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Dreaming; Drawing; Adding Color

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.

Karen

  
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FISHINGLADY66 11/2/2009 9:18PM

    That sounds like a Dream Come True. I never did like to draw, but I love pictures. You had a Dream and then a passion and you made it happen. I am glad you can enjoy life in Color.
You are one amazing Lady.
Thanks for sharing your story with us.
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Irene

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/2/2009 9:09AM

    I would love to see more of your artwork. What a nice story you have shared about your passion. emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 11/2/2009 8:48AM

    I think that's what life is all about. Having a passion or a big dream and then just doing it. You are one busy, creative lady who really enjoys life and all its pleasures. Here's to many, many enjoyable hours of drawing and adding colors.

Linda

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MAYBELL75 11/2/2009 6:42AM

    Yes dreams do come true, all we have to do is be willing to work for them, it appears that you are doing just that, good luck, I am sure you will succeed.
Ilene

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What's your NAME?

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!!!



KAREN


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LADYNLI 11/1/2009 9:28PM

    Karen,

I agree with you. I know I have my name in the signature that shows up every time i post and it does make a difference.

Nancy

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FISHINGLADY66 11/1/2009 9:09PM

    I found this out some time ago. I put my name in the signature and it shows in the box under the post.
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Irene

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LADYIRISH317 11/1/2009 12:09PM

    Great thought -- doing it today.

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--KREN 11/1/2009 11:16AM

    You signature doesn't show when you leave a comment. To see any changes in your signature you have to post on one of the forum threads! Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 11/1/2009 10:30AM

    No signature so I did something wrong. I'll try again. My name is Jean

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BIRDLEGS29 11/1/2009 10:29AM

    I have wondered how this was done. I always try to sign my name but don't always do it. We shall see if I got it right.


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PJSTIME 11/1/2009 9:10AM

    Thanks good point - I will do that right now.
PJ

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/1/2009 8:54AM

    Point well taken.

Martha

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NANCY- 11/1/2009 8:17AM

    Well said! Names can be fun, but I wanted to be real so I stuck with....

Nancy
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SHYBABE5700 11/1/2009 7:38AM

    Hi, Karen ,I like that. My name is Sandra,but most calls me Sandy. emoticon

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AUNTYEMM 11/1/2009 7:38AM

    Great idea Karen! I agree it is hard to keep Track of all the lovely peole we "meet" here and I will definitely add your Tip on my page. Thanks!

Mary Lou ( aka auntyemm)

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It's TIME to FALL back!

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.







Karen





  
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FISHINGLADY66 10/31/2009 11:25PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I will turn my clock back, but not to when I was twenty. Enjoy your weekend.

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SERENITYSEL 10/31/2009 1:47PM

    I reminded everyone at work yesterday to turn their clocks back!!! I love Maxine too, but 29 is where I would turn my clock back. That is when I met my wonderful husband. I miss him so much.

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AMBUDMAN 10/31/2009 11:08AM

    I love this time of year but do not like having to set my clock back the hour.

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PJSTIME 10/31/2009 10:41AM

    I wouldn't want to be in my 20's again. I actually think I like looking into the future better since I'm feeling better and better each. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon
PJ

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BELTONWALKER67 10/31/2009 10:11AM

    Just love Maxine! Thanks for the reminder & Yes, I agree 50 would be good!

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NJDIETZ 10/31/2009 10:02AM

    Karen
Same here. I hope everyone else remembers. Have a great Halloween.
Norb

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/31/2009 9:50AM

    Yes, even 50 would be good. But just think.......in a few years 60 would look nice, and the 70......The list goes on.

So lets be happy where we are planted. emoticon

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--KREN 10/31/2009 9:44AM

    I agree. I'd be happy with 50!! - Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/31/2009 9:42AM

    I think 35 yrs. is a good time to turn back the clock. I don't think I want to go through my 20s again.

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ALPOPLUP 10/31/2009 9:39AM

    I love this time of year

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Candy, Candy, Everywhere!

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!





Karen

  
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PJSTIME 10/31/2009 10:43AM

    I'm lucky we usually don't get any trick or treaters, but I won't be home tonight anyway. Good job with the no sugar this week. emoticon
PJ

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BELTONWALKER67 10/31/2009 9:37AM

    I stopped at Walmart last night and bought 3 bags of candy and left it in my car on purpose. Figured it was too cold and I'm too lazy to go back and get the stuff to munch on. So far so good! Good for you in buying stuff you don't like! Keep on Sparking!

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GEORGANNE39 10/31/2009 9:30AM

    Good job on a whole week without sugar! Keep up the good work!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/31/2009 9:25AM

    Since we live "out in the country" where it is not productive for trick or treaters, I bought 1 small bag of fun size something or other. It has not yet been opened. I don't think I will have too much trouble. I am lused to having gobs of candy around,. My husband buys snicker bars by the box when they are on sale for 50 cents. And no, he is far from skinny, and should be a sparker even more than I.

But try to tell a man something........ emoticon

And Karen, YOU CAN DO IT... Look what you've done with the carbs this week.

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NANCY- 10/31/2009 8:34AM

    I did the same thing. Buying candy that I do not like was key to surviving Halloween.
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TCLARK319 10/31/2009 8:09AM

    Good for you! I bought candy I really don't care for so getting rid of the balance won't be an issue (I hope!) Keep it positive - Happy Sparking!

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No "White Stuff" end of 3 day challenge.

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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BELTONWALKER67 10/30/2009 10:00PM

    Good Job! You have determination and will succeed at any goal you undertake. emoticon

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PAULINLIM 10/30/2009 3:00PM

    Wow, I'm really impressed and inspired by your achievement. I will try the same thing some day soon. It seems like a good amount of time, because it's long enough to reset your body but not so long you have to leave society to do it.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/30/2009 2:32PM

    Great job. I love bakery french bread. So I seldom buy it for the same reason you mentioned!
Jeanne

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AMBUDMAN 10/30/2009 11:26AM

    I knew you could do it. I am going to have to do the South Beach Diet first two weeks again. It really worked for me to take my cravings away.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/30/2009 9:28AM

    Are you planning to make it 4 days now?

I am glad you made it and feel so well . emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/30/2009 9:28AM

    Are you planning to make it 4 days now?

I am glad you made it and feel so well . emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 10/30/2009 9:04AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You did a fantastic job. Keep the momentum going.
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NANCY- 10/30/2009 8:31AM

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You did it!!!
Cutting out the white stuff does make a difference. I switched in 100% whole wheat bread for my grilled tuna sandwiches to start, now we never have white bread for sandwiches. Baby steps will get you there.

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SERENITYSEL 10/30/2009 6:27AM

    Congratulations! I knew you could do it. It is the start of knowing how to eat healthy and knowing what it makes you feel like. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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