If you wish to see some incredible calligraphy and fine art, the work of this man, Yves Leterme, will leave you speechless. At least that is how I responded after seeing his updated website. This is the sort of work I aspire to do.
I cannot make up my mind... I like the banner I am currently using, but true to form, I feel like I need to try something new. Or do I? I'd really appreciate hearing from my fellow bloggers to know what you think. Perhaps it would be best for me to pick a banner and stay with it... or maybe those of you with AADD (Artistic Attention Deficit Disorder), like me, totally understand the need for frequent change. Maybe I change borders because I can't think of anything else to do for a new post! Or perhaps you remember a former banner I've used in the past, and prefer that one. I would really appreciate your opinion!
I honestly wish I had some sort of "global vision" for where to go with this blog. I've really enjoyed the process, but I worry that I am not clever enough nor interesting enough, and I should be doing something differently. And now that the weather has improved, I want to be outside as much as possible; and that leaves me less and less time for art and blogging.
I am thrilled to announce that I've been asked to submit a piece for the next issue of Artful Blogging, published by Stampington & Co. My submission is due on May 1, four short days from now. So far today, I've managed to clean my studio, took a ten mile bike ride, worked in the flower beds for a couple of hours, and even took a nap!!! (Yesterday's agenda was pretty much the same). This is my usual M.O., and the older I get, the more it irritates me that I procrastinate so much! But it doesn't seem to have spurred me on to get with it, has it?!?
Please wish me luck and send me some positive emotional energy... along with your opinion about the banners. I'd really appreciate your input!
How fun is this?!? Thank you, Patty, for the awesome mail art... you have no idea how much I appreciate receiving something handmade, artful, and fun in the mail! And if you go look at Patty's site Paporartist, and scroll down to Patty's April 9 post, you'll see the mail art I sent to Patty. The groovy black and white paper behind Patty's creation above, is from Paperchase, found at Borders... is it too much? Who cares... I like it!!!
PS: Finally, someone turned off the snow, and we've had glorious Spring weather for the past three days! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Next post: Tales of the first bike ride of Spring, stay tuned!
This is a fair representation of what this day looks like, here in Michigan... very, very grey and somewhat depressing. It's about 38 degrees out, snowing off and on, a perfect day to stay inside in warm, comfy jammies or sweats... sorry if it sounds like I'm whining, but I'm SO tired of this crappy weather, and so anxious for nice, warm, sunny skies. So I'm going to whine and perhaps curl up on the couch, right after I ride the exercise bike... which I really don't want to do, but I need to do. I'm turning 49 this year, and my body is clearly turning 49, while my mind feels just like it did when I was 25 (only I know more now). I read Cath Lab cases (heart catheterizations), all day at work, and see what the results of not taking care of ones' self are... and I'm determined to have a healthy rest of my life.
This is mail art I was lucky enough to receive from Julie, of The Land of Lost Luggage, and I was thrilled to find it in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday! Thanks so much, Julie! I'm going to have to make a copy of both sides, so I can put them in my journal... I can't decide which side is prettier... guess the cool thing is I don't have to, do I? I can love them both!
This is a card I made last night for my new internist, a wonderful woman whom I had the pleasure of working with about 20 years ago, while she was doing her Residency. We hadn't seen each other in all those years, but it was like no time had passed at all. What a wonderful, comfortable feeling! I'm so happy she accepted me into her practice, I could just squeal!!! (Her practice is "closed", but I had "connections", and for once in my life, I wasn't afraid to ask for a favor... as I approach the big 5-0 I'm practicing asking for help, something I really have a hard time doing).
Envelope made out of painted tyvek for my new doctor... I love how it turned out... some of the white areas are painted w/a white pearlescent paint that has a wonderful sheen to it!
This card is a thank you note I made for another old friend, to say thank you for her help. I just couldn't seem to work with any other color than red last night... so I'm sending out love and thanks on this red letter day. Hope your day is a great one!