April 25, 2015

Don't Overthink It...

Life Book 2015, Week, 17, led by Jenny Lee Wentworth.  We are to create an expressive drawing using only paint, brush, charcoal - no drawing beforehand - just go for it.

Nothing is too precious - add a little more paint - won't hurt anything - might even help!

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April 21, 2015

It Snot What You Think!

My friend Kristy Claiborne Graves posted a picture of a "yarn keeper" made by Lucky Stradley on Facebook the other day.  I thought this was a riot and wanted to make one for myself.

I made Two!

Photo Kristy posted on Facebook of Lucky Stradley's artwork

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April 19, 2015

The Big Reveal

Life Book 2015, Week 16, led by Alena Hennessy.  We are to create a background for a journal page using five colors and limit ourselves to 10 minutes.

Of course, I had to draw something on this crazy background!

On Friday I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee.  Tomorrow (Monday) the bandage comes off - so glad! My knee is stiff and sore.

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April 11, 2015

Blue Angel

Life Book 2015, Week 15, led by Tamara Laporte.  We are to draw a 3/4 face with high contrast.

First a quick sketch of the face; then layers of acrylic paint, watercolor paints and sticks, rubber stamps.

April 9, 2015

Things happen...

My doctor said no more power walking until my stress fracture has healed.  He did say I could swim (I haven't gotten into a bathing suit in years!) OR ride a bike.  Oh joy - I can still exercise daily.   I usually only ride my bike on Sundays.  I planned a new route (no hills) and started riding as soon as I could after the sun came up.  I enjoyed my new route for 4 days and then a flat tire - aach!!  Luckily Richard fixed it for me so I can go out again tomorrow morning.

The quilt I am working on was ready to be quilted.  I actually started the quilting - before long the bobbin tension was acting crazy.  Unsewing is NOT something I like to do!  I tried everything to get the tension right - finally decided it was time to take my beloved machine into be serviced.

It's always something - right?!

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April 4, 2015

Stressed Out!

While in Mexico, I twisted my leg walking down a steep cobblestoned street.  This happened in January.  The pain in my knee just did not go away - finally in March I went to see a sports medicine doctor.

The news was not good.  It could have been a lot worse - I know this, but ugh the thought of surgery - even arthroscopic surgery gives me the willies. Walking daily is a big part of my life.  I love my morning walks.  I have to cut back on the mileage until the stress fracture heals.  There will be some down time too with the surgery...it makes me tired just thinking about it.

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