Saturday, April 25, 2015

Daily Sketches: Whales

Whale #25 is a giant blue whale. I sketched the shape after a comma and added flippers. I love the jewel color.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Daily Sketches: Whales

Sketch #24 is a giant pink/purple whale. I like the simple lines and shape against the waves.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Daily Sketches: Whales

Whale #22 is my favorite whale of the series, so far. I love the shape and the color.
Whale #23 is completely whimsical and fun. I mean, a red striped whale?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Remember Why You Started

I tend to be a driven person who likes to write lists, accomplish tasks, and try new things. The plus side to doing all this and putting in efforts is very, very rewarding and keeps me happy and challenged. 
The downside, is that I don't pick up things quickly, so there's plenty of time to get frustrated, second guess myself, or think, "do I really want to do this?" 
Most days, the answer is a definite, "YES! I not only want to do it, but I AM going to do this."
But, there are days when the answer is more like, "Why am I bothering?"and I hate those days.
When I get discouraged, if I can't shake it off, I tend to turn inward. This is the worst, because turning inward, being quiet, and trying to trudge through the muck by myself seems to open the floodgates for self-doubt, frustration, and sadness. In any other mood, I love to work. But, when these doubts pry their way into me, they weaken my determination. All the self-discipline that I've forged, no longer seems to be my pillar of strength.
It's during these low times, that I have had to come up with ways to cope and get through the muck. 
1. Being Thankful.
I try to be grateful each day for everything I have. I try to see miracles all around me: the graceful way a bird swoops in the air, the way the rain starts after I get in the car, the way the sun makes my skin warm. Each of these is miraculous to me.
2. Physical Exertion
Sometimes, I can blow through the doubts with a hard run or sweaty workout. This helps me to focus on something other than self-pity and gets me fired up. 
3. Love
I am blessed with kind, talented, and brilliant people in my life. My true friends and family are supportive and loving, just because that is who they are. They keep me happy, grounded, and motivated. They make me feel like they want to be around me. They love me and accept me for who I am, warts and all. Talk about feeling cherished. Their love is priceless to me.
Once I come out of the muck, I'm ready to go again, to remember why I started in the first place. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Daily Sketches: Whales

Whale #19 is a pink orca.

Whale #20 is a giant whale, the kind that I visualize when I think of "The Old Man and the Sea"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blessings

Another week full of blessings...
After a tough day, I spent some time mono printing. It was such a great feeling to get lost in the process. It was calming and grounding.
I conducted interviews this week with the purposed of learning about various professions for my next book. I was grateful for the opportunity to ask questions and have some very gracious and forthcoming personalities. I am fortunate to learn something new and even more fortunate to meet such considerate people.
We played tennis with another group of fantastic people. They were so much fun and such great players. We were lucky to be part of this group.
After a great match, my team celebrated our captain's birthday and departure. Lynn turned 70 with plans to sail around the Caribbean for 2 years! This woman has gumption, drive, and a killer sense of humor.
 
Remember the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy"?
Allie and her group donned costumes for the Google Games. I donned them the "Google-ians of the Galaxy". Ash worked on the make-up an they won an award! I miss those girls!