Monday, June 14, 2010

Being grateful

I'm so grateful; really appreciative for many things. Recently, I was injured slightly in a fall. I made an awkward move while walking and my left foot rolled to the side causing the injury and massive swelling.  The pain was excruciating! In fact, I've been out of commission the last ten days; and not being able to work out. As a result of not being active, the pounds have been creeping up yikes! During the last ten days; I've been confined mostly to my home, probably getting some needed rest. I've had more time to read and also most importantly, more time in my studio creating some artwork; some really good artwork I must say :). The accident was not a good thing of course. However not being able to walk briskly like I normally do caused me to slow way down; and to be still to do a lot of thinking.  I thought mostly about how things have recently changed in my life, some real good things have happened and some not so good things; in fact devastating things that in the moment  felt like I would die from the impact of those experiences; and I didn't! God is good. He's sent his ministering angels to encamp around me during those difficult times.  in the end I can always say that I'm so blessed and quite grateful for so many things - my general health; the encouragement and love of my family and friends and last but not least my ability to escape reality and go into that zone that all artists know so well; a place we magically go in mind to visualize and then create beautiful art.  Making pretty things; using any genre is a true passion of mine. I'm so thankful for this ability to create with abandon.

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"
Innocence

Cheetah Girl

Cheetah Girl
QA Reader Challenge "Inner Animal"

Little Freida

Little Freida
I just love Freida Kahlo!

Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly
Inked / Thread painted face with 3D hair bun

"Hello down there!"

"Hello down there!"
Rare find of shrimp like creature in a iceshaft in Anartica

Kiss of a Rose

Kiss of a Rose
Quilt Visions "Fantasy Flowers" Challlenge

Spring Bouquet

Spring Bouquet
Another quilted portrait with 3D organza lillies and leaves

Quilted Denim Jacket

Quilted Denim Jacket
Close up of Shaunna's quilted photo

Simba!

Simba!
Cherrywood fabric challenge - Lion King's travelling show

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge
Couldn't resist posting this water color work of an elephant on safari

Leopard at night

Leopard at night
Another watercolor

Geronimo

Geronimo
My quilted rendition of the proud Apache leader

Something to think about....

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"



Pablo Picasso