Magic Moments- within

Depression can take a terrible tole on one’s life and on ones loved ones too. The last post i made included a painting of a nuthatch in our red-bud. I actually had begun this painting  almost 2 years ago and was only recently able to return to it and finish it by painting in the tree branches. For over a year i have struggled to return to the intense happiness that painting used to bring. i don’t know yet where my story will end Holly angel sculture by Kelsey but i can say that it is so important to have people who care and believe in you. If you know of someone suffering from depression don’t give up on them.

For me a turning point surely occurred when I discovered this early photo of me on the breakfast table a few weeks ago.

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It was snapped while I was out sketching on the hillside behind the trailer we used to live in up in Vermont.  With the photo was just a little note in my husbands hand,”I’d like this person back.” It makes all the difference to know someone cares. He loves the artist in me, and knowing that is so important to me.

I am working on finding and reconstructing her. it may take a while but I’ll do my best. If I post less frequently its because I only want to post solid accomplishments: paintings i feel good about.  In the mean time I continue to avidly read  your posts and deeply appreciate your comments. Keep up the good camaraderie and enjoy your work! And, please don’t forget to look for mine rare though it may be!

I shall repeat this poem of Rumi’s from my last post. For me it speaks volumes.

“Let yourself be silently drawn,

by the strange pull

of what you really love.

It will not lead you astray.”

Holly

Holly angel sculture by Kelsey (2)
Sculpture by Kelsey

Holly angel sculture by Kelsey (2)

(Angel in the dust)

Magic Moments-sketching

“to share is human”

A friend with whom I had been working in ceramics but who knew my love of watercolor recently loaned me “Sketching in Nature” by Cathy Johnson. One of the suggestions in Cathy’s book is to do (attempt!) quick sketches from the car while riding as a passenger.

Wanting to try this I asked my husband to drive the leg from Burlington to White River on our way home from Vermont today. Here are a few of the ones I tried.

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I had my point and shoot camera with me but left it firmly in my bag and took out a little spiral 5.5 x 8.5 canson sketch book and an Ebony design pencil.

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Sketching from the car  on the highway  is fun, and a wicked challenge, because in a wink what you saw is gone.

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Add to that the magnificent and constantly changing weather over the mountains (we had snow showers all afternoon) and …

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I’ve a long way to go to learn to abstract and simplify my compositions and a longer way to go to gain a bit of confidence and skill at sketching. Still I’m done with point and shoot at least when i don’t have to be at the wheel!

Angel in the dust