Whirlwind Happy

Sorry that my posting  has been pretty infrequent, but you see…well, I’ve been in a whirlwind of happy. It started with a reunion with my oldest sister and has been moved into writing like a mad woman, filling canvas after canvas and then this super fun thing called the Renaissance Festival. I’m going to share some of those pictures…

There was a real castle that we got to tour.

There were minstrels who serenaded us around every corner.

There was jester who made us laugh

There was jousting that I think was my favorite part

Did I mention that I loved the horses and knights?

I had the best time going and being with people I love made it even better. The girls had a wonderful time (well…except for several meltdowns brought on by heat, crowds and the desire to ride a camel that I deemed a big “HECK NO” because I am a mean mommy like that)

Here is the latest canvas I am working on…lots of detail to be done, but here is your sneak peek.

Mother and Daughter

And lastly I decided to get a tattoo. I’ve wanted one for a while, but suffered through my Baptist raising of my body is a temple thing. I’ve finally decided if the big Italian churches can have elaborate murals that cover walls and ceilings…my temple can have one little picture.

I probably should have shave my legs before this picture but hey…whatever. I chose a butterfly because it is my “symbol”. I could go all metaphoric on you, but I’m sure you can figure it out. I mentally prepared myself for the pain, but I realized that my preparation was almost not enough. My sisters were with me and I treated it like I was in labor. I chose them to be my focal point. They reminded me to breathe and then when it got really bad…my twin handed me her iPhone and I watched happy scenes from Mary Poppins. The artist (if you call someone who is carving on your skin an artist) laughed and said that was a first in the studio. Nothing like a spoon full of sugar to make the etching go down.

SO that’s what I have been up to. Hope to write more meaningful posts later, but I’ve been busy stretching my new wings and being caught in a whirlwind of happy.

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9 replies

  1. Love the tattoo. I have 2 butterfly tattoos because I’ve always felt they were my symbol – change is good.

  2. Wow!!! I haven’t been to a Ren Faire in a long time, but I work with a girl who “works” them and I get to live vicariously through her….so this is where u have been!!!!

    I framed one of my giraffes…I love them so..and u for giving them.

    I love ur painting, it’s so touching, I can’t wait to see the final product..all that talent pouring out of u!

    And that tatoo…I’m envious of the bravery. It’s a gorgeous butterfly and so symbolic of your ‘coming out of your cocoon” and what a glorious rebirth it’s been my friend!!!!


  3. The skin around your tattoo looks red. Is it still sore, or is that just the picture? Mary Poppins rocks – there’s no arguing.

  4. Oh – and wow on the painting. I had no idea you could do that! It’s beautiful already!

  5. I’m delighted to hear you sounding happy! And your butterfly on the temple is lovely … and made me laugh! 🙂

  6. P.S. The painting is gorgeous! Without faces it has an almost Amish mother and child feeling.

  7. WOW, that canvas is wonderful

  8. I am glad you had a good trip and Gaines such pretty wings. Enjoy feeling them unfurl and enjoy your happiness.

  9. it’s a good thing to see joy in your words. Your sisters – I can see each of you – in each of you. And I think the tattoo is more than just a butterfly – is that a butterfly on a bicycle? I wouldn’t think you’d ever just get a plain butterfly, you’d have to have your signature on it somewhere. And your painting – you could leave it as is and I’d heart it to pieces. God bless you Alycia.

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