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…
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…
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….
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.
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!!
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…
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)