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April 3, 2014

Caught up in the busyness

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It’s so easy to let ourselves get lost in the daily responsibilities and how current culture seems to make us think we need to be “busy” all the time…..so we tend to just try to trudge through our days only to get up and do it all over again the next day….and the thing that gets put off….the single most important thing that we shouldn’t forget….is to take time to reconnect and “be present” in the moment, daily.

When I get “too caught up in the busyness”, I notice that my state of mind suffers. I need that connection…..with myself and also with God. For me, some of things I do that help me “be present” and connect…..listening to music, centering prayer, and painting.

I also need to connect with others and just being better connected to myself helps me be more present with people so that I can really connect instead of the constant stream of thoughts running through my head at any given moment.

What are some of the things you do? Can you find a way to do at least one of those things daily?

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February 20, 2014

Painting…more progress

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1618700_10152886531650616_1380896803_nHi! I didn’t work in the studio today, but I wanted to show you a bit of the progression of the I worked on this week. This painting has gone through many shifts…..and lots of layers of paint!

I started off with the yellow, orange, and cream, and then I added some warm pink and bright greens (see pic from Tuesday’s post). The first picture below is where the painting was when I started back on it on Wednesday morning. The second picture was the painting as the same stage shown on my easel to give an idea of scale (this painting is 24″x36″….one of my largest paintings to date and I’m itchin’ to work larger). Then the last picture is part of the way through yesterday’s layers.

I hope you enjoy this little peek into my painting process. Can you tell I’m ready for spring? I’d be willing to bet that many of you are too. I’ll be back tomorrow with a picture of the finished painting. Can’t wait to share it with you! Y’all have a good night!

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February 18, 2014

Feeling free!

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Music is on and paint is flying! I’m a happy girl! Excited to see where this one takes me!

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February 13, 2014

Nature inspired abstraction

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Inspired by my neighborhood walk to revisit abstracts again…I feel so tranquil when I breathe in my gorgeous surroundings. I need to listen to my inner whispers….beginning again.

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Feeling there needs to be a series of these, in a large format (this one is 14″x14″ and I find myself wanting to make it larger). I’d love some feedback from you, so please do chime in!

Hope you have wonderful Valentine’s Day! We will most likely have a quiet dinner at home as to avoid the busy, noisy restaurants. Trying to get my hubby to fix crab legs, which I haven’t had in forever! I figured that since I do the majority of the cooking, that I should get that day off. ;) :D

xoxo

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February 12, 2014

Awaken

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Spring has begun her sweet call.

Those who have lain dormant have started to awaken.

I feel myself being called…
To awaken that which has lain dormant,
Waiting to spring forth…

Waiting for me to be ready…
Open.

I. am. ready.

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February 7, 2014

Excuse the mess

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I’m in the process of doing some updates on my website, but somehow I managed to delete my header logo in the progress and can’t seem to get it back. I think I may have edited some code that is keeping me from re-instating the old logo. Please bear with me as I figure this out. Until then, you’ll see the theme title up there {Trinity Theme}. Thanks for your patience! :)

I’ve also been sick the past few days and so has my kiddo….and now we’ve had a few inches of snow and everything in Portland has shut down. Lol! So if you don’t hear from me ’til next week, you’ll know why. :)

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February 4, 2014

Some catching up to do

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It’s been a while since I last posted. There’s been some issues with health (mine and my son’s) that we’ve been trying to get a handle on, so that’s been consuming a lot of time/energy. I started back painting a couple of weeks ago and have been posting progress on my Facebook page, but haven’t stopped by here. Now that I’m painting regularly again getting a new body of work ready to submit to some galleries, I’ll be checking in more regularly.

Got a haircut today…..my first one in two years!!!! Still in a bit of shock from going this short, but I’ve gotten good responses on it so far. :)

So without further ado, here’s a bunch of pics so I can catch you up….

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First of, I got a haircut today…..my first one in two years!!!! Still in a bit of shock from going this short, but I’ve gotten good responses on it so far. :) I’ve had many people tell me it was very artsy and funky, which was totally what I was going for! :D

Below are a bunch of pictures of the paintings I am currently working on in my home art studio….I took some pics as they progressed so you could see some of the steps in their creation. I now work only on intuition, so I don’t plan these ahead of time. They come into being as each layer is added.

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Like I said, lots to show ya and I’ll be back with more later in the week. Until then, have a fabulous week!

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