Sometimes it is hard to look on the bright side of things, sometimes I get a bit down and start thinking about all the challenges I face and forgetting how truly great my life is! Especially when my family is going through uncertainty and change, especially when that is layered on a lack of sleep. And a moon reaching for full tends to affect my sleep in a big way! So this week there have been some hard moments….
…but yesterday I found (made) some time to go for a walk in the sun with a friend. We strolled along the sea and waded in to the refreshing water. Toes on white shells, water sparkling with tiny fish, and so many birds soaring overhead. I felt lighter as we chatted and shared our woes (as well as our blessings). Lighter and with it came a brightening. Yesterday I also found (made) time to do some painting. This image of an eagle and a full moon is coming to light on the canvas, waxing like the nearly full moon that has been disturbing my sleep this week. After yesterday I feel that I too am waxing like the moon…brightening…
Here’s hoping that I can keep finding this shift in perspective when I need it. Maybe the full moon can become a beacon to remind me to lighten up (rather than something that usually just gets blamed for sleep issues). It really is all about perspective….
I love this time of year, the early days of preparing for the holidays when we have lots of ideas and lots of time to make them happen (or so we think). The kids have already designed and created their linocut Christmas card designs and have been hand printing all week (wait til you see the neon pink!) and I have been getting the itch to make my own cards. But I have lent the lino cutting stuff to another family and so I am trying my hand at something new.
Peace is something I have been yearning more and more for these days, on the Earth and in my heart. After a week of bright moonlit skies, this image seems to call to me. So I added some digital text to a painting that I think is perfect for sending holiday greetings from the west coast. Now I need your help in deciding which design I should get printed. Please tell me which one is your favourite…
NOW that was a GREAT NIGHT! A giant moon lit the way and stars sparkled alongside us sparkling artists and friends (one of my dates for the night was my amazing artist friend Tina Lynch)! The grid of lovely art at the LOVE SQUARED show was GORGEOUS and the vibe was so very very good! I was so HAPPY to be a part of it all and so proud of my little square of love being hung on the wall with all these incredible artists (right next to paintings by Tammy Hudgeon and Tina Lynch and Melinda Wilde…kitty corner to works by Sheila Norgate and Mia Tremblay!). Then a bunch of us ladies went to a community dance (I picked up my eldest daughter on the way) and boy did we ever SHINE on that dance floor!
Hope you get some time to sparkle this weekend too….may I advise a little warm up at Sheila Norgate’s Keep Calm and Carry on Gallery where you can see this painting of mine shining in a room lit up by so much LOVE!