Saturday, 27 April 2013

Chocolate One Year anniversary

I gave up Chocolate (and all sugar) one year ago this month, for health reasons. I've surprised myself at my sheer willpower, tenacity and determination... once I started, it was like a snowball going down a steep hill... gaining in power and strength.

I'm now a thoroughly reformed sweet-tooth, but I also know that like some others who have different addictive dispositions, just one slip-up and I'm sure I'd be off the wagon. So I just don't go there....

These days I get my indulgent pleasures elsewhere... Like here....

Schmincke Horadam Aquarell 52 half pans in metal tin with fold out palette for mixing.  I've wanted this set for absolutely AGES! It's the most money I've ever spent on a single art supply, and unwrapping them from their little foil wrappers reminded me very much of my once-upon-a-time-ago love of a nice box of chocolates.  Clicking them in place felt like such a divinely decadent (and guilt-free) pleasure... and an investment into my artistic future work as a watercolorist.  

What's your secret indulgent pleasure? Tell me in the comments below.

Have a wonderful weekend...
Catherine Athena xo

Thursday, 25 April 2013


Amethyst ~ Watercolor on Paper 16" x 12"
*click on image to see it larger*

This painting is still very mysterious to me. Some of my favourite things are contained within the imagery... I love doorways ~ to other places and dimensions, and messengers, and those that guard gateways, anthropomorphic characters and animal helpers...and of course crystals.

It feels like the perfect kind of image to celebrate this Full Moon in Scorpio day, taking us onward into the mystic.
Catherine Athena xo

• • •My journey through the senses• • •
taste:: Butternut squash and tofu risotto - perfectly delicious.
smell:: Honey and Sage - the room is beautifully fragrant from my Hopi ear-candles!
touch:: Braiding my hair into side plaits feels a nice way to wear my hair and show off my turquoise and coyote tooth earrings at the same time.
see:: Searching For Sugar Man - loved this film about retro musician Rodriguez
hear:: Larkin Poe came on Tour to Somerset! It was amazing to see them play Live.
think:: Self awareness and deep self reflection is never to be underestimated.
feel:: Very lucky indeed
intuit:: This Full Moon in Scorpio today with partial eclipse is uncovering secrets.