I LOVE it! She calls it “MonkeyMind”(Luann Udell)

I was reading a “new to me” blog this morning by Luann Udell (https://luannudell.wordpress.com/Mind) that describes a particular quality of mine perfectly. Monkey Mind…yes, I have this a lot. But here is my 5 word light at the end of that tunnel…”Indecision is where turmoil lives”. It’s the process of examining every option, every thought, every spoken word, every possibility that drives me crazy. Once the decision is made, or once the action, word, feeling, etc. is contemplated and either accepted or rejected…Then, I can (hopefully/usually), live in Peace & Exultation (!) and move forward.

Thank you, Luann Udell, for sharing the concept of “MonkeyMind”…Now I have a word for it!

The turmoil of indecision…

The exhilaration of decision!

Take care,

Kathy Ann

Sketch, Sketch, Sketch!

Since I had so much fun working in my art journal this afternoon…I kept right on arting after dinner.

I didn’t quite capture my daughter, but not tooooo bad!

Have a good night all,

Take care, 

Kathy Ann

Summer Art Journal 2016 Begins…

I spent so much of today engaged in art of some sort…a wonderful day!

I am having fun working on an art journal for a class I am taking, Art Journal Summer 2016 thru Bloknote Academy online classes. For those who don’t know…Art Journaling is a fun way to create, practice, try out new techniques, mediums, & styles…just for fun, not for perfection.


I have been wanting to start an Art Journal, but wasn’t sure where to start…I figured this short, fun, summer long workshop would be just the ticket!

I was right! So much fun and so helpful to have talented guides as a beginner.

Happy Dance!

Take care,

Kathy Ann

Mysterious in Turquoise & Gold

Whew, this was some sort of challenge from beginning to end.

She was inspired by this sketch from late the other night…the one I told you about that seemed to take on a life of her own(nothing new about that!), going thru many different phases and ending up here.

She seemed to have a story to tell, and I hope this is where she ultimately wanted me to go…
Mixed Media, pastel, acrylic, paint pen, stencils, and ribbon on canvas.

I am glad she is finished. I think I will be creating more like her.

Thank you for joining me on her journey.

Take care, 

Kathy Ann

It’s not Summer without a Pretty Wreath on the Door!

Enjoying today’s Flagstaff summer monsoon storm…Perfect weather for finally getting around to creating my summer wreath for the front door. What better way to welcome guests than with pretty flowers on the door!


Too bad these are not quite as popular as they once were…I used to have my own dried floral business back in the day…Always so easy to get lost in the creation of pretty arrangements. Still love it! And it’s second nature to me….I can whip out a wreath in no time at all. 

I could never figure out a good way to ship them…otherwise I could perhaps still sell them in my Etsy shop…I know there are places were they are still popular and people would prefer hand made to Walmart mass-produced versions….

Anyway, Happy Summer!

Take care, Kathy Ann

Having a Grand Time Painting Faces!

She started here…

Then went to here…


And ended up here…


And ended up here…

Crazy, Right?!     

Holy Moly this is fun! 

Take care, 

Kathy Ann

First Lake Trip of the Season

We are a family of boaters. Mention  a coming lake trip and we are ALL onboard! Chomping at the bit, waiting for the day of departure to arrive. Seriously. Waiting.

Waiting to take that 2 hour drive to Lake Powell. Waiting to drive down that hot, loooong ramp and launch into that gorgeous, cool water.
Waiting for that moment when we find just the right spot. The perfect beach. That beach where the shade comes early after a long hot day of sun & fun.

Ahhhhhh….That’s it. That’s what it is all about. The Lake Trip.From the youngest…

To the oldest…
To the furriest …
We love the lake!

Wishing everyone a lovely, wonderful, super-duper Summer filled with love, family, friends…

And good food!

Take care, 

Kathy Ann

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