s wonderful to be back in this space, inspired by so many, and creating art.


  1. Thank you for sharing so much, it gives me the feeling I 'know' you a little now. I love that heart tile and your sentiments with it!

  2. Your "hearts journey" is inspiring. Thank you for participating and putting your own spin on the heart string. It's so lovely. I especially enjoy how there's room in the heart (and outside) for more growth. Such a great metaphor! <3


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