Monday, 16 January 2017

At the Crossroads

She stood at the crossroads
Not knowing which path to take
And she stood at the crossroads

She stood at the crossroads
Paralysed with indecision
And she stood at the crossroads

She stood at the crossroads
People passed her by
And she stood at the crossroads

She stood at the crossroads
She stepped forward and then back
Returning to her place at the crossroads

She stood at the crossroads
She stood at the crossroads
She stood at the crossroads

Simone Whipp 16 January 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Older Birthdays

 Age is just a number
When all is said and done
Don’t focus on the decades past
But on good things yet to come

A warm and fuzzy feeling
A twinkle in a stranger’s eye
Hearty belly laughing
A starry midnight sky

A fragrant summer garden
Fluffy clouds abound
A gentle winding stream
The softest nature sounds

Each day is a blessing
For all of us it’s true
To greet each day with wonderment
And to see things with eyes anew

Simone Whipp 12/01/2017

I felt compelled to write this poem for a neighbour who is finding it hard to come to terms with her 80th birthday.  I found my 50th birthday difficult to comprehend so I can empathise with how she is feeling.

The photo above is not a recent one, alas, but was taken in February last year.  The outlook for today's weather isn't good so I will hold on to the image of the photo above to get through the next few weeks of winter.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Word for the Year Suggestions

As I said in a previous post,  my word for the year - consolidate - came easily to me on this occasion.  In previous years I have struggled to come up with a word that had any significance for me.  If you are struggling to come up with a word this year, I may have some suggestions for you.

Searching through the Wild Wood Tarot cards, I noticed that words on some of the cards could be used a a source of inspiration as a word of the year to live by.  If I hadn't already chosen 'consolidate' I am sure I would find an applicable one from the words listed below:

Generosity.  Rebirth. Transition.  Home.  Attraction. Clearance. Empowerment.  Joy.  Happiness. Dedication.  Balance.  Tradition.  Fulfilment.  Celebration.  Challenge.  Creativity.  Respect.  Abundance.  Rest.  Reunion.  Heal.  Protect.  Journey.

Do any of the words resonate with you?  

I have found that by choosing a word each year it has helped me to stay focused on what I wanted to achieve that year.   Last year's word was 'advance' and I 'advanced' in many ways getting out of the rut that I had slowly been slipping into in previous years.  Advance was a good word for me in 2016.  Here's to 2017!  A new year and another word to live by.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Cat in a Shoe Box

An empty shoe box never remains empty for long as a cat will always fill its space.  I bought some new walking shoes for my Sunday walks and put the empty box aside.  Before long Gizmo was cozily tucked up in its confines.  An old 'war injury' is playing him up at the moment (January 2015) and he limps around with all the the vigour of an old man in poor health.  He's not even 10 years old yet but I can feel the sharpening of his bones beneath his loosened fur.  He still eats well and goes out during the day and even slept on my lap a few weeks ago!  This wild old rocker is certainly getting near the pipe and slippers phase of his life.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Slight Change of Plan

For the last two days I have found it extremely difficult to do my 'art every day'.  I now realise that I need to make some adjustments to my original project/plan/intention that I had for 2017 that was to paint/draw or create every day.  My revised plan is to do this when I can but for days when I am unable to get the paints out or draw I will be embracing art either on line or in books or visiting a gallery etc.  My intention is to have a place for art in my life everyday but not quite as I had originally envisaged.  Who is to say that plans need to be set in stone any way?

Above is a quick watercolour of a Brussels Sprout!  Not exactly a picture you would want on your wall but a good exercise in building up colour and layers and learning how to do 'veining' of the leaves.  The circles of paint at the bottom of the paper are the colours I used in the painting.

The postcard sized watercolour is lying on top of an Indian quilt that I was lucky to receive as a Christmas present.  It is block printed by hand using vegetable dyes and is 100% cotton and beautifully tactile.  I have just noticed how well the colours blend with the Brussels Sprout!

I hope that your first week of the year is off to a good start and maybe you are having to make some adjustments to plans, like I have.  We'll get to our goals in the end but a few diversions will make our journey's all the more interesting!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Project for 2017 and my Word for the Year

When I choose a word for the year to live by I usually make a rash decision as the new year looms close as I don't want to be without a word but at the same time can't think of an appropriate word!  Unusually, for a few weeks now I have known what my word for 2017 is going to be.  The word popped into my head as I was contemplating all the new things I have learned in recent years.  I am still going to be learning new things but thought it was about time that I consolidated all the information from previous experiences together.  Therefore my word for 2017 is;


1.Combine a number of things into a single more effective or coherent whole.

2. Make something physically stronger or more solid.

I am going to consolidate my knowledge and also my physical environment.  For too long I have been all over the place; chaotic and disorganised.  This really goes against my natural state as I prefer the flow of beauty and order.  Hopefully by bringing things together I will feel more in control of myself and my surroundings. 

My project for 2017 is to do/make art every day.  I will consolidate drawing, painting, collage etc. with all the various art materials I have accumulated over the years.  By the end of 2017 I will have a body of works and a years worth of art!  I have felt compelled to do this ever since doing Anne's course on the Skillshare website called "Jump Start a Daily Art Practice".  Anne uses a variety of materials to produce her art on the course and gives word prompts as an idea of what to create.  This art is not meant to be 'perfect' and can take as little as 5 minutes to do a quick sketch.  The whole point of the exercise is to just do it!  I won't show all my daily art practice on here but will show some of my work from time to time.

Wishing all that read this blog good health, good happiness and good fortune for 2017.  I am going to try to stay out of the quagmire of doom and gloom that was evident in the media last year and make this a year for focusing on all the good things in our lives and in the World.

Happy New Year!