Friday, December 28, 2012

Linus Pauling


The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

- Linus Pauling


Every idea is not going to be great. Every piece of art is not going to be the best. If we wait for the perfect idea or inspiration we may not ever experience the masterpiece that creates itself.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Janice Rockett


Find your passion and make it your profession … and you will never work again.

- Janice Rockett


I am still working on this myself. I know a few people that have made this a reality in their lives. It is inspiring and encouraging to see others happily successful at what they love. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wet Paint.....


To be honest about myself, I am a “Type A” personality. I have even been accused of being a perfectionist several times in my life. I am seriously over organized. I lived my life by lists, always prepared and thinking ahead. Don’t laugh but I am able to locate just about anything in my home in the complete dark. It’s alright if you laugh, I have finally reached the point where I can laugh at myself.

For many years I thought this was both a blessing and a curse. Organizational skills were definitely an attribute in my career and finances. In my personal life they were very helpful but also enslaving and overwhelming. I reached a point where I was exhausted from trying to complete everything on the lists. They were never ending. Even though I would accomplish so much I would still feel like a failure because there was so much more that was not done.  I tried so very hard to “be done”.  It was an impossible chore.

I am not sure exactly why or when (most likely because it wasn’t on my list) I decided it was more of a burden than a help to live this way. I came to the conclusion that my self-appointed tile of “Super Mom” was over rated. “Mom” was enough. “Mom” was perfect. I was taking myself way too seriously.

I sat down and had a long talk with Ms. OCD that ran my life and negotiated a treaty. Of course the major responsibilities of paying the bills, taking care of personal business, keeping our home clean and food in the house need not be discussed. As for all of the other undone items, I gave myself permission to not impose unnecessary deadlines. I agreed that it was perfectly alright to have projects in the process, items undone, unlisted and open ended.  I chose to call it my “wish list” instead of my “to do list”.

By creating this change in my mindset I soon began to see how much I had been missing. I was surprised how many opportunities are available every day.  I love trying new things and going new places and I dove right in. Totally unrelated to my new freedom, my sister recommended the book “An Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. Lovely synchronicity, absolutely lovely. I have read it twice and will read it again when I want to spark some new creativity in my life. Julia leads her readers though exploring their hidden talents. I discovered I had been so busy being a grownup that I had forgotten many of the creative things I enjoyed doing.

It is so very important to be open to new experiences. I strongly believe that by intentionally creating positive changes in our lives we discover talents we didn’t even know that we had. How can we possibly know that we have an intense passion if we have never even considered it?

I embrace change. I am undone and I am at peace. I have very proudly hung a “Wet Paint” sign on my life. I hang it where ever I like and I move it around as much as I want. It is the perfect addition to my life décor.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

George Eliot


It is never too late to be what you might have been.

- George Eliot



Today would be a great day to start! DO SOMETHING today to symbolize your commitment to your dream. Do something, anything, it doesn't have to be huge, just a simple step towards your dream.

If you want to be an artist, buy a sketch pad. If you want to be a writer, get a journal. If you want to be an interior designer go the library and check out a few books on color or pick up some free paint samples at the hardware store. If you want to be a fashion designer make some rough sketches of your ideas and visit a fabric store for inspiration. 

Stop procrastinating and making excuses and take that first step.  Before you know it you will be at the second step and on your way. If you are already on your way, try something new. It is possible that your road should be a two lane freeway with a few turns in it. 

I challenge you to invest in yourself and your dream.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Saint Francis of Assisi


Start by doing what is necessary then do what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible

- Saint Francis of Assisi


This has recently become my most favorite quote ever. Love it, love it, LOVE it! It is a true reminder for every artist at every possible location of their journey. It eliminates every excuse that we might make. So let’s start and just keep going!

Black on Black.....



I wanted to design these two textured paintings to compliment a canvas print of “Dancers from the Dutch Dance Theatre Perform During Dress Rehearsal in the Bulgarian Capital Sofia” by Gert Weigelt. It is a very unique photograph. The objective was to increase the wall space of the art print by complimenting it and not competing with it. I was inspired by Carol Nelson’s texturing technique and decided to create these two pieces in black only. I am extremely pleased with the result.

Gert Weigelt, a classical professional dancer, studied photography and then established himself as a professional dance photographer. Among many of his artistic accomplishments he has photographed all 38 plays by Pina Bausch and the Wuppertal Dance Theatre since 1975. I am fascinated with his work, especially his nudes. He photographs the dancers as living sculptures, capturing the movement of the dancer’s muscles and the intensity of their art form. He is a remarkable talent. As I looked through some of his pieces, I find myself repeating truly stunning, stunning, just truly stunning.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Anonymous


No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work.

- Anonymous



 The painful truth of the matter. Ask yourself which is MORE painful, never giving your dreams a chance to come true or getting busy, busy, busy?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Silver Linings.....


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As I child I spent hours laying in the grass looking at the clouds. Daydreaming and trying to find as many shapes as I could. I’m sure many of you did the same. Then somehow we grow up and forget. The only time we might take time is when there is a truly spectacular sunset or a chillingly beautiful lightning storm. 
 
You remember finding a unicorn, looking at another cloud and when you went back to the unicorn it had transformed into a mighty fire breathing dragon. I believe that our dreams are like the clouds. Not our sleeping dreams but our life dreams. Our dreams of the goals we have set, the people we want to be, the achievements we want to make, the aspirations we have, the secret inspirations and passions of our hearts.
Clouds and dreams are both are big and impressive, seeming so very far out of our reach. They are beautiful, majestic and constantly changing and taking new forms. They may change from a leaping deer into a valiant warrior, they may start as soft and wispy then become billowy and puffy, they may be a brilliant crisp white and then suddenly add colors of fantastic pinks, purples and oranges. They might not look like much of anything at all and in a moment they are a flying superhero. Sometimes the sky is completely clear without a cloud in sight. Do not fear they will blow in when the time is right.

The clouds and our life dreams both may change and transform and seem to endlessly evolve. They may be different than we ever imagined but they are just as beautiful.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Picasso


All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

- Pablo Picasso



If only we could focus on encouraging children to do things their own way and just appreciate their ideas instead of forcing them into what is acceptable.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Color Me Surprised.....



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To say that I love the outdoors would be a massive understatement. I am totally fascinated with it on so many levels. There is so much beauty and seemingly endless variety. It is majestic and breathtaking.
I love camping outdoors, hiking outdoors, walking outdoors, dining outdoors and just sitting outdoors. When I am inside I love to look through the windows at the outdoors. I take photographs to try and capture the magic that I find.

I was attempting to get control of years of these digital photographs, sorting through the madness and the mess and opened a few that I did not expect. I really liked them! Color me surprised!

I am going to release a few of these in my gallery very soon. My goal is not to become an aspiring photographer but I would love to share an occasional series.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Primary Colors.....


The recession has certainly impacted so many lives, including myself, my family and friends. It has been necessary to make drastic changes in order to survive in this type of economy. Although tragic and heartbreaking it does have a positive side.

It has caused us to open our minds and change our quality of life. We have all been forced to be creative with our lifestyles. By getting back to the basics, forgotten arts are now resurfacing. We are rediscovering gardening to cut down on grocery bills, cooking delicious dinners at home instead of dining out, canning and preserving, handcrafting or baking for gifts holidays. What creative changes have you made to make a difference in your life?

It is wonderful to experience and see an appreciation for the simple pleasures in life. I fondly refer to them as Primary Colors. They may be few but they are pure and intense.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oriah


“It doesn’t matter to me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dream of meeting you heart’s longing.”
-Oriah


Such a powerful statement! I have to admit that I definately dream of meeting my heart's longing. I am still figuring out what I ache for and what exactly is my heart's longing. How are you doing?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Introduction


The Dawn, Beginning of an artistic journey…….


I am totally, completely, madly in love with colors. I believe they have been under rated and under stated in our lives. By comparison, other cultures outside of The United States are very bold with color. You’ve surely seen Mama Mia and the fabulous examples of the Greek décor. Greek, Italian, Mexican, French and on and on use their colors very loudly and bravely.

As Americans, we tend to play with color rather than living it. We are picky about what color our cars are, our clothes, our lipstick, even our iphone cases. All of which are temporary to us. How many times has someone given you the advice to pick a neutral color because it appeals to a broader range of people. Our walls are eggshell or low key earth tone schemes so that it will be easier to sell to someone else. We make color choices for the next person instead of for ourselves.

A few years ago I moved into a place where I finally had the chance to paint and decorate the way I have always wanted to. It was originally a very small place and quite depressing. We referred to it as “tiny town”. After I had put my vision on the canvas, so to speak, the transformation was amazing. It was absolutely fabulous. I had never had that type of opportunity before and it was a life changing event. So began my love affair with color.

The transformation of that tiny little funky place was liberating. It made me realize the lack of color in our everyday lives. The colors symbolized ownership and a commitment to living life right now, not just settling in the meantime. It was motivating, it was exciting and it inspired me to intentionally look for colors in places that I take for granted.

I would love for you to join me and challenge yourself to coloring your life. It is almost time for the sunrise and the journey begins at The Dawn…..