Thankful…

Sometimes we forget how much we have to be thankful for.  Since Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, I have been very aware the last few days of how blessed I really am. I have so many things to be thankful for that I could feel it physically in my body, my inner joy.  And in realizing that, I have attracted more to be thankful for!  (Yes, basically out of nowhere I sold some art!)
I have a challenge for you. Each morning when you wake up, make a list of 10 things you are thankful for. Do that for at least one week. I bet you will see amazing things happen in your life!
And yes, it can be that simple to change your life, one step at a time.
Peace & love…

Ode to Joy 12″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas

Perception

I have to remind myself often that people will hear and understand things from their level of perspective, or from their level of growth.

I came across an incident with someone that I did not really take as negative, or I did not perceive it as a mean gesture.  Not sure if I just felt the pain and sadness behind the comments or if I am just naive.  I commented out of love and I believe it was meant that way, but before I knew it I was unfriended.  No, I am not upset.  I guess I am sad for the friend that it involved.

One important thing to remember is that people's reactions rarely have anything to do with you.  If people get angry with comments and very quickly react negatively without any discussion, questions or explanation, they most likely are not ready to dig deep and figure out why that struck a nerve.  People can be so angry, unhappy or resentful because of their life situations that they cannot notice that the choice for change is theirs and it's not someone else's fault.

Yes, I do understand.  I have been there.  Several years back I was extremely unhappy and the easiest thing to do was to blame someone else for my situation.  Sure, that is way easier than doing the growing needed to realize that we are the only ones truly in charge of our lives.  Yes, situations happen that we can't control, but we CAN control our reactions to them.  In order to do that, we need to look at ourselves and understand why the pain is there, and yes it’s hard. As Eckhart Tolle says: "Accept- the act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.  Always work with it, not against it." And it’s true that doing that will change your life.

When I started studying and learning what is in my heart and in my soul, and begun my personal growth, I realized that we are in charge of our own lives.  We attract the energy we put out into the world.  We need to dig deep to understand ourselves and not blame others.  And, we have to be ready for the consequences when we do that, since those that no longer match our level of growth, our frequency, will probably no longer be part of our lives.

All this is hard work.  If it was easy, everyone would do it, right?  All I can say is that the work is totally worth it.

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It takes work…

It takes work to have the life you were meant to have. Working hard at a job and making lots of money is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about the work to unlearn a lifetime of belief systems. The work to learn about yourself, the real you. To watch your thoughts, your emotions, behavior, and dig deep to figure them out.
One of the simplest things I think people can do to start is meditate. Most say that they tried it and can’t do it because their mind is too busy. I believe that is exactly the reason why you should do it! The more you do it the better you will be at it (that’s why they call it a practice!). There are several places you can find guided meditations with music that will give you mantras to repeat (like on YouTube).  I personally started meditating with the Deepak Chopra & Oprah 21 day Meditation Experience (new ones are available for free a few times a year, as of today you can still access day 8 of the latest one). I found them extremely helpful and easy to follow. The purpose of meditation is not to completely clear your mind, but as you have thoughts surface just let them be and pass through. It can be as simple as focusing on your breath!
Give yourself a month of meditating and see what happens. You may be surprised at the change in you!  I bet you will like the change!

“Mindfulness” 16″x20″ Acrylic on Canvas

Believe

Sometimes everything feels so hopeless, and we are not sure what to do to make things better. I think one of the most important things is try to change how we look at things. What if we looked for the silver lining? The positive in the negative situation. There are times that even that may seem too difficult. I found that I had to change my outlook toward life. I found that when it was hard to see the positive, I would have certain things that would guide my thoughts to a more positive place. For me, that was thinking about something I love to do, a photo of a place I love, a family photo, or something that made me smile and reminded me that everything would be ok. Slowly we do believe. We can learn to heal ourselves and find what we love, and when we do that, slowly things get on the right path again.
Now I can look back at the big picture and realize that everything is better than I ever imagined it could be, and I know there’s more to come.
Love every moment and believe…

“Believe #6″ 8″x8” Acrylic on Canvas

“Believe #7″ 8″x8” Acrylic on Canvas

“Believe #8″ 8″x8” Acrylic on Canvas

“Believe #9″ 8″x8” Acrylic on Canvas

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When Day Became Night…

The solar eclipse we had recently felt very powerful to me. I feel like it was trying to relay with it’s energy for us to pay attention. It seems like the eclipse started a wave of natural disasters and other things happening that we should take a serious look at. I think we are needing to take a look at our humanity, the way we treat others and our earth. I don’t think there’s any question that our earth is angry right now, but many of us are not paying attention. It’s time….

“When Day Became Night” 24″x30″ Acrylic on Canvas

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

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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 (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)