Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hines Drive Photo Shoot With Carl

Wow.  I can't believe it has been so long since I've blogged.  Life feels like a speeding roller coaster right now.  We are in the countdown weeks until Shelby's graduation, I started a new job, and every time there is a break in the cold, weird, rainy weather we've been experiencing this spring, we try to get a little more of the lawn mowed!  As of today we still do not have our lawn completely mowed for the first time this spring!

However, on one of those lovely spring days we were allowed, the stars and planets came into alignment!  Carl came into town from Santa Fe, I had the day off, and there was sunshine!  Hines Park here we come!  The lovely hike was followed by a yummy lunch with our friend Barb and my daughter Shelby (yes, I made her skip school so she could see Carl).

Here are some of my photos from that lovely day...

A close up of Elm bark

For some reason this graffiti didn't offend me

My friend Carl Schuman, Santa Fe artist

These next two pictures were pretty exciting for me as I had never seen a jack-in-the-pulpit in the wild!

This plant starts life male. After 2 years, or longer in poor soil, it turns female, flowers and bears seed. If the plant receives a shock, it may turn back male again.  Isn't that crazy?!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bear with me please...

Where did April go?  It is May 3rd and I am amazed that it has been over 3 weeks since I last posted on my blog.  I was hoping to post on a new project I was working on that eventually got scrapped.  It's now on a shelf waiting to be picked up again when I have the courage to face all the "wasted" hours I poured into the idea.  I know I said scrapped...but I have found that usually the things I think are failures end up becoming favorites.  I just need a little time to regroup.

In the meantime I have started a new job.  As the overtime at the fire department has dried up and summer is approaching - meaning no college classes to teach - and the fact that we shall have two children in college this fall, I have taken on a job to take stress off of my husband.  Granted, it is only part time, but the schedule is highly flexible and the coworkers are friendly!  I was delighted tonight after my 2nd day on the job that I feel comfortable.  The training is challenging, the memorization requires a lot of homework, and the procedures are detailed, but it is fun!  I love meeting and working with the many women that come through our doors each day.  Figured it out yet?  It's Curves!

Anyway, until I get the training out of the way, I will not be posting as frequently as I have in the past.  Please be patient.  I still plan on committing time to my artwork, it's just that with a high school graduation and party around the corner, a garden to plant, and a job to work, my posts will be a bit fewer and farther between.   I hope to submit the occasional Illustration Friday as well...Thanks for hanging in there.