Hello friends, I have my new website up and running at Christal Kelly Creations. You’ll notice it looks similar to this one in some ways. My plan is to take down this website within the week. I hope you’ll join me over at my new website and my new creative endeavors.

windmill by flowing water

So I did a thing

I’ve been encouraged by a few people to start selling my art online. I’ve been reluctant because I don’t want the pressure of creating to sell. Painting has been a way for me to relax during the craziness that all began in March 2020. It’s been very meditative for me, so the thought of commodifying …

ten things

We are getting ready for the holidays in our own little way being two people who lived several decades married to other people. We will visit my parents for Thanksgiving and the new husband will finally get to meet my sister and her family. I’m bringing my oft requested sweet potato soufflé along with my …

A man in a dark suit is kissing a woman in an ivory dress. She is holding flowers. They are in front of an ocean.


Today is our one year wedding anniversary. It’s interesting being in a second marriage in the later half of our lives. I think that neither of us are delusional about being “in” love and it being the cure-all for life. Loving someone is hard work. Being “in” love and the fluttery feelings of a new …

A drawing of a woman's face with yellow hair with the quote "pay attention, be astonished, tell about it."

Every day holds something new

I’m so sorry. I love my blog and I always mean to attend to it more regularly and then life happens. 1. A lot has happened since my last post back in May. I’m still creating, albeit not as much as I would like because my workplace has reopened and so, I’m having to go …

alone time


Yesterday, I had to go to the my office to print up documents for a project for work. It was a lot of pages to print up at home, so going to the office was the only answer. I’ve been back in the office only one other time since we were shut down. My desk …

Effy's Blog Challenge

Last Day!

Today is the last day of Effy Wild’s April Blogging challenge. While I didn’t do it every day, I posted way more than I have in a long time. It was such a pleasure to read blogs again and learn about other people. Facebook and Twitter feels like surface level learning about people. Blogging feels much …

April Year of Mary

Give in to Joy

I finally finished the painting I started the other day. It is from Effy Wild’s “Year of Mary. There were a number of times where I was feeling frustrated with this girl and wanted to throw it in the bin. I decided to start talking to her lovingly and thinking nice, lovely thoughts towards the painting …


Pretty Starts

Yesterday evening, I finally got a chance to do some painting. I started this last night. I love the different colors and the way it sparks joy in my heart. This photo is in the very beginning stages of the piece I’m working on right now. I can’t wait to see the final product. This …

Pink and white

Flowers of Cabo

Here are some beautiful flowers I took photos of while we were in Cabo. When I finally have some time to paint and create again, I’m going to use these as inspiration. I’m obsessed with flowers and whenever I get a chance when I’m out and about, I take lots of pictures to the happy …

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