Friday, March 09, 2012

Life in the Joy Household

Hard to believe i haven't posted in over a month (OK, so maybe it is)  There has been allot going on in
my life.  Some big changes and more to come.  For those that know my son and his "struggle" to grow
up (that's the nice way of putting it) :)  He has *finally* found something that
that will put him on the path to independence.  Something he never thought he would do, but the opportunity came up, he signed up and was accepted. (no, its not the military) He is driving a truck.  He found a course affiliated with a trucking company-you train for a month then they put you to work-with a training driver, not on your own until they sign off on you. He seemed to take to it very quickly-even aced his commercial test with a 98.
He left Wednesday morning for his first run.  He has been to Denver already and is headed to Pennsylvania as i type.  They stopped at a casino in Iowa last night-good place to park and sleep (more quiet) and you can walk around the casino and stretch. (and pull a slot machine and win $44) He will get a lesson in mountain driving by sat night-Appalachian mountains-i would be sweating bullets.  This is such a huge thing in our family-he has had so many jobs and no desire to grow up-i was beginning to think that I would have to move away instead of him ever leaving.  :)   
    Gary is going to make some big changes too-but I'm not writing about that until he actually leaves on Sunday (assuming he doesn't change his mind)  which will affect me too-
  As for art, I seem to be struggling with creating-last year i went the first 6 months without creating and that seems to be happening again.  I dyed some fabric last week-avacado dying-beautiful.  I made a little 3-d fabric house (picture soon) but other than dabbling here and there, nothing to speak of.  I think it's because I am tired of all I do-I feel like i "copy" for lack of a better word all the other stuff that is out there-i put my own spin on it, not exact of course, but i'm just not feeling the usual feeling I get from making something-I need to find my niche.  Maybe if i clean out my art room-and i mean really think about what i want to keep and what i never use, then having an orderly room would be more condusive to creating.  I have had "urges" to play with fabric, so I think that is what I need to do for awhile~



Jill Zaheer said...

Hi Donna,
Wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog to comment on our 31/31 blog tour for Seth's Pulse of Mixed Media. So glad to be introducted to your blog. First - congrats on your son getting this job- fingers crossed that all goes well! And just love the barbed wired art piece you made- and how wonderful that you took the time to take us through your process.
I do hope you will feel like making some new art- even if it doesn't feel inventive to you. I used to make one piece at a time- until I saw on a blog that many people make several backgrounds on numerous substrates at a time- and then when the feeling comes over you- at least you have a background made and you can start the ground running! Other times you can dabble with materials around you, newsprint, circles with the edge of a can etc and just play. I think that is one of the best parts of art- just playing and enjoying yourself without having to make anything! Hope to meet up with you as the book tour continues!!

Shannon Green said...

Yay Nathan!! I was thinking about him the other day and wondered how he was doing. I'm so glad he found something that he seems to enjoy and that he can make a career out of. Hey, maybe he'll end up on Ice Road Truckers. Of course you would have to be heavily sedated.

Your avocado fabric is beautiful! Here's a what-not-to-do tip that I learned the hard way. I thought I would add a splash of vinegar since it helps to set the color when you dye things, right? Well, it will turn your pink into a mauve color which isn't awful but a little disappointing when you had a lovely pink going on. No vinegar.

Now I'm all curious about Gary's news. I hope it's that y'all are moving to Houston. That would be SO convenient for me. And we could art together or complain about how we're not arting. Either way I think you need to make a road trip. Round Top is the first weekend in April. Work for you?