Begin Again. . .

beginagainThere is so much to say.

As you know, the change to Daylight Savings Time lights up my life in so many ways.

And the first warmth of Spring causes my Corona clippers (a really good brand) to leap into my hands, which are now protected by Rose gardening gloves, and pushes me (quite literally) into the yard.

Those of you who take my workshops know that I consistently show up in the videos with cuts and bruises EVERY Spring. Well, this Spring, I am going to try to skip the bloody part.

Rose gloves are great and if you don’t know about them, listen up.

They reach all the way to your elbows. This means total protection from cuts and scratches unless you are prone to wearing sleeveless shirts or your Russian Sage is a lot taller than mine.

Anyway, here is a link where you can see these gloves, and even get you some.

Rose Gardening Gloves

Sketchbook Skool

Huh? How did I make THAT segue?

(I love that word because who would think it would be pronounced “seg-way”? It’s like, if somebody doesn’t clue you in, you are certainly going to make a fool of yourself by saying it. But more than that, I love that it means to jump to another subject without interruption, because I do that all the time. You are supposed to do it with some finesse, however. I haven’t caught on to that part yet.)

Anyway, I am taking the Sketchbook Skool workshop.

If you haven’t heard of it, you need to come up for s breath.

Danny Gregory (Everyday Matters), has hooked up with Koosje Koene (a sketchbook artist from the Netherlands) and some other hyper-famous sketchbookers to offer an online workshop on sketchbooking.

At our recent art journaling retreat in Tubac, I was asked whether I had heard of Sketchbook Skool.

I had, but I took a closer look. To be honest, since I have kept sketchbooks throughout my career (since I was 12 actually), I did not think I would find much of interest.

But then, I thought three thoughts . . .

Thought 1: I LOVE to look at other peoples’ sketchbook or art journal pages. Where would I ever find more of those?

Thought 2: I LOVE to get a peak at other artists’ processes. How do they do what they do, why do they do it, and what are they thinking when they are doing it?

There is hardly a more fascinating topic on earth to me, unless it would be how they make Aquafresh toothpaste come out of the tube with perfect, colored stripes. Don’t get me started on that one.

Thought 3: I would LOVE to see some new ways of running an online workshop and they were using a venue I had never heard of. I wanted to see how it worked.

So, I paid my $99 and signed up with about 1200 other people. (Hyper fame is a good thing financially, I guess.)

One week later, I have had the pleasure of seeing bijillions of art journal pages posted to Facebook, gained some wonderful insight into what makes people shy about sketching. learned about Bower Birds (worth the $99 right there), enjoyed Danny Gregory’s sense of humor, registered a visual protest about the idea of not using a pencil and eraser, actually done my homework, and even an extra credit page.

The page at the beginning of this post is one that I would have done anyway, but the assignment was to sketch about our week – once each day – and post one of the sketches.

The day I “begin again” with the garden each year is a sacred day for me – and well worth a journal page.

And the other page I will share is my extra credit page – paint your breakfast – which turned out to be a less than relaxing experience for me.

We were not supposed to use pencil – and we ALL know how I feel about that. I just didn’t know how strongly my 3H pencils felt about that.

They rebelled. They stabbed my eggs. punctured my toast, poisoned my coffee, and kidnapped my fork . . .


I had to give in!

4 thoughts on “Begin Again. . .

  1. Marisa

    Hi! I was so happy to see you in Sketchbook Skool. After taking classes online with you and Jane LaFazio and with Danny at the Rowe Center, it’s amazing to see everyone come together in one venue. I look forward to seeing the rest of your work!

  2. Elaine Golt Gongora

    I love your extra credit page! I feel the same way about no pencil – at least use one to block out where things go before starting with pen. But I did it without a pencil. Haven’t posted yet.

  3. Diana in Texas

    Hmmmmmmm. We always start with a pencil. Think about Kindergarten. Then we were big kids when we got to use “ink” in my day and now you graduate to a ballpoint pen. My psyche rebels against the permanent Pitt Pen as a starter. I’ll have to think about that one. AND, thanks for the spelling of segue. Have never seen it in print before.

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