Today is the Solstice. Everyone celebrates and settles into it differently. Some have traditional gatherings each year, others greet it in their own style. This year I went solo. I welcomed winter in the early morning hour by stepping out into the dark of my yard with an offering that included gratitude for what was this year and my hopes for the coming year. As I stood barefoot with my wolfie dog beside me I lit my bundle afire with prayers while the dark sky misted.
There is something to be said for waking early and journaling while drinking your first cup of coffee in the morning. This mug is my current favorite, though I can't explain exactly why. Maybe it's the face or the muted rose color or the way it feels perfect in my hand. I don't really need to know why. But I do like having different mugs in my cupboard to choose from; each having their own unique appeal depending on my mood!
Starting the morning with coffee, journaling and sketching. As I've said I am posting all, the good, the bad, the ugly. Later the hubby and I are going to make the traditional crescent cookies. Secret family recipe. One of the better kept secrets if you ask me.
If all goes accordingly I also hope to work on some handmade Christmas cards.
The weather has been frigid, sky mostly gray all week. Today it's still cold but the sun decided to show which makes everything more inviting, at least for me. Since I was almost totally indoors all week there was no excuse for not catching up on some art. I'm enrolled in some online classes and art challenges. I've decided to post my work in the groups and here whether I think it's good or bad. When I finished todays prompt I recalled when Chad thrust a pencil, eraser and sketch pad in my hand and said " You won't know if you don't try". Pretty sure he was tired of my continuous requests for his drawing skills in my projects. Anyway, that set me on a long journey of "trying like hell" and being my own worst critic. All these years later not only do I have some skills but I think I'm actually beginning to see the beginnings of my own expressions and voice. Some of the following pictures are from class and challenges the others are just quick scribble sketches from and of whatever.
There was much to be thankful for this week. Monday was taking time to share photos from the past to remember Chad on what would have been his 37th birthday. From there just being thankful for all that fill our daily lives. Thanksgiving Day I ran my first Turkey Trot. A new developing friendship led to this. Afterwards Mark & I started cooking our Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for his brother to arrive. Smaller gathering but no less fun and enjoyable than a houseful. When we pulled the turkey from the oven and shifted it to a carving board it sort of exploded. No one seemed to care and it still tasted awesome! I included my hastily drawn face from #hundredfabfunface challenge I am in just because it keeps me accountable.
Today is time in my studio. I followed tutorial (Karen Campbell) for drawing shading face, #hundredfunfabfaces along with my morning coffee. Some things I am happy with on the resulting face, others not as much. I did it, it's done. Tomorrow I'll practice some more. This afternoon I poured some wine and began working on my idea of Christmas Postcards. Trying mixed media/hand painting. Cutting my own paper and cardstock to size. The two snowmen are my first. Turning out better than anticipated. Ready to try my hand with other designs.