Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Time To Celebrate

There is surely cause for celebration.

Two things:

Spring is here. (Though it may not look or feel like it out here in Utah.)

It is also my Birthday today.

There was a celebration. It wasn't really for my birthday, but I like to think that's one main reason I went. I was never able to go the previous years.

I mentioned the Holi Festival in my last vlog. Holi is a Hindu religious festival celebrated at the passing of winter on the last full moon day. People get together, throw colors, have bonfires, sing, dance and chant mantras. In India, colored water is typically thrown along with colored powder. Here in Utah, they throw colored powder. Throwing water at each other 30 degree weather might make a lot of people sick.

So many people go to the Festival of Colors each year. This is the time of year when everyone in Utah's facebook news feed is filled with pictures of people covered in color. It gets to be a little much, but going to the festival is a beautiful thing.

I put together a short video about my experience. Please forgive the terrible quality and camera shake.

My shirt started out white, and I'm not sure if that scarf will ever be the same... But I am so glad I was able to go this year.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday Sketches, Posted on a Monday

Here are a few sketches from this past week. Most were done this Sunday.. but I like art so much, I don't limit it just to Sunday.
Guess who? Little Mowgs.. done in ink.

Pencil and ink, Prints available here.
Ink, prints available here.

These last couple of weeks have been hard.. Here is hoping this week will be beautiful.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sorry for the swear... I just really liked this one.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hello Spring

I went out in search of a few spring buds. Spring is one of my favorite seasons. 
The fact that color and beauty always follows dark dreary weather makes me happy. 
Today was still pretty dreary, but I was determined to find a bit of spring's beauty hidden somewhere.
Then the strangest thing happened.
As I started to look for beauty, I started to find even more.
Even though the weather was still dreary and cold.
There is always beauty to be found.

I think that's just how life goes...
Life can seem dreary, cold and gray.
But the more you look  the more beauty you can find.

(Even if it starts to snow while you are out looking for spring.)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Morning

Last week was hard... I miss my Mowgli so very much. Not a day has gone by that I haven't cried for him. I'm sure this will continue for a very long time. But now it's Monday, last week is over and it's time to get up and live life again. I need to create, paint, knit, crochet, cook and sew. I need to go on adventures again, I need to explore and find some beauty in the world.

I can't wait until spring, where trees start to blossom and flowers start to grow. It's been very dreary all week. I'm lucky to have wonderful people in my life who have given me some cheer. Brad and my aunt both gave me some beautiful flowers which I keep in my room to keep it looking bright and happy.

It's time for me to work extra hard, and save up to get a vehicle and place to live... being in this house reminds me that he is gone. Where I would normally hear his footsteps I hear nothing... where he would normally be playing, I see nothing. And that is driving me a bit crazy.
It is time to get out of my parents house.. and start living a new life.

"Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you."
---Maori Proverb

Friday, March 18, 2011

Taking A Break

I'm going to take a short break for a while.

I don't like being home. I miss the pitter patter of his foot steps. I miss his whine at the door when I was in the other room. I miss telling him good morning, and saying good night. I even miss the annoying and loud bark he did every time he heard a noise. The house is so quiet. I don't like that.

I'm also quite sick of posting sad things on this blog.

So I will be taking a break from the internet. I'm planning on going camping, or at least being in nature and finding sometime beautiful.

Nature heals, so does time.

I will see you all on Monday.

The sky looks pissed
The wind talks back
My bones are shifting in my skin
And you my love are gone

My room seems wrong

The bed won't fit
I cannot seem to operate
And you my love are gone

So glide away on soapy heels

And promise not to promise anymore
And if you come around again
Then I will take, then I will take the chain from off the door

I'll never say I'll never love

But I don't say a lot of things
And you my love are gone