05.07.09

Party! Party! Party!

Posted in Just For Fun at 2:57 pm by Marilee

I threw a Magic Meadow birthday party for my daughter yesterday. I created a Magic Meadow theme with decorations, refreshments, even noise makers that sound like toucans (!). The party reflected pictures and themes from the book, Kandu and the Magic Meadow.

OK, OK, I know we’re “grown-ups”. I think that made it all the more fun–recapturing some simple, long-lost, childhood joys! Sometimes just doing the unexpected gets the greatest reaction. It was a blast!

Things are so doggone serious these days! It’s a relief to do something totally whimsical. Try it. I think you’ll feel refreshed! Laughter IS good medicine!

05.04.09

Paint your Dreams! Explore the Possibilities!

Posted in Attitudes About Art, Painting Ideas, Painting Styles at 10:48 am by Marilee

I’ve certainly had a great time painting illustrations for my children’s book!

Kandu and Toucans Mix Colors in the Magic Meadow illustration link

Little did I know how absorbed I would become in this project! I hadn’t recently pictured myself doing this instead of “grown-up” painting, but I’m finding it is an invigorating challenge and great joy. I’ve always loved and collected children’s books for their imaginative art and colorful pictures. A few times I’ve created cartoon-like, childlike cards and even some small paper books for special events, but just for one-person viewing. Now my grand wish is to have a book that many will enjoy and will use for family time. So I’m pursuing a new possibility, and it’s FUN!

Do you have a dream of doing something that you’ve not yet made time to venture into? Take that first step, and see where it leads you. You may be surprised and delighted at the sense of fulfillment and joy you feel, even just beginning. A first step, after all, is affirmation to yourself that your dream is worthy of pursuing. It may energize you for the second step and you will realize there IS time in your day to explore the possibilities!