March has been a little nuts in my neck of the woods - not one, not two, but THREE Nor'easter storms rolled through here in the space of eleven days. And the weather forecasters got anticipated accumulation wrong for my home town in each instance. Winter Storm Riley on March 2nd caught us quite by surprise. We were supposed to get a couple of inches starting AFTER the evening commute. Instead it started around eleven a.m. and was coming down at the rate of 2 inches per hour. Plus very high winds. So the area surrounding my home town experienced ice, covered by slush, covered by heavy wet snow, lots of downed wires and trees, and cars and school buses full of children stuck everywhere. I had been at the office for a meeting. Left before 2 p.m. and it took me two hours to get home and this is how that trip ended:
The storm also knocked over our back yard neighbor's fence. We're hoping he decides to just take it down.
In total about 8" of wet heavy snow.
The weather hasn't stopped me from traveling for work, or from living my word PLAY while attempting to keep up with Life Book, FIT, and One Little Word. My most recent creative efforts:
All watercolor, except the face. I chose excerpts from the Desiderata for the writing exercise. Tried to use drawing gum and a calligraphy nib as a resist technique (that was the lesson). Failed miserably, but at least I tried! Ended up having to go over it with a white paint pen to make it legible.
I tried to make the proportions on this face a little more realistic than my first (which were not meant to be proportional but whimsical) The eyes are still huge, but I like it for the expression.
I'm loving the time I'm spending being creative just for me. None of these are art works, they won't be for sale, they won't end up framed or shared anywhere but here and in the classrooms. And yet they make me so happy.
What is making you happy these days? How are you making time to PLAY?