watercolor and ink painting of bouquet by emily weil

daily painting | TJ bouquet

I feel like I don’t know how to gather my thoughts and feelings today in this world of war and aggression and tumult. So I’ll do what I do — bounce along and hang on. Can’t seem to get my bearings so practicing self-compassion is in order (I get a lot out of Kristin Neff’s website, https://self-compassion.org, which has comforting meditations). When everything is blowing up, how do we find our feet under us? On some days it’s OK not to. It’s just not possible. I put my hand on my heart and do Neff’s mantra: May I be safe, may I be peaceful, may I be happy, may I be kind to myself, may I accept myself as I am. And I call on the angels and gods and medicine animals to bring succor and support to those amazing, brave Ukrainians.

And making a gooey chocolate dessert today is definitely in order.

(If you need a good cry look up SNL’s Feb 26 show on YouTube; they opened with the Ukrainian New York chorus.)

Peace out.

9″ x12″ ink, watercolor on paper

 

 

 

watercolor painting of nasturtiums by emily weil

daily painting | lynda’s nasties

Don’t you think that nasturtiums are about the sweetest posies ever? So accessible, with their cheery bright oranges and yellows. As a kid I remember walking home from school and along the way there was a riot of nasties in a neighbor’s front yard, and if you plucked a blossom, you could suck the nectar out of the little pointy end of the flower. Sweet and delicious, and it was a slightly naughty thing to do (maybe I was imagining I was a hummingbird). My kind neighbor Lynda grows these and sent me a lovely photo of her bouquet. I find fresh flowers lift my spirits. Their beauty is temporary, fragile and fleeting, and must be appreciated in the moment. 

Today’s grief update: I don’t mean to brag, but I totally got out of bed today. 

10″ x 7″ watercolor, pen on paper = $90

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