Sunday, January 18, 2015

January what?

Seriously. The calendar says it is January 18, 2015. Am I the only person who has "WHAT????" ricocheting in the grey matter between the ears?

Now that I am a little bit more settled, I have been catching up with some of my online world. Among the places I have visited is my Etsy Blogging Business Artisans group where inspiring monthly challenges are posted - just in case we need a nudge to create or write something.


*cough* Wake up call!
Welcome to January's challenge:

January - Goals or hopes for the New Year
What do you hope to accomplish this year? What are you looking forward to doing in 2015? Do you have plans to travel some place exciting, move to a new home/city or how about get a kitten? Will you be taking your shop in new directions? Let us know or give us a hint of your year to come!


Can I possibly get a little "class credit" for some stuff I did last year??? Bwahahahaha!

Travel plans? I racked up a lot of miles traveling from my previous home to my current home.... That should count for something!
Move to a new home/city? Done! I can smartly check that off the list and I have the boxes to prove it.
Get a kitten? Well - no, I didn't get a kitten, but I did move two cats (and the rest of the zoo) and I have a friend who got two new kittens... Okay, maybe only partial credit for that one.
Will you be taking your shop in new directions? Yes. Open would be good... My little Etsy shop has been on vacation since I began the slow moving move. Some of my art supplies have surfaced, though, and I have done a little, tiny bit of painting. *whew* Finally!
Let us know or give us a hint of your year to come! Unpacking boxes? Seems like someone did say that I really should write what was in the boxes somewhere on the outside of the box...

Okay, really - at the top of my list for 2015 is this:

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
Psalm 27:4

Sharing the beauty of God and His creation has always been my goal - and it remains my goal for this year, too.

What will all the rest of 2015 hold? I will have to wait and see what the Lord unfolds before me. Just like one flower petal opening at a time, some things can't be rushed - nor should they be rushed!

Blessings,
Kathy

PS - Thanks to Sharla at Beaded Tail for the "nudge" to share my thoughts for 2015!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday

Remember this little painting? Welcome back to the continuing saga of "what color will I glaze with next"???

And, the answer is.... warming up with a bit of quinacridone rust!



But, it wasn't quite right either, because now the background was too... too... "solid".  soooo....


I lifted some of the background color. Ummmm.... Looks like puffy clouds or fuzzy something...

Speaking of puffy clouds - we had some. And some rain, too. When it rained, the garden woke up! Last week it was freezing (literally) and this week it is blooming.


Love these iris! They smell as lovely as they look. This will show up in a painting, soon!

But, for now, something needs to be done to those weird clouds in my little painting. At this point, what do I have to loose? On with the cadmium yellow!


Hmmm... not nearly enough color... more!


Getting closer! Things are warming up a bit! Or maybe it was the radish break...


Did you know that if you let icicle radishes go to seed in your garden, the squash bugs will leave your zucchini alone? We have no squash bugs! Well... okay. We have no zucchini either because it froze. Completely. I can say that we have a lot of icicle radishes... and they are HOT! Maybe that's why it is warming up around here. *cough* Pass me a glass of water, please!!!

And a paint brush - I'm splashing a little quinacridone gold on there and reaching for a pen to sign this little painting!


Ahhhh! Now off to admire the Christmas tree once more. Yes, I know it is the January 12th. Haven't you ever heard of the 12 Days of January???



Happy Monday!

Blessings,
Kathy

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Friday, January 9, 2015

Funtry Friday splashes!

Oh. You thought it was rain? Ummm.... No. It was cloudy this morning, though. No rain... and I'm sure you don't want to know how warm it was either - especially if you are digging your way out of a multitude of snowdrifts!

Back to splashes - this Funtry Friday I revisited my little painting of the cone flower. I told you that it would change a lot... haha - are you ready?

Today I had fun with some watercolor glazes. First I decided to tone down the background a little bit.


Then, after it dried, I decided that the background still wasn't right - maybe warm it up a bit? Oh, and fix that one lopped off petal! Argh!


The, the dogs were all excited over something... quite possibly the fact that I stood up with a camera in my hand. Why did I think they would pose for a group photo???

Well... maybe this is their idea of a group photo!


Back to painting! At this point, I decided that I hate the background. Bwahahaha! *cough* Welcome to the "ugly stage" of creating - that place where any color might be possible and the name of the game is "wonder what will happen if...."

Well, here is "if" number one...


Whoopsie! By far not enough of a change to make me even think about liking this little painting. Hmmm.... dumpster or dynamite?


So much for my idea to practice "negative painting"! But, saying goodbye to the background shapes did make me happy.


If you think that was all the dynamite color applied to this little painting, guess again - and stay tuned! As a hint - there were quite a few more changes to this little painting!

Hope you had some splashes of fun in your corner of the country! Happy Funtry Friday!

Blessings,
Kathy

But let all who take refuge in You be glad, 
Let them ever sing for joy
And may You shelter them, 
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
Psalm 5:11

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!

Here we are - the first Sunday in 2015! This week I finaly "got my brushes wet" and started a little painting. I decided to work with watercolor pencils and watercolor together - just for fun.

Here is the beginning...


Don't let the pale colors decieve you. Once you get the watercolor pencils wet, the color is much more vibrant. If you use an artist grade watercolor pencil, you can also move the color around just like watercolor paint. You can even use a wet brush on the tip of the pencil to pick up some color. Oh, yes - those pencils are fun!

(*cough*  I could show you how intense the colors become when water is added, except I got really excited about adding some washes of color to the background that I forgot to take a photo... so....)

Here is the little painting after adding a bit of color to the background.


Definitely very much a work in progress - and no doubt it will have a LOT of significant changes as I try a little of this and that - "just to see what happens" as a friend says. Unpredictability is an exciting part of painting with watercolor!

One great way to jump start your creativity, is to try something new - like watercolor pencils. Another is to do something fun - or funny. A friend of mine shared this little exercise on facebook. It sounded fun - and simple.

Step one. Draw a box 5 inches square. Now fill the box with as many animals as you can draw in five minutes.
Step two. Draw a box 5 inches square and spend five minutes letting all the critters out of the box.

Lots of possibilities! This is what mine looks like.


Step one on the left, step two on the right.

There you go - a little frenzy of sketching fun. I admit, though - I did take a little longer than five minutes. I was too lazy to set a timer... Hey - and I still color outside the lines!

Happy creating!

God bless you all in 2015,
Kathy

I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1

Friday, November 14, 2014

Surprise! Funtry Friday!

When you live in a place called Surprise - you should expect a few surprises!

Like very fun rocks piled up by children...


Interesting volunteer garden plants...?


Garbage trucks...



... in reverse. I am so easily amused!

Oh, and did I mention the always beautiful sunsets?


Hope you are having a fantastic Funtry Friday in your corner of the country!

Blessings,
Kathy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Places to go and puddles to splash! Pretending it's Friday again!

Welcome to another issue of Time Warp Funtry Friday! A special day when you can pretend it's Funtry Friday even if it isn't. With the continuing saga of moving, I am ready for LOTS of Funtry Friday breaks whether it is Friday or not! Fortunately, we have them around here.

Remember how I said it rained out here? Hmmm... yeah! It rained some more. and more. and more!




Our "little red wagon rain gage" registered "half way there" on my pointy finger. Also known as just about one and a quarter inches (3.18 cm) - which is a lot of rain for a desert.



And it got a little soggy here... ummm... and watery... deja vu...


Our road looked like a miniature version of this...

Yes, someone did try to cross this wash a couple of roads south of us. No, they did not get across the wash. Yes, as far as I know all the people are fine. Final score: Wash, 1. Car, 0.

We stayed home. So did the postal service, delivery truck, and just about everyone else. After all, there were puddles to splash - which were a lot more fun than a long list of places to go! (And, yes, the four year old donned her jacket for the cool 80 ish degree (27 C) weather...)

 
In the matter of a few hours, the thirsty desert had enjoyed it's drink of water. This was all that was left in the wash.
 
 
Then God gave us a beautiful rainbow in our big Arizona sky!
 
 
I have placed my rainbow in the clouds.
It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth.
Genesis 9:13
 
Happy Funtry (any day) Friday!
Blessings,
Kathy


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oh, just pretend it's Friday... Funtry Friday, that is!

Oh McGrammy had a farm - eei-eei-oh! And on that farm she had a horse - eei-eei-oh!
With a move move here and a move move there...

here a move...

Billie Jane

there a move...


May and April

everywhere a move move!


Yes, our soil ground is one step beneath concrete.
Oh, McGrammy gave a yell: Ee-yi-yi-yi-oh!!!
And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, just about sums it all up. (insert hysterical laughter)

Although, in the midst of moving chaos, there are also moments that inspire healthy hilarity. Um, like this little snack time trio...


Waiting oh so very patiently...
Or the recent marvelous episode of Pizza TV...


And, no. That photo was totally not staged. Jubilee brought over a chair and got Naomi to help her with the bench so they could watch the pizza cook. Last night we had episode two - Taquito TV!

One day we got to watch Rain TV - a rare desert special!


And when evening comes and everyone is ready to "hunker down"...



...we get to see our beautiful big Arizona sky.


Just have to love this place!
 
 
Blessings,
Kathy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surprise! It's Monday... or Tuesday... or...

Everyone needs a little jump start now and then... especially on Mondays... or random days that feel like Mondays. Or sometimes, just because you have no clue what day it is.

In the middle of the heat this summer, I am moving to one of the hottest places on the planet. Brilliant! But then a breeze - a breath of fresh air came my way. An invitation to dive back into real reality and rest my mind in the place where it should be.

Tag, I'm it!

Shannon of Copperlight Wood fame invited me to join her in a blog hop. A little jump start, a little fun, a little breath of fresh air - that's what her blog is all about. Go check it out! I'll gather my thoughts while you wander over there...

Welcome back! Okay, here's the easy peasy invitation to her blog hop - answer these four fun questions and invite a few friends to do the same. Yes - I am into simple! So here we go...

1. What am I working on/writing?

Ummmm... perfecting my fudge recipe? No... ummmm... painting? er... not lately. Writing? well... there is an idea that is tickling the back of my brain, but it hasn't quite exploded into paintings and words. You see, there is this tree... Yes, a real one - on a hill. A real hill in a real place. And...

And then I think of boxes and trucks and packing fragile heirlooms and confused critters...


There's a lot of trucking going on around here right now so list after list after list after list keeps filling my writing time...

But that tree still sits in the back of my mind - right next to a few seeds - germinating...

2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

Oh dear.

I'm just glad you can't see the clutter in my brain! It percolates all the time. It wanders all over the universe and back again. It rarely pauses, often races, frequently looses track of the first thought, and then seeks order out of chaos - which is most generally an impossible task.

It is far easier for me to "write" through my artwork, but sometimes words sneak in there, too. I'm not so sure that anything I create is really "different" - perhaps it's more like it takes a turn through the country and sits under a shade tree with a Bible that falls open automatically.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Hmmm... If I didn't write - or paint - what I do, my brain would explode and that could get messy. Basically, I'm saving the universe from disaster or, at least,  Haz-Mat from a lengthy clean up.

Or, maybe it's my heart that would explode if I didn't write things like this or this.

Or, because He encourages me to tell others...

I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.
John 14:18
 
and this...
 
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence...
1 Peter 3:15
 
and always, this...
 
 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16
 
4. How does my writing process work?
 
Chocolate. Chocolate is important. In fact I may need some right now... and maybe a few iPad games... and doodling helps... And then I need something to erase all the ... ... ... s and "ands" and !!!! ... Spell check apparently does not care.  
 
Really not what you expected from me? Ummm. I'm not really a writer. I'm a "sharer". Don't worry - I'll share the chocolate with you, too. I'll think about you while I paint. I'll wonder if you are playing the same computer game that I am. And, all the while, I will wonder what He wants me to say to you.
 
(And*) Now it is your turn!
 
When Shannon gave me this invitation these delightful blogs came to my mind so I am inviting you to join the fun and share a bit about yourselves.
 
Longtime friend and author, Carol Cox, has let me see the wonderful creative process that goes into her books. Oh my! What fun that has been! When the dust settles on my boxes, look for a blog post about her latest writing adventure, "Truth be Told". Check out her journal and enjoy wandering through the backwoods of Northern Arizona as well as finding out about all her wonderful books.
 
Elizabeth Johnson has shared her beautiful artwork, her skills as a teacher, and given a beautiful window into her world on her blog, Wind and Honey Creations. Want to share art with your child? learn a new skill? perfect your drawing skills? She has the tutorial, class, or hints just for you! Slip over there and take a peak. You have to find out about the lion she raised, too, you know!
 
Linda Pruitt invites you to wander through Abby's world on her blog, Abigail's Attic. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea, and then wander through the garden after you visit with Abby. You'll want to stop and see the Small Stones, stroll through her gallery, and check out the latest fun that Grandma is having!
 
 Tag! you're it!

Blessings,
Kathy

*See. I really know that "And" is not the best way to start a sentence...  And chocolate was consumed - but there is still some to share!



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Via Con Dios

R.I.P. sweet Hershey
 
 
Goodbye, buddy.
 
No one could ask for a better horse than you.
Ever.
 
1987 - 2014
 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

politics smolitics

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ - this one's for you... and a few bazillion other people.*

Is there anyone besides me who has had their fill of snarky instagrams and multitudinous negative comments? Especially when they are aimed at specific individuals?

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed.
And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,
 
And, especially when there is no substance except snarky comments meant to irritate people who like the individual?

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,
 
Is there a line drawn in the sand that says meaningless and empty critical comments are okay if I dislike the person and not okay if I like the person?
 

yet with gentleness and reverence;
 
It's fine to disagree with certain politics, oppose a certain cause, dislike a certain spiritual point of view - but ridicule another for ridicule's sake?**
 
and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered,
those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.***
 
Imagine what would happen if we showed some respect for people with differing viewpoints? I'm not saying that we have to put aside our passion and embrace every opposing viewpoint we come across.
 
Let's give reasons for what we believe, instead of ridicule.
Let's open up dialog instead of spewing disparaging remarks.
Let's be Christ like in the ways that we disagree.
 
Stepping down off my soap box,
Kathy
 
*If you disagree with my faith and/or my political views and you still read my whole blog post, I want to give you a ginormous (((cyber hug)))! Thank you!
 
**I am staunchly opposed to many of the policies of this current president and congress - but I am also disgusted by the continual flow of empty ridicule surrounding them. For goodness sake, say something about why you disagree besides "they are stupid".
 
***1 Peter 3:14-16


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