Good and colorful abstract mosaic art that is!
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Blue Circles Abstract Art
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We often think of “peace” as a calm environment and gentle thoughts, but I believe it can also be a strong vibrant energy. I feel the most peaceful at the beach with the churning waves, rushing currents, seagulls calling and children playing. I am completely calm and relaxed there, but the scene is so very vivid and kinetic.
I have a friend that finds total peace by taking long drives at night. His stressful thoughts evaporate into the distant lights and the darkness comforts him. The gentle hum of his engine and the passing cars are relaxing.
Where do you find your Peace?
Introducing my latest piece from my Transforming Energy series. “Vivid Peace”, like all of the work in this set, has been transformed from a previous painting into an entirely new piece of art. Enjoy!
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Sometimes it feels like your life is in a rut and there is no way out. You have lots of seeds planted, but nothing is happening. There is plenty of creative sunshine and marketing water, but the seedlings stay the same size. You keep doing what you’ve always done and you get the same results you’ve always gotten.
Just when you start to feel a little stale like there is nowhere else to expand, something happens to let you know that there is always room to grow. Whether it is in a relationship, your health or career, you can always find new avenues to take you to destinations that will increase your satisfaction in life.
I am super busy this Spring with many projects in my fire, but they are all tasks that I have been doing for years. Nothing new. So I was delighted when an art consulting firm in Atlanta contacted me about designing art for a new hotel. Right now, I only know they want tropical fish, 8 unique pieces and that it will have a Florida Keys theme. Talk about right up my alley! Or should I say coral reef. 😉
So I am growing into new opportunities with my artwork. The most important thing you can do to move in new directions is be “open” to them. Right now I am WIDE OPEN!
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I am talking about MEDITATION. Can you meditate? For years I tried to bring this practice into my life. After all, I am a type A personality. And I am not talking an A- either. I excel at motivation and drive. I do not stop until I get the job done kinda gal. I always knew it would be good for me to learn how to mentally “check out” and just “be. I just did not know how to accomplish it. I read books, watched videos and listened to tapes. But I just could not relax and I certainly could not just observe my thoughts and let them pass through like leaves in the wind without attaching myself to them. It was frustrating which did not help me feel better. In fact, it did the opposite. Every time I’d try and fail I would feel like something was wrong with me. Until…..
About 7 years ago I developed some peripheral neuropathy as a result of a stomach virus. They call that side effect Guillain-Barré Syndrome and I was lucky that mine was mild. Some people end up on life support for awhile and others die. I just had pins and needles in my hands and feet. I got off easy. Anyway, in a quest to get relief from this annoying buzzing in my extremities, I happened upon a device called a “Rebuilder” which was being used to treat diabetic neuropathy with great success. It was FDA approved and insurance would cover it if there was a medical need. Sign me up!
I ordered and received my equipment which consisted of a small rectangular box with 2 dials and electrodes that you attach to the bottom of your feet and palms of your hands. I am not too keen on electricity passing through my body, but I gave it a go. It felt kind of strange…like tickling but I tolerated it well. Once I got used to my 30 minutes a day I started to realize something. When I used it, I could mentally “check out” and not focus on my thoughts. I did not fall asleep. In fact, I’ve tried it for insomnia and it never works. Instead it puts me into a deep relaxation where my brain can take a breather. When I snap out of it. And that is what I do…after about 15 minutes of relaxation I snap up and feel so refreshed it is amazing.
It did heal my neuropathy over time, but it gave me so much more. The ability to relax and finally…..meditate!
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Spring has sprung in Florida! The weather is absolutely perfect. The azaleas are blooming in glorious hot pink beauty. The grass is greening up. Bees are buzzing. My orchids are budding. And then there is the pollen. Aaaaaachooo!! Yup, I get allergies bad this time of the year and that sticky yellow stuff gets in my nose, eyes and lungs and I spend my time indoors or masked. If I venture outside I wear a hat (so it doesn’t get in my hair), a mask and glasses. I shower before bed and keep my sheets as clean as possible. It only lasts about a month or so like this, but it is a wait. What to do? Create of course! I love the LOOK of Spring and decided to keep it positive with this fun and whimsical piece today.
This work is a mixed media piece combining some of my Labor of Love paintings with a stock background and graphic elements. A real joy to put together. 🙂 Enjoy!
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A few people have said that my new series “Transforming Energy” is hypnotizing. I’ve never been hypnotized and am uncertain if it would even be possible. I am pretty strong willed. Also I am not very open to suggestion nor does the placebo effect work on me. I do not believe everything I hear/see and I do not trust doctors very much. Not that hypnotists are doctors, but to my mind they are close enough in principle. Additionally as a survivor or childhood abuse I know I would not be comfortable with this practice even if it could work on me. How could you trust anyone with your psyche like that? I’d have to have my husband or sister with me and wouldn’t they get hypnotized too? At any rate, I do find it fascinating.
The term “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word hypnos which means sleep. The words “hypnosis” and “hypnotism” both derive from the term “neuro-hypnotism” (nervous sleep) coined by the Scottish surgeon James Braid around 1841. Braid based his practice on that developed by Franz Mesmer and his followers (“Mesmerism” or “animal magnetism“), but differed in his theory as to how the procedure worked.
There is a belief that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep, but contemporary research suggests that hypnotic subjects are fully awake and are focusing attention, with a corresponding decrease in their peripheral awareness. Subjects also show an increased response to suggestions. In the first book on the subject, Neurypnology (1843), Braid described “hypnotism” as a state of physical relaxation accompanied and induced by mental concentration (“abstraction”). Source Wikipedia
I like the last description “state of physical relaxation” and “mental concentration”. Maybe I will have to try “self” hypnosis. 😉
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Luscious. Say it very slowly. Just saying the word feels sensual. The original meaning had to do with food. It was used in reference to vittles that were sweet and pleasant to taste or smell. However, it has also come to mean strong sensual or sexual appeal. You can have luscious lips or a luscious lychee.
My new piece is titled “Luscious Lemon”. We typically do not think of this yellow citrus fruit as sweet, but there is a variety that grows well in Florida. It is called a Meyer’s lemon and I’ve just planted a tree! They are fragrant and have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka supermarket lemon varieties. You can peel and eat these beauties. They are native to China and thought to be a cross between a true lemon and either a mandarin or common orange. The orange in the mix explains their more luscious taste. 🙂
If you can get your hands on some Meyer’s lemons, I highly suggest you stock up. They are addictive in a good way.
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When I first started to write this post it was going to be about the pros and cons of art licensing. However, a quick Google search will turn up a gazillion articles on exactly that. So I will keep this writing to two points.
There are two important factors in any healthy relationship including those between a potential licencor and licencee: communication and listening with intent.
When all of the elements are there for success such as an enthusiastic and hard working sales person on their end and a seasoned professional artist with great content on the other. What can go wrong?
Whether it is a marriage, home purchase, licensing agreement, etc. there is always a deal breaker. And to avoid that, you must learn a few skills such as listening with intention.
This is an important point. Listening with intention simply means that you pay attention to what the other party is saying with the intent to “understand” and not just “respond”. Once you set your own feelings and thoughts aside and gain an understanding of the other person, you can then know exactly how to proceed. When someone is clear and direct with you, it is always in your best interest to fully comprehend. And when they are not, ask questions if you are uncertain. Never assume anything.
Communication is defined as any act by which one person gives to or receives from another person information about that person’s needs, desires, perceptions, knowledge, or affective states. In other words if you have a great idea, share it with the other person. If there is something you want to do that involves them or their content, call them or email them with your intentions. Sucker punches never feel good. Keep them in the loop.
If you have aspirations to be a great sales person no matter what you are selling it would be in your best interest to hone in on the above skills. There are many books, self help workbooks, CD’s and seminars to help you along the way. These tools are investments in your future. I encourage you to pursue them.
When things fall apart like a big contract or art sale, stop and do an autopsy on the entire process from the first phone call to the last email. Ask yourself some key questions such as: Did I communicate clearly with the other party? Did I give them as much information as I could to facilitate trust? Did I read their emails carefully and ask questions where there was uncertainty? Did I respond to their questions adequately? Did I validate them?
Today’s offering is “Clear Purpose”….fitting I think. 🙂
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I fall into the soft blue
Light into air
Air into Light
Circle on white
A simple hue