Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Gone Fishing - S. McFadden c.2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Bloom True #2 - S. McFadden 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Moving into the New Year...

My surprise Christmas gift this year from my DH was an UP fitness wristband. I thought, "Oh gesh.... another techni thingy I have to learn"! Well, I downloaded the APP on my phone, charged this little computer up and got moving! I'll warn you it is addictive. I'm pretty active but very encouraging to see the amount of steps one makes in one day and how long you sleep and the quality of your sleep! Much much more to it than I'm using yet but during the winter months the half hour inactivity 'vibrate' gets me off my butt. That in and of itself is worth it! Anyone else out there using UP or another fitness band?


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Winter Road - S. McFadden 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Good reading......

I just finished reading Laurie R. King's book The Beekeeper's Apprentice, the first in her Mary Russell mysteries. I've always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and in this book Mary Russel meets Sherlock by chance and finds herself as his apprentice and then fellow detective! It is set in 1915, right after world war one. Sherlock has retired to the countryside to raise bees and Mary is an awkward young teenager living with her Aunt on her inherited farm. I hadn't read a mystery in some time and it did not disappoint! Of course there is the feminist twist in this story with Holmes as the side kick. Very clever adaptation! An excerpt can be read here: .excerpt from The Beekeeper's Apprentice

I may have not created much over the past year but I sure did enjoy a few good reads and started a local bookclub through facebook. I had the unexpected joy of becoming reacquainted with an old childhood friend. In all this scrambling and confusion about where I should head with my art life I have come up for air and reconnected with life. Perhaps that is more important!

Here are a few more titles if you are so inclined:

The Museum of Extraordinary Things - Alice Hoffman
Sing In the Morning, Cry at Night - Barbara J. Taylor
The Atlantis Gene - A Thriller
The Invention of Wings, - Sue Monk Kid
The Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Under the Wide and Starry Sky - Nancy Horan
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
11/22/63 - Stephen King
And the Mountains Echoed - Khalid hosseini
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
The Afterlife of Billy Fingers - Annie Kagan

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year! Don't you just love the idea of a new beginning! I am sooo ready! I love the holidays but by the end of it at New Years I am busting out of the seams to create! Late last fall I came across 'n' Studio by artist Nathalie Kalbach. In January she put up 25 videos called Creative Jumpstart 2015 (one almost everyday) to learn new creative techniques from herself and other artists using Liquitex products. Wow wee! The first two days were great and all 25 videos for the affordable cost of $25.00! Liquitex offers drawings for free supplies if you leave comments on announced days, usually Mondays. A few Mondays are off days to catch up on previous videos. I believe the ten minute videos will be available through November 2015. I came across this group of classes through Natalya Aikens blog. She is one of the featured artists who works in fabric collage. The emphasis on Creative Jumpstart 2015 is art and craft oriented.
Click on 'n' studio above and get started!
Nathalie Kalbach painting

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Taking the 180 view!