Sunday, February 28, 2010

Reunited And It Feels So Good!

I've been busy painting today! I have created another Mati Rose like elephant and Kellie Rae Roberts like girlie. You can't read the quote on the girl but it is one of my favorites: "Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake" Thoreau.
Now I'll get to the best part of my day...and I can't help but hear these song lyrics in my head, "Reunited and it feels so good"! For those of you that know what I'm talking about...I found them!
I returned home from An Artful Journey and unpacked my bags only to find that the paintings I created were gone! I looked through everything....or so I thought. After filing a 10 page missing property report with the airline, I found my long lost paintings!

I set aside time to paint and create today and as I was pulling out all of my supplies from a box that I took to the retreat, I saw a tiny piece of wax paper peaking out at me. I thought, no way, it could be the same wax paper I wrapped my paintings in. So I sifted through all of the supplies, only to find my 6 pieces of artwork. I cannot believe it. It could be my grandmother up in heaven that made them reappear, or St. Anthony, or any other person you know of that you count on for bringing back lost items. Does it really matter? I was relieved and shocked at how well they endured the trip back home. So, without further ado, here is what I created at An Artful Journey retreat:

I am so thankful that I found them! What did you find today?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mr. Blick You Are My Friend

Mr. Blick you are my friend. You may not be my husband's friend, however; for the amount of money I imagine will go out of our account and in to yours. Nevertheless, I will be back! I have started gathering supplies from Michael's and Dick Blick's that I borrowed from my friends at "An Artful Journey" last week. Things I had not heard of before but definitely make a difference! For instance, the Crop A Dile!

I love that thing! And Shiva Oil Paint sticks! I am waiting until next week to get the whole box because they will be on sale :) I picked up a few canvases that were irregular sizes that I thought would be fun to play around with. I'm planning on painting away my Sunday!

Before signing off, I just wanted to share with you what I saw when I came home from work last night. My youngest daughter was all dressed up and dancing to music with oldest daughter. You can't fully see what I saw, the bandana and headband, boa, and flowers were the icing on the cake. She also had on a pair of pink slippers and a purse! Too cute.

I wish I could pull off the look!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Awethentic Living

Hello! I have finally created my own blog. This is an accomplishment in and of itself considering the major slump I'm in right now. You see, I just returned from an experience that is hard to justify with words. I was fortunate enough to attend a retreat in Los Gatos, CA called "An Artful Journey" with Kellie Rae Roberts and Mati Rose McDonough. You'd think my instructors alone would be enough, but, I also made incredible friendships with women from around the globe! I want to keep in close touch with these new friends and most of them have blogs, so I thought what better time to jump in than now! On the plane ride home from California, I started pondering blog names. I didn't want it to be too boring and I wanted to have a name that would stick beyond how I am feeling right now. I came up with Awethentic Living. Yes, I do know how to spell authentic correctly. But, I wanted a blog in which the title represents my journey. Everyday we have a choice. Settle for the status quo, the monotony, and the numb zombie like routine that pays the bills. Or, go through our days with our eyes fully open and work to create the life you dream of. I want to choose the later, to be authentic, but in the day to day hustle and bustle, my authenticity can be comprimised simply in order to survive.
Hence, the spelling of awethentic. I hoped to capture the essence of my daily goal. I want to go to bed at night and reflect on experiences that caused me great moments of "awe". I want to focus on the moments of pure bliss that makes my heart whisper "my cup runneth over". So, let this blog be a written record of "awe" filled, not aweful moments in my life. Let it be a place to capture my thoughts, struggles, and victories as I work to live authentically. Won't you join me?