Can you believe it’s already April? Can you believe we just had a snow storm that dropped about 8″?! Over Spring break?! Can you believe I just turned the big 4-oh and I have joined the ranks of the middle-aged? Yep. That’s what’s going on.
Before we get too far into April, though, let me share some of my favorites from March…
I’ve already gushed about my creative getaway, but it has to make my favorites list. It was such an amazing time…restful, inspiring, rejuvenating. It was awesome all-around. The weather was perfect and I enjoyed walking through the surf looking for shells as I listened to podcasts and audiobooks. It was a time to focus just on myself and my business and where I wanted to head in this next decade of my life.
It was awesome and I already am looking forward to the next one. In case you missed them, here are posts about the retreat…
The Big Three (Increasing productivity)
Words That Rocked (Podcasts & Books for Creatives)
I have been purchasing some art books over the past few weeks. I already have quite a library of instructional painting/drawing books, but I wanted to buy some books that focused on paintings by masters and established painters. There is a lot of value is seeing their style and examining what I like and what makes a painting great in my own eyes and in the eyes of the “people who decide that paintings are great.” That whole thing is still a mystery to me…how one painting is amazing when it’s out of proportion and awkward, in my estimation, and another painting that I think is beautiful isn’t looked at as a serious piece of art. It’s a shoulder-shrug-inducing thing, that’s for sure.
I bought art books that feature mostly impressionistic work, but also a few other styles. Of course, I like Monet and Renoir and Sargent. But I found an artist that I had never heard of and I just adore. He’s my new favorite. Joaquin Sorolla. He captures so much movement and light in his paintings. To me, they look like snapshots of his time and place… Men wrestling with a massive cart and oxen through the surf, children laying on their stomachs in the waves, and women holding their hats in the breeze.
The other thing that is fascinating is how huge he painted! And he didn’t just paint small on location and big in the studio, as is the fashion now. He set up these huge canvases right on the beach. Can you imagine how many times a stiff wind blew over one of those canvases or how much sand is incorporated in each work of art? I love how he was impractical on such a large scale. Well, this is what I want to paint and where I want to paint it.
And he’s in spats and a fedora on the beach, which I also love.
I bought this Sorolla book on Amazon, if you’re interested.
Universal Thread Jeans
I needed to get a pair or two of capri pants to wear on my creative retreat, but as I was trying things on, I found these High Waisted Skinny Jeans by Universal Thread and they are great jeans. I bought two pairs (one in regular length and one in short length for wearing with sandals.) A good pair of jeans is hard to find, so I wanted to share!
Land’s End Swimsuits
And, I also needed a swimsuit. It ended up being too cold, so I didn’t swim, but I wanted to share what I bought, since swimsuit shopping is pure torture. I’ll shop for jeans and bras and even camping equipment for Jeff, but please don’t make me shop for swimsuits.
For the past few years, though, I have bought swimsuits exclusively from Land’s End . They are swimsuits for women who hate shopping for swimsuits. They address all of the trouble-spots, but still look cute. I have some already and knew what works well on my shape, so I just ordered online, but you can find suits at many JC Penny stores to try them on in person.
They do have a good return policy if you buy online and need to return or exchange suits that don’t fit.
And, just wanted to point our they are offering 50% off one full-priced item with coupon code “FRESH”
When we upgraded to a king sized bed, one of the things that made me hesitant was the fact that we had really nice bedding for our queen. I loved our quilt and our set of linen sheets. Well, Saphyr Pure Linen sent us a new set of linen sheets for our king bed and they were the finishing touch on all of the layers of comfort.
It takes a little while to get used to the texture of linen sheets, but I love them. And they get softer with each wash and better with age.
So Will I video
I saw this video at our Easter service at church and found it so moving. Since I go to church on Saturday nights, the Easter service was still in March for me, so this favorite snuck in at the last minute.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…
This has been spring break for the boys, so I haven’t been in my normal work routine. It’s been kind of nice, though. I am ready for walks and hiking and bike rides, but I actually enjoyed being cozied up inside this week, hanging on to the last bit of winter weather.
Spring does need to make an appearance soon, though, because I have some projects on my list…
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