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March 15, 2010

What a weekend.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 2:49 pm

I would have to say that this past weekend could possibly be what I would call a PERFECT weekend.  We have been very busy this year so far, and I honestly had been feeling pretty drained and anxious.  I had a dear wise friend tell me one day that the perfect way to stay charged is to make sure you are recharging in these 4 ways:  1.  Time alone  2.  Time with God (alone)  3.  Time with your spouse/significant other (if you are at this stage in life), and 4.  Time with your friends.  I have tried to balance this for the past year and it really has been so great!  It sounds super simple, but if either of the 4 are lacking, you will feel lacking in a way.  Those are 4 distinct ways of caring for yourself that are so important and all work so well together.  If you have good quality time with yourself, you are much better to be around!  All of it makes sense.  The other thing I realized about 2 weeks ago is that I had been neglecting myself totally- spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.  I was just worn out in all 4 of those areas.  Moving, some big emotionally stuff happened, just being tired, etc. all combined to make me feel super drained and anxious (my anxiety is the thorn in my flesh that I am slowly allowing the Lord to remove!).  So, that brings us to this weekend!

Kyle’s birthday was Saturday, so we decided to go to the camp and just hang out.  His parents were out of town, so it was just the 2 of us.  We made a game time decision to bring Belle and Harley 🙂  That was hysterical and definitely made the trip even better!  They are just so funny!  I never thought dogs could be so entertaining and just constantly crack me up like they do.  I loaded up the truck with painting supplies, snacks, books, my ipod, and really nothing more fancy than pajama pants, and we hit the road!  I always sleep like a rock at the camp, so i knew that the physical rest thing would be taken care of!  What I was hoping for (and praying specifically for) was that I could recharge emotionally and spiritually.  And. I. Did.  It was great!

Kyle fished all day out in the boat and I brought all my canvases and paints and stuff out on the deck and just painted my heart out all day!  Did I mention that it was 65 degrees and crystal clear???  PERFECT weather!  It just was perfect!  I take a little while to get into total relaxation mode, so I was still kind of anxious and distracted that morning, but the SECOND I put my ipod in my ears and heard old school Hillsong “Let the Peace of God Reign” and started mixing those paints, my heart just settled in.  It felt so light- even to the point of tears occasionally.  I painted and painted and took breaks to lay in the sun and painted some more!  It was just absolutely what the word “glorious” means.

I took pics of the process, because I wanted to share on my “house blog” b/c one of the paintings made its way to my living room wall!  It is HUGE, and I was so happy with it!  I did some little ones too.  I was reminded of how passionate I am about painting.  It is just something I truly love- that and cooking.  Kyle came back that night and I had cooked dinner and we had a couple of his guy friends out to eat and celebrate his turning the big 32!  It was great and such a fun time of laughing.  The next day, we rode around in the boat, and just had a great easy morning, and come on home for church in the afternoon!  It was just such a good weekend, and thankfully, I actually DID make some progress on our renovation, even when I thought I was taking a break from that for the weekend.  Best case scenario!  Here are my pics!

This is early in the morning- my first canvas.

Me on one of my “breaks”  haha.  The whole weekend was a break though!

2 other canvases.  These were all about trying out some new colors, and practicing making good “drips!”

Starting out the big boy!  This is 60″ x 36″.

Almost finished!  I added a good bit of metallic gold and silver into the perimeters.  That was an experiment!

Heading home with my buddy riding up front!

Kyle serenading me as we go.  Haha.

I immediately ran in and hung this in the living room!



  1. Wow! What an amazing painting and it looks great on your wall. I really enjoy both of your blogs…very inspiring and uplifting to my soul. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Shawnelle — March 15, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

  2. that painting looks amazing, ash! i want you to come visit and paint one for me!!!

    Comment by amber — March 15, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  3. that would be so much fun, amber! oh my gosh. this summer- for sure. we have to do it finally. shawnelle, thank you so very much. i miss you!

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — March 15, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  4. Ash, I’m so glad you had a weekend away from the stress of the world, to paint, to commune with God, and spend quality time with yourself and Kyle! I love you and am happy for you! The painting is breathtaking, and you inspire me so much!

    Comment by Jenny — March 15, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

  5. ash – you should try painting on a wood canvas – use water and wet/dry sandpaper and a squirt bottle. you get some awesome texture and it lets you continue playing with “drips”

    Comment by catherine - cack — March 15, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    • ps. love the paintings and that you spent the weekend doing them. so fun!

      Comment by catherine - cack — March 15, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  6. Love your art “work” – isn’t it awesome that painting is so theraputic? – not like laborious work at all!

    You are the best, girl.

    Comment by Christina — March 15, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

  7. maybe you Kyle and i can hang out sometime,we may could go fishing i have a fishing pole and my fishing license

    Comment by Johny.B — March 16, 2010 @ 3:59 am

  8. ya know whats therapeutic for me is the popping the poppies that comes from a shipment you get in the mail

    Comment by Johny.B — March 16, 2010 @ 4:02 am

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