I haven't had a family photo with my kids since they were little! I was so excited that we were able to get them and have them taken at Shoreline Park, and the Rengstorff House. I used to party in that house when I was a kid, and before it was fixed back up to its beauty...this place has powerful meaning to me.
I have been wanting to do this so here some are! Desi and G-boy are out for a visit so I pounced!
One thing I have figured out this time, is that the twice a year art retreat I go on with my art sisters, has the power to transform my crankiness from life kicking my butt into joy and happiness again. MARS Mountain Artist Retreat Sleepover...occurs in Spring and Fall...6 months apart. There is usually 20 of us and ALL personalities!
The most important part of being a part of this extradinary group of women artists is that our unique voices in our art, are shared, appreciated, and taught. We are handing eachother our talents, our love, our acceptance, our willingness to be vulnerable and real. To talk about our lives with eyes that are not judgemental or seeringly uncomfortable. Even if all of us don't always get along and there are bumps and mini bruises of ego...it is a true experience of love and acceptance.
This time many of us had heavy things happening in our lives...but the time together was that of laughter and love. A coming together over meals...laughs...stories...sharing...and being ourselves.
We ARE a tribe. We are all different but ALL alike. We are strong women, with voices in our art. Various political views. Various life experiences. Various places in life. ALL healing time for wounded souls beat up out there in the real world where some times we are all misunderstood.
I made some Lemon Scones and enjoyed some with my morning coffee looking into my garden. Crackers spent some time between my studio and kitchen, WGB was cleaning and I was arting...she was singing and happy!
It was a great day that went by way too fast...I am enjoying learning my new camera and the lens!
FINALLY my grandmother got her present!!!! I guess WGB misunderstood me when I said ship it OVER NIGHT...it went ground! I took photos of myself EVERY DAY for a year! Ending on her birthday last year December 31st...she turned 91!!!! I bought a 4 gig thumb drive and an 8" digital photo frame and sent it to her...along with the 365 day project I included the art I made, old photos, those of my kids and grandson, and friends! Whew!
My dad took a photo of her watching it while she was talking to me on the phone!!! I can't wait to get that photo! That will be the perfect ending of the project!
She said to me "I don't know how you are as old as you are, since I am ONLY 31 and whispered plus 60!!!!! She is so darn clever! Love her sense of humor! The photo below was taken last year for her 90th birthday!