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A snapshot of my life in the past year

Each year I go through the months keeping busy. We celebrate birthdays and holidays with our friends and families throughout the year. Then as I head toward the end of each year things start to speed up. Once Halloween passes the air changes and it becomes “the Holiday Season”. And for some reason stress comes into play. There is no reason to stress I say to myself.

Why don’t we feel that way during all the other holiday’s? I do love the holiday feeling but I think the thought about the shopping that gets me all stressed. I am not one for shopping malls. Then there is get the boxes out before a certain date so it makes it in time….And then once I get those boxes out there is a load lifted for about a minute…

Interesting when you think about it.

Then I look at the other holidays as ….Do we get the day off from work? Or what day does that fall on? Each holiday is just that.. a day to relax. Isn’t that what the Holiday Season is supposed to be about? Relaxing, celebrating with friends and family, and enjoying kicking back.

When I think about all the holidays through the year, Mother’s day is supposedly one of the busiest holidays in the middle of the year but it is not the same feeling you get during the “Holiday Season”, is it?

Now looking back at last year I always say wow that went fast, but when I think about what I just say I remember certain parts of the year that I thin wow its only….or even I remember saying wow today is long, or is this month ever going to end, Ha! And now I am think boy oh boy this year went fast. It is amazing how we think.

January 2018 View toward Mount Rainier, Washington

This past year had many ups and downs. I put myself through some challenges like the daily painting and the daily holiday painting, and even the separate painting challenges with my sister. All were so much fun. Now I need to push myself a bit further and come up with new challenges.

I like the daily painting and my sister challenges. Those were a lot of fun so I think I am going to continue that. Now to post it is something I need to work on.

February 2018 Waianae Coast

In my personal life I lost family and friends which was beyond heartbreaking…..and my mom went through major surgery….so happy to report she is doing well. A lot has happened. On a great note my family was all under the same roof, and it was great to be with them again even for that short time. I am sure everyone can relate to that. I think this is the norm for us as we get older. It is hard to live through. Those times are just those moments we really have to force ourselves out of bed to snap out of that funk.

April 2018 Baldwin NY

April/May 2018 Long Beach New York

So glad the year is over and here we are! Are you ready for what the next year will bring? I would love to say bring it on…but I do not like the unknown for certain things and yet for others I am excited. So I just have to realize I only can control my life and my surroundings, and what I want to do for me. Focus on the here and now. I think crafting and painting definitely allows me to do just that. Focus on the here and now. What an amazing gateway for me to tune out the noise around me and throw myself into something that keeps me happy…..

June 2018 Oregon
August 2018 Oregon Coast
August 2018 Fort Flagler Washington Camp Artawanna
2018 Standing behind the Capital in Washington
December 2018 Snoqualmie Summit
Deecember 2018 Enchanted Seattle Washington

As you can see I have done some traveling…and even had a job change same company however working from a different office. Which means I now will be traveling to California….and I thought I took a picture but couldn’t find it…so when I do I will update this post. Just so I have it in my memory folder. I have visited family, spent time with close friends, went to some amazing places, and shared some new experiences with new friends, and to top it off friends from Kauai is moving to Washington so I got to spend time with them…….it was overall a productive year, a good year, an emotional year, and a successful year in the crafting and selling department. 2018 in a nutshell!

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National Holiday Daily Painting

Celebrating National Holidays around the World

……now this is a way to start back on my daily paintings using Watercolors, ink and whatever will inspire me at that moment!

I have continued to paint since my first challenge of painting everyday for a month but the posting it has fell off the grid.  I got to say creating a habit is something that takes work.  I have several things going on in my life that adding blog posting was something that I let go and realized now how much I am missing it.  However I am back!  This is my journal of my journey and I found myself writing it in my paper journal versus on the computer.  With so many changes going on I realize organization has been set aside.  They say a habit takes at least three weeks and I am here to say no I think it becomes a habit after doing it consistently for at least six months.  So that is my goal to see if that statement is true.

Ok so for September 1st the National Holidays are:

  • World Beard Day
  • National No Rhyme nor reason day
  • National Talgating Day
  • Ginger Cat Day
  • National Chicken Boy Day

Now to my daily painting I chose “Ginger Cat Day” with the help of doodlewash!  Thank you for the push I needed.

I had a cat name Cheese that just passed away this past Christmas Eve.  Very sad because he was only about 7 years old.  He was fine one day and then Christmas Eve he had a stroke.  Very sad.  He was a beautiful Ginger Cat.  My son named him when he was 3yrs old.  And when he chose Cheese as the name my daughter and I just thought that was just the cutest.

So in honor of him

Daily Painting 58 is a jump from when I first started my daily paintings.  Even though I have been painting regularly alot has happened since Day 57 of my daily painting.  So instead of starting over I decided to continue on with how I number these paintings.

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Daily Painting Day 57

Getting Closer

Alright not thinking to far from the last painting of “In the Distance.”  Just getting closer to the tree, hahaha.  Basically this is me playing around with my paints and playing with that one tree.  Good times!

Getting Closer by Doreen J. Bowers

5″ x 7″ Watercolor painting on watercolor paper

Have a great day!!!


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Daily Painting Day 56

In the Distance

Not sure how I should be posting my daily paintings because I took a break for two weeks only because I have been with my family at the hospital all this time.  Now that my mom is doing great and is home now I am trying to put my focus back into my daily painting and work.  I am still in the east coast for a couple of more weeks so I need to find some normalcy in my daily activities.  Got to say the break was much needed though.  I did some doodling and a few paintings which I will start posting.  But only now I am trying to get back into the groove of daily painting.  Now how do I number them from this point forward.  I did 55 days of painting, what a great challenge.  I don’t think I am going to start all over in the numbers.  This way I can keep up with my days of painting and continue the counting.

I saw these trees in the hospital that had really bright colors.  But what I liked about it was the simplicity of the one tree in the distance.  I love seeing one tree in a pasture sitting all by itself.  Something about it just makes me relax. So I decided to paint my one tree in a distance.  I did keep it simple which was challenging because I love to add stuff around it.

In the Distance by Doreen J. Bowers

5″x7″in Watercolor painting on watercolor paper

Have a great day!!!


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Daily Painting Day 55

Cherry Simple

What a week!  With all that is going on in my life I have no time to sit and paint.  That is ok because I am doing what is important right now in my life an that is being with my mom.  I am so blown away at how she is handling herself after surgery.  I can’t express how proud of her I am.  It hurts to see your mom in pain, and how you want to return that pain to the people who are caring for her.  But no they are doing an amazing job and here we sit with our mouths shut not adding to the pressure they must experience taking care of a person.  The lives of so many are in their hands. I can’t ever express the gratitude toward them for their willingness to do this kind of job.  This morning is a good day for my mom.  They got her up and walking.  What a relief.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel today.  I know she has a long road ahead of her but the pain part is minimizing each day.  Amen to that!

Ok so for my painting today I wanted to keep it simple, Cherry Simple.

“Cherry Simple” by Doreen J. Bowers

5″ x 7″ in Watercolor painting

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Daily Painting Day 54

On the River

I saw a picture of this boat on a river and fell in love with it.  I decided that I wanted to paint something similar.  Well of course the painting took on a life of its own.  I am still working on it but to get me posting I decided I am just going to put it out there because not sure what I am going to do yet with it.

“On the River” by Doreen J. Bowers

5″ x 7″ in. Watercolor painting


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Daily Painting Day 53

What a Day!

What a day it was!  It was one of those days that I experienced every emotion you can think of.  So posting this painting of the ocean was perfect for me.  I knew this week would be hard to find time to paint and post.  So this one I painted before I left for New York knowing that I needed a little bit of down time to be with family.  Today was a really emotional day that had a very happy ending.  My mom is ok.  She is so strong to undergo such a major surgery…I only wish that I am as strong as her if ever I need to experience half of what she has gone through.  She has a long road ahead of her but she has proven her strength.  I can’t be more proud of her.  I am so glad that I was able to be with my family during this time.  We haven’t been under the same roof for over 15 years.

“What a Day” by Doreen J. Bowers

4″ x 9″ in. Watercolor paper

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Daily Painting Day 52

I have been extremely busy these past few days. Plus the fact that the internet connection is terrible. Any who..i am going to be short and sweet for the next few days.

Not sure what to call this one. Just playing around.

“Growth Extensions” by Doreen J. Bowers

I want to believe that vines provide the continue growth by the extensions that continue to branch out providing new growth.

5″ x 7″in watercolor paper

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Daily Painting Day 51

End of Day

Today was a day of plenty sleep. Taking the red eye flight is brutal. I just cannot sleep on the plane. Ugh. Now trouble with the internet connection is driving me bonkers. So this will be a short post.

Day 51 but day 10 of my trees and this is the last one that I painted.

Day 51 – End of the Day by Doreen J. Bowers

With all the internet issues I am having I sit here thinking that it is ok.  All I am is missing is the screeching sounds of the internet trying to connect.  Hopefully this issue will not continue because I need to get some work done.  Did you ever have one of those moments that you must ask yourself at the end of the day what am I grateful for… and for me right now at this moment….its being with my mom and my sister right now just hanging out…….can’t wait for my kids to get here and we are all together….

5″×7″ in. Water color paper

Have a great day


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Daily Painting Day 50

Appreciate the View

OMG 50!!!!  Wow fifty paintings.  I am so shocked that I reached the big 50.  More excited that I painted 50 paintings then I could remember turning 50…hahaha.

On another note I just realized that I did not post yet…So here I am getting it done.  Only hours from when I get on a plane.  No pressure.

So although I have 50 paintings I am at number 9 on painting trees with some type of landscape.  Another challenge ready to check off my list.  I have finished the number 10 and will post tonight or tomorrow.  I really have to focus and get myself finish packing, hahaha.    Ok so my next few days is going to be hectic.  I did paint a couple more just in case I can’t get myself up to paint.  I am traveling to NY to visit my mom and be with her while she goes through a major surgery.  I will continue to paint because I got to say this is a great outlet for me.  This is definitely a calming experience.

So here is me taking the moment right now to appreciate the view.

“Appreciate the View” by Doreen J. Bowers

4″ x 9″ in Watercolor painting on cold press paper


Have a great day.