Friday, April 27, 2012

Sketching Out A New Life

Hi all! Happy Friday. Hope you've had a lovely week. I've been astonished with just how quickly time can fly by now that I'm a few days into my new life. It's shocking, really.

But I've discovered a few things -- coffee tastes better when I sip it at my favorite breakfast nook perch, rather than at a desk in an office building. Having a glass of wine at lunch just because you can is a decadent treat. And there still just aren't enough minutes in a day.

Four days into my "sabbatical" and I still hadn't picked up a a paint brush. Not enough time, it seemed. But the other day, I wrote about the powers of observation, and how bringing a sketchbook on a vacation helps me see a bit better. Taking the time to make a quick sketch slows the world a bit, or at least leaves a vivid memory of a time or place.

So I decided that instead of waiting to travel, I would start a sketchbook of my day to day, in hopes that  I can slow things down a bit, or at least create a strong memory for what this time in my life is all about. My own backyard may not be the Jardins du Luxembourg, but the magnolia trees that bloom there are worth a long look, I think.

Beauty is fleeting, and if you don't take the time to watch for it, you could very well miss the show.

What do you want to make sure you take the time to really see this weekend?


  1. love you blue and white cup of coffee!
    have a lovely weekend

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  3. How true to find the beauty in our daily lives, not just on wonderful vacations - a great reminder as we head into the weekend that looks like it might even be sunny! Have a great weekend Jeanne and keep creating - I love seeing what you do.

  4. Instead of cursing the weeds in my yard tomorrow, I'll count my blessings that I have a garden to love! Your work is truly lovely. Happy weekend, Jeanne!

  5. That magnolia watercolor is stunning! I think you are so smart to slow things down and enjoy each moment you have right now.

    What a gift to be able to capture those moments with your paintbrush.

    I can't wait to see what else unfolds in your new routine.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Jeanne!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  6. These skecthes are lovely. I came over from My country farmhouse and now I am going to follow!

    Enjoy your time!




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