Sunday, February 07, 2010

Baby steps...

It has been too long since my last post. I think I mentioned that last September I became a manager in my department and the focus of my work has changed a lot and it is requiring a lot of extra time. My day consists of leaving the house at 5:30 am and getting home about 8:00 pm with a whole lot of trying to stay on top of projects, people and processes. Unfortunately lunch time consists of sitting at my desk and playing some mindless Facebook games while munching on a sandwich. I do need to learn to work a little more effectively and to get out of the office earlier so I can add exercising to my daily schedule.

So besides work I have not managed to be very creative. My last endeavor was Christmas cards but I sure did have fun making them. I didn't do a very good with the pictures below but you can see a good bit of the layering. I started with sheets of heavy watercolor paper that I covered with crinkled tissue paper. I then painted them with black gesso and went to town with layers of metallic paints and used various sizes of circle items and also splattered some. I really had a lot of fun with the process. I cut down the sheets to the size I needed and did a little more layering with metallic ribbon. It is a little challenging photographing shiny metallic surfaces. Probably should have pulled out the tripod.






So today is about baby steps. I had a really long list of things to do and I've only completed a few items but what I've checked off is posting on my blog, cleaning my crap off the breakfast table and exercising. Just before Christmas I bought a Wii and the balance board with the intent of using it to exercise regularly. I figured it would be better than any other equipment because if I fail in the exercise plan it will still get used for entertainment for family and friends. A couple weekends ago I did manage to do three whole yoga poses before bailing but today I started a 30 day challenge and did a 30 minute startup and even played a round of tennis. So now my goal is to keep that up and to get back into the creative flow.

We shall see how I do but I'm going to continue with the baby steps theme for the moment. My next step for the evening is to visit some of my favorite blogs that I have been neglecting.

Hope everyone is having a blessed and happy new year!
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7 comments:

Kimmie said...

This is so pretty! See - you still have a well of creativity - you just need to drop a bucket in there once in a while and see what comes up :) .... I do hope you have some respite from that schedule soon though - it sounds tough!

iridescentdark said...

Your pictures are so lovely and rich with colour and texture! As for the wii, it's great, so enjoy using it! Baby steps is definately the way to go, because by the time you know it those baby steps have become a mile ;)

Rebecca said...

good for you! your photos are great!

Lisa said...

Hi! I ventured over here through OWOH and had to keep reading...I LOVE these cards!

And goodness, you sound busy. Don't worry - I'm a registered yoga teacher who isn't working and sometimes can only find the energy for 3 poses myself! Step by step, right? After all, it truly is about the journey.

Many blessings!

-Lisa

Sue Pieper said...

Love those crinkly shiny metallic layers-perfect for your cards~

Shirley said...

These colors are fantastic! I love the texture of the tissue and the metallics on black. I'm gonnna hafta get me some BLACK gesso!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Very beautiful.