I signed up for a ‘Urban Sketching” art class. First art class ever. So far I am not impressed with what they offer (Sketch Book Skool) but figure I will pick up tips and other useful information.
I drew this picture at the Genesys Cancer Institute where my brother went through chemo treatments. I have never thought of myself as a real artist as I usually find clipart I like and draw from it adding my own spin on it. Well, this is a sketch I did on location and I have to say “I AM AN ARTIST”. I have been looking through my other sketches starting from 2008 when I started doing prompts through Every Day Matters. I have seen a vast improvement and believe me I needed that artistic boost.
I am looking forward to learning more on the ‘on location’ sketching. I need to concentrate on doing my own sketching and relying less on prompts from clipart. I need to get the ideas formulated in my head and then transfer them on paper just as I did with the picture above.
I am a work in progress and I am giving thanks for what I have learned so far.
We all go through the cabin fever stage at this time of the year. Winter has had it toll on our mood and we are getting a little short tempered with mother nature and her game of warm and freezing temperatures. We yearn for the sun, dirt to dig in and the colors and smells of springtime. We are ready for warmth! We are grateful that spring is fast approaching.
A good friend was just diagnosed with Breast cancer, stomach cancer and it is also in her bone. She is one of the sweetest persons I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She had her 1st chemo treatment December 21, 2016. I made her this stocking and filled it with little note cards with positive affirmations from friends on her Facebook page. When she has her down days and we know she will have some, she can reread all the uplifting wishes from all who love her. She is always saying “I’ve got this”. She is a fighter for sure. She is an inspiration to me and all that know her.
The top pictures are the ones I delivered to Genesee Hurley Cancer Institute. They will hang them in the Chemo Clinic. I try to keep my artwork light hearted and positive.
The second set of pictures will be delivered to the VA – Ann Arbor Cancer Center. A friend I know has his infusions there and mentioned they would love to have a set so a set they will get.
My two favorites are Rosie the Riveter and the Wizard. It is a blessing to be able to gift these pieces of artwork to the cancer units. I hope this whimsical artwork puts a smile on the patients face while they are getting their treatments.
NOTE: The pink ribbon is for breast cancer. The lavender ribbon is for all types of cancer.
I have an absolute amazing brother! Bob went to a dealership to get some work done on his truck and during the two hour wait him and the receptionist (a 21 year old) started talking. He had his Kindle and she ask what it was and he explained that he downloaded books to read and also played games on it. She mentioned that her little boy would love that.
As they conversed he found out that she only made $11.00 an hour but only got 6 hours 3 or 4 times a week. She was a single parent and was struggling to make ends meet. She did not say this in a negative way – she told my brother she was very lucky to have such a good job and hoped that soon she would be able to pick up more hours.
When my brother’s truck was done he drove to Best buy and bought a Kindle and a 2 year warranty on it. He drove back to the dealership and gave her the Kindle. She cried, was shocked that he did this. She said she would pay him back and he said it was a gift.
Now that is what I call PAY IT FORWARD. My brother has always had a kind heart and this story proves it.
I am so lucky / proud to have such a loving brother.
Our celebration Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas, Festival of First Fruits is the first of three Harvest Festivals. As summer draws to an end, her bounty is ripe for gathering. The first loaves of bread are baked from this year’s grains. Fruits are waiting to be canned or made into pies and jams and while the weather is good, people come together at County Fairs which mimic the Lughnasadh Fairs of Ancient Celtic times.
Look at the beauty of this ritual altar with the fresh fruits and veggies and the baked bread. I love the array of colors.
It is good to give thanks for our life, our blessing, our harvest. Blessed Be
Bob is the guy who mentioned Prayer Flags to me. I decided to thank him by giving him his own set of Prayer Flags which you can see in the first picture I posted here.
The second picture is taken in Bob’s back yard and it is set up for a drumming meditation night. Such a beautiful experience to attend. As you can see my prayer flags are in the background. It does my heart good to know he really liked them.
It is a blessing to be able to gift someone and know you brought them joy.