Finding my way… Into the new year ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you had an awesome Christmas and New Year Celebrations Creative Friends…
Happy new year from me!!!

I am very fortunate to live a life I love and I’m looking forward to all good things to come in 2018 :).
But to be truly honest, I am also very apprehensive of other ”not so good” things to come…

I’ll share with you if you care to read…
The health of Poppy, my little fur child and closest buddy of over 15 years, has gone downhill over the last 6 months. He has been diagnosed with steadily progressing kidney disease and some dementia…
I am always slightly stressed constantly closing doors and putting barriers around him, not trusting anyone because he has given me the most horrible frights of my life jumping off heights and smacking his head unconscious on the ground a few times!

His little back legs have arthritis and cannot carry his weight when he jumps but it doesn’t seem to care lol He is still a puppy and always will be ๐Ÿ˜‰
It has happened 3 times over the last year…
The worst time was when he jumped about a good 1.5 metres out ofย my parked camper van (about 1 meter high!) because he saw another dog he wanted to chase, silly bugger! One minute he was barking and the next he was lying unconscious on the concrete with his head at a weird angle ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

He was unconscious for what felt like an eternity and I can tell you the entire neighbourhood would have heard my screams as I thought he had snapped his neck!! Obviously I know he will die very soon but I will do everything in my power to ensure it is not from something stupid like this or from something we could have prevented…
Honestly I have not been able to talk about it much because it was traumatising for me and then it happened twice again after despite my best efforts ๐Ÿ™
Now the poor thing is constantly supervised and living in restricted quarters for his own safety hahaha But… I live with a background worry of when ”that time” will come, which is most likely over the next 6 months max.

Poppy, my beloved buddy (Mimi Bondi)

The beast who drives me crazy ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know this is not so fun for you to read about but let’s be realistic, life isn’t always all rainbows and fairies and I wouldn’t be honest with you if I only shared positive things right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know I will end up finding my way through all of it in the end, just like I end up finding my way in an art journal page (except that art journalling is fun lol).
Anyway… Now that I have this off my chest, let’s do some painting!!

Keep in mind this is a quick tutorial to share my process with you, this is not how I teach! If you’d like to learn mixed media with me, all my workshops (and books) are highly detailed so you never have to wonder what is going on or what I’m doing ๐Ÿ˜‰

With love and sunshine, and to finding your own way!
Mimi Bondi

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