Monday, February 10, 2014

Birds On A Wire

It is very cold outside! It has been a roller coaster in Texas going from 70 degrees one day to 20 degrees the next. It is hard enough for us humans to cope, it seems, even though our homes can be adapted to heat or cold by the flip of a switch. So it always amazes me how the wildlife can cope, especially the birds who seem so fragile yet survive these drastic changes quite well. On my way to  meet a dear friend on a very cold night this past weekend, I snapped this photo as the sun was going down while I wondered how all these birdies could possibly stay warm - they seemed quite happy and I figured that it was because they were together. 
Stay warm!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Jane Davenport

I might be the last person on earth to discover the fabulous Jane Davenport. I had heard of her, but had never taken any of her classes. Recently, while visiting another artist's blog, I saw a link to one of her courses and followed it. The link took me to her blog on which she has a video depicting Jane art journaling. I was immediately mesmerized by her talent and ever since, I cannot get enough of watching her paint her beautiful faces. I have watched the videos available on YouTube, the ones available on her site (for free), and finally, gave in and signed up for one of her classes, Express Yourself. Although the class has not started, a couple of days ago, serendipity landed an email from Cloth, Paper, Scissors in my inbox trying to get me to buy one of their ebooks. The ebook, 'The Whimsical Face' was on sale for $5.99 and was taught by, you guessed it, none other than Jane Davenport.  Of course, I could not pass it up. It is 2 hours long and is so, so good. I painted this face while following along her instructions. She gives a lot of juicy tips, she is funny, always in a great mood, and so fun to watch. I highly recommend getting the book (through Interweave)!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tea time

I am one of those people that always has 10 projects going on. As if that was not enough, there are usually 10 more in my head that I want to start. Yes, I have an overactive brain. This can be a blessing (I get a lot done) and a curse (I have trouble turning it off and therefore sleeping). One of the few things that has helped me sleep consistently is drinking chamomile tea before bed (Note: sketching or crocheting before bed does the complete opposite!). After testing many brands, my favorite has been Organic India Honey Chamomile Tulsi Tea. I kid you not, immediately after drinking it, I start falling asleep. I have only been able to find it at Whole Foods. To my surprise, they recently stopped carrying this particular flavor. Today, when I complained, the young man that helped me suggested an alternative for me to try (while at the same time offering to special order the Tulsi tea). In spite all of my assurances that I would not like any other brand, I gave in and bought it. Well, I am in love with the tea he suggested! The one he selected for me is the Chamomile Lavender Paromi Tea.
It smells wonderfully and tastes delicious. A bonus? The tea bags come in a beautiful gray glass jar that I can use to store my brushes when I finish the 15 tea bags that are included. The real test, however, will be what kind of sleep I get tonight. I will let you know!