This is my baby girl. Erm.. this was my baby girl. She's all growed up now. Sort of. When she was little enough to love being in front of a camera, she let me capture this moment after she and her older sister gave each other haircuts. I think she was 3 and her sister was 5. They later went out to roast marshmallows over a stump we were burning to rid from our yard.
The lopsided choppy asymmetrical cut is something that looks good on some folks, provided of course that it's not administered by a 3-year-old.
Do all kids of a certain age do this?
Today, her hair is grown out and long and still the same beautiful strawberry blonde, but sometimes there's a hint that it may change to a darker auburn. She's still beautiful. She's still my baby girl.
Joy! Doesn't she look full of joy? This is a painting I did for my daughter. The photo was taken by her uncle when she was 14 and had gone to visit in Texas. The beach is in Galveston and as you can tell, she had a ball. This girl is naturally upbeat and happy.
Sometimes when I'm out of ideas of what to paint, I take the advice of another artist who said, "paint what you see" and so I paint my family and where I live. It's what I know best.
What inspires you to create or dream? I'd love to hear about it! You'll inspire me with your inspiration!
Ever so truly yours,
Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth that went on before this gem was written! My son, who is 15 and a sophomore in high school, had an assignment to write a sonnet. He was not pleased. We wrangled about it a bit - why do I have to write one? They're stupid! I CAN'T! You get the idea. So our words of encouragement were something along the lines of have fun with it. He didn't believe it could be done, until he did it!
Right on, son! Write on!
I've been trying to keep the paintbrushes moving this year. I still have a hard time with my day-job interfering with my painting, though. Someday I'll retire and devote my efforts into a more focused body of work.
Many of these - most of these - are sketches. Just very quick pieces that are fun to do and also keep me in touch with the brush. I've found that if I don't paint or draw or doodle for long stretches of time (I'm talking like a week or two), then I get a bit grumpy. My family has graciously allowed me space to doodle. They're awesome that way.
Ever so truly yours,
I thought I'd have her forever. But off to BYU Idaho she goes! She's very excited and very nervous too. I think she'll do well. She is bright and fun and eager to learn. I won't even mention she's absolutely beautiful. I will miss her. Good thing there's a wonderful invention called a phone! LOL Yeah, I'm feeling just a touch melodramatic <insert wry grin here>.
This is the same photo I used to make a place holder for my lotions and such. I just like it so much that it's still there. I keep putting the re-vamping on the back burner, but it will eventually happy.
I've been keeping busy. We all have, I'm sure! Life can be hectic and fast paced and exciting and full of unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes I think parts of my life would qualify for some good content in a sci-fi novel or murder/mystery. Ha! Others would be good content if you wanted to read out loud to get your kids to go to sleep right now.
The T-shirt above is just one design I've been working on lately. This is for Pauline Baird Jones, who is near and dear to my heart. She's definitely one of my favorite authors. Next month (that's April), she'll be in Las Vegas at the Romantic Times authors' convention. Be sure to stop by and say hello! You may even score one of the T-shirts, lip balms or Space Rocks soap that I've been working on for her. Have a great time, and be sure to let her know who sent you!
Christmas is a big deal in our home. Our family traditions include putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas music makes its debut at the same time. We have a secret recipe for home-made hot chocolate mix that we give out to neighbors as gifts. Sometimes our close-by extended family will get some too.
I truly believe in giving handmade gifts rather than going on the shopping spree at the mall. I so much prefer handcrafted gifts to the homogenized, perfectly exact sameness of mass-produced junk. I'm not sure where the beginnings of that tradition come from, maybe just from being poor come December, maybe from being willing to make something less than perfect. I'm not sure. I am sure a lot of thought and effort and love goes into each gift.
For example, the above painting is going to my daughter's home this month. It's not perfect, but I think she'll really like it. I painted this from a photo my brother-in-law, Greg L. Jones, took a few years back. It's a family hunting for clams. I liked how peaceful the water looks and how together the family feels.
And that is how Christmas is at our house. Peaceful in our activities, together in our efforts. We're not perfect, not by a long shot, but each Christmas we try to get a little better at doing the things that count.
Have a lovely, blessed Christmas season!
Zombie Zoaps are in the mold right now. Let me tell you, my house smells fantastic! This photo above is from the Zombie Fun Run project I did last year for the Pebbles Beach Fire Department. Their run was in October, but it takes time to get soap cured, cut, and packaged. This one was "Mangled Mango" and it was a hit! This year, I'm stirring the pot with Zombie Znot, Braaiiinz, and Crazy Coconut & Leprous Lemongrass so far. I may add another couple of fragrances just for fun. The Zombie Znot is appropriately green and grody looking. Ha! As are the Braaaiinz and CC&LL.
I'll post photos of the cut soaps soon.
It has been a very long time since I've updated my blog. Life got crazy and then I suddenly found myself feeling old and sometimes tired. And still life goes on! You may have noticed some changes in product pages and a new page - my Graphic Designs page.
What did I do for the very long two years that I didn't post one single blog entry? School. Life. School. Work. And sometimes more life. Including fun and experimenting with my natural creativity. Ya just can't keep a creative soul down for too long. It doesn't happen.
School was fun and interesting and a huge growing experience. I learned a lot. I learned about InDesign and Illustrator, I learned all about graphic design, and I re-ignited my love and passion for plain ol' art. I'll even share some of my creations here later. But I found a new love too - watercolor.
So now I have a ton of new material to report on.
And I have you to thank too. Thanks for sticking with me through the years! You've meant so much to me, kept me going! Oh, how I appreciate all the encouragement and love and comments and thank you for loving my soaps and lip goods!
Ten. That's not a real big number, right? Ten. Ten percent. Ten percent grade. Okay, now we're getting a bit nuts. What's really nuts is trying to drive up an unpaved, primitive road at a ten percent grade on the side of a mountain. But, oh, it was so beautiful!
Looking up into the clouds. Beginning the goat trail.
My daughter got out of the vehicle and insisted it was more sane to walk up (and down) this mountain. I wanted to agree, but I was stuck driving. With no way to really turn around. Yet. When we did find a spot to turn our beast around, this is what we saw.
See. Told ya it was worth it!
Ana lives in a desert in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming with her husband, a ginger-headed daughter, a son, and stinky dog Ana loves creating stuff and sharing her creations. Alas, she's not so great at writing in third person. Ah, well...