LIFE STAGES . TRUST THE JOURNEY .


TRUST THE JOURNEY

“She wakes up each morning feeling like she has nothing to do. No routine. No purpose.”

Lisa Genova:   ‘Love Anthony’

I read these words this morning and thought, that is exactly ME. That is me when I wake without that feeling of excitement about hurrying to a sewing, writing or art project, or without an appointment, or wanting to return to a novel that is drawing me with the power of the tide.

I do enjoy sitting, apparently doing nothing, but my mind has to be engaged in creative thought for me to relax.

I keep a pile of six to eight library books on hand to alleviate the desolate feeling of nothing-to-do. Mind you, there is always housework or organizing a closet or room, but at this stage of my life – been there, done that.

Our journey thro this life is tumultuous with its constant ups and downs, its real or imagined slights. We all barter, in one way or another, to maintain a relatively consistent feeling of well being.

I thrive on passion – for opportunity, creativity, my family.

The alternative to feeling purposeful is, for me, depression. So, in order to ward off that monster, I always have a multitude of projects on the go.

Early in my marriage, it was one project only – needlework. Then I needed a new interest and, for a few decades, it was researching and publishing our genealogy. With that completed, I felt lost, until my creative juices latched onto sketching with pen and painting in watercolour. Florals are my thing.

Gradually, after several years, I began to feel I had said all I could in that media. My search was on for new artistic horizons.

I don’t know if it is because I am now in my early 70’s, but I now seem to flit from one project to another. Whatever it is, I am artistically all over the place – a true jack of all trades, master of none.

But there is nothing as satisfying and addictive as waking to a passionate urge to create.

That is what keeps my juices flowing and keeps me loving my life.

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NOTECARDS from INKNPETALS .


From Inknpetals

Soon Available …

a

new selection of notecards

from original watercolours

by

Linda Paupst

available February, 2015

Neon Poppy

Poppy, Neon

Version 2

Raspberry Sorbet  (Poppy, Pink)

My Poppy1_0579

 Poppy, Orange 

P1000059

Magnolia, White

PINK MAGNOLIA & BUD

Magnolia, Pink

MAGNOLIA BRANCH

Magnolia Branch, Fuchsia

PEONY

Peony

SAILBOATS

SAILBOATS, Armstrong Beach, Trout Lake, North Bay

Dr. Seuss's Garden

Doodley Do – Dr. Seuss’s Garden

%22YOUR LIFE IS THIS MOMENT ...%22

“Your Life Is This Moment …”

Doodley Do Garden Wall

Doodley Do – Garden Wall

Doodley Do, pink

Doodley Do – Pink

FRIENDSHIP

Friendship  (cyclamen)

Hibiscus 2

Hibiscus – 2

 

DARLEEN's TULIPS

Darleen’s Tulips

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Inknpetals notcards, Back View

                                                           Back of Each Notecard                                                                                                                      Size – 4.5” x 5” with white envelopes.

Prices

$3.50 each

$3.00 each for 10 or more

To Order, contact:

Linda Paupst at INKNPETALS: lrpaupst@gmail.com

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South Georgian Bay Watercolour Artist                                                                                  Linda Robertson Paupst

Linda’s ink and watercolour paintings have a stylized look which compliments traditional or contemporary settings.

Colourful florals predominate. This is a natural extension of Linda’s roots in North Bay Ontario where she grew up in her family’s greenhouses, florist and garden centre.

Linda’s paintings have been described as:

* ”Beautifully & elegantly drawn.”
* ”Sensitive work. You capture the spirit of the flowers.”
* ”Refreshing, inspiring, moving.”
* ”You capture the strength, beauty & fragility of flowers – here today, gone tomorrow.”
* ”You have such colour, form, movement”

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INKNPETALS – http://www.krop.com/lindapaupst/

Images are not to be copied in any format without express permission of the artist.

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WINTER WATERCOLOUR .


It has been snowing here the past 24 hours – I mean it is a windy, gusting, noisy blizzard – a perfect day to stay indoors.

On our front porch, my birch bark wreath wore the snow like an elegant white fur cape. That inspired me to sketch it and paint in watercolour.

The inspiration and the result:

Winter storm from our front window
Winter storm from our front window
Birch Bark Wreath wearing a blanket of snow.
Birch Bark Wreath wearing a blanket of snow at our front door.
Watercolour painting of Birch Bark Wreath in Winter
My Watercolour painting of Birch Bark Wreath in Winter

Since I have not painted for almost two years, this was a feel-good accomplishment.

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SO, SEW ! .


Hello and thank you to followers of Inknpetals.wordpress.com who have stuck by me during a long blogging drought.

The past few months, I have been reinventing myself (again), thinking a lot, and planning. That takes a lot out of you 😉 . I haven’t painted in about a year. Instead, my creative juices and reveries are leaning toward sewing and quilting. This is a big leap. I haven’t sewn in 40 years. As a result, the challenge has been a kaleidoscope of a learning curve – becoming familiar then comfortable, with a new machine, re-learning to work those oh-so-tricky bobbins, choosing fabric (such gorgeous, juicy colours and patterns to choose from). Everything is new.

Fabric Stash
Fabric Stash

I buy fabrics that I absolutely love, and find projects simple enough for a beginner, ones I hope my five kids will like as well. You see, I don’t want to put a lot of money and work into an item that ends up in a drawer. I realize that, even if you know them pretty well, guessing someone else’s taste is a crap shoot. As a result, my fabric stash is growing so I think have something for everyone.

The biggest dilemma I have faced is deciding on fabric colour and pattern combinations. It is more difficult that one might think to achieve a pleasing, balanced and artistic combo of colours, values and patterns. Following are some of my first attempts at combining fabrics …

Trial Colour and Pattern Combos Combo2 Combo3 Combo4 Combo5 Combo6

More learning curve frustration occurred while working on early projects – gobs of tangled and knotted threads on the underside of the fabric and my machine jammed constantly. The result of this was hair-pulling frustration. Ultimately, after putting out SOS signals, I discovered I was filling and inserting the bobbin incorrectly.  😬 😂

Eventually, through determination and two refresher courses at the store where I bought my machine, I finished my first sewing projects in about forty years … a baby quilt, two hobo bags and a little black bag:

Label for Evie's Quilt My first Quilt ... for Everly, Oct.2015

Little Black Bag, Oct.2015

Sew-Gerda wearing my Tote

Reversible canvas tote
Reversible canvas tote

Then, I tackled Christmas presents. That will be my next post.

This is fun and addictive!

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FRIENDSHIP . Organization Fun Inspiration .


Back on May 11, 2015, I posted “STITCHES . Adapting Evolving “ in which I wrote of yet one more new phase in my life. It began with the flutter of self doubt about my art and writing, and frustration with the clutter in my allocated Art Room.

The room – a luxury in our small home – contained a multitude of art supplies –  easels, paints – both watercolours and acrylics, canvases, journals, framed and unframed paintings, framed and unframed prints, my art note cards, and on and on. In addition, the room contained drafts of writing projects, old photo albums; a large box of too-precious-to-dump papers and cards from my mothers funeral; my husband’s out-of-season clothing; office supplies; more photo albums … well, you get the picture. It was so disorganized I could barely move in there and finding anything was a constant battle of perseverance.

So friends Kay and Janis came to help organize me! Now I must say, both ladies are organized and have beautiful Craft Rooms (photos of which I showed in my May 11th post “Stitches …”). But Janis is in a league of her own. She is a whirlwind of organized thought and activity. Not only did she find a place for everything, but put everything in its own place.

First she eliminated a wing back chair and Greg’s out-of-season clothing. Then she removed stuff to outside the room to be sorted later. She moved the remaining furniture around. I gave her free reign, after all I sure had no idea of where to begin. Janis even went to my bedroom where I had knitting supplies and a stash of wool, and to my dining room where I had journals, pens, markers, washi tapes. She unearthed boxes from the laundry room and under a bed that contained original art, prints, celophane bags, matts. My new sewing maching was tucked away in my front closet. She found room for all of it in my small, newly organized, Sewing/ Art/ Craft Room. Unbelievable.

Janis was amazing. Kay and I, the worker bees, obediently and cheerfully fetched, lifted, moved. Janis delved into each bag, box and pile of stuff and left it to me to determine if each item was a keeper or garbage. Nothing escaped her notice.

Janis, 'Organizer Supreme', on right. 'Worker Bees', Kay center, and myself.
On completion of my new room – On right, Janis, ‘Organizer Supreme’. ‘Worker Bees’, Kay center, and myself.

It took two full days from 10:30 AM to 8 PM. We stopped midway each day for lunch, wine, laughter. At the end of it all, here are the results …

My newly organized sewing/art/craft room (1)
My newly organized sewing/art/craft room (1), with some of my art and needlework on the wall – hopefully minimizing the presence of large photos of moi. Janis hung them. She said: “They should be here. This is Linda’s room!”  My wool stash is underneath. And my sewing machine, waiting for its own table, tells me to “get busy”. 
My newly organized sewing/art/craft room (2).
My newly organized sewing/art/craft room (2).

The third wall housed 3 cabinets – one organized for writing, my story drafts and my published work. One cabinet holds photo albums, art books, etc. The third contains my fabric stash, sewing patterns and supplies. This cabinet is smaller than the other two, pefect for standing most of my orininal art work.

The fourth wall has a T-V and a closet with shelves along the top and on each end … yup, you guessed it – all organized with areas for office supplies, art supplies, art in progress, large canvases, old journals, and two boxes which are a ‘Family Millenium Time Capsule’ which will be opened in 2025.

Fun. Satisfying. Energizing. Inspiring.

Thank you Kay and Janis for removing some of the clutter from my home and my mind.

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FRIENDSHIP .. Sally . Poetry .


FRIENDSHIP

SALLY

She amazes me.                                                                                                                               Tall, with a bearing that hints of ‘good blood’.                                                                            At once energetic, yet reserved                                                                                             Caught unaware, she is pensive.

Animated in an exchange with a stranger                                                                                   as though a life-long friend                                                                                                        She possesses the envious skill of drawing anyone into a                    conversation –                                                                                                                            I sit and watch in wonder.

She dresses in a classic style                                                                                                         With a liberal dash of je ne sais quoi                                                                                                  A scarf flung artfully,                                                                                                                   Slashes of colour drape her long languid body.

Huge original canvases fill her home                                                                                   Warm, passionate splashes of red liven floor and walls.                                         Thought-provoking art,                                                                                                                Subtle yet strong shapes, line, colour.                                                                     Sophistication. Awareness of art as emotion

She encompasses warmth generosity,                                                                                   Eager to take in all life offers                                                                                                       Fun. Feisty. Friend.

Friend
Friend
My observations and feelings following a day of laughter and comaraderie with two friends in Wasaga Beach, Elmvale, Barrie, Nov. 13, 2014 .

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Name This Watercolour Painting . ART .


I love this watercolour. It mesmerizes me. I love the way the squishy, wet hues blended and merged. I love the rich jewel tones. I love the geometry. It talks to me. The eye looks right into my soul.

This painting is a far cry from my usual florals. The only similarity with some of my other art is in the use of colour, its intensity. But this one keeps drawing me back.

'I'

I painted this a few years ago but I still don’t know what it is saying to me.

Because I have been unable to define this watercolour, I have been unable to name it. I considered, and quickly dismissed, “Me”, “My Eye On the World”, “Watching Over You” … but, rather than maternal, that one sounded just downright creepy.

So I am asking you to help me name this work. What do you think or feel when you really look at it?

My only criteria is that the name not have any religious connotation – spiritual yes, but not religious. And if you like, I will send a matted print of this or any other of my paintings as a thank you to the person whose idea I choose.

I would love to hear your suggestions, so don’t be shy, send whatever comes to mind. It might be exactly what I feel.

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BOOK A WORKSHOP – Make cards, gifts; Relax, Enjoy .


Book a Workshop this Fall!

This pursuit is relaxing, satisfying, fun, artistic. And, you will learn to make your own Christmas cards and gifts.

Below – “Dr.Seuss’ Garden”

Dr. Seuss's Garden‘Dr. Suess’s Garden’ 
Another zentangle - such a meditative, feel-good project
“Flowers for Everly”.   Another zendoodle – such a meditative, feel-good project

Did You Know ….

“Sketching and doodling improve comprehension and creative thinking.”
Sunni Brown:   on Ted Talks – ‘Doodlers Unite’;   Author – “Game Storming”

So, why not  do this for YOU!

Contact me – lrpaupst@rogers.com

Mixed Media Zentangle
Mixed Media Zentangle -Watercolour, ink, markers.

Zendoodle Experience . INKNPETALS: Retail, Workshops, Home Parties .


Fall is here and the flu has arrived with it.

The nasty flu bug reduced the particpants in a recent zendoodle workshop, but those present learned a new artistic interest  – a skill that allows us to focus, relax, create. Here are a few photos of our afternoon together …

Jean & Lenore creating their first Zentangles
Jean (left) & Lenore creating their first Zendoodles
Carol 'in-the-moment'. Some of my Zentangle instruction tools on the background.
Carol focused & ‘in-the-moment’! Some of my Zendoodle instruction tools in the background.
Carol, Lenore & Jean at the end of our 2 hour workshop.
Carol, Lenore & Jean at the end of our 2 hour workshop.

Some beautiful and interesting concepts created by these newbies. Carol commented that she loved the freedom, the looseness of Zendoodling.

She is excited about enjoying and practicing her new pursuit in the car on her upcoming trip to Florida. She thinks it will be a fun and productive way to wile away the travel hours.

Anyone else who is interested in hosting or being part of a Zendoodle workshop, please contact me through this blog, Facebook or Twitter.

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More Zentangling & Journaling .


What an amazing, happy way to wile away the hours.

another zentangle a meditative, feel-good project
Another zentangle – such a meditative, feel-good project

 

Bette Davis’s pronouncement that “Old age ain’t for sissies” is certainly true. I have experienced more, painful, falling-apart symptoms lately but have been happy as the proverbial pig in sh*# with my drawing and new project in my Midori – art journaling. Following, are a couple more attempts.  And, if you are not already doing something similar, consider giving it a go. Enjoy!

 

More flourishes added to the inside cover of my Midori notebook
More flourishes & colour added to the inside cover of my Midori notebook

 

Cover of my kraft paper journal insert.
Cover of my kraft-paper journal insert.