Inspiral Me

I’m happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.

Well, I had a little fun today, and it made me feel like a kid again!

I had some big ideas for art projects that I wanted to do, on Adobe Illustrator, and I couldn’t seem to get it together. So… I found some of those printable coloring pages that you can download and print from the internet.

This page is actually called Inspiraled and it’s by Crayola. After recreating the pattern in Illustrator, using image trace, I spent a few hours coloring it in… digitally. I added an effect once I was done, and it looks a bit like a wet stained glass window.

I guess you could call it “Colors for a Rainy Day.”


Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share. Maybe it will inspiral someone else. Ha-Ha! You never know! Next on my agenda is finishing my short story, Franky with a “Y.” I hope to be back with that soon!

In the meantime, be kind to your inner child!

When you have an ancient heart and childlike spirit you must feel deeply yet go lightly. The sea carries secrets yet still moves freely.

Victoria Erickson

Having a Vision

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Japanese proverb

My new laptop is working great, but the screen is VERY small. My little old eyes (that need cheater glasses) were not too thrilled with the size. So… I decided to get creative, and I’m using an old television as a monitor, and it is REALLY big. Boy do I have vision NOW. Ha! I’m exaggerating, I must confess, but it’s larger than any of my laptops have ever been. I was really able to zoom in and see some of the tiny details in my flower tonight.

I guess that’s what having a vision is all about; being able to see, or at least imagine, what it is that you’re working on, or going after. I think the first half of my life was a whole lot of action without vision. Like the hamster on the wheel, or a dog chasing its tail… just thoughtless, repetitive motion. And boy what a nightmare it became!

Sobriety was a gift (thank you God!). It really opened up my eyes and gave me clarity. My vision about the future can be clouded sometimes, and I definitely daydream, but I can see my feet, and the path that they are on, VERY clearly. And all I can say is… Oh, what a beautiful road it is!


The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

helen keller

Bloom of Love

The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.

Unknown

It’s after midnight, but I had to get an image in for RDP Saturday: Image. Another rose from one of my quarantine walks.

Good Night, and a Happy Sunday to You!

Faith to Fly

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranath Tagore

Another recycled image today! I had forgotten about my “feather close-ups” that I wanted to dig into some months ago. When I saw the Ragtag Daily Prompt: Abstract in Black and White I went searching and found one that I had done, and I re-did it. I like it! Feathers are so beautiful.

Last night I had my new student orientation. I was SO glad it was on Zoom because I felt so bad. What are the odds of that!? Anyway, today I ordered my books, and Monday is my first day EVER attending a University. How exciting! I think I’m a little nervous. Even if it is virtual for now. Anyway, I’m looking forward to starting this new chapter, and I have faith that the journey will be fulfilling and rewarding.

That’s about all for now.
Peace & Love!!
—Janet

Deliberate Ascent

blossom

Change is inevitable, Personal growth is a choice.
—Bob Proctor

Image from the Backyard

City Lines

dark city sky

City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
—Henry David Thoreau

sunset city sky

I took some additional photographs of the sunset a few nights ago (pictured in Mesmerized) and I liked this one because of all the utility lines. I like how they added interest to the sky… sort of City meets Sunset.

With my new photo editor, I have so many styles and effects to choose from that I’m having a hard time making up my mind on anything! I thought these two versions were a great display of opposites—light and dark, sad and happy, gloomy and bright.

I think the message here is that those lines in the sky are a symbol—or at least they used to be when we actually used wired phones! For me… they send a message… Stay Connected!


I also wanted to say something about my last post – The Quarantine Project. The featured image was actually made from Broccoli leaves. We have a wild, overgrown Broccoli plant in our garden that is so large it reminds me of Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. If you look close at the background you can see the outline of some of the leaves. I can’t believe I forgot to mention that! I thought I’d add it to my Garden Art. 🙂

Thank you for reading! Blessings…
—Janet