Monday, April 16, 2012

The Joys of Swapping!

I have a friend in Virginia Beach that I have never met!  Veronica and I found each other through Blog Spot several years ago and have been art swapping buddies ever since.  We take turns setting a theme for the swap and then we give each other a couple of months to complete the challenge.  As artists, we have very different styles and yet we both come from a strong love of mixed media.  I learn so much from Veronica and the things she sends me.  

Her art is bright, lively, cheerful and generous.  I take something away from each and every piece.   In addition to sending me  awesome art pieces, Veronica is a supportive friend who is always willing to offer an ear when needed.

 I love swapping with my internet buddy and am grateful for the trick of fate that brought us together.
Thank you Veronica!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Coastal Retreat..........................

Okay, it's true.  I am retired.  So why is it, that this time of year still makes me think about vacations and get aways?  I feel the need to get out of dodge, rest, relax, and feel the ocean or lake between my toes.  Had a retiree given me this speech while I was still teaching full time, I would have listened politely but secretly chosen a view colorful phrases as I thought about how a retired person could possibly "need" a vacation!
I now have a different perspective.  Fearful of being bored and lonely when I first stopped working, I quickly found a number of volunteer opportunities that would insure continued interaction with the human race. In addition to running my art business, I volunteer for three separate organizations.  On top of that, are all of the typical events that arise when one is part of an extended family and I actually find myself having to schedule "studio" time to be sure I tend to my business.  
I'm not complaining about any of it.  I love my new life! I'm simply acknowledging that  even now I am busy and exhausted.  In short, I need a vacation; much like my two little baby bird friends above who have recently flown to the coast for a little r & r..............................