It has been almost 4 weeks since I posted here; not the way I’d hoped to start this blogging year. Things here are pretty much the same. My sister is wrapping up my father’s affairs, my son-in-love is still awaiting his day in court on the one remaining charge, and DD24 is still getting sick every three weeks. This last time she was prescribed Keflex, which should clear up the lingering sinus infection – BUT. She came down with a virus a week ago and only returned to work yesterday. Sigh. . . I need to find immune system boosters!!!
I haven’t been hibernating, quite the opposite. I confess, I’m up to my monitor in classes. Some are technique-based classes and some are project-based. Some have a specific timeframe, some are open-ended and some will run all year.
It really isn’t as overwhelming as it seems. No conflict with 21 Secrets, which will start in April (http://dirtyfootprints-studio.com).
Body Restoration (http://www.bravegirlsclub.com/body-restoration) We are spending 6 weeks art journaling a book together, digging deep to excavate our deeply held assumptions about our bodies, other women and cultural standards of what beauty looks like.
Jodi Ohl’s Artistic Journaling Your Way (http://creativeworkshops.ning.com/group/artisticjournalingyourway) is an open-ended technique class, having fun playing with lots of color.
Kelly Kilmer’s Revel in the Moment (http://kellykilmer.blogspot.com/2011/11/revel-in-moment.html) is an “at your own pace” class, playing with collage.
Strathmore’s Doodles Unleashed with Traci Bautista (http://strathmoreartiststudio.com/group/workshop-1-traci) is an opportunity to watch Traci go from blank page to glam gal, with doodles and stencils and correction pens in between. This is the last week of the class, but it will be available till August, I believe.
First among the year-long groups, the Book of Days with Effy Wild (http://effythewild.typepad.com). After multiple Facebook troubles, the group has settled in as the Sisterhood of the Book, with Effy offering a couple of technique videos each week.
SOAR (http://www.anitavanhal.ning.com/group/soar-discover-your-wings) is a 52 week written journaling class, but several of us are keeping special art journals for it.
Jan Fox’s 52 Play DATES (http://janfoxdesigns.blogspot.com/p/52-playdates.html) is a year-long playground with weekly video prompts. I was glad to see her cover how to paint on magazine or catalog pages.
I am also spending more time on Facebook, and reading more blogs. There is a lot of NEED out there, folks; my prayer list has easily doubled in this new year. Please, let me know how I can pray for you.