My One Lone Duck

It hasn’t been easy to paint so painting has been at a slower process then usual. That’s ok. I watch the news and then I feel so drained. I’ve decided for my own mental health I need to regulate how much news I watch each day. Each day I also search for joy.

I have decided to call someone to let them know I am thinking of them. Society seem to often communicate by texting then by talking. We need to not just rely so much on texting. It is not enough to help find joy. Do when I call and visit with a friend or with a family member I love hearing about their life, their families and how they are spending their day. We all have a story to tell.

This week my granddaughter stopped at the house and tapped on the patio door. So good to see her. We shared a few words and said “I love you’s”. It was a moment of joy.

I have actually been listening to several different podcasts and so many talk about joy. I am lucky I have my husband with me but not everyone has someone to be with during this period of isolation. So think of them and pick up the phone. No one is ok being alone all of the time.

Find joy for yourself and help others find their joy during this most challenging and difficult time.

Joseph

Joseph is my granddaughter’s turtle. I think Joseph was purchased a few years back at a fair or carnival. I think he cost $1.50. They said Joseph would grow. At the time he was about the size of a silver dollar.

Joseph home has evolved from living in a small dish to a huge aquarium. He also shares his space with a few fish. Some of the fish have the job of keeping the aquarium clean. I’m not sure what the other fish were suppose to do. They are growing too.

Joseph lives in a tank that has a filter to help keep water clean. He has a basking area equipped with a sun lamp in case he doesn’t feel like staying in the water but doesn’t want to catch a chill.

This $1.50 pet has turned into an expensive endeavor. Since Joseph is now living a good like I had to take some pictures of him. His job as a model is the least he could do. I tried to capture Joseph in all his beauty reaching for the sprinkles of food that is floating in the tank. He knows it is all for him.

Meet Joseph…

“Joseph” watercolor 9”x12”

Mixed Media

I typically shy away from learning different art processes but this is addicting. I think it is helping me get in touch with my inner child by using glue, scissors, and paint. When I start I don’t have a clear image of my final product which is fun and scary at the same time. You see I have always been the type of person who stays within the lines. This has no lines. It does have many layers.

So I had a sketch of a bird with a touch of zen doodle. This bird I then scanned and printed onto card stock. I had the subject piece for my mixed media. More glue, mod podge and paint. I think it’s done.

“Sweet Song” 5.75” x 5.75” mixed media on wood. $25