Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Today's word is don - to put on or dress in. That got me to thinking....We are moving this week so I definitely need to don a positive attitude that will not put stress on those around me because I tend to get all caught up in the minute details especially when moving. In other words, I freak out!
Think of me this week as I don (embrace, acquire, seize, take up) a happy face and relaxed attitude as we move boxes into our new home.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
My head is spinning with ideas to paint when the studio is back up and running. One week until moving day....then Grandmother time, my daughter is having a baby in less than one month!!! So many wonderful happenings right now. Thank you for all the great comments on the new website!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
(I think)..."From a hook by one of the windows hung a gold birdcage with its door propped open.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Even though we are spreading out all across the globe, I still know that when there is good news or bad news to share we will be there for each other no matter where in the world we are. Nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends.
I love my friends!!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
This is one of the amazing sculptures downtown. Look at the little girl in the bottom right.....the sculpture is huge!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
These are tree dangles. Fun and whimsical. Visit her here at her Etsy shop and add color to your flower pots and gardens.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
learning new things
I realized that while I was teaching art that it was ME that wanted to be the artist, not the teacher. Although I loved being the teacher.....now it's my turn to create. I can work on a creative business from wherever I am.
To evoke a feeling, trigger a memory, start a conversation....create a meaning behind each original piece of art.
Acrylic and mixed media collage paintings
My bucket list
1. Make a difference
2. Be a successful artist
3. Live in a loft
4. Attend the Tournament of Roses Parade
5. See the Price is Right in person...preferably from the stage
My favorite verse
My favorite movie
Sound of Music
My must haves
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Oh....my....gosh......it......worked! If it weren't for my own personal tech guy, Cory, coming to the rescue I would be in a heap! While I am still learning photoshop, he is able to keep me going. Have you heard of Dropbox? It is a free software program you download onto your computer that can link another computer to yours. I scanned "Embrace Change" into my computer, put it in my Dropbox, Cory picked it up from his computer in the Dropbox file, pieced it together in Photoshop, placed it back in the Dropbox for me to pick up and print. Uh.....maze.......ing. The prints are exceptional!
It takes a village to get this going....Thank you from the very deep down bottom of my heart for the family and friends, and new friends in far reaching parts of the globe that are helping me through encouraging comments both in person and email, fb, and blog. Encouragement, interest, and advice are sooooo welcome. And, thank you, Cory, for sharing your time/skills, and expert knowledge with me so I can keep moving ahead. And, thank you, Rick, for keeping me going emotionally!! He is seeing up close and personal the way ups and the way downs of the emotional roller coaster of "Is this going to work?" He is as steady as a rock......and makes me laugh. xxoo
My mom said "Embracing Change" should be my signature piece and I think she's right. It expresses everything I am doing all wrapped up into a neat little powerful 12x12 square.
Over that speedbump.....on to the next please.
Monday, July 5, 2010
I know this is not brain surgery, but trying to figure out photoshop layers is frying my brain. I am impressed with the quality of this great scanner but puzzling the pieces back together in photoshop layers is not working as easily as I thought it would. This is where I would get bogged down if my determination to be successful at this were not so strong. I know I can eventually learn to do my job. This is only a speedbump but I am so not getting it! Selling only originals is definitely an option but I will be working myself silly. Offering prints seems like the perfect way to start on Etsy and I am going to see that through. I think I can.....I think I can.....I think I can....
Friday, July 2, 2010
"The Hope Catcher" 12x12
Happy Independence Day! I am grateful for our country and our freedom. And, this year, I am grateful for my new found personal independence. Today, I have completed my ecourse 'Flying Lessons' by Kelly Rae Roberts and it has truly given me the confidence to fly with new wings. With the practical knowledge she shared from her experiences as a creative business owner I feel fully equipped to leave the nest and fly toward goals I thought impossible. I am "The Hope Catcher" and I am on the search to finding my hopes and dreams. Celebrate our country's Independence Day this weekend and celebrate your own independence to dream, create, and hope for things you thought unreachable!