Sunday, July 31, 2005

Hello all!
Today was another busy day. Learned about sketching map events and landscapes. I loved doing the maps. They reminded me of 'treasure maps'. I can see how they would be helpful in many applications of a field journal. I didn't quite get my landscape finished. I am excited about the things I learned though and look forward to putting them in to practical use.
A strange thing is going on up here. Two days ago, a 24-year-old ranger vanished from Fairchild mountain. He is not new to the area and he was just on routine patrol. They lost radio contact with him sometime yesterday. I guess they have mounted a search. There has been a lot of speculation--mountain lion, bear, sprained ankle, broken leg, etc. The simple fact is they don't know what happened to him and no one will know until they find him.
He's trained in survival techniques and as they are saying, the weather isn't too bad. It stormed a little yesterday and today, but not bad like it has in the past. He just needs to hang on. They'll find him.
Guess with that I better go. I've got to get back on that article.
I'll write more tomorrow. Til then~

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Hello! Today is Saturday, July 30, 2005.
Wow! I just got back from taking an Illustrated Field Journal Class at the Rocky Mountain Nature Association Educational Headquarters. What an experience! It is something I have wanted to do for quite a number of years now. Marty Colon, the instructor is incredible. He has a very relaxing personality, which causes you to relax. His motto is "don't worry about it". There are 13 people in the class and tomorrow is day 2.
Today, we drew flowers and trees. One thing I did learn is I'm going to have to get me a watercolor set. One lady let me borrow her set today and the difference it made is incredible. Tomorrow, we are doing a map and landscape. I am thrilled to learn about that.
The Bighorn Sheep were down today aaaannnnnddd I found out where the bears are.
I'm getting ready to edit an article. Today, has been so fun and inspirational.
Last night, I prayed for peace. Today I found it in the park.
Will write more tomorrow.
Til Then~

Friday, July 29, 2005


This is the first post on this blog. I've yet to fill out my profile. Will do that sometime this weekend. For now, it's enough for you to know I am a writer. I've thought about doing a blog for some time, however with the encouragement of my editor at Writer's Digest in May, I decided to take the plunge and just 'do it'.

My hope for this blog is to share my life, low times, high times, and all the times in between.

If you've not read Eric Maisel's latest book, Coaching the Artist Within, I suggest you do. The past few months have been a very difficult time for my family. In March, we lost three family members and to say things have not been running smoothly would be an understatement.

When bad things happen, it is difficult to think, much less create. In Eric's book though, he encourages artists of all mediums to take the good with the bad. That is life. That is how we move forward.

From my vantage point, it seems that is how we get the material for our art.

That's all for today. Tomorrow, I will be attending an 'artist seminar'. I will share what I pick up. :-)

Til Then~