Wednesday, February 22, 2017

22 Red White Blue & Green

It's still winter, but there is every suggestion and hint that we are due to enjoy a beautiful spring. And just this one glimpse of our sky, of the trees waking, the fresh breeze blowing, reminds me that we must always move forward in our attitudes, actions, and protections of, for, and about the environment. Water, air, land... natural resources are finite, and I never want to see those neglected or abused, for all our sakes.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

21 Lapin Magique

Here is the Magic Bunny, painted in her top hat.

{The only trouble with photographing and sharing these art posts of mine... I stare at the errors, the "glaring" bits that I'd love to correct, if I knew how, or could try again. So... I'm learning how and trying again. It's all about the journey. Even a bunny magician knows practice is the key!)

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Monday, February 20, 2017

19 A Magic Birthday Bunny

Jennifer and I are about fifty-one pictures into a second round of A Picture a Day. I wouldn't do it again, if not for my friend. I enjoyed the challenge of doing it last year, but it would be far less compelling without her company. And sometimes I crave a bit of inspiration, a nudge, or suggestion. Yesterday, on her birthday, she accepted my offer to post a photograph of any request she'd like to make. I would wish for a magic bunny, or a polar bear, she replied. I may yet visit our World Famous polar bears, to bring her a picture. But this time the Magic Bunny is what popped into my head, and onto a page in my sketch book.

In my head the bunny is the magician, a clever lapin, nimble and sure. I wanted her to have a knowing look of confidence, sure-footedness. If I can conjure her again, on canvas, I would love to make a little painting, too.

She sees you Jen, and wishes you a magical new year.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

18 The Pleasure of Trying

Without an agenda, except try. Without a hope, except enjoy. Without worrying, stressing, competing, or letting doubts defeat me, I am enjoying the pleasure of trying my hand at making things that I imagine. It's not easy, but I am not letting that deter me, either.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Friday, February 17, 2017

17 Giving Back

We have been on the receiving end of some... well, love, actually. It's manifested as text messages, and phone calls, time over tea cups, care packages, handmade gifts, references, touching base, hugs, long talks, support, gestures of unwavering compassion. Being able to receive love is a gift, a nurturing, reassuring, heartening gift. I have thanks to give to so many, for their gifts, time, thoughtfulness, and am happy to begin, to try and give back.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

16 One Fish

When you arrive at your destination and it's better than you remembered, better than you'd hoped for. And, truth be told, a little retail therapy ain't so bad, either. More little canvases, more shades of blue.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

15 We Are...

If it were warmer, I might jump into the ocean, and be happy in the brine. For now, I am taking solace in the view, watching the horizon, holding firm.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Monday, February 13, 2017

13 Skipping Rope

I'll just leave this here... a reminder for any who may need it: Play. Share. Explore, breath, move, tinker, balance, sleep, and connect. Ask for help. Love, and receive love. Sometimes we lose our way, but the way back is almost always through the most basic and essential things. Never underestimate the healing power of simple pleasures.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

12 Picasso at the Lapin Agile

For a moment I felt a small panic, and then I remembered, I am only a blogger, and under no obligation to write critiques, or support my points of view. Without any supporting evidence or proof, I can nimbly, blithely, state that I very much enjoyed Steve Martin's play, and the Old Globe's production of, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Sometimes, it's a happy relief to just enjoy a thing, and not be pressed to explain why. We laughed, and were moved, and felt a kindred affinity to lengthy reflections on the merits of art and science.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

11 Adaliza Patchwork

This is a gift, all the way from England. Can you believe it? I cannot, almost, except it's here, and Adaliza and I have exchanged so many long and chatty emails, become such happy acquaintances, that I guess I really can believe it. She's kind, talented, thoughtful, with dear stories about dogs and a duck, and loads of beautiful creations, this friend. She's generous, obviously!

On the subject of quilts and patchwork, I do have many posts, but I see now, it's been almost three years since I work on a quilt of my own, and even that one, sadly, is still a wayward wip, abandoned, somewhere in the office of stacks and stashes.

Dear Adaliza, the kindness of your gift has moved me deeply, and I am cautiously preparing to do it justice. For instance... I think I should change the needle on my machine, so I am sewing these small squares with as fine and sharp a needle as possible. Don't you agree? I am anxious about the little errors that add up so dramatically when working with small pieces. And a confession... I have never, ever, used a kit or followed instructions. My one consolation is knowing we have a well established email relationship, because I just know I will be reaching out to you for assurances, tips, and counseling... even before I begin tackling your beautiful quilt kit! My hope is to do a good job, share my progress, inspire all sorts of friends to visit your blog and discover your quilts, then one day fly clear over to your corner of the world to thank you properly, in person, and meet Flora, too! You are so nice, friend, and I am lucky to know you. Thank you, very much. Sincerely, Natalie~

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.

Friday, February 10, 2017

10 Las Chicas

Chicas, in Spanish, are girls. And these chickens, are my girls, my chicas.

I know, I've written these words before, which is something that happens, possibly more often than I realize... blogging since 2002, I repeat myself. Perhaps it can be helped, but I don't think I am going to be too concerned about it.

Eleven chicas, all big fat hens, all amusing, noisy, pesky, flighty, messy, and good.

With Infinity More Monkeys, a picture a day.