The Journey towards a Finished Painting


We had snow happening overnight and it was still snowing when I got up this morning .. the damp weather .. or perhaps more accurately, probably the humidity or maybe the barometric pressure or a combination of the two .. makes me hurt.

I have both arthritis and Fibromyalgia .. sometimes I hurt more than other times .. today is one of those more painful days .. this too shall pass .. but it has not yet ๐Ÿ™‚

I love to look at the trees covered in snow and little doggie tracks on the deck make me smile too ๐Ÿ™‚ .. he enjoys the snow .. sometimes he sticks his little nose in it up to his eyes!

The color contrasts between my inside the house view and the winter outside starkly remind me how fleeting the seasons really are for us.

When I received this rock tower as an unexpected but much loved gift with an order fromย Inspirational Goodiesย my first thought was CASTLE ๐Ÿ™‚ .. I LOVE castles .. and dragons ๐Ÿ™‚ย  and butterflies and ROCKS .. and sooooo many other things too numerous to list here in this post ๐Ÿ™‚

A dear Facebook friend introduced me to the WARDRUNA music today .. I LOVE their music!!!

This and other of their songs will be perfect for painting my castle(s) ..ย  yes I suspect this rock tower and theย WARDRUNAย music will lead to a series of sketches & drawings & paintings ๐Ÿ™‚ .. once my hands feel better so that I can easily hold my art tools to create on paper what I dream up in my mind!

  • Step 1 on the Journey for me is always – IDEA
  • Step 3 – MUSIC
  • Step 4 – CREATE

Youtube – Wardruna – Raido

Youtube – Wardruna – Solringen

I suspect I was a Viking in a past life ๐Ÿ™‚ .. some day I want to get testing done to see what turns up in my Ancestry [DNA Testing] ๐Ÿ™‚


ย .. I remember from my childhood being told that all American Hitchcock’s [maternal Grandfather] at one time were traced back to 4 brothers from England.ย I *think* it was my maternal Grandfather’s brother who had done the research and it was discussed when they came to visit. They lived in California at the time if I am remembering correctly.ย  I wonder if my Grandfather visited them while driving the semi cross country?

He drove a reefer – refrigerated trailer – he hauled swinging meat. We lived in Des Moines, Iowa – lots of meat packing plants that needed delivery all over the country.

I know he used to visit his son, daughter-in-law & grandkids in Schenectady,ย New York – he told me so.ย I was about 10 years old when he died.

My Grandfather was my hero even tho he was gone most of my childhood .. first driving the truck .. then dying after spending about 6 weeks in the hospital .. he had surgery and complications set in afterwards ๐Ÿ™

He was a good man .. tall, quiet, soft-spoken, smart, nice looking, kind, gentle and loving. He loved reading and learning. My oldest younger brother has his middle name .. I suspect his oldest daughter [my biological mother] idolized her Dad. I know me, his oldest grand-daughter did!

Barbara Burns

Senior Citizen / Artist working in watercolor, inks, digital pixels & fabric dyes with silk. I also have Vascular Dementia and am not able to work outside the home in the corporate world now. I started reading tarot cards as a very young child - a neighbor taught me when I was about 5 to 7 years of age. I started reading Oracle cards in my 30's.

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  1. The type of wall I had in mind to draw/paint/create is like the rock walls I had seen pictures of way back in the olden days of encyclopedia’s printed in large books and kept at the Library or at school – they were not at my working class home ๐Ÿ™‚ and that was long before the Internet – easy today to find one – a quick search and here is a reference and where it is located ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dry Stone Built Rock Wall

    Below is my Inktense sketch & thoughts journaling that I created yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚


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