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Simple Sketching

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
This week I kept it simple with my sketchbook and only did one little page and a little somethign to send off to a friend. It would be really easy to say I failed only getting so little in, but really, I did it, so why declare it as a fail?!




Sketchbook Bits

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.

Emmet Fox


First, my cousin posted something on FB a wee bit ago that got me thinking about how we treat one another. We have so many reasons that back up our distastful actions and it's sad. Without going into all the details of it I share with you the results of my thoughts. We need to see larger and give love, that's all there is to it.
Another little watercolour page. Just playing around since I'm WAY out of the habit of sketching at all again and need to get back into it.
And lastly a birthday present for a friend who loves books as much as I do. Apparently she loves it too much to toss it between book pages and is geting it framed, as long as she loves it I can't complain.


Mail Call – Catherine Style

Catherine - Fish

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

~C.S. Lewis

The last time I blogged I wrote a post about good old school mail, the kind you have to slap a stamp on and throw in the post box and wait for it to get to it’s final destination.  I love opening my little box in the post office entrance and seeing things that I didn’t order (though I do love those too).  I don’t recall if I put a call out for someone or if I had two people just say they were in the same boat but shortly after that I had two gals I was going to be sending things to monthly.  The first petered off quickly the second has become a highlight.

For nearly three years now my friend Catherine Constance and I have been sending mail back and forth monthly, we say the 15th, but there have been times I haven’t been as diligent as I should have been, or times when life just takes hold.  There have been moments when things have gotten lost in the post, or times we’ve sent things off late.  Our friendship has grown and our ebb and flow of sending things off is perfectly imperfect because, at least on my end, they tend to come on days I need a splash of colour, fun, and to know someone is thinking of me.

Catherine - hedgehog

This month I got a summery fish card in the mail and this brilliant little hedgehog totem.  They came yesterday, and as I drove from the city back home knowing one class in my arsenal this year was a no go I kept thinking on the envelope that I had removed from the post box and tucked into my son’s backpack and forgotten about for a moment.  I hadn’t had the time to open it up before I left the house but it turns out I needed something to make me smile when I got home.

Catherine has such a way with watercolours and the characters she breaths life into are just heartwarming and vibrant.  My friend is working her tail off to get some children’s book ideas out there and is not just writing them, but illustrating them and I can’t wait to get my dirty, painted little hands on them when it all happens.

Each and every day I am reminded that I have got some pretty amazing friends, local, distance, and online ones.  Thank you to every single one of you for adding sunshine to my life.  And Catherine, thanks for the lovely art again this month, I love both!