Starting a business in your 50s when you’ve been a stay at home Mom forever is really hard! I’ve discovered that I’m lazy, easily distracted, and lose motivation very quickly. So when I say really hard, what I mean is that I’m struggling to push myself to stay on task every day and actually work. Writing this blog is one of the things I want to do. Every Monday. Now… Go!
I went to my first vendor show a couple of weeks ago. It was in Rockwall, Texas, the Rubber Duck Regatta. It’s a fun weekend, with funds going to Boys and Girls Club Rockwall County, and Meals on Wheels Rockwall County. The ducks “race” from the fountain down the waterfall, and the winners get great prizes. The location is beautiful, right on Lake Ray Hubbard, and we were treated to a glorious sunset Friday night.
I’ve been immersed in an Instagram project – making something every day for 100 days. Today is Day 98 – almost the end. I’ve missed some days, but overall have really stuck with it. I decided to do 100 Days of Collage. Here’s a few…
Wow, I just finished The Doctor’s Wife by Elizabeth Brundage. I really enjoyed this book! It kept me completely engaged, I confess I was kind of on the edge of my seat! But it didn’t scare me, which is amazing because I’m pretty easy to scare, lol. I recommend it heartily.
So this is my list now. I suspect I will not finish the other two books on the list by midnight, haha. But I’ve had a great time. I look forward to another readathon!
Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwilliem Van de Wettering Confesions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh The Doctor’s Wife Elizabeth Brundage
The Dagger Before Me Heather Haven
The First Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series) Gay, Lindsay, and Tinker Hendricks
Do you love books as much as I do? I’ve never heard about readathons – can you believe that? So I am totally in for this one. I’m putting other stuff on hold this week so I can read read read! Join me!
My goal is to read 5 books from my queue (plus the one I’m currently reading):
Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwilliem Van de Wettering The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen The Doctor’s Wife Elizabeth Brundage The Dagger Before Me Heather Haven
I learned a lot from this challenge. I can paint every day! I did not complete 30 paintings, but I did complete 16. I’m happy with that. As the month went by, I got more complicated with technique. Today’s painting, #16, started that ball rolling. I learned that I cannot finish a pointillism style painting in one day – even if it is only 12″ x 12″. I also learned that in order to finish a painting I have to let go a little and let the painting be a little different than I had imagined. All in all, this was a successful month for me. And I am still painting daily, which is fantastic.
Day 30 Welcome Center 2, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on cradled hardboard.
Well, I’m a little behind, lol. But I’m just letting that go. 😀 I’ve been working on multiple paintings but they’re taking longer than I expected. I’m working on intuitive backgrounds using paint left from whatever else I’m working on (my “Waste Not Want Not” thing), then adding a focal image. Here’s an example for Day 19:
Blue Daisy 1, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on cradled hard board
Underneath this next image is, sadly, Don’t Fence Me In. I thought I needed to make it better. 😦 But I’m happy with this image. It’s a digital image printed and decoupaged to a panel. I use an ink jet printer so it’s been quite a process to learn how to do this without smearing the ink.
Day 20 – Sandy and Bug Posterized, 8″ x 18″, paper and acrylic medium on cradled hardboard
I hope to have several more to post this week. My grandson has the flu so he’s here with us all day instead of in kindergarten. Poor boy, he feels terrible. :’-(
I’ve been painting, I just haven’t had time to post. Put all the Christmas decorations away – it’s always a little sad. And am I the only one who apologizes to the nativity figures as I wrap them in plastic?
30 in 30 Day 9 Tryst, 6″ x 8″, acrylic, leaves, mod podge on illustration board,
Day 8 I See You, 6″ x 8″, acrylic on illustration board
Day 7 Running, 8″ x 10″, acrylic on stretched canvas
Day 6 Spaces, 6″ x 8″, acrylic on illustration board
Day 5 Dallas Zoo, 8″ x 10″, acrylic on stretched canvas