Hello (o: I’ve been busy, busy, busy lately. Where to start? Maybe with what’s on my easel at the moment. I can’t wait to finish this painting. It’s been sitting idle for a few weeks now and I’m going to aim to finish it tomorrow.
It’s been a busy past week or so here with Flynn coming down with Tonsillitis last week and then just this week when I thought he was better he had an odd day on Monday where he was grizzly and clingy and ended up throwing up late in the afternoon. Poor lil munchkin. He was back to normal surprisingly yesterday and full of his gorgeous expression and current chatter. He’s really changed over the past couple of weeks and has become this curious, cheeky, confident, happy little chatterbox.
We also enjoyed a lovely visit from Michael’s folks late last week as they were visiting from Tasmania. They stayed with us until Monday which was just lovely. Us and the boys love having Nan and Poppy come to stay and they were both by their sides or on their laps the whole time. Tully has now expanded his vocabulary with various truck model names that he’s been pointing out in the trucking magazine that Poppy left for him. It seems we were enjoying their company too much though as we forgot to take photos again! Here is an old one of Tully with Nan that I just love!
I’ve been keeping busy with daily drawing exercises as I work through The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Designs. I’m loving it!
It’s hands on, expressive, creative, fun, inspiring and full of tips and information for me to learn.
It shares stories and interviews with practicing Surface Pattern Designers, sources to draw inspiration from, drawing techniques, techniques to create patterns, and the all important technical skills to turn my illustrations into patterns on the computer for licensing and production.
Now the link I wanted to share with you today has nothing to do with Art. It’s rather to do with health and nutrition. Over the past 15 or so years I’ve suffered terribly with digestion and back in about 2004 was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. At that point in time I felt it was a diagnosis to conclude that they really didn’t know the cause of my symptoms which included; bloating, constipation, stomach pains and more. Yes not a very fun topic to discuss, but it’s actually very common. I was informed that the cause of my troubles was most likely stress and in my case emotional stress. My tummy troubles have improved a lot over the years with more awareness of diet and what I can and can’t eat, as well as some life style changes to enable me to be less stressed and lead a calmer, happier life. I regularly enjoy long walks out in the open, I love and really feel so much clearer, calmer and more centered with my practice of Yoga, I meditate when I remember to (I used to enjoy this more prior to having our lil boys and really need to get back to this daily practice), and more recently I left my career as an Architect (the biggest and hardest decision of my life) to focus on building a new life and career as an Artist.
Just recently a beautiful friend of mine shared some really interesting new information for me on FODMAPS. I hadn’t heard of this before this week but was very intrigued. It is a diet that follows a process of elimination to establish what foods cause IBS symptoms and how some foods cause fermentation in the gut. I’m still working my way through the information and learning about this but it certainly makes some sense and might be worth me considering. It’s very timely as I went to see my Naturopath last week to discuss all sorts of things including; digestion, lactose intolerance, hormone changes and overall health. For this month I am to eliminate all dairy from my diet. This is to establish if I’m actually lactose intolerant as I’ve been told for many years, or rather dairy intolerant. In my next session I will be asking her all about FODMAPS though too. I hope this brings some awareness for any of you that may suffer from digestive issues.
Another link for you today is to a gorgeous online friend Lori Moon and her creative art blog. This is for all of you creatives that love a challenge. Lori is currently hosting a May Flower Challenge. So if you love flowers like I do, pop over for a read and join in the creative fun! I hope to get involved in this next week as it’s always great to take time out to observe and draw inspiration from flowers. Flowers are colourful, beautiful, and full of geometric patterns and details. Perfect inspiration for a creative challenge. Here are some other creative friends that are participating in Lori’s Flower Challenge; Deborah Velasquez and Julie Hamilton.
A rather long post today. But, I hope you’ve enjoyed the little update on what I’ve been working on and also enjoyed the health links. I’ve also added some more images of completed paintings to the “Paintings” link here at the top of this page. I’m slowly adding images of my art for you all to see (o: