Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This gorgeous structure, that I called the tree fort, was built in order to have a better view of the rose garden...gorgeous. It's all made from metal so unfortunately it's decaying...I want it!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
...and scrawled some more darkness and branches.
I liked the contrast of gentle pinks & greens with jet black raw scratchiness.
Here's a completed close-up of the left hand page:
Friday, August 20, 2010
You know I've been concerned about my summer vacation ending on August 30th. Well, I woke up this morning,went into my very messy art space (paperpumpkin room), looked at this collage I started last night, and well...release hit me. So I journaled about it a bit.
Don't get me wrong, I love teaching young children. It is a huge part of who I am. And there's the key. A huge part. It used to be what defined me. It isn't anymore. I am much more than just a teacher. The difficulty with a work issue last year not only was very hard on me and on my health, but it was perhaps what defined for me, that taught me, that I am not just a teacher.
I think this is healthy.
So this summer I explored me. (And I got healthier again...) But I still have issues. I must keep moving along this learning curve and remember not to let sick, hurtful people saturate my heart and soul. I can't be that sponge. If I want to keep moving forward and onward on my life journey, I can't sit still and soak up the needless pain.
My journey this new school year will involve utilizing my new 'self skills'. (I made that up). I won't let my work this summer get lost. I am taking it, no ME, with me to the classroom. Again. Like I used to when I was young and had all the energy in the world. I do have a renewed energy. It comes from expressing myself. It is my creative energy perhaps. I've rediscovered my creative side.
I want to bring art journaling, visual journaling, into my classroom. A center for reluctant writers and a place for creativity and self expression and learning. In a new way. I'm excited. I needed to problem-solve. It's what I do. And, I need to teach.
More later. Thank you for listening and visiting me...especially today. ♥ Kathy
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Then we had a very decadent breakfast at The Brown Hound Bistro. I had German Apple Pancakes and Michael had French Toast stuffed with cream cheese and rolled in toasted almonds. Both with natural maple syrup. I was full for 7 hours.
Isn't it beautiful? The drive home went quickly. We listened to The Beatles and Van Morrison. ♥ Ellie missed us. It was a very good day.
Wouldn't it be great to go away for the day, once a month?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
You may already know that I love to go on day•cations. I do. I love to take drives to a special vacation destination not too far away, but that feels far away.
Lately, I have an unquenchable desire to be by the water.
I am even reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift From the Sea...
Tomorrow, the plan is to go to the Finger Lakes in NY and spend the whole day at Canandaigua Lake...relaxing, visiting an antique shop, sitting by the water, tasting a sip of wine even.
I will play with my camera and journal.
I am beyond excited, like a little kid.
I even made a new set of fabric push pins, inspired by water and its plants, so that I could share a gift from the sea.