Sunday, June 21, 2009


My wife said, "What do you want to do today?" After church the rest of the day was mine. So what to do? I could catch up on my online work, I could do some artwork, I could take a much needed nap or read a book, etc. So what did I decide to do? I mowed the lawn because it has been raining so much lately and today was one of the first days it hasn't rained. I wasn't alone, I heard a few other lawn mowers humming too. And I did a little art. Yay the longest day of the year! Cows are mooing, fireflies are lighting up, and I got some artwork done.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Grounds For Sculpture

I forgot to mention that the fam and I went to Grounds For Sculpture down in Hamilton NJ a few weekends ago. It was great! It wasn't too far of a drive either. Peacocks wander about the property as you meander through the landscaped grounds full of different sculptures of various sizes, colors, shapes, and styles. My daughter liked it so much she said she wanted to come back before we even left the parking lot. I liked the fact that she was able to touch many of the sculptures, so we didn't have to walk through there telling her "Don't touch that!" every two minutes. It was their anniversary celebration, so they had dancing and free ice cream and cupcakes. They were also having artist's tours, where one of the artists who has a sculpture on the grounds discusses their art. A good time was had by all. If you go be prepared to spend a lot of time walking outside, though they do have indoor exhibits as well. There are also two dining areas: one is a restaurant, the other a cafe, priced accordingly. It cost $10 per person to get in, and my daughter was free. But if you have a Bank of America card and you go the first weekend of the month, you get in free. You can read more about it (and see pictures) at my wife's blog, Super Savvy Spender. The link: and read June 8.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Back in the Zone

I got some artwork done, which is great. At first it felt a little mechanical, but then my creative zone kicked in and I was able to start drawing freely. Now I notice that even if I only have a moment to draw, the creative zone kicks in faster. I can enter in and draw without having to warm up, and the piece will look as though it may have been completed in a few sittings rather than the long time it is taking for it to be created.

The Wild Kingdom continues...
This week I saw a baby fox in our yard.

At first it was at the back of the yard, gnawing on a bone, presumably something it had killed. Then it wandered about, nibbling on things crawling about in the grass that I couldn't see. I stood still and took pictures of it. It came closer and closer until it was only 10 feet away, and that's when I got this picture:

It looked up when it heard the camera click. I moved, and it scampered away. When I looked out the window later on, it was still in the yard but further away.

And every night we can hear the cows across the street mooing. Even with the doors and windows closed, you can hear them pretty well.

I'm almost halfway done with writing my book, yay! I hope you will read it. It's about how a creative person can connect to God through quiet time and so much more than that.

Also, I wanted to include some pictures of the last two scarves I had loom knitted for two dear friends: