Cumulative Gratitude

I love Thanksgiving and I’m hoping it will help me get back into my gratitude practice.

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november 2017 election hopes

These gratitude journal pages cover most of November. In creating all the art for my current exhibit I fell behind in my gratitude journal. The recent election results give me hope for the future. I just hope that immigrants, people with health problems, those who face economic challenges and all of us who hope to believe in democracy can hold on until the 2018 election. The layers of red text on the left hand page were created with inspiration from Claudia McGill’s handwriting explorations. The right hand page is lots of influence from the collage class I have been taking.

I want to come back to the red text. It was made from an image I created with my therapist. She is an art therapist and I make very different things in there than I do at home. Here is a recent one. This is how I feel about…

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Inktober 2017

One of the things that has been keeping me busy lately. I will post it again when it is all done.

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completed ink

Mandala 53 of 100. This mandala contains 31 different Zentangle® patterns, one for each day of October. I was interrupted by health issues, but have now completed the ink portion of the mandala. Inktober was created by Jake Parker

“I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.”

Laura Harms, from IamtheDiva, provides the list of tangle patterns that are suggested for the Zentangle® version of Inktober. She also provides videos of how to draw each pattern. Mine isn’t done yet. I plan to do some shading and probably add color, too. I greatly enjoyed this process and may do this again.

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Flowers of the Day


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My dietary limitations have increased so when I saw this lovely bouquet at the grocery store I said to my husband, “I can have that.” And we got them. There are some really interesting plants in the arrangement that we thought were fake, but they are not.

I have been absent and will continue to be absent from blogging because of escalating health problems. I was hospitalized again for depression, mostly so we could safely change one of my main medications. While there I was tentatively diagnosed with endometriosis. So, my high pain tolerance has led to a late diagnosis for this and that is not good. Wednesday I meet with the newest doctor to see about surgery. My life is full of pain and there doesn’t seem to be much they can do if surgery doesn’t work. If you pray, please pray for me and for everyone who is living with chronic pain.

For more flowers and beauty in general see Cee’s photography blog.


Still Assembling the Pieces

Another piece for the show. I will post a gallery of them once everything is delivered to the physical gallery.

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Mandala 52 of 100. This mandala is for the Dunya exhibit at Alhamra Art Center in Bernardsville, NJ, October 14, 2017- November 15, 2017.

DUNYA is a word common to many languages like Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Turkish. It has many layers of meanings. It can mean the ‘world’, the ‘earth’, the ‘society’ or ‘humankind’, the ‘mortal existence’.

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Guess Where I Was Yesterday!


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New York Botanical Gardens

Sorry for my absence of late from my blog and from all of yours. I’m continuing to have health challenges that limit my activity. I have to choose where to spend my energy and one of my best friends was in town this past weekend. Getting ready and having adventures with her took all that I had. I will be back later this week. I hope you have a beautiful day.