Life has been busy since I last posted here. Our rescue Mojo has been dealing with a variety of health issues off and on, and my own health was a bit sketchy for awhile this summer. My camera gave up the ghost, so my photography was confined to mostly Iphone captures throughout the fall season. It would seem that I'm making excuses for not keeping up with my blog, but other priorities took a front seat to my time spent in front of the computer. (And thank you for the many emails over the past few months; I'm always pleasantly suprised that I have any sort of 'following' here, as my posts have always been so very sporatic.) :)
The past few months were very satisfying despite the speed bumps. I spent a bit of time up in the Traverse City area with a very special cousin/friend and enjoyed exploring her beautiful area for a few days. We have so very much in common and I am thrilled that we have connected again because we have so many years of catching up to do. The northwestern shore of Michigan is a wonderful place to do that in.
I am still sketching and painting pretty much on a daily basis. My skills are improving slowly, and watercolor is such a deligtful medium to explore. Most of my paintings are done quickly and I don't fuss much with details. It's more about feeling to me, and my paintings are a bit like my photography journey in that there is always so much emotion behind each piece. The thrill of discovering something that I find beautiful and interesting never grows old. Sketcing is just a different way to capture the excitement of an Eastern Screech owl taking up residence in our owl box.
I'll be starting an online class in the new year that I'm very excited about. I've been a fan of Gina Rossi Armfield's style of journaling for quite some time, and I have signed up for her 'No Excuses' art journaling class for the year. I have kept journals for decades, but I tend to get bored easily .. so having prompts and inspirational tools to draw from will help keep that creative spark flowing; that creative spark that has been so very crucial to keeping a sense of balance and harmony.
“We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.”