It has been a while since I hosted a giveaway, but I thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of May, a month so dear to my heart... So head over to Jasmin Blanc on Facebook for a chance to win a pair of my delicate, mint colored rose earrings. I have 3 simple rules and this giveaway is open worldwide, so don't miss out!
Today I awoke to one of those mornings when coffee and silence are so dear to me... And solitude oh so... necessary. Spring proved to be a little moody this year and though I admire the subtle glow of a rainy day, I definitely could appreciate a warm ray of sunshine at this point.
Painting under artificial light is not my favorite thing in the world, but it sure relaxes me to let go of all distractions a bright lively day offers and melt into my actions, the slow movement of my brush and the blending colors on my palette. I find it deeply meditative... I have found myself in more of an observational, contemplative, reflective kind of mood this season. Not in a sad way, rather in a peaceful, calm and harmonious way. When everything aligns within, even though on the outside life could not be more scattered and twisted... I like this feeling. I like peace and harmony. I like to just be, yet to feel more alive then when I am rushing... I like the spring rain, and my new red umbrella. I like calm days and morning solitude. And I very much like my coffee strong with just a dash of milk.
I am a woman of simple needs. I enjoy leading a decent, simple life, aiming to make thoughtful decisions.
I've been thinking a lot lately...because that is what I do, I think. Too much, most of the time. But now I feel like thoughts and feelings harmoniously cling together and I am more and more certain about the exciting desire of moving out of this suffocating urban environment.
Perhaps this decision becomes clearer with every jarring of my apartment wall, due to the renovation work that has been going on for days on end in the apartment bellow.
I dream about tall pine trees, warm summer days, lavender fields, a wooden house and SILENCE.
I truly wonder what it would be like to move to such a magical place, where nature is right under my feet, it is in the wind, hiding in the silence between thoughts and words.
Spring has been so good and generous to me this year. I can truly feel its magic with every fiber of my being, I wake up to the joyful song of the tiny birds every morning, and this constantly reminds me how blessed I am to be alive...
On the work-side of life I am painting my way through piles of custom cat portraits, which has been so wonderful so far. I absolutely love this. I remember the first time I listed this idea in my Etsy shop, I was so anxious to see what would come out of it and how people would respond to it. Since my first cat portrait about a year ago to date, I have painted so many little furry friends of people all over the world. It warms my heart to be able to read their stories...
Thank you for sinking me into cat orders, dearest friends and fans of Jasmin Blanc, I am humbled by your appreciation and kind words. But most of all, I am incredibly grateful for your love! I absolutely love being a crazy cat lady in my own special way ;)
For a while now, Saturdays are very much required to be worked through, and if I could add a couple more hours to each day, that would also be wonderful...
But somehow everything was just so incredibly sloooowwww today. Even coffee tasted differently, and that is never a good sign. I took my time, went with the weather and left the studio early. Rainy weather is rarely my kind of weather.
After unloading the kiln, I covered lots of ceramic pieces in 22K gold paint just to balance out the grayness of the day. I will be firing again on Monday, so orders will be shipped out on Tuesday, in case you were wondering :)
Mazsola appreciated us leaving early, and he is now up on the couch sleeping like a baby. I just might cuddle up next to him myself, listening to the rain and dreaming about warm summer nights, sparkly bonfires, smiles, friends and wine...