My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.

this week {words & pictures}

thisweek2:26:16 This week has me dreaming of spring, can you believe it is already the end of February?  I am so happy I spent the month participating in Michelle's lovely course 28 Moments, it made what is usually a dreary month magical as we explored the themes of food, nature, rhythm and home.  Thank you, Jane, for this beautiful gift!

I didn't get downstairs to my studio as much as I would have liked, but I did finish another painting.  I am taking a break from Kelly Rae's Spirit Wings Angel Course for a few weeks so that I can spend time with Flora Bowley's Studio Diaries.  I am learning so much!  Both emphasize the importance of showing up to the canvas as much as possible in order to find my personal style, so hopefully next week I will get downstairs a little bit more!

I recently began volunteering at Ann's Placewhich provides services and resources for cancer survivors.  When I was undergoing my own cancer journey I was very thankful for the support they provided and it is a pleasure to be able to give back in some small way.  I am a substitute receptionist, which I love because I enjoy meeting new people.

Today is a special day because a dear friend of mine became a grandmother for the first time.  We have known each other since our children went to nursery school together 29 (!) years ago.  I have been reflecting today on how cyclical life is and how fortunate I am to have friendships that have remained strong through so many years.  I knew her son when he was a boy and now he is a father and she a grandmother...life is full of wonder, isn't it?

Finally, on Instagram today a friend posted a picture of her favorite children's book with the hashtag #favechildrensbookfriday.  I couldn't resist posting a picture of one of my favorites, Charlotte's Web.  What's yours?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Sending love,