The Serenity Prayer with beautiful butterfly art. A botanical delight with a great message!
Going through my older files, I came across a scan I did of a ton of vintage butterflies. I painstakingly cut out each one from an antique botanical book. I had no idea what I would do with them. Now, I just share them. 🙂
I have been transforming my art again! These pieces use a combination of my hand designed mandalas (not computer generated), my Stone Rock’d Art pattern (hand drawn and mirrored with a little help) and a delicate butterfly outline. The result is both vibrant and soothing. Enjoy!
Mandala Butterfly Art
“Down The Rabbit Hole”
Mixed Media Collage Art
Many years ago, I used to do this really cool collaboration work with other artists. Each of us would take a few weeks collecting “stuff” to send to the other artist. The challenge was that we had to create a mixed media piece using EVERYTHING the other artist sent. You could add to it, but you could not leave anything that they sent out. This piece is a result of an exchange of goodies with Canadian artist Geraldine Gracia.
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Are you trying to hold on to your youth? Your children? A dysfunctional family? A job that isn’t right for you? A marriage that doesn’t work? That D you got in trigonometry in high school?
So many of us cling tightly to what is familiar or comfortable. Others bind themselves to the past and allow it to punish them for their entire lives. Change is scary. Some just cannot picture a life different than the one they currently have. I have learned that the harder you grasp something, the more it hurts when it slips away from you. The secret to life is “letting go”. Also known as acceptance. This has nothing to do with giving up and everything to do with knowing when it is time to move on.
I had a few years of uncertainty and fear as I moved into middle age. I was panicked at the thought of my little girl out in the big mean World all by herself. My marriage had a major hiccup one Summer and I was not sure we would make it. I noticed that I was starting to lose the interest of men when I walked into a room. My body and face were aging and I did not know how to handle it. I was also very confused about what I wanted to do with my business. I considered shutting it down and taking a different path by getting back into Holistic Medicine. I call those years “the worry years”.
Slowly I started to realize that I could not hold onto all of those things that I wanted to remain the same. More importantly, I did not want to. I discovered it was safe to let go and just celebrate where I was headed. I was not only physically different, I was also mentally and emotionally transformed. At 45 I am now excited to watch my daughter leave for college and blossom into her own life. I will not be keeping her bedroom as a shrine where I can focus on the past. Instead it will be converted into a sanctuary for yoga and thinking. She will be welcome to visit anytime, but I will use that space for mediation. I have learned to work “with” my partner instead of “against” him as we weather life’s bumps. I am less selfish. I have also decided that I will not be artificially preserving my youthful face. It’s gone and no amount of face lifting, injecting or sand blasting is going to bring it back. It’s o.k. to have wrinkles and fine lines. In fact, if you allow yourself to let go of what society dictates is beautiful, you can actually admire them for what they really are: signs of a life that has endured numerous storms and celebrated many triumphs.
As for my career that is still being pondered. I have a few new ideas about what direction I would like to move in. But whatever I decide, the process leading up to it will not be fraught with anxiety. No, these are truly “the wonder years” for me. The dictionary tells us that “wonder” means: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. And that is exactly where I am. Bring it on life!
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Her Heart Has Wings
Her heart has wings,
for more than flight.
They give her strength.
They give her sight.
Her heart has wings,
battered by the wind.
They do not break.
They help her bend.
Her heart has wings,
that can’t be tied.
And hopes and dreams.
That won’t be denied.
Her heart has wings,
for so much more.
Her body has limits.
But her spirit will soar…
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Do any of you other artists ever collaborate? Work on photography together? Paintings? Music? I tend to be a loner when it comes to my work, but I have had some really great opportunities to work with some amazing artists from around the World on pieces of art that really challenged me but ultimately brought me great satisfaction.
The piece above is a joint effort between me and my husband William Patrick. We headed to the beach with his box of toys and I handled all of the choreography and staging while he snapped the shots. I also handled the post processing.
Down the Rabbit Hole was a very interesting project that I shared with a Canadian artist named Geraldine Gracia. What we did was each sent each other a package filled with all sorts of bits and pieces of things we collected. The rule was we had to use EVERYTHING in the package in a mixed media piece. We could add to it, but we could not subtract. It really got my imagination going and the end result was a surprise to me. I to this day continue to sell this piece regularly…so glad it speaks to so many.
Balancing Act was another collaboration piece. I have done these many times with other artist and it is always fun to see what we create!
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I’ve got a birthday next month and I will be turning 45. I’m not old, but I am also no longer young. I am in the middle….middle aged as they say. I knew my body would start changing in my 40’s but what I never expected was for my attitudes to change dramatically. My mental state is undergoing the most transformation. Things that used to drive me crazy, no longer do. I am calm and at peace in so many situations now that used to get me totally worked up. I am patient with my daughter. I appreciate my husband a whole lot more. I am just more clear on what’s important in life. I woke up this morning realizing that for 45 years ALL of my needs have always been met. Sometimes that meant peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a game of Go Fish for a date. Sometimes it meant The Ritz. And there were times when I had to wait long periods of time to get some things I needed. I’ve had to work hard for sure and at times have enjoyed luxuries that as a kid I could only dream of. And also times where I had to sell everything I could to get groceries. My life has always given me everything to sustain me….in the good times and the bad. Right now one of the biggest changes I am feeling is with my art. I no longer see it as just a means to an end. Income. Don’t get me wrong, I like making enough to support myself and help my family, but I am feeling the joy in creating more and the satisfaction of making people happy. I am here to bring joy to other’s hearts. As history has proven, my needs will always be met, so I do not have to worry all of the time about making a “sale”. Here is to change!