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When I started this blog, I intended to use it to help market our art. Of course, earning a living quickly got in the way. And my husband sits at the table and calmly says, “YOU need to find a way to sell our art online.” I just nodded. Inside I seethed. “I” need to find a way? I need to find ways to keep money coming in that don’t consume me. But, I agree. I love what we do and I do want to market it.

Right now, though, I am working on a book, which takes up a good deal of free time. I guess that means it isn’t free. I also have an Interior Design business, I teach yoga and strength training to seniors and I freelance for our local paper. Let’s not even talk about the stuff we do everyday, such as cooking.

Anyway, the point of that rant was that I am returning The Adventure of Art to just that. Just maybe I can start another blog or blogs on the things that also interest me. I hoped to do that here, but it didn’t work, and I need to focus. Imagine that!

Right now I am making leather flower bracelets for The League of Women Voters officers. It’s a great little commission and I know the ladies personally, so I’m quite happy to do it. Also, I was able to place some pieces with a gallery in Kayenta, a little red rock community between my home and St. George, Utah. The bracelets are similar to this one.leather flower bracelet

All that aside. It’s spring already in the desert. You should see my cactus blooming. And I’m itching to get out there and have a little adventure of my own. I guess that means a walk up the wash with the dogs. Not really a bad deal. Before long it will be too hot to even venture outside with the intent of spending any time there. I believe I posted a picture of the cactus blossoms, but just in case I didn’t, here’s one for you to enjoy.Cactus flowers 2

While I was looking for a picture, I came across this one I thought you might like too. These guys are wild burros and roam the desert. In 19 years, I have only seen this herd. They let me get quite close, but I was cautious. Burro

Back to art:

My question to you, readers is this: Do any of you use Etsy to sell your products? If so, how is that working for you? Or do you use Artfire? Same question. I know I need to get cracking on that along with all else I do. But I want to make the right choices. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Spring Has Sprung

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I know, I promised to share my adventure with learning WordPress, but I got distracted! I get distracted a lot. This time it’s a script treatment that caught my attention. I have the script written although it needs work, so I’m writing a treatment. Maybe someone will want it. It’s a murder mystery, which is no surprise. That seems to be my choice in novels these days. I don’t read often because once I start, I don’t stop until I finish the book. I love Lee Child!

So, my next project will be a new blog page about writing a book. That and the script are my major focus, but I must pause for Spring. It’s here. I live in the desert Southwest and the Laural bush is in full bloom and the cactus have multitudes of buds waiting to pop. I want to go to Death Valley and see the wild flowers. What a sight!

So, today was a clean the yard day, one of many to come. I hope you are all as lucky as I am where the weather is concerned, but I fear many of you have great adventures ahead. My prayers go out to all who will face flooding when the thaw hits. Blessings.

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Just look at that sunset!

A Little Detour

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I’ve been thinking that some of you might not understand how art can be an adventure or an adventure be art. Well, all of life is an adventure and putting it into art just makes it more interesting.

People tell me how busy I am. Well, of course, I know I’m busy, but you see, life is for living and if you’re not filling it up, then what is it for at all? Every day should be full of stuff–hopefully stuff that is creative and rewarding and fun. Even drudgery can be meditation. Even the dullest things can be fun.

For example, I have a quarter-acre of land (minus the house) to keep cleared of weeds. I don’t believe in using chemicals, so that means getting on my hands and knees and pulling out the little buggers before they turn to seed. Now, this is the desert, so an over abundance of weeds isn’t usually a problem, but we had a good deal of rain last year. That means all bets are off. So, I put on my sun protection, including a really ugly hat, grab up my kneeling pad and digger and go after the weeds. Nothing interferes and I find that I am at peace with the world. I watch ants working to bring in the harvest, lizards scurrying off to hide under a rock and the neighbors cat slinking along the fence. If we put seed out in the feeders, I am accompanied by a chorus of little finches fighting over the feed sock. 

All of this can be turned into art. I discovered that one of my cactus plants has at least 30 buds getting ready to burst into bloom. Have you ever seen the desert in bloom? It is magnificent. This plant is showing its spring blessings in fuscha. I also have red and yellow and purple blooming around the yard.

There is inspiration in the color, the texture, the form. Nature gives us all we need to be inspired. And we are all creative creatures that need to express ourselves, whether in words, song, paint, dance, craft or movement.

Adventure becomes art when it is carefully thought out and planned for and then executed with design and gratitude. It can be as simple as a picnic in the desert or a 10 day campout in Canyonlands (which we are doing in Sept.). Just take your creative nature along with you and see what happens. I will take my sketch pad, my camera and a beading project, but I don’t need to leave home for a creative fix. I can walk out my back door and there it is. I am surrounded by life and the adventure of living.

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This is just one of many cacti that bloom in the spring.