Saturday, August 31, 2013

Will Run For Color!

Color Run 2013!
I ran this 5K for two reasons:

One:  because I am highly motivated by color when I paint and what better way to start my 30 day paint challenge then with the Color Run!
Two: because many illnesses are associated with a color so I ran in honor of the amazing people who have influenced my life and courageously fought for their health.  Some battles won, some lost.. but all left an impact that will never be forgotten.

PS.. on our drive home through Hightstown, NJ we stumbled on the most wonderful breakfast café called Roasting Post Coffee at 124 N Main Street, Hightstown.  I had the best.. and I mean THE BEST latte  served in a wonderful large fiesta ware mugs.  Was it the run? The need for coffee? or the great conversation with girlfriends?  But, this along with the kalamata olive/feta omelette was pure pleasure.

Friday, August 30, 2013

30 in 30 Challenge starts Sunday September 1st!

Thank you for joining me here on my 30 in 30 challenge journey.  September always seems to be a natural time to make 'New Years' resolutions with my children off to school and more time to spend in the studio.  A personal goal of mine is to find more harmony in my daily studio routine.   I am sure some of you can relate to the fear of the blank canvas.  I want to overcome my fear and have some fun doing it.  Not every painting will be a winner.  Some may be just studies for future paintings.  I hope I inspire you to do the same.... whatever you do, just create... make the mark... meditate on the beauty of it!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Series of Fortunate Events...

I love to drive on long road trips.. call me crazy.. but I do.  Maybe it's because you never know what surprises lie ahead. Or maybe it's being disconnected from all interruptions, decisions and choices. A recent trip took me through Kentucky on my way to Florida.  As I am driving through Kentucky I remembered a favorite artist I follow, Dreama Tolle Perry, who lives in Paris, KY. ( I always loved the way she hesitated after saying Paris on her blog radio show so for just an instant you thought France was rolling off her tongue next but beautiful Kentucky is home to Dreama)  So I looked up Paris, KY on my iPhone and found myself just 30 miles from Dreama!  hum... the nudges that come in the silence of driving.   So I sent Dreama a quick shout out on Facebook that I was waving hello from 75 South. 
Then humming along south off exit 77 I stopped at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea where I found this magical ring created by Rob Weingartner made from sterling silver with a Petoskey stone.  I'll talk about Petoskey stones in another post.. but I absolutely love them! They are naive to northern Michigan a place I hold dear to my heart.  If you find yourself near exit 77 you MUST stop at the Artisan Center!  It houses over 650 exhibits of Kentucky's finest artisans. There is a great café to complete the experience.  
Petoskey stone ring hand crafted by Rob Weingartner
Silversmith, Artist & Jewelry Designer

If you have the time... take a drive through the artisan town of Berea, KY.  Here is a great map.  My head was twirling side to side as I drove past streets filled with weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors and musicians.  

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