Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Our family has had lice twice in seven years, once in Texas, and now once in Rhode Island. Thanks to that experience, I feel like a bit of an expert. So I've simplified all the complicated things I've learned into one easy to follow infographic. Stop the lousey buggers! Click to enlarage.
Posted by Shore Amore at 1:32 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2012
It's funny how one year can change a person. Last year, the birth of my second daughter and death of my grandmother were my biggest life alterations. The second event sparked my quick exit out of Austin and move back home to Rhode Island.
This birthday I was blessed with surfing, family, and friends.
Top Birthday Memories:
1. Waking next to my two girls
2. Surfing with my husband and his new stand-up paddle board
3. Making my mom laugh talking about my skinny self and still fat belly
4. Hearing Aunty Lou tell me she was
feeling great and "ready to get out" with her cute laugh
5. My lunch and still warm free bday cookie from the "Picnic Basket"
6. The smell of the beach
7. My kids and their cousins and the bday whoopie cushion laughter
8. Seeing my Pop play 9/5 with my Dad, Husband, and Brother-in-law
9. Seeing my youngest still in her swimsuit, after our return from surfing
10. My niece singing and saying "Happy Birthday" a million times with balloons
11. My many txts and emails from friends and family
12. My oldest daughter's bday excitement, insisting on making me a special fruit dessert before bed, feeding me a chocolate chip and strawberry together, telling me, "you have to try this"
13. My pop telling me how much yard work he left me for tomorrow after his week of digging around the pool looking for leaks
14. Seeing my sister eat ice cream cake and making us all laugh about kids and ear infections
15. Confucious banter with my husband on the ride home from the beach
So here we are, on another go around.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Hi everyone, I had my second daughter, Rell, in late January. I now fit in my clothes again, so I figured that meant it was time to get the paints out. My daughter Annalee, was my first client. She commissioned a big painting which needed to include: a rainbow, a unicorn, heart flowers, clouds, and rain drops. We worked on this together. It was her genius idea to ad buttons to the unicorn.
Posted by Shore Amore at 5:34 PM
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I'm just back from a short trip to Rhode Island for my mom's 60th birthday. My mom really enjoyed her birthday and it was such a gift to be there in person for the event.
My little family and I have been in Austin, Texas for 4 years now, and whenever we return from one of our many Rhode Island trips I ask my daughter if she's glad to be back in Texas, I never ask if she's glad to be home. This was the first trip where she answered in the affirmative.
My spirit often feels divided in two living far from my east coast family and friends, but it's most difficult before and after a trip there. Here is that feeling in abstract form.I wonder if giving birth in Texas will change any of that?
Posted by Shore Amore at 2:30 PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
After a night without much sleep and a morning with many to dos in front of me, I often spend some portion of the day feeling like I don't measure up. In this illustration I tried to illustrate the feeling. I'm the black bar on the bottom, with loved ones that I feel some responsibility for above me. What a blessing it is to have done this illustration and see that later that same day, I'm just fine, and everything that needed doing got done.
Posted by Shore Amore at 10:38 PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
When I was young I was often labeled a "day dreamer" and "scatter brained." Today I felt like my mind was wondering all over, and it was healing to illustrate the feeling, that so often brought me shame as a youngster.
This illustration is my fuzzy chow chow who's been under the weather in the middle, me and my pregnant belly on the outside, and dots for all friends and family that I think about most often.
Posted by Shore Amore at 10:27 PM
Monday, October 4, 2010
I was quite tired this weekend, and needed lots of rest. I have 3 months left till the end of the pregnancy and it seems that I can't get a night of uninterrupted sleep. I have trouble being kind to myself when I need rest. There was one moment on Sunday when I sat down and painted with my daughter. I felt great joy to be with her, painting with her. I felt calm and hopeful. I had some lingering sadness over my tired state, so I drew some of the rainbow above the smile and some below. I explained the painting to my daughter. Later that day she painted one more painting, of her smile and mine, with rainbows all around. It was awesome.
Posted by Shore Amore at 1:05 PM
Monday, August 23, 2010
I dropped my daughter off for her first day of kindergarten this morning. Texas is full day kindergarten (7:45-2:45 my goodness). It has been an emotional day for me and many of my friends. There is a beautiful Dar Williams song called "End of Summer," one line that I keep thinking of today: "It's the end of summer, when you send your children to the moon..."
As I shopped for school clothes for my daughter that seemed unnecessary because in Texas it's still 100 degrees and summer clothes will do just fine, I thought of the many trips to the outlets with my mom, sister, best friend Stacy, and her mom, picking out every color Levi's cords they had and sweaters lots of sweaters, readying for the cold RI fall to come.
The older my daughter gets the more I appreciate and understand all that my parents did for me growing up. My mom could walk and drive then, I'm grateful for the memory of her as young and independent.
I had a lovely end of summer, one trip to the California mountains and one to Rhode Island, both with family. This is my "Abstract Monday" for this first day of kindergarten, the end of summer.
Posted by Shore Amore at 2:50 PM
Friday, August 13, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Friday, July 23, 2010
I went to the little beach yesterday morning and painted two more tiny paintings. This one is 2" x 4." There were red ants all over one part of the beach, the part I sat on the first time, so I moved slightly to the right and just in front of the tree they were busy with. That seemed to do the trick. The tree I sat under weeps and drops acorns, the cicadas were making their electronic music, and it was hot, but a little cooler by the lake. My husband brought me some cold water.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The train bridge in Austin, where it crosses the Lake is quite a site. I set out today hoping to get a good painting in from beneath the bridge, I aimed for my usual spot and found it completely filled in with all manner of vegetation. I searched around just a bit and found what felt like my own private one person beach, which I will call Kimma Beach. I sat down on my towel on the sand with lake waves lapping up next to me and painted this 20 x 20" painting for 2.5 hours. It was the first time in all these free days that I didn't feel rushed. The train came by twice, so I was able to place it in the painting. The Monarch Condo across the way is beautiful but a complete pain to paint.
Monday, July 19, 2010
It's abstract Monday again, and here is my abstract piece of art for the day. It's called "The Secret to Happiness." I'm personally happiest when I live in the now. What you are seeing: one line of music, the infinity sign, the "you are here" dot from maps, and the repeat sign. Happiness, done.
Posted by Shore Amore at 3:46 PM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Here's a bit of news, I'm 11 weeks pregnant and due on 1/1/11. Here is a little abstract painting based on that. The baby is 5.4cm and already has arms, legs, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Most importantly the doctor said, "A little butt and big head. " Funny.
Posted by Shore Amore at 3:39 PM
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Here is the other mini painting I worked on from Thursday's outing at Auditorium shores. These mini paintings are so small that they are more fun in person.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I found the cutest tiny canvases on Wednesday and painted two of them with my tiniest brush yesterday morning. I found a new spot, under the blue gazebo at Auditorium Shores. Nice and shady, with a great view of the condos and the water. One squirrel was a bit friendlier than expected, but I survived. This canvas is 2" x 3". My husband says I should market these tiny paintings as cubicle desk paintings. He may be right, because I like seeing them on my desk.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Here is another painting from yesterday's outing. I will head out later this morning to work on some others. I bought these tiny little 1" canvases, I'm dying to see if I can actually get a painting on them.
I'm also working on my Etsy store, so it should be simpler soon to buy any paintings you may fancy.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Yesterday was my second day with a chunk of free time in the morning. I grabbed my paints and set a goal: 3 paintings. I started at 9am. It was already so hot at 9 and by 11 when I finished I was ready for cold water and AC. This is the first of my paintings. I sat on the stone steps off the Lamar Bridge.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
My daughter has summer camp mornings 5 days a week. I work 3 days a week. Yesterday, I had my first morning off from mommy work and work work, in 5 years. I grabbed my paints and sat on a bench on the Lamar Foot Bridge and did a little painting. I miss the ocean and RI more in the summer, so it was nice to spend some time staring at the lake.
Posted by Shore Amore at 9:06 AM