I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since I last hit publish on a blogpost. But I’m still here, still painting, still art journaling and still writing (at least in my journals, I am). I’ve been so focused on all that, I just haven’t kept the blog up to date.
Don’t know if my quick visit here will re-ignite my interest in blogging, but until I figure out what the heck I’m doing, please know you can find me on Instagram here.
I hope you all are finding and focusing on what lights you up too!
In my 55 years, I’ve held a few jobs and one “career”. However, my education was in cultural and earth sciences – archaeology and geology. It didn’t take me long to conclude those jobs wouldn’t pay my bills – not very well at least. So one thing lead to another and I mysteriously landed in the world of television advertising. (The “career”.)
Long story short, I eventually married my boss. Yeah, I did. We didn’t want to work and live together, so I retired. My new husband, or the “Dream Maker” as I like to call him, set me free to discover what it is I really loved to do. Oh God.
Yes, that may sound like a blessing to you (and indeed it was). But, not until a years-long-tortuous-journey of self discovery . . . I had no idea what I loved! I only knew working to pay the bills, ya know?
Somehow, my husband survived it all. Several years later, after much searching and crazy making, I discovered I am an artist. Which is really weird, since I was raised by a lifelong painter! (But until this time of wandering about, I had never once picked up a paintbrush.)
These days I may paint, wander with camera in hand, write a bit, teach an art workshop or host an art retreat, but I’m still treasure hunting and documenting my findings. This is exactly what I did as a young archaeologist. Now I KNOW, Treasure Seeker is my calling, my vocation, my career! I was born for this.
Through a commitment to my 7 year long painting practice, I have found my process. (I tend to paint deep layers of color-filled strata. Then I begin my real work of uncovering the treasures beneath. I use a handful of tools I’ve tucked away in my treasure hunter’s knapsack.)
On daily walks and adventures, I focus my lens on the world’s treasures. I’ll go to any length to capture small moments of wonder and beauty.
In my personal journal and sometimes here on my blog, I document and share my discoveries. I can’t help myself.
ALWAYS AND FOREVER A TREASURE SEEKER.
ALWAYS AND FOREVER SEEKER OF BEAUTY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY.
ALWAYS THE DREAM DIGGER.
I want to share with you some of my discoveries.
If you’d like to take a look, my photographs can be found here – my “Project Wanderstruck”.
Some of my more recent paintings can be found here.
My only hope in sharing this with you, is that it will in some way inspire you to dig your own dreams . . . Enjoy!
I’ve grown quiet here on my blog – but it’s for a good reason . . .
I’ve been diving deep into the creative well!
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve hosted the Creative Nomad Art Journaling Adventure, attended Flora Bowley’s painting retreat in Portland, refreshed the warehouse art studio I share with my Mom, started a major renovation on our kitchen (what a mess!) and have been following the muse’s call towards LOTS MORE abstract painting. Woof. It’s a lot.
Our clean and renewed studio has really inspired me!
I can hardly wait to get there and begin making messes of the place.
I’ve been painting lots of “mini’s” lately – it’s totally challenging for me.
Bigger is definitely easier!
Weird huh? You’d think the opposite. But not for me.
These last three are what I’d call “medium sized” canvases.
(It’s hard to see scale on these closeups.)
Next week, a few “Fearless Painters” arrive for a reunion at my studio.