Friday, September 21, 2012

5 Fact Friday

I'm going to pop into 5 Fact Friday today -- here are my five facts:

1.  I've been missing my mother a lot this week.  I don't know why; I just have.  She's been gone for 23 years and I still think about her every day, especially now that I'm doing art, as she did.  Here's a picture -- even though it's a crummy picture (not taken by me!), I love it.  This says "mom" to me:

 We laughed a lot at my house.

2.  After all this time, I finally learned how to copy a mask from one layer to another in Photoshop.  This is huge as far as I'm concerned, because before this I never would have taken on this picture:

Linkup to 5 Fact Friday

I spent way over an hour doing one layer mask of this complicated pic -- I never would have done it, if I'd had to do it over and over (which is what I've been doing).  Duh.

3)  I decided to give up the tiles I've been trying to make for Open Studios -- I just can't get them done to my satisfaction, and since I'm already waking up at 2AM, worrying, I decided to take that one bit of stress off me.  Maybe next year.

4)  I'm really excited to take on my next project, as soon as Open Studios is over -- I'm developing an e-course called "The 'G' Word," and I'm really looking forward to doing it.  More news to come!  I hope it will be offerable in January.  Okay, maybe February.

5)  A big surprise for me: I'm looking forward to teaching at the end of January.  When I left, I thought I'd never want to go back to work again, and I really have been trying to avoid being there, but I'm getting busy on my two classes for Spring, when Open Studios is over.  (Can you tell that my life is totally focused on that at this moment?  :P  )

So there you have it.  I enjoy this meme -- it means I have to stop and think for a second about what's up with me this week.  I like it.


TexWisGirl said...

your mom's photo is sweet. i get melancholy in fall and miss home and parents, then.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your mom just exudes joy in that photo! I miss my mom, too, but she's only been gone 7 months. There are so many things I want to discuss with her, but I can't, and it makes me sad. Good luck on all the stuff you're juggling!

Deb Crecelius said...

Love your five-facts.
I can relate to each one.
Isn't the know-how to copy a layer-mask just the best!

Patrice said...

Great shot of your mom!

Deanna said...

Oh I miss my Mom too. She has been gone almost 2 years and I miss her every single day. I was blessed that she lived with me for the last 2 1/2 years of her life. Congrats on your new venture, can hardly wait to hear about it in January or maybe February.

Ahayes1225 said...

I am lucky to still have my mom, sorry you are missing yours...

Karla @Art Whisper said...

You know just the other day I was saying that I miss sharing my art projects with my parents... That little girl in me is still in there I guess... Even at my old age.

I love the colors in your image! You did a great job. I'm learning all kinds of things in photoshop too & do the same by repeating my steps a few times.

Your adventure sounds like fun.


Barb said...

Loved reading your facts today. I miss both my parents - I doubt it ever goes away . . . thank you for sharing.

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

I never tire of looking at those yellow flowers. I finally planted some this year. I go through spells too where I miss my mom more than other times.

Jenny said...

Your Mom has a contagious smile!

I found myself smiling back at her!

I suspect the world is a sadder place without her in it. She looks like she could light up a room...and more.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks, Jenny -- she was a wonderful person, and everyone loved her parties where grown-ups got silly and played games and wore costumes -- I can't imagine myself putting on a party like that, these days --