August was a good busy

September 2, 2018

So much happened: “It’s Just Paint” art classes, Paint, Paddle and Picnic days, the Trout Forest Music festival and just taking in summer.

It was a fun filled month.   I was able to get out and do some paddling and experience amazing things in nature.  Stand Up Paddle boarding on our lake is always spectacular.  I enjoy taking my coffee out with me in the morning and sitting out on the lake and just taking it all in.  One morning I even took bubbles, I was waiting for people to start wondering where they were coming from.  I took a customer out one morning too, we just sat for a long time, it’s actually hard to come back in, it’s so peaceful out there.

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More of my creations this month

August 23, 2018

The first picture below is an example of what I tell everyone.  “It’s Just Paint” so if you don’t like it paint over it.  I had this canvas I had painted in a class quite a few years ago.  Never finished it, didn’t really like it, had it hanging up waiting for me to finish it.  I looked at it the other day and thought, hell, why not paint over it, I can do a acrylic pour over it.  If you look closely, in the upper left corner, that is where it started and the middle is what it ended up looking like.  Yay, a picture I like.

Don't like it? Paint over it!

The other paintings are from what I did for samples and from using up the leftover paints from the acrylic pour classes.  The fairy in the jar was just a thought I had after the grandkids left and had been putting all kinds of critters in pails to play with.  I thought maybe if it was fireflies the fairy would help them escape.

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Nature gave me a few chuckles

August 20, 2018

Nature gave me a few chuckles and had me in awe of the tiny creatures.  One day it was the sweetest little tree frog and the last one was finding my first baby painted turtle that was making it’s way down to the lake.

The baby turtle got me thinking how such a tiny creature knows exactly what to do.  Once it hatches, it heads to the water.  I did pick it up and helped it down to the lake, I put it down on the beach and it went straight to the water.

I happen to believe that animals cross my path to teach me things and I do try to pay attention.  When I looked up what the turtle represented it says it teaches us about determination and staying strong despite obstacles or distractions.  Trust your path no matter what.  Slow and steady.  Pace yourself so you can take your next step with confidence.

When I see something that small, determined to take these tiny steps to make it to it’s destination, it’s extraordinary.  So when I feel like I am not moving fast enough or doing enough,  it’s taking too long, or seems to hard.  I am reminded it’s all about that one baby step.  I will arrive when I am supposed to, just keep moving.

This little tree frog was so entertaining, then when I went to take a selfie, he jumped on my phone and the camera went off, he took a picture of me.  I enjoyed a good laugh with that one.  Plus I figure you don’t have to be warm blooded to get the phone to react.  The frog also has significant meaning.  It can be a symbol of transition and transformation.

Nature is so interesting and all my life I have had animals showing up in all kinds of ways.  When I stop and pay attention, there are many lessons they can share.  The turtle and the frog are both associated with the water element and feminine powers.  You can always look these up to see more about what they represent.  The other animals that have crossed my path this month were dragonfly, eagle, vulture, skunk, moose, wolf, frogs, turtle and hawk.  Those are the ones I remember anyway.  I love being surrounded by nature.

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