For this weeks artist’s date I went to different ethnic stores and then made vegan lasagna from one of my recipe books. The total time spent preparing and cooking this dish was 3hrs, but man was it worth it! As my first attempt at making lasagna, I believe I nailed it! ~ ^_^
While running a quick errand for my father, I decided to stop and eat an amazing black bean burger at Players Bar and Grill, then drop into the local Arboretum. I was going to have my artist date later in the week, but the timing and weather was too perfect to pass up. Since I had my camera with me I thought “why not?”
Gotta Love Flowers
I found a new setting on my camera (extreme close-up) and had a great time playing around with different angles ^_^.
Leaves and Things
I captured my palm tree friend after seeing their sad umbrella tops. As I walked around in the grass I found the design of a decaying leafs’ veins intriguing. The one below gave me a sense of fun and play as if the budding leaf were a fairy ready to dance. The other pictures unmentioned had appealing color compositions such as: cool colors, complimentary colors, and contrast of light and dark.
Do You See What I See?
Towards the end of my Artist Date I looked down and saw little hearts here and there upon my jeans. Yet another good day~ ❤
P.S. Thank you dad for giving me the opportunity to have a wonderful day 😉
Yay! I was sooo happy to see this one again! This is the second time dancer came up so I guess I better dance more ^_^. I forgot to add a carpenter object though. The reason why I put that one down was b/c I’d like to build my own tiny house someday and knowing the skills how to would be nice.
If I had money what adventures would I do:
Learn from indigenous tribes and do my best to protect them and their land
I kind of laughed when the exercise said to find a picture in a magazine or to sketch my ideal place. I thought “ha, for as much as I love nature, I haven’t really drawn it much so I guess that’s what I’ll do.” I found my dream place to be in the warm summer sun. I saw waves first, then rocks or mountains, the sand, trees and grass came last.
I wondered at first if my picture was from living near the five great lakes all my life, like it was in my physiology to want to be near water. When I lived in Iowa I often found myself near some form of water. In times of need lakes have always been a comfort to my soul. They wash away my cares and cleanse away any doubt. They help me stay true to myself.
This exercise was to figure out the qualities of idols I was drawn to and if I feel the need to live out similar experiences for myself.
I was always drawn to the strength of Mother Teresa’s faith and service. The compassion and care she gave to the sick and dying was another quality that I have wanted to establish within myself.
I had Georgia O’keefe as an artist study in highschool and saw her as an amazing woman artist. I enjoyed the vibrant colors she used for her flowers, landscapes, and skulls.
I see Gandhi as the ultimate peaceful warrior. He stuck with his peaceful protests and fought for many things that he believed in.
Henry David Thoreau
One of my favorite nature writers is Thoreau and he had similar nature philosophy as me. My favorite quote from him is “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined”.
I am intrigued by all shamans from different cultures, on how they heal people with spiritual channeling and with plants from the environment. This “old” form of medicine feels necessary today with all the cultural disconnection from nature.
I have gone through most of my idols occupations, I worked as a home health aid, I love to express myself through artistic mediums, and this blog is an outlet for my nature writings. The only qualities of my idols I haven’t developed are more towards spiritual faith and finding something that I believe in to share with the world.