I’ve combined my beautiful yellow lotus flower art with The Serenity Prayer. Enjoy!
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“The Dreaming Tree”
Mixed Media Art
I’ve always had a special place to go to dream. For most of my life, it’s been a special tree. Everywhere I’ve lived, I had to find one. I would either climb up into it’s branches or swing from a rope/tire. Now, I just sit under it’s cooling shade and let myself go….
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Screen print from etched acrylic and ink.
This piece is definitely a one off by me. It started as an etching on a hard acrylic sheet that was then inked and pressed on a screen press. I remember the acrylic being very difficult to scratch into. I still have the block and the original sketch to this piece. A rare find…
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If you clicked on my blog expecting the next magical do it all supplement, I am sorry but that isn’t it. And it’s not a drug, nap or long walk either. It is simply a “leap of faith”. I swing my legs out of bed and believe they will work properly. I trust that my hands will be able to paint and that my eyes will be able to see. I have dealt with a neurological challenge for over 18 years now and some days those simple tasks elude me. But most days I just have faith and the miracle of a normal day appears.
For me, my artwork is a big part of that leap. And let me tell you it is a sprinting, all out, do not stop kind of jump! It isn’t easy putting yourself out there every single day for judgement. Imagine yourself standing naked in a room filled with hundreds of strangers pointing their fingers and critiquing your body. It’s a similar feeling when I list a new work. It’s raw and personal and sometimes you just want to snap it back into your studio where it is safe.
But faith does not keep you safe. No it’s the trust that keeps you going even when it is dangerous with the “knowing” that you will make it through whatever you must face.
Today I offer you…..”A Leap Of Faith”.
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Millions of seconds pass unnoticed
Boring and unremarkable
Life’s time clock
But one second can change everything
And everything is different
Just that one moment
Creates a cascade of transformation
An ordinary miracle.
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I’ve always had a goal or two in my mind. Over the years my visualizations have changed, but one thing has stayed constant. I’ve ALWAYS dreamed. Dreaming plays an important role in our lives. It helps us cope with the stresses of life by taking us to places that are safe and comfortable. It gives our brain a much needed rest. Whether it is while you sleep or while you are wide awake, a dream is a sanctuary. It also helps the good in life materialize. Thoughts become things. So the more you focus on positive dreams, the more beautiful your life’s illusion will be. Row row row your boat….life is but a dream……
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I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! For me 2013 was a mixed bag as I had a tremendous amount of success with my business and a great renewal of love with my husband and daughter, but I had some serious upheaval in my personal life. I lost a beloved dog, a best friend and also had to disconnect from some of my family members. 2014 is full of promise and it is time for an energy shift! I will be doing things this year that I have never done in every aspect of my life. Life is for living and I plan do do a lot more of that this year! Hold on to your hats…..it’s gunna be a wild ride!
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The point of power is always in the present moment. This tenant is something I try to live by. As a self representing artist there really is no other way to live….for my sanity. I cannot focus on sales in the past or sales in the future. I can only look at where I am right now…can I afford my mortgage? Yes Can I afford to eat? Yes Can I create new work with this mind and body? Yes It is much more satisfying to look at all of the “yes” answers than to ruminate on the “nos”. Art is a passion and it cannot be reduced to a marketing and sales pitch. A true artist has an irresistible urge to create. Einstein knew this and so do I. Each day is filled with endless possibilities to which my soul always says yes! Sometimes I paint a beautiful painting, sometimes I design work on my computer and sometimes a day might revolve around a new and exotic recipe I will “tweak”. The business of art can be heartbreaking. It can take you to the highest of highs with that amazing sale or take you to the lowest of lows when you go weeks or for some even months without a sale. I do not have time to be discouraged as I am too busy working on new things. What will it be today?
Please enjoy my piece “Point Of Power”…..you can learn more here:
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If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
This is one of my favorite prayers and I say it first thing every morning when I awaken and last thing before I go to sleep. I am truly grateful for my life. I have had a hard one, but I have always had gratitude in my moments of prayer. I understand that my presence here is a gift from the Universe. Challenges are what allow me to see all of the good in my life with absolute clarity. Right now I have so much love, health, friendship and success that I can see no other way to live it but in gratitude. I still struggle at times, but even in the darkest hours there is always something to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!