Time to “Art”

White Floral Abstract Watercolor 11x14 140lb Cold Press

White Floral Abstract Watercolor 11×14 140lb Cold Press

Time to “Art”

It is the week following Christmas…
a time I once used to feel “let down.”

After all the busyness
of the weeks leading up to Christmas…

The checklists
and shopping lists.

The writing and signing…
The sealing and stamping and mailing.

The sifting and stirring…
TheΒ  separating and straining and sugaring.

The ripping and wrapping…
The taping and twisting and tying.

The fluffing and folding…
The scrubbing and setting and shining.

It’s all so exciting
leading up to the celebrating!

But there is something special also
about the days “after” that I have truly come to appreciate.

I am fortunate to be able to take time off from work
the week between Christmas and New Year.

And this year is especially special
as I get to spend extra days with my granddaughter.

We are snuggling and tickling…
We are reading and singing and laughing.

We are napping and relaxing…
We are twirling and tumbling and kick-backin’.

And yesterday, during an especially long nap,
I had a chance to escape to my art room

for some much-needed “arting”
that I’ve been longing for.

I had no idea what I wanted to paint –
it’s been weeks since I’ve gifted myself with the time.

But it was as if the paper and water and paints
decided to give me a gift…

And this is what emerged…
A white floral abstract of sorts.

A celebration of time graciously granted
at “life in between.”

Cheers & Hugs,


Daniel Smith Watercolors:Β  Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold.


72 thoughts on “Time to “Art”

  1. Jodi, your white flowers are beautiful and time well spent with precious granddaughter, sounds delightful! ❀
    This is my first time I saved precious vacation time to spend with family at end of the year, in ten years!
    I almost always take my 3 weeks in April, July and November. This year, I saved “time off” to spend this week with the grandies instead of Spring break in April. It has been so cold, I am grateful not to have to go anywhere; unless it is to run and pick up or drop off kids! xo πŸ’–

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  2. Two gifts from your talented hands and your beautiful heart… this lovely painting and these enchanting thoughts! “Some people come in your life as blessings. Some people come in your life as lessons.” – Mother Teresa. How fortunate am I that you are both! Thank-you!

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  4. I really like your painting, is this acrylic? I also like how you connect it to a poem that is close to your heart. I am always looking for new artists to get inspiration from, and this is beautiful! Did it take you very long? If you’d like, do you have any suggestions for my art? I am a new blogger and would love any help! caelidotblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/power-in-purple/ I hope you have a great rest of the weekend. πŸ™‚

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