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Friday’s Five

Abiqui. I spent a magical four days in New Mexico learning from mixed media artists Orly Alverini, Flora Bowley, Misty Mawn, and Katie Kendrick. Those days of soaking in mountain sunshine and moving papers and paint around to create something where nothing had been a few days earlier…well, that is my heart’s home and I loved it.

Air. As in cool air blowing in a sunroom that hasn’t seen AC since…ever. I can actually write and read and make art in this new space without melting like a box of crayons on a TX day…we have already seen 90+ degree days.

Baby steps. Sofia is off and running (almost) with several steps unassisted. And that is how fast we all grow up. Blink and everything changes. Go far and wide, sweet grandchild #1. Your sister will be here before the year is out and will take notes.

Ink. Alcohol inks in new bottles, calligraphy ink in a two sided pen, permanent distress ink to stamp messages on. New art on the way…

Leaf walk. Tammy Garcia’s yearly ICAD (Index Card a Day) challenge is about to begin again. It is a daily creative commitment to bring something new into being. A warm-up was to collect and sketch three leaves. I chose pecan, cypress, and Japanese maple. And there are stories within those choices. Stories to come.

The joy of beginnings…new steps in beautiful directions. Join me…