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Lorraine "Rainey" Dewey
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It's Never Too Late to Change Your Life
07.11.2014



I've got lots of ideas swirling around in my head.  Ideas about the kind of life I yearn to live.  A life filled... with chickens... and gardening... and goats and, of course, my creativity (how ever it manifests itself).  

 

These ideas began to consume my thoughts just after my sister, Bethy, loaned me several books by Jenna Woginrich.  She is a young woman who is running a farm on her own, growing/raising her own food while living a somewhat independent life in tune with the cycles of nature.  Jenna's words and courage have been infectious and bring back memories.  Fond memories of when I owned a horse of my own and smelled hay and manure on a regular basis.   Oh those days were fine...

 

Before reading Jenna's book entitled BarnHeart, I'd resigned myself to my life, which isn't bad but it's a life that has never felt quite right because deep inside the muffled sound of my inner spirit was always calling me to be or do something different.  

 

You see I'm an office worker with Monday through Friday employment that I cannot complain about.  It provides for my needs and is a friendly environment but deep inside I've always felt that something was missing.  My first thought always is that I am lonely for a man but since I've never been successful in love and have really begun to enjoy my independent life I'm not sure I want to rock the boat with another relationship.  And then I read Jenna's books... and the idea of raising chickens and perhaps a couple of goats and maybe a rabbit or two sounded like the tonic I might need to bring life to my country home and lightened my stifled spirit.    

 

Now don't think me nuts and rest assured I'm not going to run out quit my job, buy a flock of chickens and a herd of goats tomorrow.  If my years on this earth have taught me anything, I intend to take measured moves and start with a dozen or so chickens in the spring and then see how it goes from there.  But I find it exciting as I make rough sketches of the chicken coop I intend to build.   What's more I know that I can build a chicken coop because I've surprised myself many times over the past couple of years doing all kinds of things I never thought I could handle  And, if I need a little help here and there I'll hire my handyman, Gene, who has proven to be a God send.


I'm excited about the future.  I'm excited at the prospect of  hearing chirping, clucking, crowing and who knows what else around this place.  Until spring when I can take delivery on my chicks there will be lots of sawing, hammering and making ready.   Plus a little watercolor painting and drawing to satisfy my creative side.  There are many dimensions to each and every one of us and I'm beginning to realize it doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition.   I must thank Bethy and Jenna for this revelation.


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