Sometimes life just gets in the way. I’ve been traveling lots. As the designated family caregiver I’m available to jump in the car or get on a plane in a matter of minuets sometimes. I’m finally able to start doing the art I love and finding new inspiration all around me.
One of my daughters has had 4 surgeries in the last 14 months or so and moved from Maryland to the Gulf Coast in the middle. I have fun helping her and her family out during her recovery. It is really nice to spend time with my grand kids and get to know my son-in-law better. I love traveling so jumping on a plane is a plus also. Back home another daughter is helping out as a second family caregiver. This has made my life and stress levels so much easier. I no longer have to worry about the family back home when I’m gone, I know she’s got it covered . I love being able to do this for my family but it leaves very little time for my passion art, or for sleep.
One of the things I love about traveling is I get inspiration for art pieces all around me. I’m seeing new things, visiting parts of the country I’ve never been to, and tasting regional food. I try to immerse myself into the area as soon as possible. The Gulf Coast is beautiful. I’m used to pacific coast beaches. The Gulf Coast beaches have gentle sand dunes with tall grass that sways so delicately in the wind. There are hermit crabs scurrying along the water line. I’ve never seen a hermit crab in the wild before, only the pet store variety. The hermit crabs are so active when they are at the beach. The kids and I each picked a hermit crab and we had races, who’s crab would get out of the circle we drew in the sand first.
The swamps and alligators are also fascinating. I’ve never seen an actual swamp before. My hubby got to join me on one of my visits during my daughters move. We took the opportunity to go on a swamp and alligator tour, we had the best time. I’m currently brainstorming my next mixed media piece using the Gulf Coast as inspiration. Will it be a hermit crab, a beach scene or possibly an alligator? Who knows?
Tip of the day: Look at your surroundings with fresh eyes. You can find the inspiration for your art all around you. My trip to the Gulf Coast inspired a fun ocean piece.
Everything is calming down, please oh please family, nobody fall and break anything. I want to wrap everyone in bubble wrap. I’ve not been able to focus still on my website, creating downloadable tutorials, and getting ready to hit the ground running. Thank you for your patience. I promise its going to be fantastic!
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