What I did on Christmas Vacation…

It’s hard to believe Christmas is over. It went by so fast, with a rush of travel, my son’s wedding, visiting with family and SNOW. Lots of SNOW. I went to Seattle and was there for one of the worst snowstorms in the last decade. It snowed almost everyday that we were there. We learned that for the whole Seattle area they have a total of 27 snow plows. We actually only saw two the whole time we were there and we were on the road a good portion of that time. It was so pretty though. Sadly, it did keep us from getting to see much of our family. Which meant that family members were missing from the wedding. Everyone pulled together though and it came off nicely despite the weather and rush to get things done. It was a very small affair, with only close family and friends. They are off for a short honeymoon and then Christopher will be back to finish his training for a few more weeks. We still don’t know where he will be stationed, but are comforted that he will have his lovely new bride to bring comfort to him. He has officially left the nest to build one of his own. I am happy for him, but also sad that it went by so quickly. Everyone tells you it will, from the time they are little babies and it is true. Between waiting endlessly at the airport with all of the other desperate passengers, waiting to get to their Christmas destinations, I spent many hours buried in my journal. I also bought Susan Tuttle’s new book, ‘Exhibition 36’. It is amazing! I highly recommend it. I mostly used my new Pitt Pens on this trip, but I did finish a couple of pages in celebration of my feature in Somerset’s ‘Art Journaling’, loading those up with color. I actually used bits and pieces from the pdf proof, layering them with paint and doodles. Taking your journal with you turns travel nightmares into cherished creative time. You don’t even feel guilty because there is literally NOTHING else you need to do!
So don’t forget to take it with you everywhere. you just never know when you will need it.

Cover Art

My husband has finished his first novel!!! Much happy dancing going on around here! He is now in search of an agent and had asked me to do a piece of cover art for him, along the lines of ‘A Silver Ring’ which was published in Somerset in May. His novel is loosely based on his Uncle that is portrayed in this heroes inspired work. The book has the same title. He really liked what I came up with and I’m hopeful that it will help his submissions to stand out a bit. It can be long process at this stage, so we will sit with fingers crossed. I also wanted to show you a couple of extreme journal pages that I did. These were done while waiting in an airport and I only used things found there, napkins, ticket stubs, newspaper, drawing things around me, and the background is stained with Starbucks coffee! I always carry, a gluestick, charcoal, black pigma pen, white gel pen, and water soluble crayon with a brush that holds water in the handle. All of these pass through security just fine. This is a great way to challenge yourself to be creative. So my friends, go and stretch your mind for a bit of creative exercise!