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14 June 2010

More Bliss

"Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded."
-Shelley, Mary Godwin   Frankenstein
Frankenstein's monster. Ch10
Frankenstein's monster may not have seen bliss but I am convinced it is all around us, often hidden in little things. Sometimes it is hard to see especially when negative emotions such as grief, fear or anger cloud our souls.

When it is BIG BLISS, it often relates to people - those we love. Or to the callings of our souls, our passions, our goals - work we would do regardless of payment. If it is hard to see bliss, as it was for the monster, sometimes the easiest way to find it is to focus on the small, on the little things that bring us joy and bliss.

I am still not my usual happy self after last month's death of my sister, so that is what I have tried to do for this month's theme of Bliss for CED2010, -- focus on the little things that bring me a sense of bliss. It does help.

Monday: Zen doodles are indeed very "zen"-like to me and really help bring me to a much calmer and often blissful state.

Tuesday: The sight and smell of my wonderful peonies and their satiny texture bring a smile to my face. Wish I could paint them better though!

Wednesday: I love my Kindle!The last trip I went on pre-Kindle, I put all my books and papers in an extra bag on the way home - it weighed 18 pounds! My Kindle fits in my purse and so far I have 70+ books on it and a variety of pdf documents. No paper. No extra weight. Lots of choice in what to read! Bliss!

Thursday: Mmmm, I love a glass of  good red wine. I'm partial to zins and merlot, but most are bliss!

Friday: Some nice cheese to go with that zin.... mmm

Saturday: Living in a northern climate, often the weather can get us down, so when the warm sun comes out from behind the clouds, as it did on Saturday, the feeling on my skin was bliss! (Of course, like wine, cheese and chocolate - too much of a good thing is not more bliss but often just the opposite!)

Sunday: Dang my scanner! It doesn't like pencil drawings or this watercolour pencil sketch. Holding Hands. If you click on it, there is a bit of an improvement but it looks much better in my book!

Also all through this month, running through my head has been this song "Kissing" by Bliss. I can't figure out how to have it embedded here from Youtube but the link takes you to there! A great song!

Did you find a way to find and enjoy some small or large Bliss in your life this week? I hope so! I look forward to seeing or hearing about it!


  1. Your blissful illustrations are delightful! It is true that appreciating the little things brings us happiness. I also enjoy doing zentangles.

    My condolences on the loss of your sister--may her memory be a comfort to you.

  2. So sorry for the loss of your sister... always remember the sweet memories of her.... I love your zentangle and your drawings....

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. I think your paintings and drawings are a tribute to her and to you. I share so many of your ways of finding bliss. I love my watercolor pencils and think there is nothing like my Kindle. I hope this week will be filled with many more moments of simple bliss.

  4. You named all of my ways to bliss...
    with the exception of my children.
    They are soooo funny, it's hard to think about yucky things...and they even make the yucky funny. They are 15 and 20 and I can't wait to see what happens next.

    I really like all of your drawings, especially the last one.
    Love IS all there is.

    Love and the memory of it.

  5. My girls too bring me bliss Lisa! I just couldn't figure out how to draw or create it/them on paper yet! Amazing how much more interesting and fun they become as they grow up, isn't it!

    Ginny, Gina, Giddy up and Lisa - thank you so much. You're so right - Memories are bliss (though we might not always recognize that until later).

  6. Hi,

    I am so very sorry to hear about the death of your sister. I admire and am inspired by your ability to continue to create as you heal from the loss.


Looking forward to hearing from you!