Learning Compassion

Is it impossible to change our minds? I know personally I used to think quite differently about several things, until I learned to see things from another perspective. When you are able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you realize that things are not as simplistic or black & white as people have made them out to be.
What does it take to make people notice what is really going on? When there’s frustration and you notice that no one is listening and everyone has their head buried in their thoughts or belief systems, how do you get attention on your plight? Your suffering and the suffering of others? That is one reason people protest. To get attention to their plight.
I guess I would love to know if there’s a way to help someone find compassion inside themselves. To really feel what someone else is feeling. If people could truly feel the suffering of others this world would be a much different place.
I guess some of my big changes in perspective came when I started painting. I often say that I don’t know if painting led to my personal growth, or if my growth led me to my painting. I feel that the act of painting, for me, is meditative. I reach a space where the energy of feelings and emotions come through on to the canvas. I have also had collectors tell me that my paintings are more about feeling and energy than anything else. They get it, and that makes me grateful for my gift. I hope my paintings touch people enough to awaken them and start to see things differently as well.

“Compassion” 16″x20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Do you believe in Magic?

Not the hocus-pocus-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat kind of magic, but the ‘real magic’!

Have you ever had amazing ‘coincidences’ when you are involved in doing something you absolutely love & have a passion for?

I have always known I was going to be an artist, since I was a little kid.  Just waited around till things were going to be ‘perfect’ so I could start working at it.  Well, eventually I got tired of waiting and with encouragement I started ‘doing’.  I decided to ‘be’ an artist about 17 years ago, but I would say the last 7 years I have been truly serious about it.  I do go through ups and downs in my creating periods, but I know how to make my magic happen.

I noticed that when I go through periods of not painting much, work would not sell, or there did not seem to be interest in my work.  When I paint, or spend a lot of time at the studio, magically interest in my work comes out of nowhere! I will have people I don’t know contact me to buy artwork (once someone found one of my business cards in a parking lot, picked it up and ended up buying 2 paintings!), I will get invited to do shows I have not submitted to, or get contacted by a tv station to do a story on my work.  Coincidence??? I think it’s magic!

I believe when we are truly aligned with our life purpose, with our truth, the universe helps us by placing magic in our path.

Try it out!!!  Pay attention to the little awesome coincidences that happen as you are loving life.  Yep, that’s Magic!!

“Finding the Magic” 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas

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The Comfort Zone…

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.

Leap Of Faith 30″ x 40″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Crazy World…

“…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.

“Crossroads” 30″x30″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Well…. Hello there!!!

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!

“A New Earth” 12″ x 12″ Mixed Media on Canvas

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30/30 Daily Painting Challenge- Challenge Complete!

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

(23/30) Nature’s Symphony 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas

(24/30) Mini Ruins #14 5"x7" Mixed Media on Paper

(24/30) Mini Ruins #14 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper

(25/30) Supernatural 12"x12" Mixed Media on Canvas

(25/30) Supernatural 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas

(26/30) Mini Ruins #15 5"x7" Mixed Media on Paper

(26/30) Mini Ruins #15 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper

(27/30) Somewhere in Time 6"x8" Mixed Media on Canvas

(27/30) Somewhere in Time 6″x8″ Mixed Media on Canvas

(28/30) Whispers #2 6"x6" 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

(29/30) Whispers from the Earth 6″x8″ Mixed Media on Canvas

(30/30) Jeweled Mystery 12"x12" 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!

Close up detail of Jeweled Mystery. I added some iridescent paint just for fun!

30/30 Daily Painting Challenge- The latest…

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

(17/30) no name yet, 24″x36″ Mixed Media on Canvas

(18/30) no name yet, 18"x36" Acrylic on Canvas

(18/30) no name yet, 18″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

(19/30) Mini Ruins #13  5"x7" Mixed Media on Paper

(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

(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

(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

(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…

30/30 Daily Painting Challenge- New Update

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

(12/30) Gold Cross #7 8.5″x11″ Acrylic on Paper

(13/30) Gold Cross #8  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

(14/30) Peaceful Whisper 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas

(15/30) Enchanted Ruins  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

(16/30) Finding the Magic 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas

30/30 Daily Painting Challenge (I think I’m caught up!)

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 #9 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper

Mini-Ruins #10  5"x7" Mixed Media on Paper

Mini-Ruins #10 5″x7″ Mixed Media on Paper

Mini-Ruins #11  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!

 

30/30 Daily painting update…

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

not named yet. 12″x12″ Mixed Media on Canvas (3/30)

not named yet. 7"x10" mixed media on paper

not named yet. 7″x10″ mixed media on paper (4/30)

Mini-Ruins #9  6.5"x6.5" Mixed Media on Paper

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.

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.

Gold Cross #5 8″x10″ Acrylic on Paper. (7/30)

"Mystic Ruins" 8"x10" Mixed Media on Canvas

“Mystic Ruins” 8″x10″ Mixed Media on Canvas (8/30)