New Adventures – Licensed Artist

I have always been a gardener. I love flowers all kinds of flowers. When we first moved into our home, we had beautiful landscaping in our back yard. The stones placed in our landscape ran from the back yard down to the front, and a cute pathway runs along the side of our house. Surprisingly in our tiered back yard there was not one flower planted. Off the kitchen nothing but lovely stones in a semi-circle. I had a beautiful canvas waiting to fill with color. So I went about creating the flower gardens I always admired in books and garden magazines. I planted perennials in a manner that allowed us new flowers blooming every two weeks during the Spring and Summer. I filled in with annuals. I have always enjoyed garden flags beautifully printed in vivid colors. I have some of my first garden flags I purchased long ago. The colors are just as bright as they were the day I bought them. The brand I bought is labeled Toland. They make the most brilliantly colored garden flags.

I am so excited to announce that I am now a Toland Garden Flag licensed artist.  I can’t wait to receive my samples. I will share pictures with you once they arrive. I really do believe in the dream.

Life Lessons……

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities
no doubt have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with
your old nonsense.

This day is all that is
good and fair.
It is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on yesterdays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Coloring my world.

Today I have been thinking about my art. Wondering what drives me to create. Why do I feel so happy when throwing the color teal down on a canvas. Neon pink makes me giggle; neon orange makes me delirious; neon magenta gives me the chills. Color surrounds us in the blue sky; the green grass, the yellow sun, the red cardinal who sings faithfully every day and in every corner of our life color maintains us. There have been many studies on the effects of color and our moods. Advertisers use colors to draw us into their products. The purchase of a beautifully colored purse or dress is usually the result of an advertisement we’ve seen. How does this tie into my thinking about my art? The answer can only be color. I think a lot of the color choices I make when painting on canvas are not really thinking about the choice of color but, rather feeling the color as it splashes across my canvas. Some days I feel so neon pink and others I feel so deliriously orange and some days the choice of yellow causes a calm to run over me in the most assuring way. How does color affect you?

New Year Approaching – Make Mistakes

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Neil Gaiman

#make mistakes

Thanks Joe

JoeThanks Joe for reminding us how beautiful we really are. Your undeniable voice helped us to navigate the 60’s and told us to believe in love at first sight while assuring us that you were certain that it happened all the time.

Featured Artist on Unruly Paperarts

I am so excited to share with you that I am one of two featured artist this month at Unruly Paperarts. I am feeling humbled and honored by all of this. Stop by to read my interview and check out all of their wonderful pages of art and contributors tutorials. October 31st, Unruly Paperarts will have a project done by me with instructions for you to follow along and make your own canvas.

What kind of an artist are you?

What kind of an artist are you? Some artist just sit down or stand, paint brush in hand and they have a definite idea, a creative sketch which they put down on canvas, paper or in an art journal. After five years of painting, and trying to figure out what kind of an artist I am, I have accepted that I don’t have a particular artist title I just love to paint. What I do know is that I love to paint and create. I need to paint. I am not your typical artist professionally trained I am self-taught, or it’s just in my DNA. Painting makes me happy, it helps me to stay focused on life and I feel good when I have completed a canvas. I get excited over gesso, smeared on paper, on a canvas or in an old book. I feel such joy when I pick up a bottle of neon pink, neon orange or really any bottle filled with color. The possibilities are endless once you start and all it takes is a brush, paint and something to lay your paint on. My art style is just my style. We all have our own way of creating, it doesn’t matter if you are professionally trained or self-trained. I have grown as an artist over these five years. I feel more self-confident. I believe in going with my first intuition it has never failed me in these five years. I haven’t always had a trust of my own intuition. I don’t believe we are born with it, I do think we can learn to be open to trusting our inner feelings and trusting that what we are feeling is right and true. I am an artist and I paint what I feel. That’s my style……..