Lessons Learned

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Published August 20, 2017 by etain1


Realism and Naturalism rely mostly on the eye of the flesh. Abstract, conceptual and surrealistic art rely mostly on the eye of the mind. Great works of art rely on the eye of contemplation, the eye of the spirit.

I have learned so much from other artist styles of sketching, adding color, and shading. I look forward to sketching each day and trying something new. I do wish I had someone closer that I could discuss artwork with, but because I don’t the web will have to do.

I need to think about investing in better quality of art supplies.






Wind – Change Is Coming

Published August 20, 2017 by etain1


Drawing prompt was ‘Wind’, so I decided to use some of what I learned in my Urban Sketching class and combined it with the prompt ….. tornado in the city came to mind.

I thought about this picture and I found this saying …….

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be. It’s the unexpected that changes our lives.

Change is in the wind. Three and a half years ago a major change took place in my life and it was like a tornado that aimed and destroyed me right to my core. I survived and learned some valuable lessons in the process. Just like the memories of the destruction of a real tornado, I have vivid memories of the storm that swept through my life.

Soon, you learn to rebuild and go on with your life. One thing for sure is that artwork is a wonderful tool for healing.

Drawing On Location

Published August 7, 2017 by etain1



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.

Spring Prayer

Published March 12, 2017 by etain1

Spriing doll poem

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.

The Power of Positive Vives

Published December 25, 2016 by etain1


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 Magick of Giving

Published December 25, 2016 by etain1









My brother had chemo on Thursday 12/22/16. I made this Christmas stocking for the chemo nurses (Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute) and filled it with candy and chocolates. When everyone was connected to their  ……


Chemolicious meds I gave the stocking to the nurses. Wow, they really liked it and I enjoyed watching them smile. I also made little gift bags for each patient with the chemolicious art on a card wishing them a Happy Holiday. It was like magic because everyone was laughing and getting in the festive mood. A very good chemo day.



Prayer Flags

Published July 31, 2016 by etain1








A good friend was talking to me after our book club. He ask me if I could make Prayer Flags and to be honest I had NO idea what he was talking about. I was aware of Tibetan Prayer Flags and Buddha Prayer Flags and so the seed was planted.

A few days later I decided to figure out how to make Pagan Prayer Flags and so the can of worms was opened up big time. This is so addictive and so much fun. The world of possibilities have opened up after I completed this project. My head is spinning with lots of new ideas that I am sure I will posting here at a later date. Smiles and giggles.

My lesson learn is to be open to suggestions, give it a try, and if you want it bad enough you will find a way to make it happen.

Again I give thanks for being able to take an idea and create it into my form of artwork. For me artwork is like meditation – I relax and let the troubles of the world just disappear for a little while and just be one with my artwork.