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Sketchbook Project: The Sage

I know, I know…its been forever since I’ve posted another page from the Sketchbook project that I’m doing. I’ve been a slacker.

Well…finally the creative bug got to me and I had to paint and collage last night. I wouldn’t stop until I had completed this piece. It’s been hanging out in my head for a while.

Since my topic for the sketchbook is “Boys & Girls”, I wanted to explore the different archetypes surrounding the two sexes. The sage figure has always been one that has intrigued me. At first, this composition was rather serious but when the butterflies alighted upon the page, I couldn’t help but think that every old man, every bearded wizard, was once a boy. A boy who was playful and curious and full of life. So in the end, as the piece evolved, it became a little playful, a tad nostalgic. As the ancient sage wanders the forest, he thinks back to the vibrancy of his youth…and the temptation of mischief.

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I hope to do another one this weekend…

Have a fabulous Friday!






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Sketchbook project – Day 1

I received my sketchbook in the mail a couple of days ago. A modest little thing but its blankness scared me. Today, I focused my energy and dug into working on it. Fear nearly overwhelmed me but as I sat quietly, sifting through my vintage papers, I discovered a wellspring of inspiration. I got into my “zone”.

That pesky little voice that tells me – “You can’t do this!” gets blocked out and my hands and eyes tell me where to place things. It’s a soothing feeling…trusting myself.  I should really do it more often.

Okay, so I documented some of the stages I went through…I question whether I did this to gather content for my blog or to procrastinate
…a bit of both, I suppose.

My theme for my sketchbook is – “boys and girls”.

The final first page…

Well…there it is. It’s a start right? I’m excited to keep going.

I couldn’t resist playing with this piece digitally too…

Hope to share another one soon!



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A little encouragement

Things are definitely changing for me.

Grace has started full-time school…leaving my day wide open…

Yikes…now what? Well…I’m taking a blogging course and have signed up for the Sketchbook project. I’m starting to blog for other people and Grace & Ivy sales are on the up and up. It’s a whirlwind of activity but I’m rolling with it and trying not to freak myself out. I’m so good at talking myself out of stuff. My sixth grade teacher said I was afraid of success. That’s a handy trait…

Why do we hold ourselves back? Why do we fear our own power, our own greatness? Maybe because when you get to the top you have to fight to stay there. That’s what makes me shake in my boots. I’m not much of a fighter. At least I don’t think I am…

Today I’m gonna read this over and over:

And hope to believe in what I can do…

How do you deal with your own fears?

Be brave, friends.


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