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Burlap or denim?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Fourth of July was a couple of weeks ago, true. I’m working on a project for about this time next year. Tell me: which do you like better?

1. Denim or

2. Burlap

Keetha DePriest 4th of July Old Glory

 

 

It’s not pretty

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Between Pinterest and Instagram, I see a lot of photos of gorgeous art studios and craft rooms. Work surface neat, sun shining gently through the windows, and you just know there’s a bluebird right outside singing.

This is what my work space looks like when I’m in the midst of a project:

Keetha DePriest art studio

 

It actually feels junkier in person. I just like to have all my stuff right there, within arm’s reach.

Doesn’t it makes the fantasy of those gorgeous Pinterest studios that much sweeter?

Watercolor a Week: Independence Day Style

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Watercolor a week | 0 comments

I went looking for fireworks with groovy packaging designs I could paint. I was expecting cool packets of sparklers. I had forgotten about the tanks!

Keetha DePriest watercolor 4th of July

 

This funky chicken sitting next to the tank. Hen laying egg is what it says on the front. 

tank

 

I’m a little curious as to see what that looks like.

 

Focused is what I want more of.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in I have seen the enemy and it is me, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago I took myself to see X-Men: Days of Future Past and it was so good.  With that I ordered a box set of the first six X-Men movies.

The other night I watched the first one and the first half of the second one. They’re great movies. Yet I struggled not to pick up my phone and look at Instagram. Not to look at Facebook on my iPad. Not to be doing something else while I was watching them.

It’s weird, this habit of constantly doing more than one thing. I was enjoying the movie, a lot. I didn’t have the thought, “Hey, I’m bored. Think I’ll see what’s going on online.” There wasn’t a thought process at all; it was a compulsion. 

Even though the means – social media – is new, the compulsion really isn’t. Before smart phones, I’d often pick up a book and start reading at a red light. Because

1) I love to read but

2) I guess I really don’t like being bored.

 

Even years ago, when I settled in to watch an episode of Friends, I had a stack of magazines to go through or a cookbook to flip through – always doing something else. No one liked watching movies with me because I was the one who said, “Wait a minute. What just happened? Who’s that guy? I’m lost.” Because I was half paying attention. The bad thing about half-paying attention is that both tasks – the TV show and the stack of magazines were getting short shrift. I was trying to make my brain work twice as hard and it can’t – it’s incapable of splitting focus. Instead, I was forcing it to switch back and forth without ever getting deep into one task.

I need to be mindful. If I’m going to watch a movie, then sit and watch a movie. Give myself over to the experience and really enjoy it. Don’t plan to make a grocery list or fold a load of laundry. Just watch it and be entertained. When it’s time to make the grocery list (after the movie is over), then make that list. Think about what meals we’ll have this week, what all we have going on. Focus on that. Then move on to the next thing.

No wonder our attention spans seem so fragmented. Because they kinda are.

 

Watercolor a Day – May 30th

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Watercolor a Day May 2014 | 0 comments

Wedding anniversary.

Keetha DePriest watercolor julep cups

 

Painted from a photograph a dear friend took at our wedding reception. Jeffrey and I had our engraved julep glasses full of mint tea punch. We sat them down to cut wedding cake or take photos, and Laura thought to take a photo.  She’s great that way.