Saturday, August 15, 2020

Rerererestart -

 Greetings - 

It has been such a long while. And Blogger is a bit different. But the same. I keep forgetting that I liked to blither here. Not with posts that educate and inform. Blither. On to it.

Last night a quick major storm front went there a big chunk of the midwest. Power was out here for some hours. Not too many Just enough.... I appreciate all people and things that go into making our electronic grid system work. I appreciate all people and things that go in to making our Postal System work. I appreciate people wearing masks at Trader Joe's.

Often when I am stressed or otherwise needing for brain to take a little break from the current stuff I go into Thirty Thankfuls Mode. This is just what it sounds like. I start - and cannot quit till mentally noting AT LEAST thirty things for which I am thankful. 

To illustrate:

Right now I am thankful - 

1) that there is classical music in the headphones because Todd just started vacuuming the living room. 

2) that Todd is vacuuming the living room. 

3) that Todd has stopped vacuuming because an old cowboy show is on.

4) for "Have Gun - Will Travel." Not paying attention to it now, but I loved it as when I was a kid.

5) that the garden has survived the storm better than it might have. Cornstalks and sunflowers and pole beans will be propped back up today as best one can prop a little crop.

6) for friends' creative suggested prompting new images.

7) for art supplies in general, and many lovely art supplies right here, specifically.

8) when electricity can sort of be taken for granted.

9) for "too many" excellent books - right here, right now.

10) for broadband internet and friends and family around the world who are a mere click away. I am old enough to remember long distance collect phone calls that cost lots.

11) for iPhones.

12) for You Tube videos that make me laugh, learn, think. Though I really heartily dislike "Live, Laugh, Love," "Love, Fart, Live" - whatever those three words are.

13)when people buy the stuff I make. Really. Thanks.

14) that summer is not quite over. Even with the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes, I LOVE summer. Because of Light. And Green.

15) that there are garden beets simmering in a pot, and that they will be frozen for use in winter - no light/no green.

16) that there are fun options for us to do today - instead of moping about the things we'd usually be doing on this weekend.

17) for the Stillwater Farmers Market. In most years I can only visit about three times. Art fairs rule the weekends. Not this year.

18) for a new to me bottle of unopened bourbon.

19) that goldfinches are part of garden these days.

20) for antique alphabet print sets. I like letters and words and Pointing Finger.

21) for stuff that makes a person laugh hysterically. Ze Frank did that this morning.

22) for Trader Joe's.

23) the Post Office.

24) for good soil. I grew up with sandy loam. I miss sandy loam.

25) for friends with amazing creative skills. Keeps one on one's toes.

26) for keeping the making of Personal Challenges - 30 days, longer.

27) that this list is coming to an end for now.

28) for learning that I can stand in a Cold Shower (the coldest our water can go) for up to seven minutes because of Wim Hof. 

29) for rediscovering some stubbornness (for good) in self. We shall not speak of stubbornness for bad - I am NOT thankful that that stuff I still have.

30) that some days I have to do three or four clumps of Thirty Thankfuls and somehow manage to do them.

OK, enough of this. The rest of day still has to happen. Thank you for reading. Carry on carrying on.



Monday, May 18, 2020


Greetings -

It has been "forever" since I've typed here.
Fears, sloths (watch out for those sneaky sloths), lazinesses, re-lack of confidence (it happens), and not keeping up the habits. Blogging is only one of them.

"BLOG" gets printed in the weekly planning journal often. It just doesn't get done. I draw, paint, read - not enough, even do laundry and/or dust!, but do not type. I do make. daily mandala. Every day - since late last December. Here is one- pre- novel coronavirus days. A bit hard to remember those carefree and merry days.

This is a bit odd, because I actually like the clickity clickity of the laptop keyboard sound. Then there is the "What if nobody reads this?" That should not matter. What should matter is the challenge of the doing. Or - The Challenge of the Doing!

Sis and I have been doing some challenges new to us - for fun. For fun? For fun!

One.... is taking Seriously Cold Showers at least three or four times a week. We are under the influence of Wim Hoff. The Iceman. Google him, if you want to. No pressure. Sis uses her particular words to ward off the cold. I crank up the soundtrack from "Chicago." Seriously.

OK. I have blogged. One down. On to creating a string of something.

And creating a new website. But that's another challenge.

May you keep sane and breathing.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Travel Companions

Though I know that they are not "real" and have no connections to us as living beings do...., well. I do like the company of an odd assortment of, shall we call them -  "mascots"? 

These bits of plastic, or rubber, or fluff, or resin have a way of feelering their way into our wacky little hearts - and so we add them to our families - as company near our computers or as travel companions in our vehicles.

I am now of a mature age - whatever that means, and yet, and yet, I do love to have a tiny travel buddy riding along on a dashboard. Of course, our long-time companions are Yoda and Bear. Their recent non-adventures are the possibility for another post (all I will type of them for now is Whew). However, the two here have become a treasured twosome.

Catching the rays - maybe two summers ago? - are Zen Frog and Bun. I am guessing that ZF is a hubby find at some garage sale along the way. it doesn't really matter. He found his way onto our now-sold old Buick - and there he sat - sending beams of peace and calm in to the universe as best he could. I know I got the articulated little stuffie/plushie/whatever you wish to call these Bunny  at a yard sale for probably a quarter or for free. Bun needed rescuing and ZF needed a friend. And travel companions they have become - through many states and adventures. They face darkness and light with equal gaze and spirit of "Forward!" I wish I would follow their example more often.

Well, there it is. If you have your own personal pals, you know the odd joys of their manners of companionship. If you do not understand people who do understand there is probably no explaining that will make you understand. That is O.K. But if  a small rubber duck or similar creature someday signals to you that it wants to help you with your journey, it may be best to heed its quack.

- Fare-thee-well,

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Been Away


I have "been away."
Not good reasons.

But - "dumb" me....

I am back.
And, finding out that I never really left.

So - forward to Autumn Adventures.

No, you do not want to hear internal dialogue right now.

Silent lol/sigh/silent lol.

We will be taking up residence in Booth 5 again at Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival (Hudson, WI) this weekend. Saturday looks good, weather-wise. Sunday.... well, the universe doesn't seem set on allowing us outdoor booth types to have TWO WHOLE DAYS of Nice Weather.  Zen practice is handy on that other day.

Carry on - 
- Sue

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

International Interesting Friends Day

This morning - early and dark - while cleaning in the kitchen and thinking about yesterday's doings on one particular Facebook thread I started, the thought came to mind that I have so many Interesting Friends.

So why not CELEBRATE this?

So I did. And do.

The ripples in the Friendship Pond have started.
Life is better.

On to more jazz and cleaning in the kitchen.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ambition - Or None

My own self is in constant low-grade battle. 
About way too many things.
I want to blog more often. I make excuses.
Messages need answering. I am afraid.

(SUNSHINE! Just for a moment.)

I can make myself exercise. Just not at the stuff that might make certain body parts feel better.

I am a great cheerleader. For others.
I am interested in too many things. And nothing.

I WILL READ THESE BOOKS! Some - probably not.
Lack of Ideas? Not a problem.
Lack of will? Much.

It depends on the day or the hour or the minute.

Now there is the Inktober Personal and International Challenge.

Time to put black marks on paper.
I'll let you know how it goes.

I Promise.

(A college English professor taught us to make little use of the pronoun, "I." So it goes. The Lesson is remembered. Carry on.)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Rabbit on Red - Work in Progress

Greetings -

Yes, it has been a while since posting a "serious" blog post. This one was started on Tuesday. It is now Friday. This is not A Good Thing. but on we will go -

Last week I was playing around with using up art supplies - cheap red craft paint, to be exact. It got poured on another sheet of paper intended for the making of more Hearts. But it was a bit thickly applied - so I grabbed the ever- present small sketch book (this one is 7" x 5") and mooshed it onto the other red sheet. Just to see what would happen.

This happened:

It stayed that way for a bit. Monday late afternoon I went to fav Stillwater, Minnesota coffee shop - The Daily Grind. Always carried: laptop computer, headphones, bag of art supplies, sketchbook and other papers, wallet, money for a $2.00 de-caf (sigh).
The place is usually quieter than in the morning and I feel no guilt if staying for a big chunk o'time. The barista hands me that cup with the Buddha quote and elephant image. I settle in.

I've been working on a series of real rabbits photographed by a friend "out East." She has kindly given me permission to use her images as inspiration. Thank, Friend!

An image is pulled up on laptop. And gets enlarged to a size that will fit pleasantly on the sketchbook page. There is no pressure to succeed. But I want to respect rabbit and friend, so will try to create a drawing that will at least be O.K. I use drawing pens and my fingers to set down basic measurements. Oh, and that handy metal ruler that most often stays in computer/art supply tote. Doesn't everybody carry a foot-long metal ruler?

Basic shapes appear:

Chatting with barista is a given. She is taking a class in Photography. Real film. Real darkroom. Playing with chemicals and light. This gives me some hope for the future - embracing whatever is needed to get the results one hopes to create! She is having fun shooting coffee beans and the various machines that go into making a cup of coffee. We talk about tones and composition. I recall my own time in college darkroom. One class was enough for me.

Anyway, out came the small tin container holding gouache and watercolor paints. I'd left favorite pointy-ended water brush at home - gasp! - so had to tackle painting with a small broad-tipped brush. On to the challenge of controlling colors and marks! Lots of people know that drawing and painting eyes is one of my favorite things to do. So this is the first thing tackled on this bunny. Gouache is relatively forgiving. I don't rush things. Still playing with colors. And trying to get shapes more correct. So much looking and comparing. Depicting a 3-D subject on a 2-D surface is always interesting.  So much "lying" on the paper.
Here we go!

When steering toward relative reality it is important to keep checking back at reference source. I see flaws in my drawing, but because this is "art' and not scientific illustration I correct some things and let other mistakes stay. Exact color is not important to me. I want to experiment with making marks. Even with that "giant" brush the eyes' tiny "twinkle" is achieved. Whew. We need all the twinkles we can get. Go ahead. Draw some eyes. paint some twinkles. The brush is used both wet and in a dry-brush fashion - something a bit hard to do  with a water brush. "Don't squeeze the barrel! Don't squeeze the barrel!" White fur around the eye is created by layering white and almost white (dirty white) gouache. Gouache is somewhat opaque, but sometimes not as opaque as one would wish. I like the look of the red paint partially visible "in" rabbit's body. There are decisions that will have to be made... Danged decisions...

Suddenly, it is almost time to close the shop. Sigh. I'd gotten into that lovely "zone." It was so much fun to focus for two hours. Jazz, a short chat, some creating. But stuff started has also got to stop. it was fun while it lasted. And this bunny is different on this morning I'm typing. For better? For worse? For practice. For flow....

(WAY larger than actual image - haha.) And, yes, current image is not shown and is more complete, though perhaps not as "successful." So it goes...