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Enjoy this Summertime treat from my Mother-in-law Betty Cummings. She was inspired by a walk along Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida. She used bright colors in her oils to achieve this tropical look. I am so fortunate to own some of her original work. And now everyone can enjoy prints too!
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People often ask me what my favorite color might be. I’ve always found that question extremely difficult to answer because I love ALL colors so much. When I was a kid, I favored green. It made me feel happy and alive. But as I’ve matured, I have found that a lot of my work has shades of blue and aqua mixed together. Blue and aqua would be two colors, but it is in fact my favorite. 🙂
Blue is the color of the clear sky and the deep sea. On the optical spectrum, blue is located between violet and green. Surveys in the U.S. and Europe show that blue is the color most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence.
Not sure why depression is linked to blue because this hue makes me feel really good inside. So most days I am definitely feeling blue and love it!
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As a painter, I am no stranger to getting wet. For years I’ve had acrylic splattered, dripped, sprayed and poured onto me. And sometimes I just stick my hands right into it. I am finding that photography is also keeping me damp. I live in Florida where it is humid and hot most of the year. Right now it is quite chilly at 35 degrees, but last week at Selby Gardens there was one place that was warm and quite drippy. They have a huge greenhouse there with the most beautiful and exotic plants you can image. My group of friends were awestruck as we walked around the lush interior. While we separated ourselves I found this small glassed off area that was all green inside except for one lone orchid. The condensation formed on the glass in front of it and it reminded me of a rainy day in the tropics….
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As I start off the new year with new work I am reminded to strive to be my personal best. For my entire life I have been labeled a “perfectionist” by family, friends, bosses and coworkers. I used to think this was a bad thing. A judgement call against me. But today, psychology has established that there are two types of perfectionism. Normal perfectionists pursue perfection without compromising their self-esteem, and derive pleasure from their efforts. Neurotic perfectionists strive for unrealistic goals and consistently feel dissatisfied when they cannot reach them. I was happy to learn years ago that I was in fact “normal”. 🙂 I always have goals in mind that I know I can accomplish and I write up a plan to achieve them. I work hard to get through the outline I created and when I arrive I have a deep satisfaction in my efforts. Like anyone else, I do not like setbacks, but I do not let them “get me down”. I just rewrite the plan to get me back on track.
All of the goals I have set for myself in 2014 are attainable. Today I start the work!
I hope each of you reading my blog can strive for “your own personal best” this year and not some unrealistic standards set by society/your family/your mate/etc. Set goals…..write out a plan….and get busy!
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“I work from home.” Most people really like the sound of that, but after living the “dream” for over 10 years, I can tell you that there is definitely a dark side. Most people probably picture me drinking wine, smoking dope and cheerfully splattering paint around my studio. I might be listening to some classic rock while I work and taking frequent naps as desired. They might assume I only work a few hours here and there and that I can go on vacation anytime I want to and just leave it all behind. I am an artist, so people are always nice to me too.
The fantasy above could not be farther from the truth. The fact is that this “working from home” career has been the absolute most challenging and stressful job I have ever had. There are things about it that I absolutely love and wouldn’t trade for any other position. Creating is my passion and if I could afford a team of employees, that is all I would do most of the time! Let me break down my experience:
Pro: I get to set my own hours. Con: I work all of the time.
Pro: I can work in my jammies if I like. Con: All my clothes look like Ernie the paint man’s rejects.
Pro: I get to do what I love…paint and create. Con: I also have to do everything else including but not limited to cleaning, purchasing, marketing, customer service, technical support, etc.
Pro: I have no pesky coworkers mucking up my productivity or causing drama. Cons: It is very lonely and I have no one to talk to all day.
Pro: Since I do it all, I can always make sure everything gets done to the highest of standards. Con: When things go wrong, there is no one to blame but myself.
Pro: I can run to the store, do a load of laundry, exercise the dogs, fix meals, etc. during the day. Con: The family often expects me to do all of those things on top of my demanding job because I am “home”.
Pro: There is no bad hair day. Con: Without the critical eye of female coworkers 5 days a week, I often go way too long for haircuts and pedicures often scrambling at the last minute when invited to a dinner party.
Pro: I have running water. Con: My job is a very MESSY job!
Pro: When a lot of work comes in I can make a lot of money in a short period of time. Con: I cannot delegate or share my load so at times I get overworked and exhausted. Also, there can be long dry spells without any work (i.e. cash flow)
Pro: I do not have to drive, fight traffic and worry about being late. Con: There is no con here!
Pro: I have been able to always be home for my daughter after school, every single day of her school life. Con: Again, there is no con here and ALL of the cons above are worth having been able to do this for my girl. 🙂