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Gladiolus Flower Drawing

Today I wanted to draw. I had a few minutes to sit down in my studio.

Inspiration Flower

Gladiolus

  • Comes from Latin word gladius
  • Gladius means sword
  • Associated with gladiators
  • Flower resembles a sword
  • Symbolizes strength, infatuation and passion
  • Used as a symbol of protection during the gladiator era

I really enjoyed this coloring illustration.

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Caroline

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Wednesday in the Studio

I had a few hours of personal time in-between client appointments. It was time to paint again.

The Paintings

I might reopen the Etsy shop, but under a different name. It might be open by the fall. I want to keep painting and have a larger collection.

I have the bottom colors finished. Next will be more detail using acrylic markers..

Maybe I can spend more time in the studio later this week.

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Caroline

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Sunday Morning Painting

It’s been awhile since I sat at my art table. It’s been a difficult few weeks. I learned of a new diagnosis as to the reason my legs swell. There’s no cure. But eating less carbs and mostly eat fruit and veggies will help maintain my health.

This morning I organized my snacks and put some in containers to have for this week. I’m also going to make my lunch for tomorrow before the end of the day.

I took another job something to make extra money on the side. I’m hoping it will be full time at some point. I get to work from home with this job. Yeah.

I want to return to painting and reorganize my Etsy shop which I closed. I won’t reopen it until I paint consistently.

New Paintings

Here’s what I have been painting lately. It starts as a scribble on canvas then I make it into an image. Flowers tend to be my topic.

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Caroline

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Friday Painting

Lately it’s been difficult to sit and paint. Mostly because of fatigue and chronic pain. But tonight I felt some energy to paint.

First I did a 10 min yoga evening stretch. Then I painted using water color. And decided to get a canvas out and painted in acrylic.

Paintings

Of course I will be working on the acrylic painting when I have a chance. Hopefully tomorrow after work I’ll have some energy.

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Caroline

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Gluten Free Lunch and Dinner Ideas

Lunch

Eating gluten free and dairy free has helped me to be more inventive with my meal ideas.

Today I made a plate of cucumbers, tomato cut in wedges, guacamole and gluten free crackers. With hot tea. Then I had a few gluten free Oreos.

Dinner

The new Dutch oven was used, along with the new pans. They cooked this meal wonderfully.

Make rice. Then cut in slices zucchini and yellow squash and cut red onion in thin sliced. Saute with salt and pepper. Then add the mushrooms.

Then cook the shrimp. I used frozen cooked shrimp. I put cold water on the shrimp before it was heated up. I put butter in the pan. Then later I added coconut aminos for added flavor.

I put a sliced avocado on the side along with watermelon and cantaloupe.

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Caroline

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#1 mandala

I am challenging myself to draw/doodle a mandala. Mandalas help to decrease anxiety and stress. I want to try to draw 30 mandalas. I know I will not do them daily and that’s not the point.

This is done with a black pen. Sometimes I like to keep more open spaces in my doodles.

I have been stressed with deciding if I leave my job. I decided to stay as I really want to work remotely. I don’t think at this time with the world events I should work from home. I feel more people will want office visits to keep human contact.

I also was stressed about life. I realized that I’m trying to be happy through a job, but it’s a job I’m no longer feeling fulfilled at.

Peace. Let’s pray for Ukraine.

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Caroline

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30 Drawings of Mandalas

Drawing Challenge

This challenge is to doodle 30 mandalas. Why, you ask? Just for fun, and to get myself focused on art and creativity again.

I am working out of a hardback sketch book, 8″ x 11″ using a black pen and crayons, color pencils or gel pens. This is something I can do before I go to sleep. Resting my legs under my weighted blanket after a long day. With my work schedule, taking care of my pets and resting my body, I won’t be able to finish these in 30 days. The outcome will be having 30 doodle mandalas.

I started drawing this evening. Here is my rheumatoid arthritis hand. Swollen, puffy and joints are in pain from all the drawing.

The completed drawing will be posted later…

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Caroline

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Faceless Self-Portrait

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I really need to complete this painting…maybe that’s my goal to meet by spring.

Self-portrait Acrylic Painting

This is a painting about me and my dog taking a walk in the metro parks. We used to walk there every weekend during the summer and into the autumn season. She is now 13 years old. Our walks are shorter but she still loves them.

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Caroline