January 28, 2014 · 2:44 pm
“Fresh hay, and it’s snowing, too!”
We are having our first snowfall of the season. It’s soft, bright and beginning to stick to the ground. I’ve always loved snows like this!
I’m not working out in the studio today–yet– still I’m in the snow. Animals need to be fed and watered. Every day. Today I heat the water and carry it out to them. The water will be just right when it mixes with the cooler (or frozen!) water already in the pan. When “farm chores” are finished, I can settle inside the house by the fire with hot tea or a good book. Before it gets dark, I’ll go outside and do it all again.
The regularity of farm chores sometimes reminds me of the discipline I must strive for in my creative life if I am to be productive.
January 8, 2014 · 2:06 pm
Dear Creative Friends,
The Christmas season was a busy one out here on the farm. So…sorry… I haven’t gotten in touch with you earlier. I’ve been busy!
I’m one of those folks who enjoy making things for Christmas gifts. If I can’t personally fabricate the item itself, then I will do everything I can to add to it for a personal, creative touch. I baked–yes, baked–cookies from “scratch” successfully for the first time in quite a while. The secret was in the parchment paper that I put on the cookie sheet before baking and then put the small rounded spoonfuls of dough on the paper. What a snap!
Home Sweet Home has a new meaning!
And I LOVE to play with food. I made a BIG cookie, cut it into small squares and eventually, made a lovely little candy creation with cream cheese icing all around. This took some time and I enjoyed eating my mistakes before it was completed. You could call it a house or ski resort. I loved to watch the children at our family gathering sneak by and snatch a few candies. Some of the grownups were fun to watch, too!
So now it is way past New Year’s Day and I hope you’ve had a good beginning. I am hesitant to make formal resolutions and gave that up a few years back. Now I just call it my “Hope Tos” list. It’s very short.
This year, I hope to draw and write more, to be more creative, to be grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given and to celebrate every day.
A colorful shopping trip!
In honor of the New Year and to begin the celebration, I hit the after Christmas sales at my closest art supply store for some new drawing materials.
I’m all set!