And best of all...
This year I've already written two new picture books as a result of PiBoIdMo. Woo hoo!
Cheers to anyone else who took the challenge.
Here I share news, events, press, bits of my creative process, and the occasional snippet of adventure.
Do you ever feel like the NOW around you is way too full of screen time? I gave up nearly all television years ago. Not because I didn't enjoy it exactly. Just because I realized I enjoyed so many other things so much more. I guess I've had a bit of a wake-up call recently with another sort of screen. You know the one. You are looking at it now if you are reading this.
But the internet is sooooo darn useful.
So I won't give it up. I haven't disappeared. But. I do have a very good reason to have stepped away a bit and to be so absent recently from posting on my blog.
His name is Lars Archie. He was born on August 5.
(Ahem. Like I said, I know I'm late to post).
He likes to be held in his Mommy's lap (while she reads actual dead-tree books). He doesn't like the car and usually cries like crazy when he's in it. He seems to like being outside and I like being outside with him. His big brother makes him happy. When I play the ukulele for him, he coos along with me as though he's singing. When his daddy burps him, he belches like an old man. His smile can make one melt.
Sometimes being a mommy to a newborn is also super super painfully hard and tiring. But maybe because I've been here before I know that the hardest stuff doesn't last long.
And neither does the super sweet precious little-tiny-baby stuff.
So posting may stay a bit spotty for a bit. But pretty soon baby will have to share me with the outside world more. Pretty soon I'll have a bit of childcare and the siren song of my art and studio will nudge me into sharing with the world more regularly again.
But meanwhile I'll relish this very lovely moment.
|This is my nephew, Richard.|
"Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas." -Henry Ford
What if we all took a minute to ponder what feeds our enthusiasm for our own work...
Go ahead. Do it.
Now ponder what kills it? What leaves us feeling half-there when we show up and sometimes drains us to show up at all?
And what about those things that do both?
Or striving to be the best.
Critique comes to mind.
How do we embrace the lovely tension of wonderful things that both feed us and drain us?
These are things I delight in and wrestle with as I approach my own artistic work. They haunt me and heal me. They usually feed my enthusiasm but sometimes they dull it.
They also all seem completely necessary to my life.
What about yours?
Happy Valentine's Day!
I love heart photos. The above picture I took in Chang Mai, Thailand. The below picture I took here in Bellingham, Washington when I was home visiting while living abroad.
And the below screen shot is from a link my hubby sent me this morning to his Strava page where he tracks his bike routes via GPS watch. This was the unconventional route he took to work and sent to me.
Isn't he sweet?
How about, while I'm anyway posting a valentine's mash-up, I also post some pictures of my other (littler) valentine making cards for his class.
Oscar wanted to make a rocket-ship valentine this year "with hearts coming out of the bottom instead of flames."
I drew the rocket for him. He cut out the hearts. I sewed the hearts. He made the heart stickers and put them on the front.
I wonder which one of us had more fun?
I heart crafty projects with my son.
One more Heart note. If you are unfamiliar with the site
, maybe today's the day you should check it out. Eric Telchin posts lots of pictures of Hearts he finds EVERYWHERE. I've heard he has a
out too. Hmm... I feel a valentine's day trip to the bookstore coming on.
Have a great day!
|I made this collage using some of the paper-cutting techniques I've been experimenting with since attending the Nikki McClure workshop a few weeks ago. |
|She's Nurturing a Dream|