I have made a few changes to the print (scroll down to previous post), thanks to some of your constructive criticism! (You were all wonderful to comment, and I truly value your opinions!)
But then I went on a little getaway BY MYSELF...up to Midway, Utah. It's a lovely little hideaway called The Homestead, tucked away into the mountains. (The pictures of the flowers above are from the grounds.) It was established in 1886 or something like that, around a natural hot spring. I brought my computer and my tablet and tools, set them up in my room, and went at it.
I did it because I have been surrounded by family for weeks now, which is great, but hasn't helped much in the area of creativity! I just needed to concentrate for a couple of days, with no interruptions. It was really restful for me, and I got a LOT done. My husband made all of the arrangements for me, and took care of the kids. Can't tell you how much I needed that.
Well, one of the things I created was a new main print for this collection. I may still use the one you've seen, (new and improved) either as a companion print, or in another collection entirely. But I am going to keep most of this newest one a secret for now. (Here's a couple of snippets)
It was really interesting to see how well I work in a controlled environment. I found that I could work for 5 or 6 hours straight without so much as eating or using the bathroom! I would just put my music on and get into the ZONE.
I did take a 2 hour break once on day two and hit the pool with a good book. It was really hot, and the water was perfect. But then...back to work! (I love my job...couldn't be better suited to me.) Then I would take a long walk in the evening when it cooled down for an hour or so, and then back to work for a couple of hours before going to bed. It was wonderful! So peaceful! The moment I got home we had to pack up for a camping overnighter for my husband's mom's 80th birthday celebration. That's her in the green jacket. Isn't she adorable???
It was fun, too in a different way! I did the zipline a few times, tried out my archery skills, played some volleyball, (my favorite sport), and slept on the ground with all my kids (the ones that live at home.)
So now I'm back at home, and playing a little catch up...with housework and "work" work. But it's all good, and these times are what makes life worthwhile!
Hope you are enjoying yours, too!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Posted by Lila Tueller at 1:35 PM