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Monday, August 31, 2009

Have You Ever?????

Verbalized the Desires of your Heart....
For me, I have always dreamed of something....but to actually put them out there is totally different for me. To actually tell another person the true desires of your heart is somehow freeing. Sorry I can't do a better job and scanning this today...its quite early and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet :)
Rather it be so far fetched that you even cringe to say it...or simple, its still quite freeing. I challenge you to give it a try.
I have still been drawing every night...and boy, do I have a long, long, long way to go.

I apologize that my scans are not so great...but I'm drawing anyway. I can't believe that I am even sharing these as they are just so bbbbaaaadddd!!
A few YEARS from now maybe when I post more peeks from my sketchbook...there will be some amazing things...maybe.
Until next time,
Ophelia

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Realizing That...

I am living my Dream!!!

I was setting up for a demo that I was doing at Jerry's Artarama this past Sunday, and it dawned on me....I am truly living my dreams.
This all started when I went back and was reading through some of my old journal entries and was just amazed at the fact that just about everything that I had written that I wanted to do, I was actually doing. Back when I wanted to learn to quilt, and be in a room where people (my old guild members) would one day oohhh and aaahhhh over the quilts that I made like I had done theirs for so long...actually had come true..
Or, then deciding that I wanted to make quilts that I could sell and teach quilting classes at a quilt shop that I always went in...well, I also made that a reality as well...
See, I am one of those gals that want things RIGHT NOW...and when I don't see something happening fast enough, I get so discouraged... so on Sunday, just at that moment when I looked up and realized that once again, I was doing something that I had written down as a true wish...I realized that GOSH, here it goes again.
Lesson Learned: Keep dreaming....BIG Dreams, and keep working at them. It might not happen for me today, or even this year, but one day... my dreams will come true...
This is such an awesome feeling!!!!
Whats next?!?
Until next time,
Ophelia

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Question....

I can't remember where....or when, but I ran across this question a few years back and for the life of me, I couldn't answer it. What is one thing you always wanted to do, but never thought you could. I struggled with this, thought about it some more, then eventually forgot about it. A few weeks ago, I was reading back through one of my journals, and realized a recurring theme...I wished in almost half of my entries that I could draw so that I could give birth to all of my ideas. At that time, I was mainly working in fabric and was just so frustrated that I could not get the idea out of my head and onto fabric...or even on paper..
Then, it hit me....One thing I've always wanted to do, but never thought I could...LEARN TO DRAW!!
So, I dusted off my copy of Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain...

and started doing some of the exercises....I made a promise to myself that I would draw...something every night...my first drawing...well...

Ok...that was bold! Its supposed to be my daughter....I have a lot, lot, lot of learning to do! But, I will get there!


So, I have to ask you...how would you answer that question??? You just never know where it would lead you...jump in!!
Until next time,
Ophelia

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's That Time Again...


On yesterday, it was my first day back at work....thats right, its back to school for teachers. With the blink of an eye, its Game Over! No more long, long days of being in my studio playing around...or just hanging out with absolutely no agenda.
It seems as though it was just yesterday that students and teachers alike went running and screaming out of the building celebrating summer vacation, and like that, its over. Where honestly does the time go.
Maybe though, a schedule will be good for me. Somehow, it seems that I get more done if I have only a short amount of time.
Well, I'd better get going...gotta go to work :)
Until next time,
Ophelia

Monday, August 17, 2009

Just Plain Frustrated

There are days when I honestly want to do it all....and well, 24 hours is just not enough. I get up early, but I still can't fit everything in that I really want to do. I want to be a good mom and spend time with my kids, be a good wife, get myself ready for back to school (I'm a teacher), make my house at least a tiny bit presentable, work in my studio, be a great representative for Silpada, get my scrapbooks caught up, stamp some cards for my friends.... just so many things, and (sigh) so little time.


There has to be a balance....I have tried every calendar and time management system that I can find...and tonight....I'm just pure frustrated.


I focus on one thing only to have all the others fall apart, and then I shift, only to have everything else go lacking....there has to be a way to balance all of my wants...right?



I will continue to search however....and not give up on "having it all" even if I have to scale some things back...and you know, I'll keep you posted..
Until next time,
Ophelia

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Journey To Remember

3 Women

3 Journals

1 Incredile Journey....



I had such a great time with my workshop at Gallery Shibui. These gals were so great. I am just so amazed by each persons work and how different their styles were.
They were such great students that I actually got to do a bit of painting myself....and for me, that was great since I haven't been able to do anything for such a long time.

Summer is quickly winding down and pretty soon (next week) its back to school.
Until next time,
Ophelia
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