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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Artists, do you have Business Cards?

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!

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!)  🙂

 

Blog Post 5.11.12 (Night Flood- Photo Challenge)

I think sometimes I am just drawn to see if I can capture something specific in a photograph.  If it seems difficult it just makes me try to figure out how to do it.

The other night it was raining really hard, and the drive at our apartment complex had water rushing over it.  I really wanted to capture that so I could share it.  I didn’t really feel like going out in the rain and covering up the camera, so I set up the tripod right inside my window and I pretty much just did a long exposure.

Low Water Crossing

 

Blog Post 3.28.12 (It’s been too long!)

Well, I thought it was time for me to write a post, and when I pulled my blog up I could not believe it’s been that long!  I guess I do have a few excuses, I have been pretty busy.  But that has not stopped me before.

View from the new place

View from the new place

One major thing was my move!  I have not decided if I love or hate moving.  I don’t like all the work involved and the hassle involved in moving, but I love the change, the “new”, the “starting fresh” part of it.  Lot’s of great things about my new place.  #1 cheaper, #2 walking distance to my art studio, #3 free cable & #4 direct route to work.  So it’s definitely a good thing.

Rachael Ray at SXSW

Rachael Ray at SXSW

Another major “distraction” was SXSW.  I volunteered again to work SXSW EDU & SXSW Interactive.  I love it!  I actually took vacation time to do it and it was lots of work, but ended up getting in to see Bruce Springsteen in concert!  I was right by the stage, and it was an amazing concert! We also made it to Rachael Ray’s free breakfast! (but never got near the food! my friend waited 2 hrs!).  Here’s a few photos taken with my phone camera.  Boy I wished I could have had my big camera there! 🙂

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

I got a bit of painting done in February (one day I actually painted 5 minutes!).  I submitted a piece to the #TwitterArtExhibit in Norway!  The exhibit is a fundraiser organized my artist David Sandum.  This is the 2nd year he has done it and it sounded fun!  Plus I love the idea that I will have a small piece of art in Norway!

Little Blue Cosmos #3

Little Blue Cosmos #3

I also did a couple of paintings for the Arthouse 5X7 fundraiser, which I got to participate in last year and was fascinating.  If you happen to be in Austin and want to check it out, they will be having 2 events next week, the 5X7 Splurge & the 5X7 Social.  Look at their website for details.

Now I have no excuse to just get busy with my art.  I am a few minutes away from the studio, and I will be participating in the West Austin Studio Tour in May.  So I have lots to get ready for.  This is the first time I really get to participate with my studio in the tour!  I am very excited.

I will get back to posting more regularly.  I have a lot of art “business” to take care of, so I will share some info!

Blog Post 11.5.11 (My Pursuit of an Art Dream…)

Well, some of you might have seen that I just recently got an art studio space.  Since I have been in a small apartment, it’s been difficult to make myself paint.  As us artists know, if you have to take all your supplies out, then put them up when you are done, you will talk yourself out of doing it.  I was painting outside most of the time, which it was either 100+ degrees, or I was being chased inside by bees.

Old "Studio" (balcony)

Old "Studio" (balcony)

I had several things happen this summer that made me determined to find a way to get a studio space.  First, I attended an Abstract Painting and Collage workshop with California Artist Robert Burridge.  I kept hearing my friends that had attended his workshops in the past say that he was amazing and they have attended his workshops numerous times.  Well, I saw why!  I was extremely inspired and felt that whatever it takes- I must paint every day!!  (By the way, I highly recommend his workshops, his enthusiasm is contagious, and yes, you WILL want to paint!)

Then I read the book “The Secret”, recommended by my friend & my sister.  A few little things happened that really made me believe in the book, and that what I want I can achieve.  I could not afford to rent a studio space, but I knew I just HAD to find a space.  So I posted a comment on Facebook asking if anyone had or knew of a space I could use.  Well, the Universe sent me a space!  It just happened to be a friend that I met through an “Artist’s Way” book group.  Talk about Serendipity!!! It’s a garage that she needed help fixing up, and so in exchange I use it as a studio!

My New Art Studio

My New Art Studio

I have not gotten into a routine yet.  Several weeks of working on the space, organizing, a bit of painting and celebrating (I threw a big Opening Celebration party), but I think now I am to the point that I can plan on going daily.  It is hard to do when you work full time at a very “non-artistic” job, but I have to make myself do it.  Part of my plan to make myself “accountable” is getting the word out, I feel that if I let everyone know I am an artist and I have a studio, I am now expected to paint!!  So there it is…

Inside the Studio

Inside the Studio

I plan to post some of my progress in the studio, my thoughts on being an artist, and a bit of my work on this blog as well, so I hope you will follow my pursuit of my Art Dream! 🙂

Photo Post 7.27.11 (Cow Parade Austin)

I got to check out the amazing cows done by some local Austin artists for Cow Parade Austin.  CowParade Austin is proud to partner with the City of Austin and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation to benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Superhero Kids Fund.  You can go see them right now at the Long Center (not sure how long they will be there).  I got to photograph almost all the cows, but I realized I missed one of my friends cows!  I have them all posted on my Facebook page (and will add my friends cow when I get the photo! 🙂 )

Here’s a few of them!

Cow Parade

Cow Parade

Cow Parade

Cow Parade

Cow Parade

Cow Parade

Photo Post 6.10.11 (ROT Biker Rally 2011)

The Republic of Texas Biker Rally (ROT Rally), is always a great photo opportunity.  So much going on and quite entertaining.  And YES, it’s loud!  I took quite a few shots, and these were my favorites.  I did just use my 50mm 1:4 lens, I thought I would see what I would come up with, and I knew it was going to get dark.  (The first shot here is my favorite!  It’s a bit blurry but I love it!)

ROT Rally- Biker Chick

ROT Rally- Biker Chick

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally- Biker

ROT Rally- Biker

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally- Viking Biker

ROT Rally- Viking Biker

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally Parade- At the Texas Capitol

ROT Rally- In front of the Paramount Theater

ROT Rally- In front of the Paramount Theater

ROT Rally Bike

ROT Rally Bike

Photo Post 6.3.11 (Lightning Storm)

I realized a couple of days ago that I forgot to take a look at my lightning photos from a few weeks ago.  I was quite disappointed in most of them, but I guess it’s all about the learning process.  This I think is the best one out of the bunch.  My problem with most of them was that they were out of focus! (Grrr) Oh well, I will work at it next time.

Lightning Storm

Lightning Storm

Photo Post 5.30.11 (Extreme Apertures)

Today I had the urge to play with my camera.  I thought I would take photos at both extremes of the apertures!  I like the different effects you get from both ends.  Love the star burst shape from the f/22, and the bokeh from the f/1.4.  Here’s what I got! (And thank you to my hubby for posing for me!!!) 🙂

f/22- 360 Condos

f/22- 360 Condos

f/1.4- Watching the Fountains

f/1.4- Watching the Fountains

Daily Photo 4.24.11 (Play Me, I’m Yours)

Today I thought I would share a photo of one of the pianos around town.  There are several towns that have had pianos around town as part of “Play me, I’m Yours”.  I realized that they will just be around Austin till the end of the month, so there’s one week left to check them out.  We happened to find a young man playing it when we went to Doug Sahm Hill this evening, and it was wonderful!  I think I will try to photograph the rest of them if I can this week, and I hope to find people playing them!  If you happen to be going to play one of the pianos, let me know!  I will try to come by and get a photo.  Check out the website http://www.artallianceaustin.org/play-me-i-am-yours.html for more information.

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin