Sunday, September 29, 2013


I have some confessions to make. You know how every blog you read says how Fall is their favorite inspired they are by the colors, smells, etc, etc...

Well, I have to confess, I'm not one of them. Fall is wet, Fall is busy, Fall is cold. It sucks the energy out of me. I live in Washington so I really need to get over it since it won't be dry again until May (maybe).

With all that said, I've been neglecting this blog the past few weeks. I'm working on adjusting to the new weather, the newish job and finishing up my Evergreen State Fair obligations.

I am truly ready to be done with the fair pictures. I was there for 10-12 hours a day for 7 days and took over 10,000 pictures. Needless to say, editing and sorting them has been an endeavor. I am grateful for everything I learned and the opportunity but I'm ready to be done. In a month or two I will reflect back. Meanwhile, the cow and I have the same attitude.

Here's another confession. I don't like working with/for other people. After having returned to a "real" job a few weeks ago I'm certain I need to work harder at building my own business. Everyone is very nice, but it doesn't bring me joy.

I missed a week of Daring Adventures in Painting while I tried desperately to finish up fair photos. I made up for it tonight and worked on both my collage background pieces and metal leafing. It's unbelievable, but I had never tried metal leaf before. It is pretty stinkin' awesome. Pardon the glare off the metal, it was night so I had the overhead lights on.


Tonight Anique and I made Pumpkin Spice Latte syrup for Ken. It smelled good and he seemed to like it. I found the recipe here.

I'm sure I had more confessions, but I didn't write myself a note and now I've forgotten them...I should just call it a night. Cue the fireworks.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Daring Adventures

Fall is definitely in full swing. It's not a unique story, but we have work followed by sports practices for the kids (4 days a week and sometimes multiple practices on the same day). Saturday, Anique cheers for football. Sunday, Bailey plays his soccer games. You know the craziness, you're all in the same boat. You have plans and goals for what you want to get done, and then the day ends and it's like, what the heck happened? Maybe tomorrow... and repeat.

During my relaxed summer and the time I took from work I enrolled in a painting class being given by Mati Rose. I needed some inspiration and motivation to get painting more frequently.

The class started on September 1st and I've found I don't get to painting during the week but have been getting in lots of good painting on the weekends. We have been working on creating backgrounds the past two weeks. Here are the 4 canvases I have worked on.

Anique worked on her own canvas on Saturday too. Pretty sure she outdid me with her colors and layers. She knows when to stop. I always think, just one more layer.

My office/studio is a disaster right now so I've been working on the kitchen table. So essentially, my kitchen table now looks like my office. There will be some major clean up tonight before bed.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

I'm Still Here

It's amazing how quickly life gets busy. I can't believe I haven't posted in almost 3 weeks! Summer is over and ended in a whirl of activity.  I apologize if I duplicate anything from before.

Color Me Rad Seattle, art day with the kids, birthday party at the park for a cousin, self photo, Anique's cheered her first football game, photographing the Evergreen State Fair, taking the kids to the fair, new job (no pics of that), Color Run Portland and started the Daring Adventures in Painting online course with Mati Rose.

Here's a run down in photos of what's been going on the past few weeks.

Well that pretty much wraps it up. Here's to new beginnings!