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Friday, May 31, 2013

☆ After an enforced Break...[Art on Friday]

I am always surprised by creativity. How it ebbs and flows. How when I have had to have an enforced break, I now have a huge well of ideas bursting forth, clamouring to be painted.

I was also surprised how cranky I was becoming - beyond just being in pain, I was becoming a grade a bitch. And I realised how important self care is. 

How a walk clears my mind + centres me. How painting releases me and centres me. How playing creatively with the girls makes me + them feel connected + happy.

So in the end being confined to the couch was a blessing, and I have been given a new perspective on my life - the routines, the ebbing and flowing of family, of creativity, of life. And of how I can squeeze some more time out of my day!

Thank you everyone who stopped by to leave a lovely message of support + well wishing. It meant a great deal to me. And with the support of my family + an awesome chiropractor, I am well on the way to having a healthy back again!

[by the way - I emailed a replied to every comment left, but I noticed that many of you had noreply-comment@bogger as your contact email. To see if you have a noreply-comment this is a set of really easy to follow instructions on how to fix the problem! I think I have sorted mine out, but let me know if you notice I am a noreply-commenter too!]

So onto this weeks painting....

Wild Flower
Bug (our middle child) has her third birthday this weekend + has requested a mermaid birthday cake, so as well as catching up with comments, blog reading, housework (OMG the WASHING piles!) we have a forecast of 100% chance of rain on her birthday, 20 three - six year olds, and a mermaid cake to organise. 

It's going to be another busy weekend - I hope yours is more restful!


  1. Wonderful painting, I love your whimsie style:) Glad to hear you are feeling better:) I hope the party goes well and you get the mermaid cake made in time!

  2. I hope the rain stays away for the party... and I have to say a mermaid cake sounds like a challenge and a half.. will send lots of dry weather perfect cake vibes your way...xx

  3. Gorgeous painting and glad to hear you are feeling a lot better. Have fun with party makes. Happy PPF, Annette x

  4. Your painting always gorgeous...and boy she emotes your feelings of do you do that!! She is wondering how she will pull this weekend off!! Lots of photos.... and prepping everything you can with no kidlets around and you'll have it made in the shade!! Glad you are feeling better!!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. cute painting! Good luck with the party and hope the weather holds up!

  6. She's gorgeous!!! Hope the party is a hit and you all have the best time ever!!! Especially the little birthday mermaid, I mean girl!!! Glad you're feeling better!!!

  7. Gorgeous painting, love her so much...and I am so happy to hear you are feeling much better! xo HPPF!

  8. no rest for mama! :) good luck with the 20 youngsters and the mermaid cake!!

  9. I'm glad you were able to get back to your painting. What a beautiful face!

  10. Your painting is gorgeous, really love her eyes! So glad that your back is improving and that the necessary rest did you good. Have fun with the little one's party, hope the weather surprises you and turns out good! hugs, Kimberly

  11. Beautiful painting, love her eyes! Good luck with the cake and the party! :)
    Just noticed Kimberly said the same thing... well it's true! :)

  12. Great painting. And Good Luck with the Birthday!!!

  13. Glad that you are on the mend!
    Gorgeous portrait!
    I completely understand your post; painting centers me, too. :)
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  14. Glad you got your great painting in before the birthday party. Sounds like a big challenge to keep 20 littles under control - yikes.....enjoy it. Happy PPF

  15. Adorable painting! Glad to hear you're doing better-take it easy at the party. Hope the rain forecast is wrong. Happy PPF!

  16. I missed the blog rounds last week so didn't realise you were laid up - sorry to hear that and I'm glad to hear you are feeling better now. That's a big old to-do list you have for this weekend! Hope Bug's party is fabulous and I love your illustration this week - your girls are always so beautiful!

  17. Beautiful painting - and I love your style!


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