Duke is the love of my life. At a young age of 4 years old, he has many health issues that we need to stay on top of. The past few days have been difficult as we received some news that his liver is not doing so well. He was diagnosed with IBS when he was a puppy. So, unfortunately, he has had to live on steroids to keep the IBS under control. He also has a special diet as well. Next Monday, he will have a liver panel blood test to see how his liver is work. Then we will come up with a plan under the Vet’s guidance on how to keep his liver healthy and strong. Please keep him our thoughts and prayers. This is a very difficult time for us.
For today’s April Landscape Photos A Day Challange, I am to pick colorful landscape photos. Well, my thoughts went to Positano, Italy! My most colorful landscape dreamy photos! Enjoy! April Landscape Photos Challenge
When I was in art school learning about ink drawing, I chose this picture to work on learning about how the strokes where made. Below is my attempt to copying this picture. I saw that proportion is an area that needs work.
This was a great exercise of learning how to draw with ink and drawing. It was not that easy but I am willing to try this again with other master artists.
I received these beautiful white Japanese Quince is a vase once for my wedding anniversary. They were so lovely that I had to take the time and work on capturing their beauty. I used French Kiss Textures for the background. In Photoshop I used the Masking tool to painted out the texture to get some of the flowers but kept some of the painted look.
For today’s Thursday Doors, we take a trip to Venice, Italy. Doors are so symbolic, open a door to a future, close a door to a past. Sometimes there is something behind the door that we are hiding. Currently having a door closed to the outside world will protect you from the Coronavirus.
In Venice, Italy, the doors open to a world of historic beauty. Enjoy these doors from Venice and let your imagination run with what is behind these doors.
Earth Day is an annual celebration of an environmental movement. Recently, I have been hearing how the Pandemic has really gone to reducing pollution since people are staying indoors. With next to little to no use of cars, trains, airplanes, factories, pollution has shown signs of reducing. Even though this not a feasible way to help protect the environment, this might help Environmentalist to create a plan for the future on our fight to protect Mother Earth.
If you haven’t seen Moving Art on Netflix, here is a trailer of season 2 that will captivate you! There are 3 seasons of this beautiful cinematography with outstanding music. A great TV show to watch on Earth Day!
I have many different flowers that I have photographed and I thought it would be fun to make some magnets that match my flowers to the states! Currently here are the ones that I have in my Zazzle shop!
My Mother’s Cavalier, Princess Fiona, loves her Mommy very much. Little Princess Fiona has been sick but has recovered very well from a long illness. It was my own Mother’s love and devotion to Princess Fiona that has kept Princess Fiona going. I know that if Princess Fiona could talk, she would be saying these special words to my Mother. This can be personalized!
I am an avid reader who dives into different genres. Today, I will review a couple of Self-Help books.
The first one that I believe every person should read! It’s not just for an artist or writer. Everyone can relate to this book.
Elizabeth Gilbert really breaks down the trials and errors of what it’s like to create. Hoe putting pressure on creativity something magical will not produce great things. She talks about the stress that we as the artist put our selves through to always create something that we will be proud of or make money. The fear of failure theme Elizabeth talks about and how to over come that. It talks about creating a balance between truing creating your masterpiece and reality.
Some of my favorite quotes from her book are:
“Fear is always triggered by creativity because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Michael Singer does a fanatic job on gently reminding us how our thoughts can control our mind. If we think negatively then it will become a vicious cyle in our head. He talks about the mental dialog we always having going on in our head can be so bad for our health if the dialog is negative. It’s up to us to do the positive self talk! Singer also talks about how we fight change but change is very important in life.
Some wonderful quotes from this book that are my favorite are: