Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekends Rock!!

There is just something magical about the weekend....
As a teacher, I always feel like on Fridays, I have the excitement of it being the last day of school...Sny possibilities of how to fill my wonderful days off....and in the blink of an eye, it's Monday morning again....sigh...
We had a wonderful, baseball free weekend...and I spent some time in my journal...yes, that canvas is still not saying a word...
I somehow wish that everyday can be a Saturday/Sunday feeling...painting, naps, a tiny bit of cleaning (and I do mean a tiny bit), more painting, and even more naps!  Just a carefree kind of day.
Hope that you all enjoyed the same.
Until next time,
Ophelia


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I wanted to stop in this morning...yes, again, I apologize for the absence....our schedule just does not seem to let up any at all. 

Have I been gone for so long that now Blogger has changed...and for the life of me, I can't figure out how to work this today!!!

Imagine beginning my post with baseball...sigh....yes, its that time, and I just have to say that I have learned a thing or two these past few weeks.  One being sometimes you win even when the score board says something different.  You see.....on this day, my son, hit his first home run!!!  Yup...the very first.  What an amazing feeling that was for him!  Oh...we lost the game...but this kid was a winner indeed..










Now to the studio.....












I am once again back to "getting over" comparing.  The second thing that I've come to learn here recently is that its time to get over myself....yup....some tough love indeed is needed.  I start something today...think that I stink at it...and, well, give up... "Get over yourself little girl" ::)))
Welp, you guys have a great day.  I'd better get going because a busy day is calling.  I think though that we are down to the 20 something days of school left before summer break....and, yes, I can live with that...
Until next time,
Ophelia

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Another Week Flew By....

I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful weekend. Here in my corner of the world, the weather is simply perfect. Sunny, just the right breeze, perfect weather for....baseball....sigh.
In my studio, things have been going amuck....that canvas that was not speaking to me last week, has decided to turn its back and invite friends....
I added some collage(photots of houses that I found), and painted, and painted some more...all the while waiting for something to strike me....anything....and, I painted and painted and waited some more.....which is when I decided to take a break and begin something else....now, they are both giving a girl the silent treatment....painting on canvas is HARD!!!

So, back to my trusty journal I go....here, she speaks to me freely!

Remember last week I showed my studio as a cleaning work in progress.....here is one side of my work table...I sure wish it were that clean today!!!!

Enjoy a truly beautiful Sunday everyone. I am off to baseball...sigh....

Until next time,

Ophelia

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Already????

Gosh, this week has flown by! Really! I honestly can NOT believe its Friday already!
Nothing says Spring Break like Spring Cleaning....and that is exactly what I have been up to!
I'm not even sure of what came over me, but on Tuesday, I decided enough was enough with my studio....so, the gutting began!
This is one of my worktables - on the other side of this is where I sit at my desk.
This is still very much a work in progress, but, I can at least now work on my tables!! And, who knew there was a floor up there!!!
My sewing space....I sometimes still wonder if there is a quilt left in me....
That canvas is still not saying one word to me....
I'm still working on this part....but, it is soooo much better than it was before.
This is a view from where my sewing machine is...you will just have to believe me that its much better now....it really still looks a mess! But soooo much better of a space it is than where it was at the beginning of the week.
I actually had a nice clean space at my table to create this journal page....I even have space at my desk to sit and doodle a blit on my pages....did I mention I have serious trouble doodling!!!
Welp guys, I truly made the most of this week. I feel renewed in a sense...not so cramped and stiffled in my space...so, that makes all the lifting, heaving, trashing, and clearing out so worth the effort!
Have a great weekend everyone.
Until next time,
Ophelia

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Being Afraid - And Doing it Anyway...

Good Tuesday morning everyone...
Gosh, Day 1 of Spring Break was great! If, that is, you consider cleaning out closets and such great! But, it all had to be done. My day one was filled with errands, cleaning, and doing all of those things that I had been putting off for like forever...see, procrastination usually ends up biting me right back! But, at least all the items from yesterday have been checked off, and today begins a new checklist!!
As you might imagine, the weekend was spent on the baseball field...sigh...no need for me to get tired of it already...August is a long way away! At least the weather was nice!!
Ok....I have an admission...for about 2 or 3 years now, I have been wanting to take a class at the Durham Arts Council. Its called Painting Gone Wild. Monday nights, eight weeks, blah, blah, blah...here's the kicker...I am not really familiar with Durham, and only knew that this place was somewhere downtown, but I never signed up for the class because I was too afraid to try to find the place! Silly huh....talk about letting fear control you!
Well, by golly, I decided it was time! I navigated those one way streets - um, thank you lady in my GPS, and found my self a park - thank you GOD! And, up I went...a nervous wreck! Not only had conquered the traffic, and parking, but this class is all about some painting on CANVAS!!
Now, mind you....I have tons of canvases, and even a shiny new easel, but well, lets just say that this is going to be a new chapter!!!
The instructor is Lisa Creed!! LOVE her! She is very much into letting it flow! Just allow the painting to speak to you....ummm...ok....
Hhhmmm...I guess I'm getting the silent treatment!!!
Pick a color and just paint the whole thing....ok...I can do that....
Not even sure of where we're going on this ride, because someone has yet to say a word to me!!!
Totally different direction by the end of the night....9pm rolled around way too fast!
I will spend some time with this gal, and see if she will open up to me a bit more :)
So there you have it fear!! Not only did I find my way there....but, I painted the heck out of this canvas!!!
When it decides to say something to me, I will let you guys know and keep you posted on where we're going with it!!
Until next time,
Ophelia