Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas has started.



or also known as 

Rum, and eggnog~ one of my Christmas traditions.

We've gone through some incredibly painful Christmas's. With time, things are getting better. 
They're still hard but I see where they ARE getting better. 
In fact, we just had a really, really sweet Thanksgiving.
   One difficulty I have is decorating the house for Christmas. So many memories...

  Then a few years ago I discovered Rum and Eggnog. I'm not a big drinker, 
however one day a year I break out the R&E and I celebrate the holiday. 
I'm alone for most of the decorating, and I'm totally ok with this. 
I actually like it. 
It's a lot of work, decorating a house, but I really want to keep the spirit of Christmas going.
I've begun looking forward to this day, of pulling out box after box of holiday cheer.
It takes several days to finish it all.
Healing of the heart takes a really long time. 
We love, work, cope, grow, celebrate, and continue living. 
Life is good.
Somedays require a little rum and eggnog.

Happy start of the Christmas holidays.
xo
karen




Sunday, November 22, 2015




Inspired by Ryan Fowler

This week, I bought my husband a Ryan Fowler birthday card.  He does animals, but in a very block color, almost a stencil way.  My husband loved it. He asked it I could paint it for him. Not wanting to copy, I came up with this bear. 
My husband liked him, 
but not as much as the Ryan Fowler...


Today was another really stormy day. It became so dark at one point that the light from the window wasn't anywhere light enough and I had to turn on my $25.00 (reworked, repainted) chandelier. 
That's my head on the bottom right, working by candle light...
Ok, so it wasn't candle light, but it was really dark!


Super nice weekend. 
Thanks for stopping by!
xo
k


Sunday, November 15, 2015

3 ANGELS


I've had the past ten days off from Starbucks, as our store under goes a renovation. 
 I spent the last two of the ten,  painting. 
Sometimes your time off doesn't go as planned, however,
 in hindsight, it has been a marvelous stay~ cation. 
I wouldn't have changed a thing.

Yesterday and today was perfect painting weather. The dark, windy and rainy day made the perfect backdrop for hunkering down in the studio. No desire to go anywhere. 
Besides it was way too stormy to venture out! 

So I've been finishing my Three angels.

 I named them "Dreams", "Wonder" and "Journey". 


I repainted the "Dreams" face, four times. In the light, you can see where her eyes 
were in different places and different sizes, all over her face!
 I'm happier now, however I feel she's not.
So she is named "Dreams" because she looks a little dreamy...
Or maybe a little drugged, I'm not sure. But like I said a few weeks ago, this series is kinda like "Angels Gone Wild". 



"Wonder" looks more "Pensive" than "Wonder". She's missing a frown line between her brows. 
She is my husbands favorite!



"Journey" was the first one finished a few weeks ago and today I added the words and the butterflies.


Next project is a rabbit. 
:)
xo
k

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Living a creative life.


Sometimes someone knows you. Knows you well.
My friend sent me a gift in the mail this week. I just finished the audio book and loved it.
I enjoy everything that Elizabeth Gilbert writes and she did a really good job on her latest book, 
"Big Magic".  
It's about living a creative life, a magical life, a life enchanted.
My friend knows that this would become one of my favorites. I've already began underling paragraphs and writing in the margins.
Thank you my dear friend!
You can find her and her wonderful creative self on Facebook under
Backstreet Arts.


Speaking of being creative, my buddies came over this week and we painted.
This is Gagy (a.k.a. Grandma) and the sweet painting she made for her grand daughter.


Such a sweet piece! I'm so proud of you Kim (Gagi) 
for making art and living a creative and magical life!!!


xo
me