Quiet noise for the backyard

Quiet noise for the backyard

Soft quiet noise is calming in many of our lives. At our home on the beach we have a water feature as you arrive to our gate, another between the house and the garage; but we had nothing on the water side of the house where we spend the most time. This Memorial Day weekend, my husband, son and I designed and added this water feature to the water side of our home. It is now so calming in our back yard and it lights at night.

Just another form of ART in the backyard. Enjoying the weather and time away from my art studio and in my yard. Got to get back to the studio soon.

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Heronswood Gardens

Heronswood Gardens

Inspiration can come from so many things. Heronswood Gardens was opened for the day after seven years of neglect. Our local Native American Tribe bought the gardens and with the help of many volunteers they brought it back to life.

Gardens always inspire me. Unfortunately they more inspire me to work in my garden than to paint the gardens.

These stone balls sat quietly on the side of the walk, but the moss formation and color was so beautiful!

What inspires you?

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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

This quote and photo was in a health magazine that I read each month. It made me think children have such a better time than most adults for they are happy playful and don’t think you have to be anything else.

About a month ago I added Zumba and Kick Boxing to my weekly exercise routine an upped my personal trainer to join her bootcamp once a week. I am the oldest in most of the classes by at least 10 to 15 years, but feel better than I have in years. I have to laugh when I cannot do everything as well as some of the younger people, but keep smiling because I know I can most everything.

Never thought it could be this much fun! And now occasionally when I eat Chocolate, I don’t feel quite as guilty.

I have put my art on hold for a bit, enjoying my garden and the sunshine. I will paint again, but maybe not today.

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Testing the Extent of Your Power

About six weeks ago I took two different painting classes from talented young women.  I realized in taking the class that even though they are quite knowledgeable, I didn’t relate to their style of painting, so had a hard relating to the teachers.

One teacher said about a hundred times during the first day of class “Does that make sense to you”?  By the time I heard it about 50 times I lost interest in the class, did not hear what she said and did not go back the second or third day.

The other teacher could do nothing but find fault with any thing I did in the class.  I have honestly never had that experience before.  My colors were muddy, my composition was bad and it seemed I was the only one with this lack of skill.  As I have forward going watched a few shows she did, I realized that I appreciate her art style, but really personally do not like it.

Then I heard this phrase: “Testing the Extent of Your Power” and it made me think of both the classes.  The teachers were young, most of the students were older and I think they had to feel empowered to think they were teaching you something.  Teaching should be about giving your students the power to think they will succeed and grow better.  It is not to make you the teacher feel better.

Since I took the two classes I have not painted nor drawn anything.  Today it finally dawned on me why.  My ability was questioned with no positive input.  I could do no right.  I will start painting again soon, as I know I should not respond to someone else testing the extent of their power in a negative on me.

Teachers should always find something good, even if they don’t love your style.  There may be something creative done in a way different from what they would do.

Testing the Extent of Your Power