December 4th, 2007

Today was busy, busy. Trying to ship art out this time of year is nutty! Everyone is sending out gifts or buy gifts and it feels super hectic every where. I also worked on putting together and figuring out a new mat cutting device I got recently, did a little bit of picking up, matted and framed a print, wrote some emails, prepped some new panels, and put two coats of matte varnish on the Subway Stories piece I was working on during Art Every Day Month. The pic isn't fantastic, but I can't scan it til it's completely dry. Here it is anyways. I'm calling it "South Station" and it's 1o"x10" with paper collage, ink and acrylic on panel.

I made a small change on the blog that I wanted to point out. I've made a new "page" on the blog for links. I realized my link list is not only not current with all the blogs I read (I use Bloglines to keep track of the far too many blogs that I keep track of), but it's also so long that it goes on way past the point of posts. So, I made a page which has a link called, "Links" (creative genius there, I know) up near the top of my sidebar. I've put a list of links there that used to be on the sidebar and I've also kept the list of the 2007 Art Every Day Month participants up there. I'd love for the link list to be organized in a different fashion, but it'll do for now.

So, I know I tend to slow down in the art production department after Art Every Day Month, but as many of you discovered, it is indeed a challenge to make and post something every day and I usually need a little break afterwards, not a long break mind you, but a break still. I can tell you that over the weekend, I enjoyed the luxury of lounging on the couch and reading a novel (which I haven't done much of lately) and it was wonderful. Sometimes, when you're doing a lot of output, it's good to take some time to fill the well. I've also done a little doodling in my sketchbook. Last night, I drew the girl in the scarf and the phoenix-like bird. And tonight while I waited for gesso to dry, I pulled out markers I'd bought for a photo album and drew a silly sketch of the cat on the bed with me at the time. It was fun to just play. 

I've been a bit anti-social in the last couple weeks (Thanksgiving gave me people overload) and I'm feeling the need to push myself out into society a little bit. Holing up like a bear during winter isn't good for me for very long. Even just going to the post office today was good for me. I'm also really needing to get my butt back in gear with some exercising. As unmotivated as I can feel about getting moving when the world gets colder and darker,  working to keep my winter blues to a minimum is so much better for my mind, body and soul. Self-care-city, here I come!

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I really love South Station. I like all of the elements of it. xoxo Nita

I get winter blues too – and I live where it’s SUNNY! I don’t know what it is – yesterday we went out and it felt good. I swear if I didn’t have kids I would be a recluse. LOL. Glad to know you are taking care of yourself. Me too.

Hey Darlin’, LOVE, love, LoVe the South Station. When you showed a sneak peak of it a few days ago I was so intrigued by it. It is great, truly! Keep on keepin’ on and don’t beat yourself up about your seasonal disorder. it is what it is.


Good morning Leah! As a small token of my gratitude to you for giving me a good, swift kick in the ^#$%# . . . . I received the Spirit of Christmas award this morning and now I am pleased to pass the award on to you (along with a few other special friends in blog land!). You really have given me so much over the past few weeks, and I truly appreciate your AEDM project. So . . . . take a peek at my blog, follow the link, and pass on the love! Take care of yourself and enjoy the holidays! Nina

I think winter blues hits everyone in a different way…keeping your head positive I think is the hardest battle…LOVE your south station piece…very cool!!!!
of course your cat sketch is adorable….
thanks for sharing it all…..be well!!!

Yeah, I really feel ya on the Self-care express. Everything here has been so crazy because of finals, I haven’t had a chance to do much of anything but stay up till four a.m. writing and re-writing papers. Thankfully, after today, when I turn in my last portfolio, I’ll be able to get my butt in gear. Its too bad we don’t live closer. It would be nice to have an exercise buddy.

p.s. I’m soooo diggin’ your illustrations lately! And the sketch of the phoenix is amazing. I have a special affinity for phoenixes. (I have a phoenix tattoo I got when I was 19).

p.s.s. What novel did you read?

(hearts and snowflakes) Sarah (Aka Bodhi)

Hi Leah! Thanks for stopping by whilst I have been absent from blogland, I appreciated your kind thoughts and comments :-)
I am almost back to my ‘normal’ self and fully recovered from recent events thanks.

I see you have been super busy creatively… I feel ashamed at my apathy which I hope to rectify. Perhaps C.Everyday 2008 will be an incentive.
Take good care of yourself. Hugs.

I stand in awe of folks who can “doodle” like this in their sketch books. I keep buying them and nothing keeps happening. I LOVE your sketches. And your cat. What a lovely kitty. =]

I love your work. I LOVE your sketch book sketches. Especially your kitty. Was that done with pencil or colored pens?
I too feel like a little break from doing something daily. It gets overwhelming trying to complete something daily but I am thinking about what I want to do and how. You are right about needing to fill up now and then too. Enjoyed your post..makes me feel like I am not alone in my feelings.

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