I have been playing in the studio. There are times when one just has to splash some water and paint together and take whatever comes.
Revisiting Nita Leland's "the New Creative Artist" helped inspire me to relax and enjoy creating. This book not only explores ways to develop your own artistic voice but features many wonderful artists. One of those is a blogging buddy Julie Ford Oliver at juliefordoliver.blogspot.com. Hope you will pay this lovely lady a visit. Her art is awesome!
One activity Nita suggests is making a treasure chest for your collectibles.
A recycled gift box has now become mine.
I am learning that being creative is so much more than just painting or making art. It is living each day focusing on doing something out of the ordinary.
May God Bless all of you and your unique endeavors.
To chase away winter's chill I often put on a special pot of Ham and Bean Soup. There are so many different recipes for this warm comforting dish. Mine is simple...I soak the beans overnight in water. Next morning I rinse them and place them in my slow cooker with a bit of ham and chicken broth to cover, add some celery, garlic powder, salt and pepper, onion and carrot. If it is for our evening meal I cook it on slow all day.
There is something special about coming in from an afternoon walk to the rich aroma of this bubbling soup.
For a quick dessert I will take four tablespoons of butter, a fourth of a cup of brown sugar with a tad of water and stir this in the skillet until sugar is dissoved and butter melted...add about three yellow delicious apples sliced but with skins on and cook 10 to 15 min. on medium just until apples are soft and glazed with caramel sauce. To dress it up you can add some raisins and cinnamon!
Fried Caramel Apples
Both of these country dishes are simple and easy. Both will warm you up and chase away winter's chill.
So enjoyed you stopping by. Would love to hear what you are doing while Old Man Winter visits.
Several months ago I read a book by Debbie Macomber. It was titled "One Perfect Word". Debbie every year chooses a special word for her focus. It can be anything. The plan is to study the word and make it what you search for on a daily basis.
I was inspired and intrigued by this concept. After much thought the word "Love" came to mind. It was more like it chose me than I chose it. My mother had given me Joyce Meyer's devotional "Love Out Loud" for Christmas. It is about loving God, others and yourself.
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13 where Paul describes love so well...love is patient, kind, it does not envy, nor boast or is it proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not selfish, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always trusts, hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails.
Wouldn't our world be a perfect place if real love was practiced daily? Just think there would be no fear. Children would go to school safely. Hate would be gone as well as corruption. We would treat the stranger on the road as a friend. Hunger would be a thing of the past because all would share. Greed, lies, stealing all gone. It would be just the way God planned. I am more than ready for this place - how about you? Wish me well as I seek to love more in the coming year.
Thank you for letting me share my perfect word with you. May God Bless You!
I created nine one inch squares and added a bit of water to each square as I moved down. It is difficult at times to see values in color. I think this exercise will really help when I am painting.
I have often heard it said that value is more important than color. I know it certainly makes a painting come to life if there are darks and lights for contrast.
Perhaps that is is true in the spiritual realm as well. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control can add lovely values to life. They bring depth and beauty to the ordinary and make it extraordinary. I think I need to create a chart of these also.