Last time I posted I was in a total funk. I got lots of great advice in the comments - so thank you! (One piece of advice I haven't tried yet is to paint a portrait of the inner monster that narrates the negative soundtrack. Here's the link - I will definitely do this one day soon!) After getting outside, I was able to shift. When I came back in, I worked on this page, which I'd started yesterday, thinking I would paint something with another jar. But as I started doodling, something else happened completely. And in the end, I was happy. Art DOES make everything better!
Sunday night was the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Usually we have a big dinner in Pine Lake, and last night was no exception. Forty families doing a potluck together is a wonderful thing. However, my dad was under the weather and he and my mom weren't able to get up to Pine Lake -- they were home in Brooklyn. I could feel the tug of war in my heart. My sister and brother, Aunt, Uncle, cousins and friends were all up at the lake, expecting us. But I decided it was more important to be with my folks. Luckily, my husband and Samy agreed; so I cooked and brought dinner to Brooklyn. Here's a mandala I drew while talking with mom in the kitchen (of course, she greatly improved the food I made!). Mom and Dad - may the coming year be sweet and bring you health and happiness. Shanah Tovah.
Today, Freddie took Samy to play tennis and then she had a friend over. I was able to spend the whole afternoon in my studio! Here's the progression of what I created. It went through a lot of variations.
and some string. Now I'm happy!
The Diva's challenge this week is to create a Pinwheel for Peace. Here's my attempt. I used a template of an origami pinwheel, however my design ended up looking more like a kite because I added extra triangles... I did use the tangle called "pinwheel," though (and escalator & clothesline)!
Finally, I received two envelopes with lovely Artist Trading Cards -- from Linda Phinney (who's Imagine card is hand stitched and who also sent me a tag too!) and Andrea at Falling Ladies - who paints the most magical, wonderful watercolors. Aren't they gorgeous!Scrapping the Music - check it out. These songs are so much fun and inspiring. And your submissions don't have to be scrapbook pages. Heck - have you ever seen a scrapbook layout from me? So go take your art journal or zentangle tile over to STM and play along! In my next post, I'll tell you about what I did for the challenge.
Remember -- we're less than two weeks away from Fall Fearless and Fly. I can't believe the amazing artists who have agreed to do guest posts during this challenge. Carolyn Dube and and I are so excited.
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