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Monday, July 24, 2017

I"m Backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

I know I've been away from my blog for about a month. Here are some Sktchy Folks I drew while not blogging ...







 
I also draw my husband at Barnes & Noble Café!


And other folks there too.


And I still draw several mornings a week at Starbucks.


I loaded these drawings a while ago, a month ago? But never posted them. Now I will. I've gotten busy in other areas of my life and blogging has definitely taken a back seat. For one I have decided to retire from my 36 year career as a counselor (ten years as a Biofeedback counselor/trainer and 26 years as a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist). It's been a wonderful time in my life and the decision to stop has been an emotional one, with lots of changing of my mind over the past two plus years.
But now I am sure and I will be saying good bye to a handful of clients (about a dozen) and emptying my office completely by September 1st. At age 76 I want to devote 100% of my time to making art and playing. It's time.
 
I'll continue to go to Starbucks to draw.
 

I've also made a return to quilting. I am on #5. My eldest grandson has traveled extensively and brought home fabrics from many different countries. He asked me if I could turn them into a quilt for him and that has become quite the project.
It's a large one so it is taking a slow paced but steady paced job.
I plan to continue working in fabric art again too.


I'll enjoy more time with my husband. He's the one on the right!


And I'll continue to meet new people whereever I go. I'm excited to see what new adventures open up for me as I step through this door to this new part of my life.

In the meantime, enjoy yours and your art making. Thanks for coming by to see mine. Happy Paint Party Friday too.

41 comments:

  1. Congratulations, young lady! My decision to retire from counseling 3 years ago was the most freeing experience in my life. You won't regret it (for long, anyway)...

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm hoping my experience will be like yours! Just a tad nervous!

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  2. Congratulations! I'm a therapist as well but I'm looking forward to retirement when the time is right! Have fun!

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    1. Nice to hear from others in the profession. Thanks for your kind words! Yes, when the time is right! I will continue to have fun!

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  3. Congratulations Lynn here's to a wonderful retirement.

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  4. Congratulations! A new chapter indeed! I look forward to seeing more art in many forms and reading about new adventures!

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  5. Congrats on retiring. Mine was unplanned 8 years ago by illness but wanted to continue because I enjoyed it. My wife of 38 years now makes sure my time is filled and you will fill your time with what you love to do. Best wishes and please keep posting.

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    1. Thank you Steven. Sorry illness was your reason, however it sounds like you've worked things out well for yourself! I look forward to filling my time creatively! And I will keep posting! Thanks again!

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  6. Oh Wow Lynn, that is quite some decision for you. I know you had been pondering on retiring right back when we saw you on your visit here. It's so good that you are sure about this now, it is the best time when ones mind is set like that. Now onto your new ventures of art and quilting and no doubt some travel mixed into it too ....lv Ann & Graham (and, of course, William-the-lurcher) :)

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    1. Thank you Ann. Yes, I have been trying to make this leap for sometime now! I am ready! And I do hope you'll welcome us to your neck of the woods again before too long!

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  7. Huge decision Lynn. I wish you all the luck in the world and a very happy retirement! I know it will be a happy one for me because I will get to enjoy so much more of your art 😊

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    1. Thanks Helen! For this and all your arty encouraging tips and sharing! I'll continue to enjoy learning from you and yours!

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  8. Congratulations, Lynn. I wish you all the joy of contented, exciting, rich, art filled, retirement. You've earned it.

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    1. Thank you Sherry! Yes! You've described it to a T!

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  9. I am so happy for you Lynn. I know your retirement will be very creative, fun and fulfilling. You are right it is time to savor all that life has to give now.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, you describe so well what this is all about! I'll be sharing more garden life with you!

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  10. Lynn, what a wonderful and important step into more time for yourself, your husband and your art. I wish you all the best and will always be watching what you are up to, even if I don't comment a lot. I am working un and for my new huge studio, caring for my parents and the cat and the dog lol, and doing art, so little time to comment but have much fun looking at your wonderful sketchy life, big kiss from Germany

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    1. Andrea so sweet to see you here! This huge comment will last me! You are so busy! I love seeing your art on Facebook! I look forward to more! Hugs!

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  11. Congratulations, Lynn!! Yes, this is big news! I'm happy for you (and perhaps a teensy bit jealous!) as you embark on your next chapter. I can understand the the bittersweet feelings and sadness to leave your clients and such enlivening work. I'm sure you will continue to flourish as you play and create all kinds of artworks in the coming months and years. You inspire me. Warmest wishe to you!

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    1. Jane thank you for your kind words of understanding! This is one more exciting adventure in my long life! I look forward to sharing art making with you!

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  12. hope you enjoy your retirement :) you def have to post the finished around the world quilt when finished :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer Rose! That quilt is taking a while. I will post more if it in progress here!

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  13. Lovely to hear from you Lynn, congrats on retirement. Beautiful art today!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I'll keep posting my art! It's more play than work! 😊

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  15. Congratulations on your retirement, Lynn! It's a big change but I'm sure you will enjoy the extra time for your art and crafts, as well as more time with your hubby, of course. Lovely sketches!

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  16. I have been wondering where you were. Congratulations to you on your decision to retire. It isn't easy, I know. I have retired three times...but now at 76 I too feel the pull to have more time with my spouse and my self. Hope I make it this time. Maybe we will be seeing more of your life sketching???

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    1. Susan, I still draw nearly daily and post on several Facebook groups! I'll continue my blog too. I'll also be volunteering my time different places. Looking forward to doing new things! I wish you well in your decision making. It's just about going down new paths. Kind of exciting actually. A change of scene. Thanks for your good wishes!

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  17. Been missing you, Lynn. Great sketches and portraits. My fave this week is the lovely Kaysha.

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    1. Thanks Faye! Good to know I'm missed!

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  18. I love your new style for portraits! Beautiful. Welcome back.

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  19. So busy...love your portraits...xx

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  20. I love the commentaries that go along with the sketches, I bet you are a well known figure at Starbucks too! Congrats on your decision to retire, you go girl!! Enjoy the art filled years!

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  21. All wonderful. Love the Sketchy Folks and so envy your live sketches in Barnes & Noble, etc. Wish I had places to go and sit and sketch. You are going to enjoy retirement more than the average person.

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Thanks for leaving your comments as I love hearing from you. Your words of encouragement are why I continue to draw!