Sunday, August 23, 2015

What do you mean tomorrow is Monday?


"What do you mean tomorrow is Monday?"




I was talking to a friend of mine today and she told me to call her tomorrow, after work. I replied "I don't work Sundays." She then informed me that tomorrow is Monday. 

Crap.

More and more, I don't want to go into my favorite job of working at Starbucks. It really is a wonderful job, my hours are great and the benefits are fantastic. 
However,
I WANT to learn to paint. 
Just as I'm making progress with a new technique or feel like I'm getting a SLIGHT handle on this frustrating (hobby, past time, stress reliever, passion, therapy, bliss, dream...) obsession (?)  I have to go back to work. That is where I lose my momentum. Getting up in the mornings at 3:45 AM, working until 11:00 (ish),  going to the gym, food planning or shopping, then getting home exhausted only to try and ... what? paint?  Not happening folks! 

On Thursday afternoons I start to get excited. "I have the next THREE days off!!!" I exclaim! 
"I can paint and paint and paint!"

Then life happens again. The house needs to be cleaned, laundry needs washing, the yard worked, catch up on sleep, etc. All of this gets in the way. Playing "catch up" from the past 4 days at work, now seeps in. I really don't start painting until late on Saturdays and half day Sunday.

I always said if I won the lottery I'd keep working.
I've decided when I finally win, I'm not going to after all.
Goodbye work week, hello fun.

Happy Monday everyone!
xo
karen


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Seven months, really?


Hard to believe it's almost 7 months since I last posted. I feel like it has been about that long since I (seriously) painted anything!  By "seriously" I mean 'used a canvas'. I've actually been steady with the creative side, still working in two journals, but the commitment to painting on canvas has really been a struggle.

 I'm back baby. 
:)

I like the above crow, however the bottom half bothers me. It's too dark ~ AGAIN. 
It's too dark because I had to keep painting (and repainting) it. 
LOL! I was going for translucent! 
The paper's underlying the paint were beautiful...

I was gifted a vacation from my mom. Those of you that know Kay, know she is the most wonderful mom ever. She took me, my sisters and herself to Europe. We were joined by her new husband Bob and his daughter (my NEW sister) Pam.  Pam and I went first to Paris.

WHAT???
Oh yeah! Oh yeah! 
(me dancing and fist bumping)

I figured I would never get back to Europe (considering $$$ and my husbands dislike of travel) so I took advantage of the time and spent and additional five days in Paris. It was the best EVER. One of my favorite parts was a side trip to a Paris flea market. I bought 14 very old french books. The average price was $4.00. My paintings now include a little bit of Paris.

So did the one above, except now you can't see it because of the painting and repainting. Then painting again. 

Good to be back.
xo
karen