Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Antonia by Willa Cather

I finished my first book for the Back to the Classics 2015 challenge, and I really enjoyed it.  My Antonia, by Willa Cather, is my 20th century classic.  The story is narrated by Jim Burden, who loses his parents at the age of 10 and is sent by relatives in Virginia to live with his grandparents in Black Hawk, Nebraska.  Antonia, one of 4 children of the Shimerda family, is traveling to Black Hawk on the same train as Jim.  The Shimerdas are the first Bohemian family to come to Black Hawk.  Antonia is just a few years older than Jim, and they become friends.  The book was well written, the story was interesting, and I rate it 4 out of 5.

Documented Life Project - Week 3

January Theme - The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 17 Art Challenge:  The Color Wheel
Journal Prompt:  "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . . “    - Georgia O’Keeffe

I'm a little late with this - but I have the excuse that I was traveling when the prompt was announced (more about that later) and then I came down with a cold.  It's really amazing how little energy I have when I have a cold, but I'm starting to feel better now.  I got a pretty good night's sleep last night which really helped.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Preparation for Winter Interrupted

This is the palette I'm taking to Florida TOMORROW!

And this is the pencil case with supplies I'm taking.

I am SO looking forward to this trip!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 2

January Theme - The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 10 Art Challenge: Gesso
Journal Prompt: “The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 1

January Theme - The Blank Page and How To Face It
Art Challenge - Book Paper
Journal Prompt - Be Your Own Goal Keeper

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Documented Life Project 2015 and My Word for the Year

I've decided to participate in the Documented Life Project this year.  I probably won't be able to participate every week because I'll be doing some traveling this year.  I imagine that other things will probably get in the way as well, but I plan to do what I can.  I don't have my journal yet; I've ordered it and it should arrive early next week.  Each month will have a theme, and each week there will be an art related challenge as well as a journal prompt.  January's theme is "the blank page and how to face it."  The first art challenge is book paper and the first journal prompt is "be your own goal keeper."  I already have an idea of what I want to do for my first challenge, so I am anxious to get my journal!

I've also chosen my word for this year:  ORIGINAL.  I want to do more original design in my fiber arts, so I am hoping that by choosing original for my word this year, it will focus my intention.  And since that is one of my goals, I will incorporate my word into my journal page.  I've only chosen a word once before, and it didn't really do much for me, but I'm going to try it again.  I have high hopes for the year.

Happy New Year everyone!