Join ’em

Spring Break Plan: Day 1 Visit the Jacksonville Art League with my mom and take an acrylic class. Odds are, it will be raining.

And it was…

Raining, and a perfect day to chill with grandmothers.

“What should I paint?” Gabe asked.

“Go get something from the still life collection,” I told him.

We traversed the room looking for inspiration, observing and visiting each artist. Some were painting in oil. Another was recreating a Rembrandt as a gift for her pastor. One was working on a commission. All were over 65.

It was dazzling.

Good thing we had beginner’s confidence. These grandmothers were all quite talented. Its hard to get inspiration from a Rembrandt, when you’re still learning how to mix colors. So, I moved onto the plastic fruits and vegetables stored by the cloths and old paint jars.

I found an over ripe onion ready for planting. Gabe found an avocado.

After a little piddling, I learned how to wash my canvas with a sponge and enjoyed the therapy of brushing soft strokes of thick paint into a colorful background. Gabe developed an eye for perspective and delighted in the attention of being the youngest by about 50 years!!

They loved him: Gen Y painter of avocados. Good thing he remembered his Yes Mam’s.

“How does it feel to be the baby of the class?” I asked.

“Pretty good,” he said, holding up a pop art style image bedecked with numerous floating avocados.

Mom loved the rainy day excursion with daughter and grandson. She met some friends and got a game plan for her next art project.

Mission accomplished.


March 31

Slice of Life 2019: Day 31

It’s the final day of Slice of Life 2019. I thought this day would never arrive. But now that its here, I’m sad to see the month go! This year, the 31st of March finds us on the beach. My boot wearing boy is crawling in the waves. Hopefully, the next time I write, he’ll be out of the boot and running!

Helping my 12 year old deal with a major ankle injury has been an unexpected part of Slice of Life March this year.

The month started with rain, puddles and oppressive clouds.

Then, spring ushered in with forsythia, pink dogwoods and baby ferns.

Slicing all through the month with all of March’s activities and unexpected happenings was challenging but an important milestone in my year. The Slice excitement wrapped up with spring break and a visit to my home town in Florida.

Thank you Two Writing Teachers! I’ve learned a mound and met many wonderful writing teachers in the process.  Somehow, I’ve written my way through this crazy, eventful month.  Writing teachers, retired teachers, new mammas, grand mammas, coaches and cancer survivors have been some of my fellow travelers.  I’ve written about paging at the capitol, stitching chickens, homeschooling, injuries, photography contests, cooking, haircuts, Lenten services and teaching Shakespeare.

Reading all the posts have inspired me to be a better writer and teacher.  Somehow, I’ve become more confident with myself in the process! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my writing and leave words of encouragement. I am grateful to you.

Most importantly, I’ve discovered again that writing daily is doable!  Even though it is challenging, the challenge feels good and it keeps me plugging on. 

I look forward to seeing all my friends at TWT on Tuesdays through the year for writing and reading and sharing.

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