Focusing is difficult these days. I find myself spending a lot of time making these sort of lone characters having quiet moments in broader brushstrokes. Its become my meditation practice and keeps me from overthinking everything. Or maybe it gives me space to think. I dunno, I may need to think about that.
It’s a good week for confetti!
This is based on an old cat named Willow. She was a pretty great cat, and kept our house free of mice and moles. When my nephew was born, we discovered she didn’t like children. So she ended up on a farm with a nice couple that didn’t have kids, and lots of mice. In a way, I’m glad she left us, because I never had to see her grow old and die. Even though she probably passed years ago, she’s still on a farm somewhere in my mind.
Drawing has become more of a relaxation tool for me these days. I’m having fun with it, and its been a bit of a journey for me in trying out some new things, loosening my grip, and still seeing myself in the work. I find myself looking at some of my old art and thinking “but do I want to do that 500 times?” And that question helps me simplify the process quite a bit. it also helps me be more mindful and intentional in my mark-making.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Oh wait, it’s new YEAR? Well, don’t tell Mr. Bear. He put on his party hat for the occasion and told all his bear friends this was all for him.
Merry Christmas, everyone. Whether you celebrate this holiday of not, I hope you are healthy, happy, and feeling loved at this time.
Last night was chilly. I sat downstairs and watched TV under a blanket I made. Even though I was dressed warmly, the blanket made a huge difference between my being cold and my being comfortable.
Then it was time to go to bed, and I thought “OH MY GOODNESS IT IS FREEZING IN HERE” And I grabbed an extra blanket from the closet and within minutes, I felt better. What a difference one blanket makes…
This year, so many people lost their jobs. It’s hard to work when your job isn’t available because of social distancing. With so many expenses, there are lots of different places to donate that help people who are experiencing a need for food, clothing, warmth, and shelters.
Today I’d like to highlight some of the places that you can donate blankets to, because what a difference one blanket makes in staying warm during this cold season. If you’re like me, you may feel like you want to do something to help, but feel overwhelmed by possibilities. For me, a blanket is comforting on so many levels, I want everyone to feel that warmth and comfort of a well-made blanket. You can check out some of the big sites like United Way, Red Cross, Salvation Army, for donation procedures, but if you’re like me, you may want to find smaller places that are accepting actual blankets, not just money.
Some places that are currently accepting blankets
If you want to make your own blanket for donating, consider
Please share links in the comments to your favorite place to donate blankets or if you know of more Blanket Drives and Programs open for donations. I’ll continue to update and add to this list throughout the rest of the year. Places to check out are local shelters, churches, and county offices!
2020 has not held back. Any one else feel really tired and sad and angry and just not okay? Feeling like it’s hard to focus, get started on anything, and that making the bed feels like someone is asking you to lift an elephant? I’m here to share some handy tips that will help you get through these times of uncertainty.
- Make the bed: Get it done for Future You. Because she’s gonna be a lot more tired and sad than you are now. At least make the bed so she has a comfortable place to crash at 1pm when she’s given up on the day.
- Get your favorite book and blanket and hide for a while.
- Bake cookies and send them to your illustrator friends named Autumn.
- Stare out the window and sigh a lot. Focus on your deep sighs and then on your normal breathing. Clear your mind of intrusive thoughts like “AM I BREATHING TOO HARD? DO I HAVE COVID? AHHH I DON’T KNOW WHAT NORMAL BREATHING IS ANYMORE” and just breathe for a while until you feel the knots in your gut relax.
- Buy holiday presents early and sing “We need a little Christmas now!” as they arrive in the mail.
- Give yourself permission to be not okay. It’s a normal response to an abnormal situation, and the persistent stressor that is 2020 is definitely abnormal. Just keep in mind that if you start spontaneously screaming in the grocery store ” NONE OF THESE CEREALS ARE GOING TO FIX THE WORLD, WHY HAVE YOU FAILED US, BRAN FLAKES?” You may receive weird looks and be asked to leave the store.
- Focus on the beings you love. Don’t just sit and stare at them, that’s not what I mean by focus. Just remember that there are family, friends and pets who think you are awesome and are joyful to connect with. Then go connect with them.
- Get moving. Go for a walk. Vacuum the carpet. Cook dinner. Throw pillows across the room shouting “WHEN WITH THIS HORRIBLE YEAR END?!” Once you start moving, don’t lose the momentum!
I hope this gave you a laugh, and helped you keep going. If you are truly overwhelmed, please reach out for help from a loved one or a health professional. Stay safe out there, I’m rooting for you!
Happy Wednesday! I really thought was Tuesday, but I think in this year, I’ll be content knowing what month it is. Happy July! Yup! That’ll do!
I’ve been playing around a lot lately with drawing and I wanted to write my friend a letter, but I didn’t have stationery. So I decided to make my own and capture the joy I really feel about this year.