Sunday, June 9, 2013

Beach Attitude

Just a quick post before I start packing for tomorrow's flight home...  

I wanted to be sure to share something for this week's Sunday Sketches at Blue Chair Diary.  It's a sketch inspired by the ukuleles my son and I bought earlier this week.  We started out with a plan to share just one, but after only a few hours we realized that passing it back and forth just wasn't going to work.  We headed right back to the music store and now we can play duets!  (Okay, well, we will be able to play duets once we learn how to play!)

George Harrison was right.  This definitely is "one instrument you can’t play and not laugh."

We've become quite educated about different sizes and qualities of ukuleles.  Mostly, though, we've learned just how relaxing and fun it is to sit and strum these sweet little instruments, even if we only know a few chords.  Instead of the tiny soprano size we ended up with concert and a tenor ukes...still very portable, but offering a bit more room for our fingers in the higher frets.

I think my ukulele will be great in the studio...a nice diversion when I need to take a break or stretch a bit.  I realized during Flora Bowley's intuitive painting course how much I underestimate the power of movement and music as tools in the creative process.  In fact, movement and music make just about everything in life better.

Tonight we had one last evening stroll on the beach and then ran down to the chocolate bar down the street to celebrate the lovely, restful time we had.   

Hopefully as we head home tomorrow we will take with us a bit of beach attitude...

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. 
To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. 
Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. 
Anne Morrow Lindberg, A Gift From the Sea

I hope wherever you are you can cultivate a bit of beach attitude for yourself this week...a little less hurry, a little more rest, and a whopping dose of happy!

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  1. What a great post. it sounds like you had a really wonderful holiday and I love that you bough ukuleles - I'd never have thought of playing them but they look like so much fun! great illustration too.

  2. Awesome pics and lovely ukulele drawing! <3

  3. love the pics of the beach - its my fav place to be! xo L.

  4. Love your attitude Janice...sounds like the ukes will be a great addition to family time as well. As well as a bit of a creative muse too! xox

  5. Lovely sketch, I didn't realize what a ukelele was or how small! Sounds like the beach rejuvenated you!

  6. oh how wonderful is your sketch!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the great beach photos!!!!

  7. Beautiful post and love the sketch that completes the picture!

  8. I love this post. It incorporates everything that I love - family, time at the beach, shared moments, creativity, and learning something new. It looks like the perfect vacation.

  9. Lovely post and sketch. You can't bet the beach to put things in perspective.. :)x

  10. such a sweet sketch
    how fun that you are taking a ukulele home with you.

    i love that quote about the sea and beach

  11. Janice, this is a simply yet wonderful sketch. It moved my heart tonight and reminded me of my father whom I lost about 18 months ago. He loved to play guitar. I miss him. Hugs

  12. I love your sketch, it is so charming! Your photos are delightful as well, I hope you have a great trip home.


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