Creative Social Club


The Ann Arbor Art Center is offering a once a month evening of art called Creative Social Club. They are being offered the first Friday of each month and run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Each month there is a different type of art project as the focus. Dave and I attended Jackson Pollack Painting aka spatter painting session.

I have mixed feelings about how it went. First was the price, $35, which included instruction, materials and two beverages.

The instruction, which was very minimal. There were books about Jackson Pollack circulating around, but I expected at least a little bit of information on the artist and his techniques. The rest of the instruction was almost non-existent as well, with a very quick overview of color theory and possible techniques.

The materials included two small canvases, which worked out fine, and communal tubes of acrylic paint in black, white, red, yellow, and blue. The blue was not what I would call a true primary color blue so it was difficult to mix colors as they did not turn out as expected.

And finally, the beverages. I know my expectations were high in this arena, but all they had was a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine (not even chilled) and that’s it. I was expecting a cocktail or more variety, especially for $35.

I’m glad we went, but I wouldn’t sign up again. I’m happy with how my paintings turned out, but the evening certainly did not meet my expectations at all.


Get Another Tattoo


Another item crossed off my Life List! I’ve been wanting to get another tattoo for a long time. My first (and only other) tattoo is almost 14 years old! When I first started freelancing, I decided that I would get another tattoo once I hit a particular financial goal. That goal has come and gone years ago and I just finally got around to getting it now.

This particular design is called a Koru and it’s from the Maori culture in New Zealand. When we were on our honeymoon there, I bought a koru necklace. The artist that had carved it told us it meant ‘new beginnings’ and that it was good luck to receive it as a gift after it had been worn for a while by the giver. Dave wore the necklace until my last day at my old job and on the day I quit and became an official freelancer, he gave it to me.

The tattoo was done by Cole Dunn at Name Brand Tattoo in Ann Arbor. I would highly recommend both Cole and Name Brand Tattoo. Cole was very professional and the tattoo shop was very clean (and very busy, a good sign!).


It’s once again that time of year where we are delighted by bursts of colors sprouting (hello daffs and tulips).  But let’s not forget about the trees.  I love them all. So much that I view them as dear friends that can come out to play just once a year.  Their fleeting visit only makes me love them more.  I hope you’ll make time for them this spring.


There are many different varieties to know: cherry, crab apple, dogwood, red bud, and more.  Each year I try to pick out a new favorite, but I always fall back to the magnolia.  I used to refer to them as tulip trees as this beautiful pink and white blossom resembles the shape of the spring bulb.  The best part, as the petals drop, they become delicate confetti on the ground below–extending the tree’s flowering time.


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