Comfort zone. Sounds safe, predictable, familiar… and boring. Sure, some people may be happy in that zone, but what if you were brave enough to go outside that zone?
The unknown is scary. Why? Why are we wired to be afraid of what we don’t know? All those “what if’s” will keep us from truly living our life.
What if I fail? But, what if I don’t fail?? What if I succeed?
What will people think? But, why does it matter what people think??
All our life experiences shape us, our childhood experiences make us crave security or freedom, depending on what we go through. My whole life I have craved that security, to be safe and taken care of. But really, ‘Life’ was telling me something else all along! I always felt different and alone, shipped off to different relatives at a very early age. I just wanted love, comfort and security, but it seemed that when things were comfortable life had different ideas for me.
I believe that the universe was preparing me, because it knew that I would be independent, take care of others and be strong. It wasn’t till my life turned upside down a few years ago that I was able to see that all the roles I played, the person I thought I was and what others saw, were not the real me. I had to have my mind stop in order for my soul to show me the ‘real me’.
All I know so far is that every ‘unknown’ I have experienced the last few years has been anything but scary in the long run! They have been the best experiences and decisions I have made in my life! It makes me wish I would have known things sooner!! But even knowing that, making big decisions are still scary. But I am glad I now know to just look past that fear and just keep taking those leaps of faith.
“…something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Sometimes it feels like nothing makes sense anymore. From the political climate, to mother nature, it feels like the world has gone mad. Why is all this happening? I believe the universe is screaming at us to wake up!
I think everything (really everything) has gotten out of sync. There are too many people so deep in their heads, so unconscious to what is truly real, that the only way they will wake up is for their world to fall apart.
Why do we as humans have to reach a point of falling apart before we awaken?
We are at such a divided place as a country. People are being manipulated like pawns in a game, being played by people with power-hungry egos. What can change people’s thinking at this point, when we are so afraid to admit we may have been wrong? We are so afraid to admit that what we believed our whole lives was wrong.
Catastrophic things happen. Disasters are equal opportunity. Disasters don’t care about your race, social standing or money. In the middle of a disaster everyone is at the same level.
In the middle of chaos, the mind stops. When you can’t think anymore something else takes over. Your inner being, inner voice, your soul. THAT is the real you. Listen to it. Experience the world from that place, not with your mind.
Notice that at that moment that people that you may have judged, condemned or hated are still willing to help you and show you compassion. Talk to people, get to know people different than you, love people. THAT will change the world. LOVE.
Wow, I can’t believe I have not written a post since 2014! A whole lot has changed for me, and life is great!
I have learned a lot over the last few years and as I collect my thoughts I will try my best to share. One thing I know for sure is, doing what you love definitely helps you align with your true self, the person you were born to be. And when you do that, you really and truly notice the universe working with and for you!!!
I have been painting a lot and traveling some the last few years. It’s what I am passionate about. I used to tell my friends that when I paint, magic happens. And it does! When I noticed nothing was really happening for me “art-career wise”, it was because I was not painting. As soon as I started painting I got invited to do a show this summer, be a juror for a statewide competition, and I have two shows lined up for 2018! When things like that happen, I know I am doing what I am meant to!
Wow, got my 30 paintings done! It was tough to really get paintings done every day, life does get in the way. But I was determined. I did find that I was more willing to try new things since I had to finish so many paintings, which I loved because it really expanded my creativity. And also found out some things worked & some didn’t, but you have to be willing to mess it up in order to find that perfect ‘something’.
Here are the rest of them:
(23/30) Nature’s Symphony 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(24/30) Mini Ruins #14 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
(25/30) Supernatural 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(26/30) Mini Ruins #15 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
(27/30) Somewhere in Time 6″x8″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(28/30) Whispers #2 6″x6″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(29/30) Whispers from the Earth 6″x8″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(30/30) Jeweled Mystery 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas
Close up detail of Jeweled Mystery. I added some iridescent paint just for fun!
Here are the latest in my daily painting challenge. Numbers 17 & 18 I have been working on for a while, but I think I finally finished them. Also had a hard time photographing #17 so I will need to go get it scanned. Number 18 is a large version of a small 6″x12″ painting I had done several months back. I really liked it so I wanted to try a larger version of it. I am not as happy with the large version for some reason.
Numbers 20, 21 & 22 I did while on a trip to the beach. I did not want to take my paints down there so I took my Aquatone Watercolor sticks. I love those things! I did have to play with them and did several versions before I ended up with these three. They were fun!
(17/30) no name yet, 24″x36″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(18/30) no name yet, 18″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas
(19/30) Mini Ruins #13 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
(20/30) Flowers in Purple Vase 5.5″x8.5″ Watercolor Sticks on Paper
(21/30) Beach with Stormy Sky 5.5″x8.5″ Watercolor Sticks on Paper
(22/30) The Ocean 5.5″x8.5″ Watercolor Sticks on Paper
Well, 8 more paintings to go!!! I guess I should make a trip to the studio…
Tough trying to keep these in order! I noticed I counted wrong so I had to re-number my previous ones. I did new versions of my crosses because I was not sure about the first ones, but I ended up giving Gold Cross #5 as my gift.
I am having lots of fun doing this, and it’s good for me to paint every day! I hope I can keep up with it after the month is up.
(12/30) Gold Cross #7 8.5″x11″ Acrylic on Paper
(13/30) Gold Cross #8 8.5″x11″ Acrylic on Paper
(14/30) Peaceful Whisper 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(15/30) Enchanted Ruins 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas
(16/30) Finding the Magic 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas
Yay! Here are #9, #10 & #11! As you can see, I am working quite a bit on my Ruins Series. I want to create more of these and stretch my boundaries with the series. I figured this is a perfect way to do it. I think this is the series I want to submit to galleries, so I definitely need lots more! 🙂
Mini-Ruins #9 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
Mini-Ruins #10 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
Mini-Ruins #11 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper
Let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of these!
Well, it has been tough finishing a painting every day! I do have about 6 paintings going at the studio but not many finished. Interesting thing I found with the cross paintings, I was trying to recreate an old series and it’s not working the same. I think it’s because 1. my paints are different and 2. my style has changed. Not sure I like these as much. I was going to give one as a gift but not sure now…
Here’s a few of the ones I finished!
not named yet. 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas (3/30)
not named yet. 7″x10″ mixed media on paper (4/30)
Mini-Ruins #9 6.5″x6.5″ Mixed Media on Paper (5/30)
Gold Cross #5 8″x10″ Acrylic on Paper. I was working on a gift for someone and was trying to recreate an old series. Not sure I am as happy with these. (6/30)
Gold Cross #5 8″x10″ Acrylic on Paper. (7/30)
“Mystic Ruins” 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas (8/30)
First of all it has been way too long since I have posted anything on my blog! It has been a rough 1st half of the year, but let’s see if I can change that.
I committed to do a “30 paintings in 30 days” challenge with a group of artists, and I thought I would post daily my paintings and any thoughts about the challenge. I started it yesterday, so here are my 2 paintings so far…
Whispers #1 (1/30)
It will be rough to actually do a painting each day, but I may do more than one on some days to make up for it! I know tomorrow I may not get a chance to but watch for 2 hopefully on Thursday!
By the way, if you are interested in any of these paintings just let me know!
I am so surprised how many artists do not have or carry business cards. It’s such an easy way to share your contact information, and a way to show off your art!
Let me tell you about how I sold my last 2 paintings. I got an email from a gentleman through my website stating that he liked my work and wanted to get more information on some of my paintings. I emailed back and asked him a few more questions, and when he replied he stated: “Funny, I just found your card on the ground in a parking lot in SW Austin by chance. Glad I found it.” Well, I decided to get really nice quality cards from moo.com (this link should get you a discount on your first order, at least for a while) you can get more than one image on cards per order and I think they are well worth the money. I really think because of the quality and the painting on it he took a closer look and picked it up. We did end up meeting and he bought the 2 paintings and brought friends along with him!
My Moo Business Cards!
I think beside having cards, as artists we should show off our art on them. It’s so easy to do and you really do not have to spend a lot of money! The 1st cards I got were from Vistaprint, you can add your own art on them and they are pretty inexpensive.
(Now I am tempted to ‘drop’ my card around town! I thought my grandson had dropped the card somewhere, he likes to play with them, but I am not sure it was him!) 🙂