Monday, November 02, 2009
Back in the 80's, when I was. . . younger, I had a vivid dream in which I was watching cows grazing in a field. As I watched, one of the cows transformed into a line drawing.
I woke up with a very strong urge to DRAW like that. Now I was always the one in art class that had holes in my paper from all the erasing, lol. Could NOT draw. No talent, aptitude or desire for it, whatsoever.
Suddenly, I really wanted to draw. I bought an art tablet and started with simple shapes. Filled pages with them. Then I began to try to copy pictures in my children's books. I came across a book called "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" and there I learned to draw upside down. Felt the shift to another part of my brain I hadn't been using. Drawing became a passion with me and I began to do pretty well at copying other drawings. I did one of Norman Rockwell's and was happy with it.
Years later, I decided I wanted to add color to my drawings but didn't know what to use, what to do. I found a woman who was giving oil painting lessons in her home and signed up. I found out then that oil painting didn't have much to do with the detail drawing I had been doing, but I liked it anyway. So I began painting with oils. Once I learned the techniques I got pretty good at it. Good enough that when my boss let me hang my paintings in the office people offered me money for them.
Life happens. Life gets in the way. I stopped painting and drawing for a long time. Over a decade. Then I found a watercolor class at my local community center and signed up for it.
NOW I have something that I can do to add color to my drawing. Watercolor and drawing go well together. I'm stil rusty from the long hiatus, but I'm definitely back "into it".
So that's how I started my hobby and developed a passion for it. Even when I can't actually DO IT, I think of it, dream of it, and look at the type of art I love, every single day, on the internet. I've lately developed a passion just for color and am experimenting in ways to add or change the color in paintings.
If I could just develop a passion for digital cameras, lol, I could post my more recent work online. Have to work on that.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
What's in a name?
Most people will agree that the best thing about Spark People is all the Spark Friends we find here! The experience would be very different if we had no friends. We get our ideas, support and encouragement, and the chance to give our support to others from our friends.
I could go on and on with a list of all the benefits of having Spark Friends. But you already know all of it.
Think of the friends you have in real life. You know the first name of every one of them, don't you? How could you be friends, have conversations, address email notes, etc. etc. if you didn't know their name.
Here, where we often don't even have a photo of our Spark Friend, it's more difficult to "see" friends in our minds.
NAMES help put some sort of identity to a friend we can't see.
We won't even go into USER names, handles, nicknames, etc. that we create when we sign up on any site. Many times we use very cryptic names because we don't feel safe putting our name out there in the ether of the internet.
However, once we've joined a team and begin to make friends, especially when that friend list gets really long and many user names are very similar except for added numbers to make them unique, it becomes really difficult to KNOW THE NAME of the friend you want to message, or write to, or call attention to in a post on the forums.
I keep a list in my ADDRESS BOOK, where I add the address of everyone I know and put the name they want to be called right by it. But when you are posting many replies a day, it's hard to open another window (so you won't lose your place) and go to your address book to find the name of the person you have in mind.
It would be so good if everyone signed their name after each post, but often we are pressed for time and just don't do it. So, PLEASE, for the sake of all your Spark Friends, new and old and not yet found, try this little helpful trick so we will all know who you are and be more able to "see" you as an individual friend, just like a real person! LOL.
Go to your Spark Page and click on EDIT MY SPARK PAGE.
Scroll down, look on the right side, and stop where it says PERSONAL SIGNATURE:
No matter what you have there already, just leave it there, but add a line to the very top that says "My Name Is _ _ _ _ _ _"
THEN, you have to go to the very bottom of the page and click on SAVE YOUR CHANGES.
NOW, everyone will know what name YOU prefer to be called. I promise you will see you name in more posts and emails. People won't be just sending words out there to some unknown entity.
We'll all feel more noticed and appreciated for the unique person we are!
And I, personally, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
It's time to "fall back" again. At 2 a.m. Sunday, you'll have to turn your clock back one hour, because it's the end of daylight saving time.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Good Grief! The entire world is conspiring to put candy in my mouth after I went the entire week with no sugar! I guess Halloween week isn't exactly the best time to renounce the sweet stuff, lol.
I bought 3 bags of Tootsie Roll Pops to hand out, because I know that whatever is left won't go right down my throat in the first hour after the kids go home, lol. I can keep a bag of those all year and not worry about it.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
Have a Maxine Halloween!
Friday, October 30, 2009
I made it through the 3 day challenge to cut out the white stuff in my diet.
Yes! I feel better!
Dearly as I love pasta and bread, etc. I never feel very good when I eat it. Mostly because I OVEReat it, I'm sure. So doing without it has sort of re-wired my body, in a good way.
I found that I could eat more food and stay very satisfied AND lose a few pounds if I stay away from the bad white stuff and fill up on the colorful veggies and fruit along with some lean protein.
I existed on chicken breast, 97% lean ground beef, eggs, some cheese (not a lot) beans, and a wide assortment of veggies - yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers of all colors, onions, broccoli, etc.
I ate apples and plain yogurt with various frozen berries for snacks and desserts.
I had NO SUGAR and don't feel the desire for any. My hunger disappeared.
It was a good three days, but it was long, because that white stuff is such a HABIT!!
Karen - more able to be moderate now.
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