topiary cats

topiary cats

Monday, January 31, 2011

I Love Oil Paint

(Not shown: 4 more tubes in transit from Blick.)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 28

Last day!  :)
Joy today is having all my dishes and clothes clean!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 27

Joy today was a nice day out with friends at the museum of natural history.  I love it there.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 26

Joy...my Daniel Gerhartz dvd arrived!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 25

We got a lot of snow, and I am working from home.  School is also closed.  Joy today is being able to stay home and drink tea all day.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 24

Joy is more snow!  What a great winter.  :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 23

Joy today is getting LOTS of stuff done and feeling accomplished- cat went to the vet, Daya went to the dentist, and we went to see a movie with friends after wards.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 22

Joy today is my Oily Girls over at WetCanvas.  It's wonderful  to have such caring, supportive, intelligent, and talented friends.

I'm working on a neverending painting... well, I hope it ends!! I have to get through the tedious part... here is a detail  sneak-preview!  (ignore the background; it is blacked out on purpose)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 21

Joy today is painting. (again)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 20

My friend and I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese today.  My daughter loves it there- me, not so much.  But she had fun.

Joy today was LEAVING and going home!

The 2010 Portrait Exchange

Back in November I did a drawing and painting of Dave- my portrait swap partner.  He is a wonderful gentleman from Wales, with a great face. 




I mailed Dave's portrait out this past Tuesday morning via regular airmail- I was shocked when Dave sent me a note early Friday morning that it had already arrived!!


Here is a pic of the lovely painting and drawing I got from Dave!  (Images posted with permission.)


Thanks Dave for being such an awesome portrait swap partner!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 19

Joy today is FRIDAY!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 18

Joy today is oil paint.  I finally spent some time at the easel for the first time this year.  :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 17

Joy today is Tylenol, because my head and shoulders really hurt a lot...a hot shower didn't fix it, but the Tylenol is working.  So I am glad it is here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 16

Joy today is getting my driver's license renewed.  Now that might seem an odd thing to be a joy- but since I was told growing up that I wouldn't be able to drive due to my wonky eyes, it's a big deal to me.  Even the trip to the DMV was painless and relatively fast.

I think the eye dr I had as a teen wasn't a particularly good one-  since he might have contributed to the no driving thing.  He also told me once that I have no peripheral vision, which is completely wrong.  My vision field is, as my eye dr today said, textbook perfect.  And he would know, since I have to take a visual field test every year.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 15

Joy today is a whole entire day to not have to do anything, go anywhere, run any errands, or take my daughter out,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 14

Joy today is unexpected alone time while my daughter is at a no-parents birthday party!  And even better, her friend is also vegetarian!  It's good for her to have peer support.   :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 13

Joy is getting my portrait swap painting in the mail!!!  Almost a month and a half after it was sent- we thought it was lost in the mail and I was very sad. I painted Dave, and Dave painted me!  Picture later.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 12

Joy is a hot bath with grapefruit lemon soap.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 11

Joy today is evening silence.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 10

Joy today is good friends.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 9

Snow!!
I don't have to drive in it, I don't have to shovel it.  Joy.  :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 8

I am feeling joyful today about the snowstorm that is coming tomorrow night!!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Day 7

Joy today is an absolutely perfect cup of looseleaf organic assam tea.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Day 6

Joy today is a relaxing day.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Day 5

Joy today is having finished all the tasks I had to do at the office this week, with nothing hanging over me this weekend.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Day 4

Joy today is reading a good book.  :)

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Day 3

Joy today is a warm furry purring kitty cat.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Day 2

Joy today is making and decorating gingerbread cookies with my daughter!  They didn't come out as good as the ones my friend Jane gave us, so I'll have to make them again to perfect the recipe.  :)


Monday, January 03, 2011

Day 1

Today was my official start of Soul Coaching. This is my third year going through the program and it really is wonderful. Like last year, I will keep my joy journal online this time around.

My joy for today is unexpected gifts. Today was the first day back at work after the holidays. It is well-known in the office that i love my tea, and I am always sharing tea with those who sit around me. My co-worker went to Disney World over the break. He went into a tea shop and saw a box of green tea with different flavorings. He said he thought of me and got me a box! Wasn't that nice?

2011

Well, it is the start of yet another new year. As always, I set intentions rather than resolutions.

Here are my intentions:
*Drink a lot of tea
*Go through my Portrait Painting Atelier book
*Artistic focus: direct layered paintings, portraiture and plein air. Last year I completed 74 paintings!! It is time to slow down and start applying all that practice to longer, more finished works.
*Go through the Soul Coaching program again.
*Change my name back (finally!!)
*A secret intention that i am not announcing publicly until it is concrete